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Moravian Magazine September 2015

On the cover: A statue commemorating Jan Hus watches over Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo: Mike Riess

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Ponderings: An overwhelming sense of place

As you’ll read in this month’s Special Feature, I traveled to the Czech Republic and Germany on the 2015 Jan Hus Memorial Tour with the Moravian Theological Seminary. Through the nine-day journey, I (and 50 others) experienced firsthand the landmarks of our church’s history up close and personal. Actually being in the places I’d only […]

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Passion for God, compassion for people and willingness to get out of God’s way

It was during my years at seminary that I first heard of Spiritual Direction: the art of spiritual listening. The thought of becoming a spiritual director resonated from a place deep within me. To my surprise and disappointment, people with whom I shared this insight received it with reservation, and rightfully so. To accompany someone […]

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Moravian Covenant for Christian Living Part VII

This month will cover the parts of the MCCL dealing with Raising Children and The Witness of a Christian Citizen.

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Churches commemorate Hus’ life and martyrdom in many ways

For many Moravian congregations across the U.S. and Canada, the 600th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jan Hus was cause for special commemorations and services. Here are just a few of those events marking this important occasion in the life of the church…   Metro New York John Hus Festival 2015 The Metro New York […]

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Building up congregational health

Congregations, just like human beings, are living entities. As congregations, we proclaim and seek to live as the Body of Christ in the ministry we share with the communities around us. And like any “body” there are times when we are in better condition than others. However, unlike for our human bodies, workout facilities with […]

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Fostering respectful conversation about homosexuality in the church

In the summer of 2014 the Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference appointed the Rev. Robert Sawyer, the Rev. Nola Reed Knouse and the Rev. Craig Troutman to form the nucleus of a steering committee to fulfill the mandate of Synod Resolution #12. (For the complete resolution, see sidebar.) The three of us began meeting in […]

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A tour to remember the life of Jan Hus

In early 2014, a team at the Moravian Theological Seminary began work on ways to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jan Hus. One result was the Jan Hus Memorial Tour, a nine-day adventure to the Czech Republic and Germany to trace the roots and branches of the early Unity of the Brethren […]

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Moravian Magazine, September 2014

On the cover: Moravian youth from North America view Christian History in Cuba. Photo by Dave Sommers.

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Basking in the SON: An adventure to the Moravian Church in Cuba

This summer, a group of eight youth and young adults, ages 16 to 28, journeyed to Cuba to work with the newly emerging Moravian churches in one of the Unity’s newest mission areas. In responding to Christ’s call to serve on the Cuba Mission Team, these youth and young adults, and two adult leaders, utilized […]

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Camp from Wisconsin to Nicaragua… and back

In July 2014, a group of three campers from Chetek, the Moravian Church Camp in Wisconsin for students in 9th grade thru age 21, and two leaders traveled to Nicaragua to spend 10 days building relationships with the youth of the church there. The team traveled after an invitation came from First Moravian Church in […]

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Old Moravian Tradition + 21st-Century Technology = a very effective ministry!

Moravian wind players have accompanied singing at Moravian funerals since at least 1731 in Herrnhut. Over these 283 years, band members have been called to service by many different means of communication. The community in Herrnhut was small enough for word-of-mouth notifications — everyone knew who had been called to the more immediate presence of […]

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Faith Gifts help make more ministry possible

At the Northern Province Synod in June, many great ideas were put forth to enhance and improve the church’s mission and ministry. The Synod considered (and in many cases approved) these dreams for the future, recognizing that a body with no dreams is a dying body. But most of these dreams and ideas will require […]

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Bethlehem welcomes Moravian scholars and musicians for conference

Scholars, musicians and Moravian enthusiasts will convene in downtown Bethlehem to explore the latest research on a wide range of topics related to Moravian history and music at the fourth Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music scheduled for October 2-5, 2014, on the campus of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. The conference theme […]

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Surgical Care in Sikonge

The treatment of infectious diseases, especially malaria, constitutes the vast majority of medical care throughout Africa. While the number of those injured in accidents is small in comparison, the lack of access to surgical expertise results in deaths, deformities and disabilities that are unimaginable to those of us in the United States. Peg and I […]

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New Beginnings to drive benefit for tornado relief

Take mother nature’s fury, a Sunday School Lesson about the tornado-ravaged city of Moore, Oklahoma, and a five-year-old with a servant’s heart and what do you get? The Motors-4-Moore Car & Motorcycle Show at New Beginnings Moravian Church in Hundersville, N.C. “This exciting, family-friendly event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 4th, from 10-2 p.m. […]

