For each issue of The Moravian, I endeavor to come up with a compelling cover image to welcome readers inside. With Holy Week and Easter coming early this year, I knew the March issue was the perfect opportunity to offer a Lenten image on the cover.
As I thought of imagery and symbolism associated with Lent and Easter, the three crosses on Calvary kept coming to the forefront. I wanted something that said “Moravian” and featured the symbolism of the three-cross motif.
B ryon L. Grigsby, senior vice president and vice president for academic affairs at Shenandoah University, has been named the 16th president of Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary. Grigsby is a 1990 graduate of Moravian College. He will assume the presidency in July 2013, succeeding Christopher M. Thomforde, who will depart Moravian in July after serving seven years as president of the College and Seminary.
Virginia’s first Moravian congregation celebrated 160 years of worship in the Blue Ridge Mountains earlier this winter. Following a year-long celebration that included special services and an anniversary challenge to raise enough money to sand and refinish their sanctuary’s floor, Mount Bethel Moravian Church in Cana, Va. celebrated their 160th year on Sunday, November 18.
The Larger Life Foundation is an important financial support ministry of the Moravian Church, Northern Province. The Foundation was founded in 1920 by a small group of Moravians with the goal of establishing an endowment fund, the income of which would be allocated to give “larger life” to the ministries of the church now and into the future. Following approval by the Provincial Synod, a firm foundation was laid through gifts and bequests that spanned decades. The assets of the Larger Life Foundation have grown through the years and now total $10,000,000.
Convo is one of those events that is truly a once in a life time opportunity for participants, because it only comes around every four years for the age group. Youth Convo is intended for young Christians who have completed grades 9 through high school graduation. It is a weeklong event, comparable to a Moravian camp, but it has a distinctly different experience.
It is 1769. Peter Worbass, former manager of the Sun Inn, the Moravian accommodation for visitors in Bethlehem, has arrived at a farm located across the Delaware River in the colony of New Jersey. The farm is on the way from Bethlehem to Moravian missions in New York and New England, and the Moravians know it well. Worbass is to be the farm manager for a new community on land which the Moravians have just purchased. Called Green’s Land, after the farm owner, the community’s name soon will be changed to Hope.
In this day of instant access to images, music, words and ideas, it’s become almost too easy to lift a phrase from here or a picture from there and put them together for your church’s worship, web site or materials. But to paraphrase Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, with that ease comes great responsibility—responsibility to ensure copyrights are being respected.
The Northern and Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conferences recently approved a new document, “Guidelines for Congregations and Agencies of the Moravian Church in America For the Use of Copyrighted Materials.” Assembled by Moravian Music Foundation Executive Director Nola Knouse, this document offers an overview of what copyright is, what copyright applies to and how to remain within the law when using copyrighted materials.
Moravians in many parts of the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean all have an opportunity to share in the same powerful message of faith every week. Through the Moravian Sunday bulletin subscription offered by the Interprovincial Board of Communication, the words of Moravian pastors and writers enhance the teaching of the weekly scripture readings.
In November 2012, a team of eleven members of Millwoods Community Church in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, went on a mission trip to Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, the first trip that a group from Millwoods has taken in over a decade. And while there, they strengthened both buildings and their faith. Millwoods’ pastor The Rev. Joshua Viste, shared their trip.
Whenever I hear about the possibility of joining the Rt. Rev. Sam Gray on a trip to Sierra Leone, I immediately sign on, because those opportunities are rare. My first one was in 2010, and the second was in December, which means I went BACK to the village of Ngiehun, and that made the visit extra special. Mohamed and Safie Braima, who lead our Moravian mission there, had told the church members that Sam and I were returning, so we arrived to the warm welcome and outstretched arms of friends.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39
Who has not looked in the eyes of a small child and struggled with the question, “Why do we call it Good Friday?”