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New Hus documentary in production

Comenius Foundation and the Interprovincial Board of Communications are developing a high-quality documentary about John Hus. Titled Apostle of Truth, the documentary will tell the factual story of Hus in an interesting manner accessible to average viewers. The program will be broken into three segments, about 20 minutes each, to allow easy use in adult Sunday School classes, and will come with a class discussion guide.

Apostle of Truth is built on extensive interviews with recognized scholars, including Dr. Thomas Fudge (University of New England, Australia), Dr. Craig Atwood (Moravian Theological Seminary), Dr. Riddick Weber (Moravian Theological Seminary), Moravian Church archivists, and others. Interviews with historians will be amplified with the thoughts of theologians and pastors who reflect on the impact of Hus’ heritage.

2015husttourdayoneLast year, Mike Riess (Executive Director of the IBOC) collected high quality HD video and stills of the locations of Hus’ life and ministry and the early days of the Unity in Bohemia and Moravia. The Rev. John Jackman, executive director of Comenius Foundation, has been collecting the interviews of scholars that will serve as the backbone of the documentary script, and assembling a wide variety of early artwork related to Hus. We are in negotiations to use portions of the excellent dramatic Czech language miniseries produced by Ceská Televize last year. These elements will be woven together into a format somewhat similar to Jackman’s earlier documentary series, Zinzendorf.

Comenius Foundation is also developing a related website,, which will be a standing resource of informative articles about Hus, similar to the website developed along with the Zinzendorf documentary, The short, understandable articles on the site are accessed thousands of times each year by viewers all around the world.

John Jackman, who serves as pastor of Trinity Moravian Church in North Carolina, has produced numerous faith-related documentaries and feature films in addition to Zinzendorf, including Hymns of Faith (2003), An Uncommon Union (2004), Wesley (2009), and the new feature film Newton’s Grace (2016). He is the author of Lighting for Digital Film & Television.

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From the January/February 2016 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, August 17 — Psalm 100
Joshua 24:14–Judges 1:16; Luke 18:1–17

The Lord said, “You had compassion on the plant for which you did not work and which you did not cause to grow, which came up overnight and perished overnight. Should I not have compassion on Nineveh, the great city?” Jonah 4:10–11 (NASB)

Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other. 1 Corinthians 10:24

Creating Lord—you trusted us with one of the biggest responsibilities of all time: to care for your creation and all that is in it. Creation speaks to us and cannot be pushed past its boundaries. Help us tune our ears to listen to the voices that do not sound like ours. Amen.

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