In this issue: 24th Moravian Music Festival Youth Convo 2013 Ecumenical celebrations And more!
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In this issue: 24th Moravian Music Festival Youth Convo 2013 Ecumenical celebrations And more!
26 Christ and him crucified remain our confession of faith
In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, love
5 Moravian youth “get connected” at Convo 2013 11 The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference coming in 2015 In Our Communities 12 Filing in the GAPS Moravian Music 14 Moravian Music Festival 2013 18 Festival Scholarship winners share thoughts, thanks for musical opportunity
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Full Communion 20 Historic Lovefeast brings together ecumenical partners 22 Mission trip results in ecumenical partnership and communion Crafting for Ministry 23 Knitting together for Synod 2014 Moravian History
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26 Mission work on the home front: a remembrance of Francis Weber In Every Issue 4 Ponderings: One busy summer 28 Official Provincial Elders’ News 29 Obituaries: The Rev. Otto Dreydoppel, The Rev. Dr. Mary J. Matz
One Busy Summer For many, summer is a time of fun, relaxation and vacation. For me,
this summer has been one of fun; relaxation, that’s another matter! July and August offered me many opportunities to be out and about in the Moravian world. In early July, I attended the Youth Convo in Greensboro, N.C. with more than 60 students, counselors and leaders. Watching these bright, articulate, God-loving high schoolers talk together, work together and have fun together was an inspiring sight. See the story starting on the next page to read what a meaningful experience Convo was for those who were there. Two weeks later found me in downtown Bethlehem for the 24th Moravian Music Festival. This every-four-years event brought together performers and fans of Moravian Music for a week of playing, singing, listening, learning and enjoyment. In addition to taking photos and recording video, I had the chance to hear Moravian music beautifully brought to life, to learn about Moravian music history and to see dozens of children perform a remarkable original musical about our Moravian ancestors. (See our story on page 14.) Summer is also the time when we complete the Moravian Daily Texts. In between these wonderful events, I spent hours reading hymns and prayers selected by Moravians to help punctuate and celebrate the daily watchwords for next year. I think Daily Texts fans will be pleased and inspired by the work of our writers this year And most recently, I spent several days at Camp Hope with the senior high/post high campers. One of their assignments for the week was to create and shoot a 30-second “commercial” for the church. My role was to advise the technical side of shooting and editing; the creativity that went into their work was all theirs…and quite enlightening! I hope this summer was a relaxing, refreshing one for you. (As you can see from the photo above, I did manage to get to the beach a few times this summer…) As you read through this issue of The Moravian, we can look back on a busy—yet uplifting—summer! Peace,
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Moravian youth “get connected” at Convo 2013 High school students from many corners of the North American Moravian world came together for a week of learning, prayer, fellowship, worship—and, of course, fun!—at Convo 2013 in Greensboro, N.C. Since 1957, Convo has invited Moravian youth who have completed grades 9 through 12 to join together every four years. Relationships forged at each of these gatherings are life-changing and last forever. This year’s Convo was held at Greensboro College in North Carolina. In addition to group discussions and fun activities on the Greensboro campus, Convo participants learned Moravian history in Old Salem and
Bethabara Historical Park, attended a Winston-Salem Dash baseball game and experienced the beauty and fun of Laurel Ridge “Convo is not a camp…it is not a youth group…it is Convo. There is nothing quite like it and to fully understand it you must be there,” said Greg Behrend of Green Bay, Wis., one of the Convo 2013 leaders. “We gathered in Greensboro, N.C. for a week of self-learning, watching movies, fellowship, worship, laughter, lovefeast, communion, music, talent shows and building new relationships. We ‘Got Connected’ with each other and we ‘Got Connected’ with God. (continued on next page)
(continued from previous page) “It was a privilege to be a part of such a wonderful week as co-program leader,” continues Greg. “For me the biggest joy that I found at Convo 2013 was the participants that came from all over the U.S. and Canada. What a wonderful group filled with strong, intelligent and fun young adults! From day one I knew that this was a special group of leaders and I look forward to seeing what this group has in store for the Moravian Church throughout their lifetime.” Convo 2013 was planned by the Rev. Josh Viste, pastor of Millwoods Community Church in Edmonton, Alberta; the Rev. John G. Rights from New Philadelphia Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, N.C.; the Rev. Doug Rights, director of youth and young adult ministries in the Southern Province; Travis Kerslake from Radium Springs, B.C.; Amy Sue Walter from Lititz, Pa; and Greg Behrend. We asked Convo attendees to share some of their thoughts about their experience at this year’s gathering. What we received were poi-
