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District Developments July 2020

Road to Racial Justice Training: A Pathway for Systemic Transformation

Online Event:  July 13, 14, 16   11:00 am-1:30 pm ET/10:00 am– 12:30 pm CT

Taught by Dr. Tim Berry

This seminar engages participants in a comprehensive approach to learn about the social constructs of race.   This seminar will enhance an individual’s or organization’s ability to identify and address inequities in the workplace or in communities.  Participants will learn the skills and language necessary to:

  • Explore their own racial literacy
  • Examine races as a mediating factor for social justice
  • Recognize how critical race perspectives can influence racial justice
  • Distinguish the complexities of race, culture and diversity
  • Work in teams to understand action research processes toward building an antiracist working and living environment

Dr. Timothy Berry is the Interim Dean of Urban Education at Metropolitan State University in the Twin Cities. He holds a Master of Music Education degree, with an emphasis in multicultural music from The University of Minnesota. Dr. Berry is an award-winning composer, and has edited and published interdisciplinary curriculum, and has recently published a book chapter on using critical race theory to undergird the preparation of new teachers. He maintains a research agenda including critical race theory, project-based learning, and music and the arts. Tim lives in Waconia, Minnesota and worships at Waconia Moravian Church.

The seminar is FREE and open to Northern Province Pastors and Lay people.  It is a discussion-based workshop; camera and audio are required.  It is funded by the MWCEC and the Eastern District Church and Society Committee.  Registration will be capped at 100 people (evenly between Eastern District and Western/Canadian District).  This seminar will fill up quickly; please register early at: https://bit.ly/RoadToRacialJustice If you have questions, please email Amy Gohdes-Luhman at [email protected].

DID YOU KNOW…. That each Sunday morning, the Moravian Church Without Walls organization has been inviting pastors and congregation to produce a worship service that has been made available online to Moravians around the world as congregations have not been able to meet in person? Members of the Board of World Mission staff and Board of Directors will be leading the worship service that will take place on Sunday, July 26, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  You may join the worship experience live or view it later when it is posted online.

During the worship service, we will hear from our Mission partners around the world as to how they are doing during these difficult days. We will pray together, sing together, and collectively reflect on God’s Word for us all.

For information about the worship service, please go to www.moravian.org and follow the links for online worship. We hope that you can join us.

Now is the Time

By Laura Watson

Summer has arrived. Typically our communities of faith make changes to their schedules this time of year: some committees don’t meet in July, certain programming is suspended until the fall, and many alter their Sunday morning routines by combining services or having fewer Sunday School offerings.

But this has certainly not been a typical year and won’t be a typical summer. So we encourage you to consider some atypical behavior this season, specifically in the area of stewardship. Rather than waiting until the fall, a time of year when lots of churches focus on financial stewardship, focus on stewardship (all aspects of it) right now and year round! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

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July 5th – August 9th

This summer, Camp Hope is offering the opportunity for a relaxing family vacation at camp with opportunities to explore nature, canoe, swim, fish, enjoy s’mores by the campfire, and more!

Although this will not look like a traditional summer at Camp Hope, we are excited to offer cabin rentals and activities for families to enjoy. Rentals will be available beginning July 5th and continuing at least through August 9th. Rentals are for families, we cannot allow groups of individuals to rent a cabin as we are following guidelines set by the CDC, ACA and NJ Government.

AccommodationsHousing accommodations are designed for families

Cabins: each include 12 bunk beds (6 sets of bunk beds) with bathrooms and showers directly in the cabins.

Cabin cost: $400 for 2 nights, up to four people; $25 for each additional person. Each additional night: $200 for up to four people and $25 for each additional person.

Canoe Rental: $20 per 2-day period; $10 for each additional day. Payable at time of reservation.

Additional Information

Check-in is between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the day of arrival at the main office. Families need to check out by 11 a.m. on the day of departure.

Two night minimum reservation length.

  • Each rental space will have at least 48 hours of rest, cleaning, and disinfecting between each user group.
  • Restroom facilities outside of cabins will be cleaned multiple times per day.
  • Beds in cabins are twin-size bunks and linens and towels are NOT provided.
  • WiFi access is very limited at camp.
  • MealsOur summer staff is excited to make meals available to you during your stay! We will provide a weekly menu to let you know what food will be provided each day. Meals will be available take-out style, and socially distanced dining areas will be set up for families around camp.

For full information regarding the rentals at Camp Hope please see the brochure that was emailed to each Eastern District congregation or contact Hope Center directly.

To make a reservation, call the camp office 908-459-4435 or send an email to [email protected] and we will contact you shortly

Pre-Orders for 2021 Moravian Daily Texts will be available starting July 2, 2020, at www.store.moravian.org  !!

Order your 2021 Moravian Daily Texts by Aug. 13, 2020 and receive a 10% discount.

The Moravian Daily Texts offers an inspirational connection to the Holy Scriptures every day.  Each entry in this beloved daily devotional includes “watchwords”–Old and New Testament verses to accompany readers throughout the day–combined with beautiful hymn texts and heartfelt prayers.

Versions available include: traditional paperback “pocket” version, hardcover, spiral-bound journal, large-print paperback, Spanish, German and large-print German!

Order your 2021 Moravian Daily Texts by Aug. 13, 2020 and receive a 10% discount.

(Moravian congregations – use the Purchase Order option.)