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Moravian History and Music Conference coming to Bethlehem in October

The weekend will be filled with lectures, concerts and events, which anyone interested in Moravian culture can appreciate. Activities will begin on Thursday 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.”

Conference lectures and recitals will take place Friday and Saturday with the keynote speaker sponsored by the Center for Moravian Studies. On Friday evening Moravian choirs will perform a concert focusing on the music of the Moravian composer, Johannes Herbst.

Historic Bethlehem Partnership will offer tours of museums and historic buildings to conference participants throughout the weekend. The conference will conclude with a banquet Saturday evening, followed by the annual meeting and lecture of the Moravian Historical Society on Sunday afternoon.

The conference is sponsored by Moravian College, Moravian Archives, and the Center for Moravian Studies, in partnership with the Moravian Music Foundation, Moravian Historical Society, Moravian Theological Seminary, and Historic Bethlehem Partnership.

The program committee is now welcoming proposals for individual papers, panels, lecture recitals and reports on current research projects regarding any topic related to Moravian music and history from the 15th to 20th centuries, but special consideration will be given to the following:
The sustainability of Moravian communities: economics, climate, geography and ecology
Nineteenth-century Moravian history
The Ancient Unity and Comenius
Moravian composer, Johannes Herbst (1735-1812), commemorating the 200th anniversary of his death

Interested parties may send a proposal of no more that 300 words by April 1, 2012 to: Lanie Graf, conference chair, Moravian Archives, 41 W. Locust St. Bethlehem, PA 18018 or to

The program committee will notify accepted applicants by May 1, 2012. A limited number of grants for housing and travel costs is available.

Visit the conference website for more information and updates:


From the March 2012 Moravian Magazine

Moravian Daily Texts


Saturday, April 21 — Psalm 52
Leviticus 15:1–24; Mark 5:21–43

The snares of death encompassed me; I suffered distress and anguish. Then I called on the name of the Lord: ‘O Lord, I pray, save my life!’ Psalm 116:3,4

The disciples awoke Jesus and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. Mark 4:38–39 (NKJV)

Christ Jesus, how prone we are to worry. How we forget your words, “Fear not.” When our faith is diminished by fear, gently remind us to take refuge in you. “Saranam, Saranam, Saranam.” Amen.

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