gnant, heartfelt responses to an event that will impact their lives for years to come. Cody Wilson, Hope Moravian Church (Indiana) “At Convo I was able to experience God in a way most people never even imagine possible. The people I met, the things I learned and the experiences I had while at Convo taught me a lot more about what fellowship is and can be, and what it really means to be a Moravian. “One of the greatest parts about convo is that every person that was there was there for a reason. Every person intended to be there and participated with all their energy. The ‘motto’ for the week was a quote from the movie How to Save a Life: ‘What’s the point of all this if you’re not going to let it change you?’ I am changed. Because of convo I am able to see God working in a new way I hadn’t known before. “I very much enjoyed learning about the history of the Moravian church. Having visited Bethabara and Old Salem during my trip I realized the impact that the Moravian church has had in the past in building communities
and shaping futures. I finally could grasp the potential and ability I have, as a Moravian, to do great things with the gifts and talents God has blessed me with. “One of my favorite parts of coming to Greensboro was meeting so many new people. In a week I was able to make friendships that will last a lifetime, and I was able to expand my reach throughout the Moravian Church. I loved to get to know every one of them, and I pray I will see them again. The amount of love present within this group, that at the beginning of the week were complete strangers, was unbelievable. Like Moravians tend to do, we spent an amazing time of fellowship, fun, love and worship together, and we finally went our separate ways to repeat the cycle again with a new set of people. “The last night of convo we went to Laurel Ridge, and I know everyone who came off that mountain came down with four things; a new connection with each other, a new type of connection with God, a new sense of what they thought of themselves and a mission: to share what we learned.”
Adult leader Amy Sue Walter, Lititz (Pennsylvania) “This was the first Convo where I wasn’t a participant. I think I learned more from the students than they did from me. They opened my eyes to their everyday experiences, hardships and fears...time has definitely changed since I was in high school seven years ago! I encourage the Moravian Church and parents to reach out to the youth around you. If you don’t ask or get involved in what’s going on in their lives...how will you ever know? The theme this year was ‘Get Connected’...it’s our turn to ‘Get Connected’ to our youth!” Merrit Artim, Bethania Moravian Church (North Carolina) “The week I had at Convo has really shed some light that not all Moravians are the same. The people here have different cultures, come from different places and are all different in their own special ways. Yet through all those differences we are able to (continued on next page)
(continued from previous page) come together with love and compassion for one another and praise God together. “I’ve known these people just a few days and we are already having life lessons together and have learned more about one another than most people know. I am truly blessed to have been here, at Greensboro College, with these amazing people. After learning these many different styles and ways that Moravians can spread the gospel, this has made me go and try to make a difference in my church, my community and my home. “While everyone has a different way of looking at things, handling situations, a different personality, and a different way of praising God, we’re all one in our hearts and minds. For me, the week I spent at Convo was a beautiful, eye-opening experience! I will treasure the moments I had there, always. The time there was short, but much was learned. I love everyone I met there and will keep this experience in my heart forever.” Adult leader Tina Morse, Peace Moravian Church (North Carolina) “The young people of today are amazing They are enthusiastic, intuitive, and what I have learned from this experience is they are proud of their faith and will stand up for their faith until the end of time. Personally, I gained a stronger faith from being here this week. We came here as strangers, but are leaving as one big family in Christ. We shared our tears, our laughter and our personal stories about ourselves. We kept our spirits high even while enduring the rain. I encourage all youth to attend the next Convo. It is an opportunity that only comes around once in a lifetime.”
