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Catching up on The Moravian

042016ponderingsimageTen times a year for the past six years, I’ve okayed the printing of more than 17,000 copies of The Moravian magazine. The magazine represents one of the most visible example of the work that the Interprovincial Board of Communication does, and it’s a part of my job that I like (and lose sleep over) a great deal.

But at the beginning of this year, I admit I got into a bit of a slump. Other editors I know have hit similar slumps in their tenures; I was hoping it wouldn’t happen to me. The magazine wasn’t coming together as smoothly as it had been. Each edition was more of a struggle to get finished. And while I’m proud of the issues we produced, they were mailing toward the end of their publication date month instead of the beginning. I wasn’t happy with the way things were working, and apologize for the delays.

The good news, however, is I believe the slump is over. As this issue finally came together, I began to feel more optimistic about my ability to regularly produce this journal of the Moravian Church in America. We have a very busy year coming up, with lots of great things happening in our church.

Critical to making The Moravian work are the writers and photographers who share their stories. I ask that you keep those stories coming; only with your voices can we continue to illustrate the spirit, life, faith and happenings of our church. Consider sharing what’s going on in congregations, in missions, in our church agencies and in our denomination as a whole. Thanks to all of those who have written for us over the years.

I’m also excited to have taken on the design and layout for the magazine. We had worked with a terrific designer named Sandy Fay for more than 15 years; however, the IBOC directors and I decided this was the year to hand the design reins over to me. It’s a creative part of the job that I’ve been looking forward to doing for quite some time. You may notice that this is the “April/May” issue of the magazine. We produce 10 issues each year; after this issue, we will be monthly for the remainder of 2016.

And this is a favorite issue of the year for me, because it includes the Board of World Mission’s Annual Report for 2015. Each year since 2012, the IBOC has designed this section of the magazine; this year, I got to design the magazine part that goes around it, too. With this month’s issue, I hope you also enjoy the stories of new ways of communicating, of Moravian educational institutions and the women of the Unity coming together.

Peace,

 

Mike

 

From the April/May 2016 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts

12/14/2017

Thursday, December 14 — Psalm 143:1–6
Micah 6,7; Revelation 13:11–14:5

The Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” He said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked.” Genesis 3:9–10

Paul wrote: And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” Galatians 4:6–7

God of the garden, you have placed us in your natural world. May we enjoy your creation and be good stewards of it. Call us as your beloved children and make us obedient to your will. Amen.

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