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Rev. John D. Rights to receive Hus Award from Moravian Theological Seminary

Moravian Theological Seminary congratulates Rev. John D. Rights ‘85 (M.Div.) as the recipient of the 2016 John Hus Alumni Award.

Initiated in 1974, the John Hus Alumni Award gives special recognition to a graduate, who, through outstanding service & loyalty to ministry, has brought distinction to the work of the ministry and to Moravian Theological Seminary.

John serves with distinction as a Moravian minister. He grew up in the Clemmons, North Carolina Moravian congregation, and served as a pastor with the Calvary and Bethania Moravian congregations.

For the past 16 years, John has led the Konnoak Hills congregation in Winston-Salem as it lives its mission of “Called by Christto be a Neighbor.”
The congregation is known for strong outreach to neighborhood schools, a shared ministry with residents of a nearby group home, an effective parish
nursing ministry and an annual outdoor music festival. The church has a reputation for hospitality as it opens the doors of its fellowship hall to a diverse range of community groups.

John’s wider church and community ministries include:

  • Representative, North American Region of the Moravian Church, Unity Committee on Theology
  • Board of Directors, Laurel Ridge Moravian Conference Center (served on camp staff since 1977)
  • Board of Directors, Disability Advocates of Northwest N.C.
  • Ecumenical Pilgrimage Group to Israel and Palestine
  • Governing Board, North Carolina Council of Churches
  • Board of Directors, Yokefellow Prison Ministry of N.C.

John continues a Rights family tradition as a proud graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary.

Any graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary is eligible to be nominated for the John Hus Award. It is appropriately named for John Hus, one of the great leaders of the Christian Church, who is revered as a pastor, preacher, scholar and martyr for his faith.

This year’s award will be presented at the All-Alumni Luncheon in Bethlehem on March 11, 2016. n


From the January/February 2016 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, April 21 — Psalm 52
Leviticus 15:1–24; Mark 5:21–43

The snares of death encompassed me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ Psalm 116:3,4

The disciples awoke Jesus and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:38–39 (NKJV)

Christ Jesus, how prone we are to worry. How we forget your words, “Fear not.” When our faith is diminished by fear, gently remind us to take refuge in you. “Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.” Amen.

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