Victor (Tory) Reid, John Hus Moravian (New York) “Moravian Convo 2013 in Greensboro, North Carolina was a very uplifting, awesome and blessed experience for me. I met lots of amazing, outstanding and unique friends from New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Indiana, Wisconsin and Canada. I also tried some new things like learning to square dance and eating Moravian chicken pie. “Convo 2013 taught me understanding, gratitude and love for all the early Moravian settlers who came to the U.S. and Canada so we might be able to praise God freely. Convo also helped to create a structured devotional time with God through prayer, reading the Bible, meditating or even singing a hymn. And Convo 2013 assisted in increasing my faith in God spiritually, physically, mentally and emotionally. “The main theme was about relationships: relationships with God, relationships with church members, relationships with our families and relationships with our friends. I thank my small group members for all the laughter, tears and personal stories we shared to encourage others and to help us live healthy Christian lives.” Grant Morgan, Peace Moravian Church (North Carolina) “To me, Convo was all about connection, whether it be the Moravian Church in North America coming together, or people from different places and cultures being brought together by Christ. The whole week consisted of me learning things about the Moravian Church I never knew and learning about the differences in our culture within our Church. The week never had a dull moment, the pro(continued on next page) September 2013
(continued from previous page) gram was great all week. Overall I left Convo 2013 with new friends from many different places and walks of life, and feeling closer to God than ever.” Abbey Vinson, (North Carolina) “I was skeptical about Convo when I first came. I have been to my fair share of church camps before where I just could not seem to make new friends and ended up feeling a bit like an outsider for the entire week. This is what I feared might happen at Convo. I have never been so happy to be proven wrong. “From the very first day, I could tell that this was something different, and was going to be an experience like no other. I was genuinely surprised at how welcoming and friendly everyone was. It was not forced or fake. It seemed that we all just naturally loved and accepted each other right from the start. There was none of the awkwardness, drama or exclusion that I had sometimes experienced at other camps. We became a family immediately, especially in my small group. Seeing how
we had come together as a family right from the start gave me courage, and I opened up to them as I never have to anyone else before. “I thought it was simply over-exaggeration when people told me that I would make lifelong friends at Convo. But now, at the end of the week, that is exactly what I have—and more. I found others like me from all over the continent that are going through the same trials as me, that understand me, and I am so grateful for the support that we were able to give each other this week. “We have built a community this week. And I think one of the reasons that we were able to do so this quickly and so well is because we came to each other with the love of God already blooming in our hearts, before we even met. We built this amazing family on the foundation of Jesus, and because of that, I have faith that our relationships will endure. “I found many things at Convo; all of them unexpected and wonderful. I found within my new family: love, acceptance, fellowship, friendship, joy, laughter (lots of it), peace and bonds that (to quote the cliché) really will last a lifetime. I thank God for bringing us together and for giving me the profound love from so many people that I never knew I was missing.” “If you or anyone you know missed out on Convo 2013, you missed out on a wonderful opportunity and I strongly encourage all of the young adults, parents and grandparents from across North America to not let another Convo slip through the cracks,” says Greg. “Join us in 2015 for Young Adult Convo as we journey back to the Moravian roots in Europe. More information yet to come!” See more photos from Convo 2013 at www.youthconvo2013.org. ■
Come… let us walk in the light of the Lord…
The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference In
June 2011, more than 400 Moravian women from around the globe gathered in Concord, N.C. for the 11th Moravian Women’s Conference. Over the course of three days, the conference challenged attendees to step out of their comfort zones and be the hands and feet of Christ in our communities, churches, provinces and world. The theme, “Stepping Out of the Boat,” based on Matthew 14:29, provided inspiration for worship, music, prayer, fellowship and education. In 2015, we’ll explore what happens after we step out of the boat. What does our journey look like? From where can we draw inspiration and strength? Who were the Moravian women who came before us and how did they walk? How do we overcome challenges,
Fast Facts on the 12th Moravian Women’s Conference Dates: June 25-28, 2015 Location: Sandy Cove Conference Center, North East, Maryland Registration: $485/per person (early bird special beginning January 6, 2014) $550/per person (regular registration beginning January 7, 2015)
resistance and adversity as we walk in this ever-changing, complicated world? We invite all Moravian women to the shores of the magnificent Chesapeake Bay as we explore what it means to Walk in the Light today. The 12th Moravian Women’s Conference will be held June 25-28, 2015 at Sandy Cove Conference Center in North East, Md. Sandy Cove is a Christian camp & conference center that provides a beautiful, tranquil and engaging setting for hundreds of programs and events each year. Sandy Cove’s 220-acre retreat center is located minutes from I-95 between Philadelphia and Baltimore in North East, Maryland on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. Read about Sandy Cove and its ministries: http://www.sandycove.org/. Conference Background Every four years, the Interprovincial Women’s Board hosts a three-day conference for Moravian women across North America and other parts of the world. The conference offers time for attendees to relax their bodies, refresh their spirits and renew their minds. Meaningful worship and engaging speakers challenge, inspire and call us to action on God’s behalf. Participants attend workshops on topics of interest and enjoy fellowship, quiet time, recreation and even sight-seeing. Moravian women leave the quadrennial conference with a renewed commitment to serve God, each other and the world. ■
Ruth Burcaw is executive director of the For More Information: Board of Cooperative Ministries. Website: www.moravianwomensconference.org Email: email@example.com 11 Phone: 302.703.WALK (9255)
IN OUR COMMUNITIES
Filling in the GAPS
Every Monday night we here at the GAPS Com-
munity at Downey Moravian Church sit down together to share a meal. As you might imagine, most aspects of our life together in intentional community involve some level of intentionality and purpose. But the lens that provides us with much of our focus and direction is this weekly house meal when we gather to reflect on where we have been, to plot and plan for where we are going, and to freely imagine the new paths that we might forge together. There is much to reflect on when we consider what GAPS has become within the context of our Downey, California home. We have established a rhythm of outreach activities.
