Tag Archives: March

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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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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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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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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Obituary: The Rev. Joseph Daniel Conrad

The Rev. Joseph Daniel Conrad died September 10, 2014 after an extended illness. He was 65. “Dan” was born July 24, 1949 to H. Joe and Mary Conrad, and was baptized at Bethania Moravian Church, in Winston-Salem, N.C. He attended Wake Forest University, served in the United States Navy, graduated from UNC-Greensboro and received his […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Day for Moravian Unity Work
March 1, 2015 The first Sunday in March is designated as a day of prayer for the special causes which are supported by all provinces of our Moravian Unity. This year the Unity Offering is designated for the South Africa province’s project for youth and Sunday School.   Watchwords At […]

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Moravian Magazine March 2014

    On the cover: Women and girls from around the world are the focus of the Moravian Unity Women’s Desk.

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Moravian Magazine March 2013

Open publication – Free publishing   On the cover: An image for Lent. Read more about this month’s cover photo by reading “Ponderings.” Photo by Mike Riess.

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Moravian Magazine, March 2012

Open publication – Free publishing – More star mountain On the cover: Teachers work with disabled children at Star Mountain in Ramallah, West Bank. Photo by Bill Ray.  

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Moravian Magazine March 2013

Open publication – Free publishing   On the cover: An image for Lent. Read more about this month’s cover photo by reading “Ponderings.” Photo by Mike Riess. Official Provincial Elders’ News for March 2013   Read more… Ponderings: A cover for Lent For each issue of The Moravian, I endeavor to come up with a […]

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Youth Leadership Seminar 2014 invites attendees to “Serve the Youth of Today”

For a second consecutive year the Northern Province Youth Task Force will host a Youth Leadership Seminar to provide our youth leaders, lay leaders and youth of all ages with new ideas and encouragement.

This year’s event will take place May 16-18 at Mt Morris Camp and Conference Center in central Wisconsin. We would like to extend an invitation to all people who are interested in youth work and gain experience in leading the youth of the Moravian Church.

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UWD: Women share stories of hope, stories of power at Florida retreat

032014FloridaintroOver the Labor Day weekend 2013, 15 women from the Florida District of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, gathered at the Duncan Conference Center, Delray Beach, Florida, for a spiritual retreat focused on sharing stories of coming closer to God. Pastors Willie Israel and Judith Justice (who was not able to attend the retreat), and Gloria Barker were retreat organizers, and Dr. Julia Simmons of Mountain Laurel Moravian Fellowship facilitated the program.

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UWD Scholarships to be awarded in the Northern and Southern Provinces

The Unity Women’s Desk has been awarding scholarships to women and girls since 2012. These scholarships have gone primarily to girls in Africa, although some have been awarded in the Caribbean, as well as in Star Mountain, India and Nepal.

In fairness to our American girls and women, we will award our first American UWD Scholarships at the 12th American Women’s Conference in June 2015. One scholarship will be awarded in the Northern Province and one in the Southern Province every four years, coinciding with future Women’s Conferences.

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UWD…on being a Unity Women’s Desk Advisory Board Member

The Advisory Board of the Unity Women’s Desk (UWD) began their work together in January of 2013. Hailing from the four regions of the Unity—Sr. Angelene Swart of the Africa Region, Sr. Sallie Greenfield of the American Region, Sr. Muriel Held of the Caribbean Region, and the Reverend Erdmute Frank of the European Region—these women join the Reverend Patricia Garner, Coordinator of the Unity Women’s Desk in directing the UWD’s important work.

Here are their reflections on the work they have done in their first year together.

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UWD: Sewing the remnants together

032014sewingintroIn early 2012, Sr. Lorena Gray met with the Coordinator of the Unity Women’s Desk to discuss how the UWD might work with the women of Honduras. Although she did not immediately agree to be one of the Provincial Coordinators for Honduras, Lorena called Sr. Garner back a few days later with a list of ways that we could work together.

After securing some medical charts to help Sr. Lorena in teaching her healthcare classes and putting together some Healthcare Kits to give to the women who would come to the classes, Sr. Lorena returned to Honduras ready to organize the women there. The following is part of an article Sr. Lorena wrote for the UWD:

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Ponderings: Featuring Unity work to help women around the world

032014PonderingsintroLast fall, the Rev. Patty Garner and Sr. Sallie Greenfield paid me a visit here at the IBOC office in Bethlehem. In addition to dropping off a bottle of my favorite Texas Pete Hot Sauce (Patty’s family runs the company), they came to talk about the possibility of doing an issue of The Moravian devoted to the Unity Women’s Desk.

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Official Provincial Elders’ News for March 2014

 

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Obituary: Mrs. Bobbie Jean Brown May

Mrs. Bobbie Jean Brown May, 82, of Winston-Salem, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013.

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UWD: Making a Difference—one woman and girl at a time

032014makingadifferenceintroA story is told about a little girl walking along the beach tossing starfish that had been washed ashore by the tide back into the ocean. An old man watching her asked, “You can’t save all of them. Why bother?” The little girl replied, while tossing another one back into the water, “Well, it makes a difference to this one, and this one,” tossing another, “and this one,” tossing another.

As the gargantuan task of implementing the goals of the Unity Women’s Desk (UWD) began to unfold before me as the Coordinator of the UWD, I was reminded of this story. We couldn’t save all of the oppressed women in the world, not even all of the oppressed Moravian women. What we could do was save one girl or woman at a time.

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Witnessing steps toward reconciliation in Honduras

032014HondurasreconciliationintroI sat at the table with the delegation from the Unity: Rev. Dr. Jørgen Bøytler, Unity Business Administrator; Nicaraguan Bishop John Wilson out of Miami; and Nicaraguan Superintendent Rev. Cora Antonio. Also at the table sat members of the Honduras Province provincial board. And later that day, we would meet with the Honduras Mission Province Board.

The two churches had split in the late 1990s when a charismatic revival took hold of the province. The charismatic, or renewal faction, was the group officially in leadership at the time. The more traditional group withdrew from the province.

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UWD: Realizing a dream of helping women around the world

032014realizingadreamintroWhen the Unity Women’s Desk began its work in January 2011, it was the realization of a dream that was born within a group of 40-plus women who had gathered in Kernersville, North Carolina in 1995. When those women first met, it soon became obvious that the problems women face around the world were too complex to be addressed by a one-time event and that they needed more attention than could be given in a two day, informal format. The idea of establishing a “Women’s Desk”—a central clearinghouse where information about the needs of women could be collected and addressed in a systematic way—was born.

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