While it has been a windy, stormy March so far (so much for in like a lion and out like a lamb…the lion seems to be sticking around), spring is definitely on its way. And as the days lengthen and sun coaxes crocuses and daffodils from their winter slumber, this issue of The Moravian has a feeling of spring, too.
In the following pages, we see God’s people making things new. We learn more about the Southern Province’s Commission on Congregational Development as it evolves into a central resource for the province. In another article, Pastor Greg Behrend shares the work of a growing ministry in Green Bay, Wisconsin, called You Belong. And we learn how a European artist’s work added inspiration and meaning to worship at St. Paul’s Moravian Church in Maryland.
We hear from Northern Province PEC President Betsy Miller, who shares her thoughts on what we’ve learned through Covid. It’s hard to believe we’ve been living with the impact of the pandemic for two-plus years now; how has that impacted us?
Several stories in this issue highlight our church’s mission-focused ways. Learn how the Board of World Mission is working to aid those fleeing the crisis in Ukraine. Experience a new mission preaching resource written by the BWM’s Bishop Chris Giesler. And in a look back at our missionary roots, we preview the 250th anniversary celebration of Schoenbrunn Village, an important part of Moravian missionary history in North America.
This issue also offers a preview of an important happening in the modern church-—the upcoming Synod of the Moravian Church Southern Province. In June, delegates from North Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Virginia will come together—in person!—to help chart the future of the Southern Province.
As Lent comes to a close and the joy of Easter and beyond is upon us, let’s look to the positive happenings in our North American church. In the coming months, I hope to share more good news about our efforts to bring the Good News to the world.
As always, I welcome your insights and feedback.
Mike Riess, Editor