Jaime Van Nostrand is the Psalmist in Residence at the GAPS Community in Downey, Calif. She is a part-time nanny for two girls and spends her time at GAPS in poetry, and in creating, performing and teaching music. She is a member at Palmer Moravian Church in Easton, Pa. 12
Twice weekly we redistribute rescued food (fresh, healthy food which would have otherwise been discarded) to local families. We also use it to prepare our free, healthy Open Table meal every Thursday. It even makes up a large percentage of the food that we prepare for ourselves at home! In addition to our food ministries, we have also established ourselves as a community that deeply values art and music. We host a weekly Art Night, a time when older teens and adults are welcome to join us at the GAPS house in any number of projects. The little ones in our community are invited to explore their own creativity with us during our weekly MorArt ‘n Music Class.
Vespers keeps us connected—to ourselves, to each other and to our evolving experiences of faith. Even as we continue with the work that has come to define the GAPS presence in Downey, we are actively engaged in emerging projects and ministries. In January we partnered with local homeless outreach agencies to help lead Downey Counts, an initiative to identify our homeless neighbors, assess their needs and get them housed. In a few short months we have developed relationships with dozens of our homeless neighbors, moved eight into their own private housing and furnished a six-bedroom/four-bathroom house that was purchased by one of our partner agencies to serve as transitional housing for multiple homeless families. The Moravian
While much of our community focus is directed outward, some of the newness that we have been experiencing at GAPS is much closer to home. We have developed the practice of nightly vespers when, even if we have all been going in different directions all day, we make an effort to gather and reflect. We share with each other the moments from our day for which we are most grateful and, when we need to, the rough spots, too. We follow this time of sharing with reading, reflection and song. Vespers keeps us connected—to ourselves, to each other and to our evolving experiences of faith. As we live into these new expressions of our community life, we all feel excitement about continuing to imagine ourselves and our lives together in new ways. Lately, we have taken to asking big questions about the ways in which the GAPS Community might continue to grow and change in the coming years. How can we expand on our identity as a house of hospitality? Perhaps, just as some high school students take a gap year before college to explore the world’s possibilities and discover more about themselves, people could take a “GAPS year” at turning points in their lives. It could be, like the traditional gap year, students between high school and college. But it could also be someone entering a September 2013
period of discernment between careers, or a clergy person in need of sabbatical. How can we build cooperative relationships that extend beyond our local community? We have imagined the possibility of cultivating intentional relationships with congregations across the country and across the world, developing close, ongoing ties of relationship, encouragement and mutual support. Finally, how can we make our experiments in community and outreach more readily available to those who might want to know more? Among the many ideas we’ve discussed are a dedicated GAPS website, regular video updates, and an open source forum for sharing our resources and models for outreach. It’s our hope that, by cultivating these open lines of communication with the larger Moravian world, we can learn from each other, exploring together new ways of being the church. As we continue to gather for our Monday night meals, eager to imagine new ways to be in community with each other and with our friends and neighbors, we invite you to join the discussion. You are welcome at our table. ■
Moravian Music Festival 2013
In July, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania came alive
with music as the 24th Moravian Music Festival came to town. For seven days, singers, musicians and music lovers from around the country (and the globe!) braved the summer heat of Bethlehem for a week of workshops, rehearsals, concerts and more. In Central Moravian Church and on the south campus of Moravian College, participants played, sang and appreciated the broad scope of Moravian music.
