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New mission book guides Moravians toward living in Common Unity

022016commonunityfinalcoverWhen the Interprovincial Women’s Board of the Moravian Church sought a writer for their annual mission study guide, they selected Justin Rabbach, director of mission engagement for the Board of World Mission. And when they looked for assistance editing and producing the guide, they contracted with the Interprovincial Board of Communication.

The partnership resulted in Common Unity: Community in Action, a nine-session study guide for women’s groups to use in their congregations. The finished book was so good, the IBOC decided to order additional copies to add to its catalog while meeting the needs of the Women’s Boards.


Living out the common unity

“Since the Moravian Church worldwide is know as ‘the Unity,’ our faith is something we have in common,” says author Justin. “So, as we try to live out that ‘common unity,’ we are really seeking how to live and serve as a community in the world.”

Common Unity: Community in Action takes a look at the characteristics that define and guide Moravian communities. Using the language from the Ground of the Unity as “ground rules,” this nine-session study gives language to individuals and groups as they share what makes a community strong. It also offers questions for reflection, and a call to put the information that we all agree on about how to be a church together into action!

Common Unity was edited and designed by former IBOC Communications Assistant Renee Schoeller, with a cover design by Mike Riess. It is available through for $5.95.

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From the January/February 2016 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Watchword for the Week — Jesus says, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Mark 9:35

Sunday, September 23 — Jeremiah 11:18–20; Psalm 54
James 3:13–4:3,7–8a; Mark 9:30–37

I will forgive their iniquity, and remember their sin no more. Jeremiah 31:34

John wrote: My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John 2:1

Gracious Advocate, so often we go off on our own and lose our way. We take our eyes off of you and selfishly focus on the world. Thank you for not abandoning us to ourselves. Thank you for bringing us back into loving communion with you. In the name of Christ, our redeemer, we pray. Amen.

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