Tag Archives: March

A hymn makes for a happier birthday

While traveling for work remains a fun part of my job, being away from home and family on my birthday is something I typically try to avoid. I’m also a fan of quiet birthday celebrations. This year, my birthday fell the Saturday of the Southern Province’s 2017 Inter-Synodal Conference in Winston-Salem. I hoped I would […]

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Inter-Synodal Gathering generates 
ideas and excitement for the future

Emerging ministries. Adaptive change in church structure and education. Resource sharing. Young adult and youth involvement. Focus on God’s Essentials. Bi-vocational ministry. Reintroducing Jesus to the disillusioned. At February’s 2017 Inter-Synodal Gathering, Southern Province Moravians generated and discussed more than two dozen topics in an effort to answer the question, “What will it take to […]

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GiftLegacy: remembering
 congregations and agencies in estate plans

The Moravian Ministries Foundation helps Moravian individuals, churches and agencies grow and sustain the ministries that are central to our faith. We do this through investment management, gift planning and assisting with stewardship development and capital fundraising. Our GiftLegacy planned giving service works with individuals, couples and families who want to create plans for giving […]

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Come & Worship team “Goes & Serves” in Peru

Come & Worship, an emerging ministry in Winston-Salem, N.C., recently put together a team to serve on a mission trip to Peru. The team, which included The Rev. Brad Bennett and his wife Sue, Diane Ebert, Antoinette Brey, the Rt. Rev. Sam Gray and Sandra Dorr from Come & Worship and Emma LaBella from Christ […]

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Moravian Magazine, March 2017

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Making a positive impact on the lives of women and girls around the world

The Unity Women’s Desk (UWD) is a ministry of the worldwide Moravian Church whose purpose is to positively impact the lives of women and girls by coordinating the spiritual, financial, educational and material resources that exist throughout the Moravian Unity. The UWD’s vision is to bring about global change for Moravian women around the world—women […]

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Exploring a potential new Moravian music resource

For many years, the music that is written and sung as a part of the regular worship life of our congregations and communities has significantly reflected the Moravian Church’s witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the world. The practice of writing and collecting hymns is part of an ongoing conversation with God and […]

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The making of an Easter Putz

In January, when most people are taking down their Christmas decorations, Calvary Moravian Church in Winston-Salem just puts a curtain up to hide their Christmas Nativity Putz. It isn’t to cover it up until next year, like leaving up a Moravian star, and it isn’t because they are too lazy to take it down. It […]

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Seminary students learn of Moravian life and history in Jamaica

Jamaica in January. For course credit? Sign me up! Seven of us made our way from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to Jamaica this past January for the course Jamaica: History, Culture, and the Moravians offered at Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem. The Rev Dr. Craig Atwood and Bishop Hopeton Clennon led our travels; along for the ride […]

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Embraced By Resurrection: Preparing for Western District Synod 2016

NOTE: For information on the 2016 Western District Synod, visit the Synod website: www.2016wdsynod.org It is quite amazing to witness Jesus’ hands at work. Where have you seen his hands at work, of late? Addressing that question is the core work of synod. I continue to be captured by Scripture texts that refer to times […]

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Moravian Magazine, March 2016

On the cover: Moravian Music, past and present. Photo by Mike Riess

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Foundation celebrates 60 years of preserving and sharing Moravian Music

Over 600 years ago, Jan Hus began implementing his reforms in the Catholic churches of Moravia and Bohemia. One of his initiatives was to encourage the congregational singing of hymns in the native Czech language. Moravians continue to value the ability to express their love of Christ, faith in God and care for each other […]

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A visit to the heart of the Moravian Church in Nepal

  In December, a group of North American Moravians travelled to Nepal to serve and learn. Brian Stangret and Gwyn Michel offer their thoughts on the trip. Brian: On the first day of Christmas—and after more than a year of planning with Pastor Trina Holmberg and the Board of World Mission—ten of us from congregations […]

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Cutting and sewing to make a difference for girls in Kenya

“We can do this!” I was excited to get our Women’s Fellowship at Shepherd of the Prairie Church in Fargo, N.D. involved in helping others. Listening to a presenter from a non-profit group helping girls in Kenya, I realized this was our chance. As we listened a little more, Maureen Hahn said, “I’ll bring my […]

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‘Tis a Pleasant Thing to See: Fostering Respectful Conversation about Homosexuality in the Church: An Update

An Update from the Steering Committee for Resolution 12 from the Southern Province Synod of 2014 In the summer of 2014, the Southern Province Provincial Elder’s Conference appointed a steering committee to fulfill the mandate of Synod Resolution #12, “Study and Discernment Regarding Homosexuality.” One of the legislation’s key resolved statements was “to provide leadership, […]

