2020 Comenius Learning Series

A Wounded Faith: Zinzendorf’s Theology in the 21st Century

Thursdays, November 12th & 19th
6:00PM – 7:00PM ET

We know Zinzendorf was radical in his day. His ideas on theology, the church, and missions did not sit well with many of his contemporaries but those ideas sparked communities around the world to embrace an innovative approach to faith. This year’s Comenius Learning Series event focuses on Nicholas Ludwig von Zinzendorf and his radical, yet revolutionary views.

Can Zinzendorf’s understanding of faith still empower communities today? Which of his ideas are still resonate today? And how might Zinzendorf been more ahead of his time than he could have even known? The Rev. Chaz Snider, Associate Pastor at Calvary Moravian Church will lead this multi-week, virtual discussion for this year’s Comenius Learning Series.

In this time of social distancing, we will be offering Comenius Learning Series virtually. The program will consist of pre-recorded lectures, Zoom discussions, and a closing worship service (Sunday, November 22nd via Calvary Moravian Church’s livestream).

Event leadership: The Rev. Chaz Snider, Associate Pastor at Calvary Moravian Church

Chaz joined Calvary as an Associate Pastor in 2019. He grew up in Charlotte and received his B.A. in sociology and religious studies from Appalachian State University, his Masters of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and his graduate certificate in Moravian Studies from Moravian Theological Seminary.

In his eight-year ministry, Chaz has served at Little Church on the Lane in Charlotte as director of youth and college ministries, at Covenant Presbyterian (also in Charlotte) as director of middle school ministry, at Harrison United Methodist (in Pineville) as director of youth ministry, and most recently at Ardmore Moravian as pastor.

In addition to serving on various Moravian committees, Chaz has served as vice-chairman of the Salem Congregation and was just elected chairman in January 2020, Chaz and his wife, Michaleh, have three children: Christopher, Abby, and Sara.

Registration: With our tiered event pricing, you can decide what you can pay. We want everyone to participate in this event, so registration is free! If you would like to help offset some of the costs, you can choose to be a “Supporter” or “Advocate.” A percentage of the registration fee goes to Estamos Unidos Moravian Ministry.

  • Participant: $0
  • Supporter: $10
  • Advocate: $20

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The Comenius Learning Series provides opportunities for all Moravians to think, learn, and grow. The name recognizes the profound influence of John Amos Comenius, a Czech philosopher and educator considered the father of modern education, who was also a Moravian bishop of the ancient Unity.

He wrote that education must “illumine the intellect, direct the will, and stimulate the conscience. . . it is impossible to separate those three ornaments of the soul — erudition, virtue, and piety.” With this series, we honor his life, legacy, and understanding that we are to “make the whole of life a school.”

The Southern Province of the Moravian Church has a rich history of offering meaningful religious education for members through its Lay Seminary program. Together, we’ve grown in our faith and made an impact on those searching for a deeper relationship with God. This series responds to requests for more events that deepen our understanding of the spiritual, cultural, and historical perspectives of the Moravian Church and Christianity as a whole. We also focus on ideas regarding practical aspects of congregational leadership and faith life.

The Board of Cooperative Ministries is committed to enriching the growth of lifelong learners, both clergy and laity. It is our hope that The Comenius Learning Series will further support and strengthen the faith of our members by providing faith formation, Biblical study, and religious education that makes a difference in the life of individual members.

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