Moravian Church in North America

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Moravian Magazine September 2015

On the cover: A statue commemorating Jan Hus watches over Old Town Square in Prague, Czech Republic. Photo: Mike Riess

Ponderings: An overwhelming sense of place

2015husttourforponderingsAs you’ll read in this month’s Special Feature, I traveled to the Czech Republic and Germany on the 2015 Jan Hus Memorial Tour with the Moravian Theological Seminary. Through the nine-day journey, I (and 50 others) experienced firsthand the landmarks of our church’s history up close and personal. Actually being in the places I’d only […]


Passion for God, compassion for people and willingness to get out of God’s way

092015spiritualformationIt was during my years at seminary that I first heard of Spiritual Direction: the art of spiritual listening. The thought of becoming a spiritual director resonated from a place deep within me. To my surprise and disappointment, people with whom I shared this insight received it with reservation, and rightfully so. To accompany someone […]


Moravian Covenant for Christian Living Part VII

This month will cover the parts of the MCCL dealing with Raising Children and The Witness of a Christian Citizen.


Churches commemorate Hus’ life and martyrdom in many ways

092015huscelebrationlondonFor many Moravian congregations across the U.S. and Canada, the 600th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jan Hus was cause for special commemorations and services. Here are just a few of those events marking this important occasion in the life of the church…   Metro New York John Hus Festival 2015 The Metro New York […]


Building up congregational health

healthycongteamCongregations, just like human beings, are living entities. As congregations, we proclaim and seek to live as the Body of Christ in the ministry we share with the communities around us. And like any “body” there are times when we are in better condition than others. However, unlike for our human bodies, workout facilities with […]


Fostering respectful conversation about homosexuality in the church

092015spconversations2In the summer of 2014 the Southern Province Provincial Elders’ Conference appointed the Rev. Robert Sawyer, the Rev. Nola Reed Knouse and the Rev. Craig Troutman to form the nucleus of a steering committee to fulfill the mandate of Synod Resolution #12. (For the complete resolution, see sidebar.) The three of us began meeting in […]


A tour to remember the life of Jan Hus

2015husttourdayoneIn early 2014, a team at the Moravian Theological Seminary began work on ways to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the martyrdom of Jan Hus. One result was the Jan Hus Memorial Tour, a nine-day adventure to the Czech Republic and Germany to trace the roots and branches of the early Unity of the Brethren […]


Moravian Daily Texts


Wednesday, May 24 — Psalm 68:19–27

Proverbs 16; 2 Corinthians 1:1–11

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands. Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)

Jesus prays: “This is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” John 17:3

Sometimes we are homesick for Eden, God, and we fill the empty space inside of us with unhealthy things. Help us to be full of you, our constant love and friend. Amen.

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