Just as the popular song states, “Lord, the light of your love is shining/ in the midst of the darkness, shining,/ Jesus, Light of the world, shine upon us…”
Jesus, the true Light, has been shining and leading the preparations of the 2015 International Moravian Women’s Conference every step of the way. The conference will begin in less than three months, and the past four years of preparation have sped by!
The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference will be held June 25–28, 2015 at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East, Md. Once the sleeping rooms at Sandy Cove are full, later registrants will be offered an off-site hotel location approximately five miles from the conference site.
The conference committee is thrilled that 300 women from several different countries took advantage of the “early-bird” discount. Not only will there be attendees from around the world, but also workshops and worship services will be led by global Moravian women.
Keynote speaker Jennifer Sands will share her testimony of coming to salvation through Christ after her husband was killed in the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11. The Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood will guide the conference attendees to view Moravian Church pioneer women and the importance of their roles in the ministry of the denomination. And the Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Miller will lead the communion and candlelight Saturday evening services.
Among the many fascinating workshops offered are ones with an international mission focus: Tania Sanchez Fonseca from Cuba will share “God’s Light with the Women in Cuba;” Yjollca Mazi will tell us about women in exciting Albanian Moravian experiences; Marion Perrin will lead a workshop, “Helping the Women of Tanzania Help Themselves,” while the Rev. Mary Kategile from Tanzania will be leading the Thursday evening Lovefeast service; The Rev. Patricia Garner will speak about the global Unity Women’s Desk; and Judy Ganz, executive director, Board of World Mission, will share “Bringing God’s Light in Promoting Sustainable Mission.”
Daily morning worship leaders from different countries will start each day by guiding us as we Walk into the Light, following our Lord.
Although the early-bird registration discount has expired and some of the workshops are full to capacity, there is still time to register. The best way to do so is on the conference webpage (www.moravianwomensconference .org). And, be sure to follow us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MoravianWC.
One of the things that make international women’s conferences so special is the variety of things offered for sale by congregations and Moravian businesses. A vendor registration form is now available on the conference webpage for congregations and businesses interested in selling items at the conference.
Please plan to join us in this exciting international worship event. There is nothing quite like singing, worshiping, sharing Lovefeast and communion with Moravian sisters from around the world. ■
Nancy Chandler is a member of Hope Moravian Church, Ind., and is chair of the 2015 Moravian Women’s Conference. Photos from 2011 Women’s Conference by Myra Jones.
From the April 2015 Moravian Magazine