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Moravian Magazine, May 2018

Create in Me: Poetry as a source of liturgy

DSC_3942The idea behind “Create in Me” is to get us talking about worship. As you read this month’s reflection by Jeanne Ahlers on gardening, we offer a few questions for you to consider and explore with your worship community: In what ways do you look to worship to help you grow? What would change if […]


Create in Me: Worship is like gardening

Samsung 3-31-18 1476One of the things I enjoy most is gardening and growing food. I’m a volunteer Master Gardener with the North Dakota State University ExtensionService. I love growing plants. They amaze me. They start from seeds—sometimes tiny and small, sometimes big—but somehow, contained in that seed, are the blueprints and the nutrients needed to make life happen. But […]


Moravian Camping in Mid-States

tar hollow webThe goal of the Middle States Youth Ministry Council is to ensure that the youth and young adults of Moravian churches in Ohio, lower Michigan, Indiana and Illinois are able to participate in interchurch activities and further their relationships with Christ. We strive to provide appropriate, safe, and challenging programs for participants of all ages. […]


Summer at Camp Van-Es

20160722_103704Our goal at Camp Van-Es is to help children explore faith in Jesus Christ in a natural setting. We offer a safe environment to experience God, to grow spiritually and, of course, to have fun! Van-Es will host four weeks of summer camp for Moravain youth (and others!) on the shores of South Cooking Lake […]


Crossroads: Traveling the Journey of Faith

DSC03066Yogi Berra once said, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Sometimes the guidance we receive about our own life’s discernments seems just as helpful. We’ve all known seasons when we have pondered life’s questions. Where is God? What is my purpose? Why am I here? What should I do?  Moravian […]


Doing mission at “Camp Hope”

IMG_0401.JPGNo one is too young to do mission, especially as part of a team. That is what campers will be learning and living at the Eastern District’s outdoor ministry site, Hope Conference & Renewal Center, this summer.  Campers will be helping to feed the hungry, clothe the needy, and participate in other ministry projects while […]


Laurel Ridge: A season of growing and learning

IMG_9649Summer at Laurel Ridge for 2018 will be a wonderful and action-packed season of growing and learning together!  In addition to the faith, fun and learning of the Moravian camp in the mountains, campers will focus on themes of unity. Based on Ephesians 4:3, “Make every effort to keep the ​unity of the Spirit through the […]


Southern Province elects new leadership

The Rev. Judy Knopf, the Rev. David Guthrie, the Rev. Jeff Coppage, the Rev. Nola Knouse, Tommy Cole, Peggy Carter and Keith Kapp.Delegates to the 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church, Southern Province, elected the new Provincial Elders’ Conference during sessions on Friday and Saturday, April 20 and 21. The Provincial Elders’ Conference for the Southern Province consists of three clergy and three lay people in addition to the PEC president. The PEC is elected by Synod […]


Southern Province approves full communion with United Methodist Church

In photo: The Rev. David Guthrie presents a brass Moravian Star to UMC Bishop Michael Watson as UMC Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar looks on.The 2018 Synod of the Moravian Church Southern Province approved a relationship of full communion with the United Methodist Church (UMC) on Friday, April 20. The full communion agreement, which was initially approved by the UMC at their General Conference in Portland, Ore., in May 2016, recognizes each other’s ministries, and encourages witness and mission […]


Southern Province elects two new bishops

SPSynod2018MR-7315On the same day in 1978, the Revs. Carol Foltz and Tom Shelton graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary. A short time later, they were ordained pastors of the Moravian Church—again, both on the same day. And on Saturday, April 21, 2018, they both took another huge step on their pastoral path–they were both elected bishops […]


Southern Province Synod charts courageous path forward

ADC_Synod_2018-60In April, more than 230 delegates to the 2018 Southern Province Synod developed, discussed, debated and passed more than 20 resolutions that will guide the core of the Province over the next four years. Synod is the highest governing body within the polity of the Moravian Church Southern Province. These every-four-year gatherings bring together clergy […]


Northern Province Synod prepares to gather, grow and go

gggbaglogofinalEvery four years, Moravians from each North American Province gather to “do the business of the church”—to decide, legislate, make policy, discuss doctrine, and chart the way forward for the next four years. In April, Southern Province Moravians convened in Black Mountain, N.C. for their Synod (see stories beginning on page 7). Now it’s the […]


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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