This fall, Winston-Salem and Bethlehem will play host to two large gatherings, each designed to offer both Moravians and non-Moravians alike a taste of Moravian culture and heritage.
On September 8, New Philadelphia Moravian Church will host the second Moravian Festival, with traditions, food and fun. Last year’s event drew more than 5,000 people and representatives from many Southern Province congregations.
Then, October 11-14, a variety of sites in Bethlehem will host the third Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music. The conference will explore Moravian history in worldwide contexts from the fifteenth through the twenty-first centuries.
The Moravian Festival,Winston-Salem, N.C. Sept. 8
Last September, more than 5,000 people in Winston-Salem took part in the new Moravian Festival, a festival celebrating the deep roots of Moravian faith, history and culture.
While still far from a long-standing Moravian tradition, the second Moravian Festival invites all to celebrate Moravian heritage, enjoy Moravian food and take time in fellowship with one another on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C., will once again host the one-day Festival. The day will begin, rain or shine, with the Moravian Festival 5k Challenge, at 8:00 a.m. The route will feature Moravian music along the way, and will conclude with Moravian carbs at the finish line to re-energize participants for the rest of the scheduled festivities. The proceeds for the run will benefit Sunnyside Ministries. Last year, the 5k event raised nearly $9,000.
The festival itself will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission to the festival is $1 per person, and proceeds will benefit programs run by the Board of Cooperative Ministries of the Southern Province of the Moravian Church. Last year, 5,000 people attended and about $14,000 was raised.
Numerous activities will be offered to entertain and teach attendees. Music will be playing all day long, performed by brass bands, choirs and vocal and instrumental groups. An abundance of Moravian foods will be available including chicken pie, sugar cake, ginger cookies and much more. For children, there will be heritage games, crafts, pony rides and a petting zoo; and parents, all children’s activities are free. Attendees can participate in the traditions of making beeswax candles and Moravian stars as well as baking Moravian cookies.
In addition, more than 45 congregations and many church agencies will be at the festival with representatives sharing opportunities for worship, service, mission and fellowship. Many will also be offering Moravian-themed items and provide information on what makes their congregations unique.
To learn more about the festival, visit www.moravianfestival.org.
Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History & Music, Oct. 11-14
Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Pa. will host the third annual Bethlehem Conference on Moravian History and Music, from October 11-14, 2012.
The Conference includes lectures, discussions, musical performances, a film presentation and historic beer tasting. Presenters from around the world will discuss topics like Moravian identity, race relations, archaeology, the history of Moravian publishing, women, education, Moravian music in Labrador, Pennsylvania and Maryland, Moravian composer Johannes Herbst, missionary children, a “marriage revolt” in Suriname and the work and life of John Amos Comenius.
Activities begin on Thursday, Oct. 11, with student papers and a meeting of Unity archivists, followed by the Walter Vivian Moses lecture presented in the evening by Rev. Dr. Peter Vogt on the topic of “Moravian Identity.” Additional conference lectures and recitals, including the keynote presentation by Leland G. Ferguson (sponsored by the Center for Moravian Studies) will be held Friday and Saturday.
Throughout the weekend, conference participants will have the opportunity, through Historic Bethlehem Partnerships, to take tours of museums and historic buildings in the area.
The conference will conclude on Saturday evening with Lititz Moravian Church Choir and Unitas Chorale performing a concert focusing on the music of Moravian composer, Johannes Herbst, followed by a banquet and an award presentation ceremony.
On Sunday, the Moravian Historical Society will hold their annual meeting and the annual lecture on Moravian history, to be given by Scott Paul Gordon.
The conference is sponsored by Moravian College, the Moravian Archives and the Center for Moravian Studies in partnership with the Moravian Music Foundation, the Moravian Historical Society and Historical Bethlehem Partnership.
Registration is required for the conference. The online registration form is available on www.moravianconferences.org. The website also includes detailed information about the programs offered, the schedule, and information on travel, accommodations, dining, attractions and more.
From the September 2012 Moravian Magazine