The Moravian Magazine and its predecessors have been bringing news and commentary from around the Moravian world for more than 100 years. In its pages, you can read the story of our modern church. In this issue, we look back 25 years to the January/February 1990 issue.
In the issue, readers learned of changes in East Germany and how Moravian brothers and sisters in Herrnhut (then in the far east of East Germany) were faring. The cover photo by Reuters shows a meeting of East German leaders in a “round table” discussion in the saal of the Moravian Church in East Berlin. Deiter and Heidi Gembecki wrote, “How do the Herrnhuters react to the sudden changes? With joy and satisfaction. The brethren interviewed stressed the impact of the church on the people … services and prayers for peace created a climate of nonviolence that pervaded the political attitudes …”
In a story relating the ministry of Christ Church in Calgary, Alberta, pastor Glen Stoudt wrote, “We acknowledge the reality that our church is full of lukewarm Christians. But we are not afraid. In fact, we are just beginning to realize that in this we have a valid and unique ministry and are actually learning to heat up a few every now and then—perhaps a few who would never otherwise get close enough to the flame of God’s Spirit or the warmth of God’s grace.”
In an article entitled “Faithful to a Vision,” the Rev. Doug Caldwell shared his views on the ministry at Central Moravian Church. “In a very complex, pluralistic society, many conscientious, thinking people are looking for the refreshing understanding of what the Moravian Church really represents. At Central Church every attempt is made to uphold these ideals of quality worship, music, education and mission. The Moravian Church has always sought individuals who want to make a positive difference for Christ and the Kingdom of God. We are finding many people who are willing to respond.”
And the first issue of the 1990s introduced a feature called “Z” with quotations from Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf compiled by Dr. Gary Kinkel of the Iowa Sate University faculty. “…And He [Jesus] requires that all His dear hearts should rejoice over the soul…whom he has saved through His sovereign power … This is the reason why we lover our enemies, why we bless those who curse us and pray for those who wrong us and persecute us; for it can help …“ (From the Second of the Nine Lectures on Important Subjects in Religion, 1746, trans. George Forell). ν
From the January/February 2015 Moravian Magazine