For many, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and vacation. For me, this summer has been one of fun; relaxation, that’s another matter!
July and August offered me many opportunities to be out and about in the Moravian world. In early July, I attended the Youth Convo in Greensboro, N.C. with more than 60 students, counselors and leaders. Watching these bright, articulate, God-loving high schoolers talk together, work together and have fun together was an inspiring sight. See the story starting on the next page to read what a meaningful experience Convo was for those who were there.
Two weeks later found me in downtown Bethlehem for the 24th Moravian Music Festival. This every-four-years event brought together performers and fans of Moravian Music for a week of playing, singing, listening, learning and enjoyment. In addition to taking photos and recording video, I had the chance to hear Moravian music beautifully brought to life, to learn about Moravian music history and to see dozens of children perform a remarkable original musical about our Moravian ancestors.
Summer is also the time when we complete the Moravian Daily Texts. In between these wonderful events, I spent hours reading hymns and prayers selected by Moravians to help punctuate and celebrate the daily watchwords for next year. I think Daily Texts fans will be pleased and inspired by the work of our writers this year
And most recently, I spent several days at Camp Hope with the senior high/post high campers. One of their assignments for the week was to create and shoot a 30-second “commercial” for the church. My role was to advise the technical side of shooting and editing; the creativity that went into their work was all theirs…and quite enlightening!
I hope this summer was a relaxing, refreshing one for you. (As you can see from the photo above, I did manage to get to the beach a few times this summer…) As you read through this issue of The Moravian, we can look back on a busy—yet uplifting—summer!