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South: Winston-Salem, N.C.

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Ponderings: Sparking a sense of community

102013ponderingsintroSitting in this editor’s chair (it’s not really a special seat, just a standard office chair from IKEA), I get to hear about—and read about —the great things our Moravian congregations are doing. Whether mission work around the world or at home, neighborhood outreach, help for the homeless, or just inviting folks in for a meal or worship time, it’s heartening to see Moravians making a difference.

The efforts don’t need to be monumental to rate attention. Sometimes, hearing about a small gesture spurs interest in something bigger. Sharing information about what congregations and ministries are doing can trigger ideas in others to make a bigger impact.

In this issue of The Moravian Magazine, we highlight a local youth mission effort that resulted in a labyrinth for prayer; a community garden that makes great use of church property; an outreach event in one of Winston-Salem’s needier neighborhoods; sharing Moravian music traditions in Ohio; mission work with Moravians in Alaska, and more. These initiatives represent different levels of effort and complexity. Regardless, are there ideas in these stories that could work in your community or congregation?

The articles we share in the magazine help illustrate both large and small examples of God’s work making our communities and the world better places. My hope as editor is that you are inspired by the articles you read in The Moravian—inspired to do much-needed, heartfelt, meaningful and appreciated work in your congregations and communities.

I encourage you to keep the ideas coming. Through The Moravian Magazine and other outlets, share your congregations’ good ideas…especially when they can spark action in other people in other ways.

I hope you enjoy this issue of The Moravian. As always, I welcome your comments. And I look forward to hearing—and sharing—more about the great things Moravians do.



From the October 2013 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Tuesday, November 21 — Psalm 130
Daniel 7:23–8:27; Jude 1:1–10

It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice. Psalm 112:5

Jesus said, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Luke 6:31

God of Justice, you give us the golden rule, but too often we judge our neighbors unfairly. Fill us with the wisdom to leave judgment to you so that we will be free to truly love others. Amen.

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