Tag Archives: September

Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Studying the historical and theological background to 
The Ground of the Unity

As part of our ongoing series to share information about key Moravian theology and doctrine, we will be excerpting the Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews’ study, Confessing Our Unity in Christ: Historical and Theological Background to The Ground of the Unity. Originally written in 2000 and updated twice, this study looks at the theological and historical underpinnings […]

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Ponderings: Hear them as a message to us…

In my role managing the production of the North American version of the Daily Texts, I am always looking for ways to best describe how to approach and use this book. So when I hear someone discussing the Daily Texts and what it means to them—or better yet, a way to approach bringing the texts […]

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Moravian Magazine, Issue 7 2017

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Official Provincial Elders’ News

Prayer Watch The Moravian Church has experienced spiritual renewal and strength through a covenant of prayer. In 1727, the church in Herrnhut, Germany, covenanted for an “Hourly Intercession” which continued for one hundred years with a great blessing to the entire Moravian Church. The Unity Prayer Watch established in 1957 (the quincentenary of the Unitas […]

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Bulletin writings bring a new Moravian inspiration every week

Each week, Moravians across the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean share a common message through their Sunday bulletins. The messages are based on the lectionary text for each Sunday. Brother Hermann Weinlick, retired Moravian pastor and former director of the Interprovincial Board of Communication (that distributes the bulletins), continues to manage the process of collecting […]

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Handmade carts make Lovefeasts easier

We had a problem. How do we put on two Christmas Eve Lovefeast services, without the physical ability to do so? For years Macedonia Moravian has had two Christmas Eve Lovefeast services, but last year the church thought we’d need to go to one service—not because of lack of numbers, and not because of lack […]

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Starting the day with coffee, a journal and the Daily Texts

  Every morning I honor three familiar Moravian traditions: Reading the Moravian Daily Texts, writing in my personal journal and drinking coffee. I love that these traditions, devotional study, personal reflection on God’s activity and fellowship with a favorite beverage, have been part of our community for generations. Each one offers a steadfast reminder of […]

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Donor Advised Fund helps family see hope in sadness

In the fourth quarter of 2017, the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA) will launch a new Donor Advised Fund (DAF). The Board of MMFA hopes that this new fund encourages giving in new and exciting ways. We also hope that this opens up philanthropy to new donors who may desire more choice in their charitable […]

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Building bridges to overcome hate

It could have been a bright Sunday afternoon at any Moravian Church around the world. Young and old were streaming into the educational building. Men in comfortable clothes. Women in brightly colored attire. Nearly 60 in all. Smiling and chatting. However, this Sunday afternoon they were arriving at a mosque, the Annoor Islamic Center in […]

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Spiritual Companioning: 
Finding strength and a 
deeper relationship with God

Over the past several years, small groups at six Northern Province congregations have been focused on spiritual listening – noticing God at work in people’s lives, sharing their thoughts and listening with their hearts. These new “Spiritual Companioning” groups grew out of a 2014 Northern Province Synod resolution directing a Spiritual Formation Task Force to […]

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Mission Meals: A cook-at-home way to support mission grants

Services that send consumers all the ingredients necessary to create a meal and instructions on how to cook it represent a growing trend in home cooking. The Board of World Mission is trying its own version of this “make it at home” idea called “Mission Meals” as a fundraiser for its mission grant program. In […]

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Obituary: Sister Judy Kaaua

Sr. Judy Kaaua, a member of the Provincial Elders’ Conference of the Northern Province, died in Waconia, Minnesota, June 12, 2017, at age 70. Born July 30, 1946 to Wilfred and Inez (Johnson) Plocher, Sr. Kaaua graduated from Moravian College in 1967 and earned a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the […]

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Obituary: Mrs. Grace Dittmer

Sister Grace H. (Giesler) Dittmer died at Lynden, Washington, September 10, 2017, at the age of 99. She was born November 24, 1917 at Green Bay, Wisconsin, a daughter of Carl and Laura (Dickey) Giesler. Sister Dittmer was united in marriage to Brother James P. Dittmer on July 20, 1940 at East Side Moravian Church, […]

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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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