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Moravian Magazine December 2014


On the cover: Traditional Beeswax candle lights the way toward Christmas. Photo by Mike Riess & Renee Schoeller.

Am I my brother’s keeper?

A personal reflection on Ferguson by Betsy Miller “Am I my brother’s keeper?” took on new meaning for me when I was in St. Louis, Missouri last month. The National Council of Churches had made a deliberate decision to hold its annual meeting in St. Louis to stand with our brothers and sisters in Christ. […]


Christmas at the Bethlehem Boarding School for Girls

122014christmasgirlsschool1How did students at the Moravian Boarding School for Girls in Bethlehem experience Christmas around 1790? To answer this question, we turn to an unusual source. The records of the school contain a school diary for the years 1788 to 1791. The diary was kept not by a teacher but by the students themselves. Each […]


What does it take to spend a year in Nepal?

122014holmbergsLet us introduce ourselves—we are the Rev. Trina and Ken Holmberg. We are the crazy 50-year-old Canadian/Americans who sold almost everything to become Antioch servants living in Nepal for a year. Now who would want to do that? Aren’t we supposed to be saving for retirement—the golden years.—sitting on our patio in Florida doing…? Jeremiah […]


Northern, Southern Province PECs meet to share best practices

122014pecsmeetIn the peaceful, comfortable setting at Oak Ridge Conference Center in Chaska, Minn., members of the Provincial Elders’ Conferences, North and South, met jointly to pray, study God’s word, share best practices and encourage and support one another. Thanks to funding from the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America, and in conjunction with the annual shareholders […]


Living as a Christian and a Moravian in the former East Germany

122014andreasherrnhut1The Rev. Andreas Tasche, a pastor and board member of the Herrnhuter Missionshilfe (Moravian Mission Society in Germany), grew up in the former East Germany. Under Communist rule, Christians were under constant suspicion and sometimes even open hostility from the government. In this remembrance, initially published in The Moravian Messenger, Andreas shares a little of […]


Feeding My Sheep: Sunnyside Ministry is working at it…

122014sunnyside2As you can see, the billboard says, “1 in 5 kids faces hunger.” This is the sign displayed by FEEDING AMERICA, and I see it each day as I travel into Winston-Salem. It is haunting, especially when we are told that 26 percent of the children in our area go to bed hungry at night. […]


Lectures discuss Moravians’ balance of economics and religion

122014englelectureintroIn many religious settings, the spiritual side and economic side of “being the church” can sometimes be a difficult mix. But for Moravians in Bethlehem during the early days of the settlement in Pennsylvania, their economic efforts were key to making their spiritual work possible. At the November 2014 Adamson Forum in Chaska, Minn., attendees […]


Moravians gather to discuss money and ministry

122014adamsonintroIn early November representatives from more than 20 Moravian congregations and agencies gathered in Chaska, Minnesota to gain new insights on an old topic: money and ministry. The second Adamson Innovation Forum, sponsored by the Moravian Ministries Foundation in America (MMFA), sought to help churches and agencies change their conversations about finances and faith by […]


Ponderings: Picturing Advent and Christmas

122014ponderings1We all have our own ways of picturing Christmas in our heads. For some, it’s baby Jesus in the manger, surrounded by Mary, Joseph and a cast of animals, shepherds and kings. For others, Christmas imagery is Santa on a massive sleigh, his reindeer guiding the way. And for still others, it’s a scene of […]


Moravian Daily Texts


Ascension Sunday
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the Week — Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Sunday, May 28 — Acts 1:6–14; Psalm 68:1–10,32–35

1 Peter 4:12–14,5:6–11; John 17:1–11

Lord, you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands. Psalm 10:14

Jesus welcomed them, and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed to be cured. Luke 9:11

Direct us, O God. In our joy, lead us to service. In our sorrow, lead us to healing. Amen.

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