“The 24th Moravian Music Festival is now a memory for the 300-plus participants, the 150-plus volunteers and Festival staff and hundreds of others who attended the concerts and worship services,” says the Rev. Dr. Nola Knouse, director of the Moravian Music Foundation. “The singing still rings in our ears, and the spirit of brotherly and sisterly love still warms our hearts. And many have already expressed their eager anticipation of the 25th Moravian Music Festival to be held in Winston-Salem in another four years!” The Festival opened on July 14 with an ecumenical lovefeast, “When In Our Music God Is Glorified,” The lovefeast, the first ever to include elements from all three full-communion partners, featured a choir comprising local Moravian, Episcopalian and Lutheran singers with music from each of the three faith traditions (see story on page 20). Throughout the week, festival-goers participated in and listened to concerts of Moravian and other music of faith, including the firstever modern performance of the Easter Cantata by Ernst Wilhelm Wolf. “The music was The Moravian
Photos by Linda Wickmann, Myra Jones and Mike Riess
wonderful!” says Nola. “Our ears are ringing with the glorious sounds of the 100-voice choir at the opening lovefeast; of Rebecca Kleintop Owens’ amazing organ recital (how can anyone chair a Festival and perform an 80-minute recital in the same week?); of Tim Zimmerman and the King’s Brass; of the Festival soloists, chorus and orchestra; of the Festival band; of pre-concert brass preludes; of chamber music, handbells, trombone choir and congregational song. The joy of making and hearing music with so many brothers and sisters lives in our hearts long after traveling home.” The week also featured a variety of music workshops, including ones on vocal and instrumental technique, Moravian music history, introductions of new songs to congregations, music in worship and more. And since Moravian music is all about praising God, each day began with devotional services led by Moravian bishops. For many, the week offered an opportunity to practice their love of music. Daily rehearsals for choirs, bands, orchestras and handbell choirs helped festival-goers hone their skills and prepare for evening concerts that showed off their abilities. Festival leaders Dr. John Sinclair (orchestra and choirs), Allen Frank (band), Don Kemmerer (trombone choir), Jan Harke (handbell choir), Joni Roos (chamber music) and John Wallace and Myra Jones (children’s program) each brought their groups to concert readiness in a very short period of time. New for this Music Festival was the inclusion of a children’s program. Led by the Rev. John Wallace of Dover, Ohio, the children rehearsed and presented “Irene: The Musical,” an original work that includes renditions of (continued on next page) September 2013
(continued from previous page) Moravian music favorites and new music to tell the journey of Moravian missions around the world. Irene was performed to a standingroom-only crowd in Foy Hall. The festival came to a close on Saturday, July 20 with a closing Singstunde featuring the Festival Handbell and Trombone Choirs and Festival Chamber Ensembles. Along with Moravian “classics,” the Singstunde featured new Moravian music from Sing to the Lord A New Song: A New Moravian Songbook introduced this summer. Each music festival participant received a copy of the new songbook as part of their registration.
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“Our hearts remain full with the gratitude that words can’t fully express, the thanks due to everyone who made this week-long celebration of music, worship and fellowship the smooth-running event that it was,” says Nola. “We’re especially grateful to Central Moravian Church—for their unfailingly-helpful, gracious, smiling staff; their welcoming pastors; their tireless volunteer members who helped to staff the information center, care for children, stuff registration bags, carry boxes, assist at workshops, give directions … the list of tasks is endless, and the hospitality that all the Moravians in Bethlehem showed boundless.” The next Moravian Music Festival will take place in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 2017. ■
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Festival Scholarship winners share thoughts, thanks for musical opportunity Thanks to the generosity of several donors, five college-age students received scholarships allowing them to attend their first Moravian Music Festival. Each offered insights on their participation: Benjamin Wallace of First Moravian Church, Dover Ohio, received the Richard Michel Scholarship for Young Adults (funded anonymously). Ben is a vocal music education major at Moravian College. “The 24th Moravian Music Festival was absolutely one of the most rewarding musical experiences I have been blessed with. I was privileged and humbled to receive a scholarship in name of the late Reverend Richard Michel. The Festival was a chance to grow musically and spiritually. From the opening hymn (Wareham) of Ecumenical lovefeast to the closing hymn (Covenant) at the Singstunde, the week was filled with glory for God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. For me, the musical and spiritual highlight was being a part of the first modern performance of Ernst Wilhelm Wolf’s Easter Cantata. David Blum did a phenomenal job with this new edition. Dr. John Sinclair led us in the choir and members of the orchestra to make this piece soar.” Devandré Boonzaaier, of Uitanhage, South Africa, was the first International Scholarship winner (the scholarship is underwritten anonymously). He is a Ph.D. student in musicology at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University and is organist 18
and accompanist for the Uitenhage Moravian Church Choir. “Attending the Moravian Music Festival has been an amazing experience. I feel truly blessed having received the International Scholarship and would like to express my sincere gratitude, thanks and appreciation to the anonymous donor. I have learned so much over the past week and made so many new friends. What a joy it is to sing to the glory with so many Moravians, musicians and Christians. To summarize the week: ‘Spreading the love of God through song. To God be the glory, great things He hath done.’” Kassidy Spring, a member of Urichsville Moravian Church, former member of the youth group at First Moravian in Dover, Ohio and active in The Promise Moravian Church, received the Albert H. Frank Memorial Scholarship, funded by the Senior Choir of First Moravian Church in Dover, Ohio and the Frank family. Kassidy is a brass player, organist and singer, pursuing a trumpet performance minor at Ohio Wesleyan University. “The Moravian Music Festival was an experience I will never forget. Having been my first festival, I had no idea what to expect. I was privileged to be a part of the festival band under the direction of Allen Frank who, through his conducting, dancing and overall inspirational energy, was able to help us create an impressive concert for Thursday evening. Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass was the most phenomenal brass ensemble I The Moravian
2013 Music Festival scholarship winners Devandré Boonzaaier, Emma Conrad, Sarah Durham, Kassidy Spring and Benjamin Wallace, with Nola Knouse.
