It is one of the central affirmations of the Christian faith that God wants to be in relationship with each of us, children of the earthly kingdom. But as in all relationships, a two-way street is the only way that this can be nurtured. We need to regularly take time to speak to God, but just as importantly, we need to take time to listen to God.
Brother Cedric Sydney Rodney, 88, of Winston-Salem, N.C. passed away November 20, 2012. He was born October 10, 1924 in Georgetown, Guyana in South America.
The Northern Province Archives is running out of room. Today, it is near capacity and its ability to continue to receive, preserve and create accessibility to the collections and records could become compromised in the relatively near future.
Traveling to Cuba is like stepping back in time, with the streets full of pre-1960 American automobiles, and grand buildings of the past untouched by renovation or repair. But there is more to the sense of difference in Cuba, subtle but profound. How far can we go, even in distant cities like Shanghai or Karachi, without seeing America’s commercial influence (McDonald’s, Burger King)? Yet 90 miles from Key West is a country that feels untouched by the culture of fast food and shopping malls. In fact, after the old cars, the first thing I noticed about Cuba was what was missing: advertising. Can you imagine how it feels to ride through a city (in a 1952 Chevy) and never see a sign enticing you to buy? To me, it felt wonderful.
Rev. Armando Rusindo, chair of the Moravian Church in Cuba, complained to me that he really felt that the Cuban church needed to have its first general assembly to ratify their Book of Order prior to any other events in the church, especially given their limited resources. But he saw that the women in the church, comprising the majority of its membership, were completely determined to hold their first women’s conference this fall, and so he relented.
“One who has health, has hope. And One who has hope, has everything.”—Proverb (thinkexist.com)
Hope is powerful. As the proverb offers, it is through health that greater hope can be embraced and lived out. In 2009, the Northern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference convened a gathering of the PEC, all members of the three District Boards and all provincial and district staff. The purpose: to identify a strategy for the province to move toward greater congregational health.
It is the second day of the Women’s Conference at the Nzega Moravian Church, Tanzania. Marion Perrin and I are just arriving in Nzega, having traveled from Canada on behalf of Likewise HIV/AIDS ministries.
We enter the conference and are invited to join the distinguished panel, which included both lay and ordained women from Tabora, Dar Es Salaam, and Mbeya.
HUKWAFA is the acronym in Swahili for “Huduma kwa Watoto na Familia, meaning “Serving Children and Families.” HUKWAFA is a LIKEWISE AIDS Ministries project working with the most vulnerable children in Gininiga and Magu, Tanzania.
The herd of cows in front of our jeep is moving slowly; we have come to a complete stop again. Finally we move forward. We are on the road to Gininiga in Tanzania—what an experience!
There are sinkholes—places where the rains have washed the road away—unexpected sharp turns, and sudden drops where the road disappears altogether. People are walking along the side of the road carrying heavy items on their heads: a bucket of water, huge load of firewood or a bag of rice or beans. A man is negotiating his overloaded bicycle down a deep gully in the road. We swerve to miss him.
In 2013 the Moravian Ministries Foundation (MMFA) will celebrate our fifteenth year of service to the Moravian Church in America. In preparation for our anniversary, the Foundation’s Board and staff have been reflecting and planning for the next phase in the MMFA’s development.
Moravians are well acquainted with the church’s musical heritage. And we all know our music: Timeless hymns and chorales document the Moravian year, from “Morning Star” at Christmas to “Sing Hallelujah, Praise the Lord” at Easter.
But what about the trios of Johann Daniel Grimm? The violin prelude of Gottfried Finger? Or any one of the nine harpsichord pieces by Christian Ignatius Latrobe?
A mid-sized group of (mostly) Moravian college students gathered in the Tise Building at Laurel Ridge Camp and Conference Center in early November to prepare for a weekend of spiritual growth, reflection and discussion.