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2016 Canadian District Synod to reflect on the call of the Spirit

There is a sacred call to creativity, witness and love for the world at the heart of who we are as followers of Jesus.  How do we speak and live this call? May 12-15, 2016, representatives from the churches and ministries of the Canadian District will gather for District Synod at Van-Es Camp and Conference […]

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An Introductory Letter from The Northern Province IPO Task Force

Dear Sisters and Brothers of the Northern Province, Because you’re reading this letter in this magazine, we’ll presume that you have affection and appreciation for the Moravian Church. We’ll also presume you want to thrive in your faith, and you want the Moravian Church to thrive in carrying out Christ’s mission as it has been […]

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Studying Moravian Doctrine: Ground of the Unity, Part I

Editor’s Note: Following the outline established by the 2005 Jesus Still Lead On study guide, we are sharing different aspects of The Ground of the Unity, one of the worldwide Moravian Church’s key doctrinal statement, in each 2016 issue of The Moravian. This month, we’ll discuss the introductory paragraphs of Ground of the Unity. In […]

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One Way? Commentary from the Rev. Darryl Bell

It is becoming more and more awkward and difficult for Christians to assert that the only way to God is through Jesus Christ. There are so many other viewpoints. Has that teaching become obsolete or unacceptable in our current culture? Should we push it to the back burner and ignore it? Is it too distasteful […]

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John Hus and the Moravian Church

July 6 is a special day of remembrance in the Moravian Church. On this date in 1415, a Catholic Church council in the city of Constance executed one of the great Christian reformers. Millions of Christians worldwide, including Moravians, view John Hus as a martyr to the gospel and a saint, even though he was […]

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Christ’s Community Church heeds God’s call to feed local children

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 “Faith without fear” is a truth that God has been teaching us in […]

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Technology amplifies and shares the glory of the resurrection

In the darkness of the dawn on March 30, 1777, a small group of Moravians gathered to celebrate Easter’s message. In the darkness of dawn on April 5, 2015, 238 years later, a small group of Moravians will gather to help share that same message using today’s technology. This group will both amplify the Easter […]

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Studying Moravian Doctrine: Moravian Covenant for Christian Living

In last month’s issue of The Moravian Magazine, we introduced a new regular feature, “Studying Moravian Doctrine.” Following the outline established by Jesus Still Lead On, An Introduction to Moravian Belief, we will cover different aspects of two central documents outlining Moravian doctrine and belief each month. In 2015, we are working through the Moravian […]

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The Easter Morning Liturgy

Easter morning is an especially wondrous time at Moravian churches across the Northern and Southern Provinces. For many, Easter morning means greeting the rising sun in a God’s Acre or sanctuary with a service that speaks to the core of Moravian belief. “The Moravian Easter morning service is an old tradition, rich in spiritual significance,” […]

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Sunnyside Ministry thanks Tommy Cole for leadership and progress

After more than seven years at the helm, Sunnyside Ministry’s executive director Tommy Cole will retire in June. During his tenure, Sunnyside Ministry which helps thousands of people in Winston-Salem each year, grew and expanded into a valued community organization and an important outreach of the Moravian Church. As an agency of the Southern Province […]

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Ponderings: Recording a milestone year with the Daily Texts

By the time you read this, I will have crossed the half-century line in 2015 as one of the first members of Generation X* to reach this milestone. And as that day approaches, the specter of “over 50” has triggered more reflection, soul-searching and hope for the future than usual. My birthday falls on Ash […]

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In Tanzania, a community completes their church and joins Adopt-a-Village

Kavale is a small village in rural Tanzania. Located ten miles south of Sikonge and over a mile from the nearest major road, it is relatively isolated from other segments of the Namwezi tribe to which these people belong. Nearly all of the 300 inhabitants are Moravians. The people of Kavale built their first church […]

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Moravian Magazine March 2015

On the cover: Sunrise on the path to God’s Acre in Winston-Salem. Photo by Mike Riess

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Moravian medical work in Nicaragua

The Moravian medical work in Nicaragua is continuing to bear fruit for the health of the people of that Central American country. It began with a dream of Dr. David Thaeler to establish a Moravian hospital on the Rio Coco in northern Nicaragua and to train locals to assume responsibility for the health care in […]

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Obituary: Sister Violet Emma Stelter Befus

Sister Violet Emma Stelter Befus, wife of the late Rev. John Befus entered the more immediate presence of the Lord on Sunday, January 18, 2015, at Salemtowne Retirement Community, Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 93 years old. Violet was born May 14, 1921 in Lamont, Alberta, Canada. After becoming a registered nurse and marrying John Befus, […]

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