have ever seen live. The choir concerts and the organ concert performed were a joy to hear, and being able to join the prelude band each evening was a great way to re-gather and perform again before each concert. “The daily devotions were enlightening and uplifting, the Moravian history that I was able to witness being in Bethlehem for the first time was irreplaceable. But—I would definitely say that the absolute most memorable time of the week was spent in fellowship with my mother, grandmother and other Moravians and performers at the festival from meals to games to small conversations during downtime. Meeting people from all different states who all came together and were able to portray music as beautifully as it was is something that not many people get to enjoy in a lifetime. “Thanks to the Dover Moravian Chancel Choir and the Frank family, in memory of Albert Frank, I was able to receive a scholarship to attend the festival. Thanks to those people and everyone who attended the festival, I was able to experience the priceless words of the Moravian motto: ‘In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; and in all things, love.’” Emma Conrad, a member of Raleigh Moravian Church, was awarded the Kapp Scholarship for Young Adults, funded by Chancy and Keith Kapp of Raleigh. Alex is a September 2013
music education major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “This trip to the 24th Moravian Music Festival in Bethlehem, Pa. was one of music, fellowship and fun. I really enjoyed meeting fellow Moravian musicians from all over. It truly takes a whole Moravian congregation to raise a Moravian musician. Though I originally signed up for just the band portion of the festival, I was able to fill in where needed in the orchestra and in the opening lovefeast Sunday night, and that made my week all the better. “I am very honored to have been the first recipient of the Kapp Scholarship as it gave me this amazing opportunity to attend the festival, one that I never even thought I would be able to attend. I hope to attend the next one in Winston Salem as well as many more in the future. “Having the opportunity to work with many amazing musicians and teachers (Allen [Frank], Joni [Roos], Dr. Sinclair, etc.) made the week an amazing learning experience and I feel that I grew as a musician, and as a person, during this week of music and fellowship.” Sarah Durham, of Home Moravian Church in Winston-Salem, received the Home Moravian Church Women’s Fellow(continued on page 30) 19
Historic lovefeast brings together ecumenical partners
one thousand Lutherans, Episcopalians and Moravians gathered in Central Moravian Church in Bethlehem, Pa. for a unique celebration of the full communion relationship among the three denominationsâ€” the first-ever of its kind. The celebration arose out of several years of conversation among the heads of the local territories of the three denominations: the Rt. Rev. Paul V. Marshall, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem, the Rev. Samuel R. Zeiser, bishop of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and the Rev. David Bennett, president of the Eastern District, Northern Province, of the Moravian Church. Their discussions of ways to demonstrate full communion led to
the question of what the three churches have in common. One clear answer: Music. After considering an area-wide hymn sing, the Rev. Dr. David Schattschneider, president of the Moravian Music Foundation, suggested that the 24th Moravian Music Festival being planned by the foundation could provide a framework for an ecumenical celebration. The opening event of the festival is a lovefeast, a traditional Moravian service of song. It offered an ideal platform for celebrating the musical traditions that both unite the churches and lift up their diversity. Musicians from the three denominations
Pastor Catherine Ziel is executive associate of the bishop, Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod of the ELCA. She provided this article for use by all three denominations. Photos by Adam Bond and Ed Zuccarelli 20
picked anthems and hymns that are representative of their faith traditions. Choir members were recruited from churches throughout northeastern Pennsylvania, as well as from festival participants coming from across the country. The service was preceded by a performance of Moravian chorales by a trombone choir playing from the belfry of Central Moravian Church. Since the earliest days of the Moravian Church, trombone or brass ensembles have announced festivals and special events, and the full communion partners were greeted resoundingly by this typical Moravian sound. The Rt. Rev. C. Hopeton Clennon, Moravian bishop and senior pastor of Central Moravian Church, welcomed the congregation and offered prayers. Liturgical portions of the simple service were led by Bishop Marshall and Bishop Zeiser. Three musicians shared in conducting and accompanying the choir: Linda Maule of Messiah Lutheran Church, Bethlehem; Gwyneth Michel of College Hill Moravian Church, Bethlehem; and J. Clinton Miller of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Allentown. In keeping with Moravian lovefeast custom, the congregation joined in hymns while sugar cookies and mugs of coffee were passed down the pews. When all had been served, the choir sang while the worshipers shared the simple food. The anthems reflected the history and character of the participating churches. Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Now Thank We All Our God” showcased the musical harmonies and theological truths familiar to Lutherans. A Moravian chorale for double chorus, “Come Thank Now Jehovah,” brought energy and warmth. And Alec Rowley’s “Praise,” addressed “To the Master of music and loveliness,” captured September 2013
