Moravians and those interested in Moravian history and music converged on Bethlehem in October for the third Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music. Attendees came from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, Central and South America and the Caribbean.
Scholars, researchers, archivists and musicians discussed a broad range of topics including Moravian identity, archaeology, women, education, Moravian music, the work and life of John Amos Comenius and more. The conference also featured performances of Moravian music.
The Rev. Dr. Peter Vogt, director of Theological Education for the Moravian Church – European Continental Province presented this years Walter Vivian Moses Lecture in Moravian Studies. Dr. Vogt’s presentation, “How Moravian are the Moravians? The Paradox of Moravian Identity,” discussed the Moravian Church’s ethnic origins, the continuity between the ancient Unitas Fratrum and today’s Moravian Church and core believes and traditions. His lecture is available online at http://www.moravianseminary.edu/moravian-studies/moses-lectures-in-moravian-theology.html
As part of the conference, the Rev. Dr. David Schattschneider was honored with the inaugural Award of Merit “for promoting the study of Moravian history, theology, and mission” presented by the Center for Moravian Studies. Schattschneider founded the Center for Moravian Studies in 1992 to assist scholarly research on the Moravians as well as to provide information for the general public. The award cited his work as “a man whose entire career has been dedicated to teaching Moravian history and facilitating research on the Moravians around the world.”
From the December 2012 Moravian Magazine