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Ponderings: Lighting the fire at Laurel Ridge

I’m not sure when it hit me. Perhaps it was the long drive up the mountain on a sparkling clear afternoon. Maybe it was while worshiping and praying on the Eastern overlook. It might have been while watching a group of pastors praying over teary-eyed campers, or maybe it was seeing those same high school […]

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Douglas W. Caldwell

Brother Douglas W. Caldwell died July 17, 2014 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania at age 71. Born May 7, 1943 in Charlotte, North Carolina, he was the son of David and Margaret (Ashburn) Caldwell. Brother Caldwell graduated from Moravian College in 1966 and received an M. Div. from Moravian Theological Seminary in 1969. In 1985 he received […]

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Official Provincial Elders’ News, September 2014

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 14, 2014 The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each […]

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Moravian Magazine September 2013

  On the cover: A handbell awaits its chance to ring during the 24th Moravian Music Festival. Photo by Mike Riess  

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Moravian Magazine, September 2012

  Open publication – Free publishing – More moravian     On the cover: Pastors lead the closing worship at the 2012 Eastern District Synod in Bethlehem, Pa.  Photo by Mike Riess.

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Moravian youth “get connected” at Convo 2013

092013convointroHigh school students from many corners of the North American Moravian world came together for a week of learning, prayer, fellowship, worship—and, of course, fun!—at Convo 2013 in Greensboro, N.C.

Since 1957, Convo has invited Moravian youth who have completed grades 9 through 12 to join together every four years. Relationships forged at each of these gatherings are life-changing and last forever.

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Prayer shawls for Northern Province Synod

092013prayershawlintroAnnounced last fall, the Prayer Shawl Minsitry of the United Brethren’s Church on Staten Island is hoping to provide one prayer shawl for each delegate to the Northern Province Synod in June 2014. That means 250 shawls! The group has commitments for close to 100, and is looking for more knitters to help!  

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Ponderings: One busy Summer

For many, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and vacation. For me, this summer has been one of fun; relaxation, that’s another matter!
July and August offered me many opportunities to be out and about in the Moravian world. In early July, I attended the Youth Convo in Greensboro, N.C. with more than 60 students, counselors and leaders. Watching these bright, articulate, God-loving high schoolers talk together, work together and have fun together was an inspiring sight. See the story starting on the next page to read what a meaningful experience Convo was for those who were there.

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Official Provincial Elders’ Conference News

Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 8, 2013

The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each member.

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Obituary: The Rev. Otto Dreydoppel

Brother Otto Dreydoppel died at Lynnwood, Washington, July 13, 2013, at the age of 85. Born November 30, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of Otto and Sophie (McCubbin) Dreydoppel. Brother Dreydoppel graduated from Moravian College in 1952 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1955. He received a Masters in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry May 1, 1955 and consecrated a Presbyter January 20, 1963.

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Obituary: The Rev. Dr. Mary J. Matz

Sister Mary J. Matz died at Bethlehem, Pa., July 31, 2013, at the age of 81 years. Born August 10, 1931 in Havertown, Pa., she was the daughter of Charles and Olive (Wise) Dill. Sister Matz graduated from Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania.

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Moravian Music Festival 2013

092013musicfestivalintroIn July, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania came alive with music as the 24th Moravian Music Festival came to town.

For seven days, singers, musicians and music lovers from around the country (and the globe!) braved the summer heat of Bethlehem for a week of workshops, rehearsals, concerts and more. In Central Moravian Church and on the south campus of Moravian College, participants played, sang and appreciated the broad scope of Moravian music.

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Mission trip results in ecumenical partnership and communion

092013missiontripintroDuring the week of July 14, 2013 eleven members of the Hope Moravian Church of Hope, Ind. traveled to Staten Island, New York on a Mission Trip. Lots of Moravian congregations have been doing that very thing this summer, as so many of us are moved to help out the many East Coast residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed, just nine months ago, by Superstorm Sandy.

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Historic lovefeast brings together ecumenical partners

092013lovefeastintroNearly one thousand Lutherans, Episcopalians and Moravians gathered in Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. for a unique celebration of the full communion relationship among the three denominations—the first-ever of its kind.

The celebration arose out of several years of conversation among the heads of the local territories of the three denominations: the Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, the Rev. Samuel R. Zeiser, bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. David Bennett, president of the Eastern District, Northern Province, of the Moravian Church. Their discussions of ways to demonstrate full communion led to the question of what the three churches have in common. One clear answer: Music.

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