an Anglican sense of mystery, beauty and power. Over a hundred singers from more than twenty congregations participated. The Lovefeast is often described as somewhere between Holy Communion and a church picnic. Fittingly, the mood of this ecumenical service was a combination of festival worship and family reunion. One of the choir directors summed it up, telling the choir to sing out because the final anthem was the reason we were there: “One Faith, One Hope, One Lord.” ■ Earlier this summer, Reading Moravian Church and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Reading, Pa., came together for a shared ecumenical service celebrating the full communion relationship between the two. Led by pastors the Rev. Ron Rice of Reading Moravian and the Rev. Bruce Baker of St. Mary’s, the congregations came together in a morning worship service filled with music and love. Prior to the service, each congregation shared learning about their faith traditions and practices. The service was held at St. Mary’s; pastors Rice and Baker are working on the opportunity to share a service at Reading Moravian in the near future.
Mission trip results in ecumenical partnership and communion things we who are veteran “mission trippers” are accustomed to doing. We laid floors, framed walls, replaced doors, hung sheetrock, spackled and taped—and despite the soaring temperatures (we had inadvertently picked the hottest week of the summer), were able to make a positive difference in the lives of four different homeowners. This is why we came, and all of us were feeling good about the week. Our work each day was ably coordinated and arranged by the Episcopal Diocese of New York’s Disaster Response Organization, and some of us worked side-by-side with members of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Lewes, Delaware—folks who, like us, were in Staten Island on a mission trip.
the week of July 14, 2013 eleven members of the Hope Moravian Church of Hope, Ind. traveled to Staten Island, New York on a Mission Trip. Lots of Moravian congregations have been doing that very thing this summer, as so many of us are moved to help out the many East Coast residents whose homes were damaged or destroyed, just nine months ago, by Superstorm Sandy. The trip unfolded pretty much as we had hoped. We arrived on Saturday evening, worshiped the next morning with our friends at New Dorp, our host congregation, and then did some sightseeing in Manhattan on Sunday afternoon. The experienced and skilled craftsmen in our group took charge first thing Monday morning and we got to work doing the sort of 22
(continued on page 25) Jeff VanOrden is pastor of Hope Moravian Church in Hope, Indiana.
CRAFTING FOR MINISTRY
Knitting together for Synod 2014 “O yes, having found in the Lord our delight, he is our chief object by day and by night; this knits us together; no longer we roam; we all have one Father, and heav’n is our home.”
Being a Moravian and a knitter, I especially
love this hymn verse. It brings together a couple of my favorite things: the joy of living a life in the love of Jesus and the image of being knit together in that love with my sisters and brothers who share that love. I first discovered the joy of knitting through a pastoral care encounter. There was a recently widowed member of my congregation who insisted that she did not need me to come visit her to talk about her husband’s death. She would, however, be willing to teach
me how to crochet. We began to get together and as she taught me how to crochet, the conversation would turn to her feelings about her loss. Eventually, I became “hooked” on crocheting and then taught myself how to knit. Since then, I have knitted many different things, accompanied by many different people. So, as you can guess, knitting is never far from my mind. Earlier this year, I was privileged to be asked to serve on the Planning Team for the 2014 Southern Province Synod. The night af(continued on next page) Kelly Huckle Moore is co-pastor of Fries Memorial Church in Winston-Salem, N.C. 23
(continued from previous page) ter our first meeting, I was struck by a middleof-the-night inspiration. I could combine my love of knitting with my Synod planning work! I had seen a pattern for knitted heart shaped bowls and I realized that they would be perfect to give to each delegate at Synod, filled with candy as a reminder that we are knitted together in the love of Christ. Furthermore, I believed that most delegates at Synod may need a bit of chocolate to fuel their work at Synod. And, at a much deeper level, we all need to be reminded of the last phrase of our motto—“In All things Love.” Loving our sisters and brothers in Christ is easy when we all agree but the reality is that when someone doesn’t share the same passion, we might lose sight of the most important thing that knits us together—Christ’s unconditional love. So my prayer is that more than the sweet taste of chocolate or the beauty of something knit just for you, that every time a delegate reaches for a chocolate or catches a glimpse of their heart they will be reminded that all that we do and all that we say needs to be done in love. Middle-of-the-night visions often seem a 24
