Ponderings: Help us tell the Moravian story

In 2020, The Moravian Magazine will celebrate a half-century of telling the story of the Moravian Church.  In 1970, the publications Moravians had been receiving since 1800s (The Moravian for the Northern Province and The Wachovia Moravian for the Southern) were  combined to create “The North American Moravian.”

2020 also represents a milestone for me – it will mark a decade of my editorship of this magazine.  Over the years, I’ve been proud to help tell the story of our historic – and modern – church to Moravians across the U.S. and Canada.

But to tell those stories, I need your help.  While I’m in a position to hear a lot about what’s going on in the Moravian Church today, it’s you, our readers, who hold the key to celebrating what it is to be a Moravian.

As always, I’m inviting you to share your Moravian story as we prepare for another year of The Moravian. Sharing our faith, our successes, our best practices, our traditions and our new ways of thinking about church through a publication that reaches every Moravian household helps keep us connected and demonstrates a living, vibrant church.

Are there things going on in your congregation that you’re especially proud of? Unique ways your church is living out its ministry? Challenges that you’re overcoming, or problems that you’re working on? Major milestones? We want to hear about them.

Is there a new way you’re worshiping, or have you found ways to continue our cherished traditions? Is there a connection to our history that’s applicable for today? Is your church or agency working on ways to make the Moravian Church stronger, or are you being the hands and feet of Christ in the world whether in your own neighborhood or on the other side of the globe?  We want to know.

We typically look for articles of 400-800 words, although longer is always welcome. Subjects of interest to the magazine include congregational or district/provincial happenings, human interest, significant milestones, theological/pastoral reflections, ministry successes, Moravian history and mission stories. And since pictures really can help tell a story, we request that all article submissions include photos.

As we prepare for a new year – and a new decade — help us continue to tell the Moravian story through our Moravian Magazine.  For more information, visit https://www.moravian.org/2019/08/contactmoravianmagazine/ or e-mail us at [email protected].

I hope you enjoy this month’s edition, and wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and blessed Advent.