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BCM resource highlights what it means to be “Simply Moravian”

Ever taken one of those Facebook quizzes? You know, “What Kind of 80s Rock Star Are You?” or “How Many World Flags Can You Name?” I’ve often thought it would be fun to create a “Test Your Moravian IQ” quiz. How would you do? Go ahead . . . try it!

  1. Who is considered the founder of the Moravian Church?
  2. Who is the actual founder of what we now consider the Moravian Church?
  3. What is the name of the village where the ancient Unity began their church?
  4. From what famous scripture was the doctrine of the Ancient Unity developed?
  5. What are the “essentials?”

6x9simplymoravian.inddThe answers appear at the end of this article. How did you do? If you got all five correct, congratulations! Your Moravian IQ is through the roof. Most of us still have plenty to learn about the roots of our denomination. Did you miss a few questions? Then, Simply Moravian: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Essentials might be for you.

Developed by the Board of Cooperative Ministries and written and edited by Moravian historians and educators, this small volume is designed to be used by children, youth and adults to explore the world of the Unity of the Brethren, the very earliest Moravians (also called the Brethren of the Law of Christ). These brave Christians were one of the very earliest groups to move beyond the restrictions of the state church to create their very own church. It was nearly 600 years ago that these men and women broke the law so that they might serve God and each other according to the “Law of Christ,” better known as the Sermon on the Mount.

It’s a fascinating story still unfamiliar to many of us, which provides us with some important context for exploring our roots. Turns out, the past really can teach us to live as better Christians today. In Simply Moravian: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Essentials, we talk about how we can learn how to be faithful to the call of Jesus Christ in our modern world from the courage of John Hus to the simplicity of Gregory and the early Moravians of Kunvald. What are the “essentials” as our early Moravians understood them? What does it really mean to be Moravian? How do we live that out today?

Simply Moravian includes activities designed for children of all ages as well as discussion questions for youth and adults. The engaging illustrations range from ancient Czech drawings to modern artwork from the very creative pen of Andrew David Cox, illustrator and member of Olivet Moravian Church.

6x9simplymoravian.inddSo far, this unique resource has been used as part of VBS programming, for children’s education, in youth groups, as part of a book study group, and as an intergenerational Sunday School class. How will you use it to bring the story of the early Moravians to your family or congregation?

Simply Moravian is available for purchase from the Board of Cooperative Ministries in Winston-Salem and the Interprovincial Board of Communication in Bethlehem. ν

Ruth Cole Burcaw is the executive director of the Board of Cooperative Ministries in the Southern Province.



Moravian IQ Quiz Answers: 1. John Hus; 
2. Gregory the Patriarch; 3. Kunvald, Czech Republic; 4. Sermon on the Mount; 5. God creates, God saves and God blesses us—we respond in faith, love and hope.


From the January/February 2015 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Friday, January 19 — Psalm 14
Genesis 22; Matthew 8:5–22

The promises of the Lord are promises that are pure, silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. Psalm 12:6

You will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. Philippians 2:15–16 (NIV)

Lord, you never promised us that life would be easy. However, you did promise to be with us through it all. May our trust in your promise witness to the joyful hope that we have in you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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