little less achievable with the light of day— and this idea had several challenges. First the pattern was a paid one from a designer in U.K.—when I emailed her she graciously said I could share the pattern with anyone for this purpose. The second challenge I thought was having the Synod Planning Team approve the concept—yet again that challenge was met. The last challenge was figuring out how to have about 250 of these hearts made! So now we need people to help knit these 250 hearts—would you be willing to help? If your answer is yes, please email me (Kelly Moore) at firstname.lastname@example.org, call me at Fries Moravian 336.722.2847, or drop by Knit One Smock Too (if you are in the Winston-Salem area), and you can have the pattern sent to you electronically or as a hard copy. The pattern is a relatively easy one, even though it may seem daunting at first glance. I’m happy to help with any questions on the knitting or the felting process and if you are concerned about the felting I’m more than willing to do that. Check out our Facebook group—Love Knits Us Together. I am also going to host a heart-knitting class at Fries Memorial Moravian on October 19 at 10 a.m. Once you have a completed heart we invite you to use the blessing that will be available in the next month or so and have them blessed in your home congregation. After they are blessed, you can send them directly to me at 271 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104. If you are in the Winston-Salem area, drop them off at the Southern Province PEC offices or at Knit One Smock Too. On behalf of the Synod Planning Committee I want to thank you for sharing your time and talent. It is my prayer that as you knit the hearts that you would be reminded that you are a beloved child of God. Happy knitting! ■ The Moravian
Prayer Shawls for Northern Province Synod Announced last fall, the Prayer Shawl Minsitry of the United Brethren’s Church on Staten Island is hoping to provide one prayer shawl for each delegate to the Northern Province Synod in June 2014. That means 250 shawls! The group has commitments for close to 100, and is looking for more knitters to help! If you and/or your Women’s Fellowship are interested in helping, please contact Kate Reynolds. You can e-mail her at email@example.com. Please let Kate know how many your ministry team can provide. It will be a great joy to surround our synod in the prayers of the entire Province! Thanks for you help in this ministry For more information on the Northern Province Prayer Shawl Ministry, see the Dec. 2012 issue of The Moravian magazine. Pastor Maggie Wellert is pastor of Great Kills Moravian Church in Staten Island.
Mission trip (continued from page 22) On Thursday evening something very special happened that made this weeklong mission trip even better than we had hoped. The Rector of St. Peter’s and I thought it would be a good idea for our teams to have an evening meal together and share in worship, so on July 18 two Jeffs—Father Jeff Austin Ross and Pastor Jeff Van Orden—had the privilege of serving Holy Communion to our fellow missionaries. And in doing so, all of us present that evening actually made a litte history. We participated, together, in a joint Episcopal/ Moravian Communion service—a Communion service that would not have been possible without all the work that had been done to bring our two churches together. When you think about it, this is at the heart of what it means to be in “full communion” with another Christian body. It includes working together to serve folks in need and it includes the ability to gather around a table and share together in the Eucharistic Meal. I have a hunch that this is exactly what Jesus meant when he told his disciples to “do this in remembrance of me.” ■ 25
Mission work on the home front: a remembrance of Francis Weber This year America commemorated the lives of two important African Americans who through their brave determination helped to end racial segregation and injustice in this country and the world. On February 4 the nation celebrated the one-hundredth birthday of Rosa Parks (1913-2005), who was arrested in Montgomery, Alabama, on December 1, 1955, for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger. June 12 marked the fiftieth anniversary of the assassination of civil rights activist Medgar Evers, who, not long after President John F. Kennedy delivered his address to the nation on civil rights in 1963, was shot in the back at his home in Jackson, Mississippi, by a white supremacist. As we remember these two fighters of injustice, it is fitting to remember that it was the plight of black slaves on the sugar plantations of the Danish West Indies that brought the first Moravian missionaries to the New World over 280 years ago. Upon learning of the deplorable conditions of these black slaves, Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf immediately made plans to send missionaries, among 26
them Leonard Dober and David Nitschmann, to St. Thomas, and thus on December 13, 1732, began the first Moravian missions in America. Two years later in 1735 Moravians arrived in General James Oglethorpeâ€™s Georgia colony to carry out mission work with the Creek and Cherokee Indians. In spite of this very early and promising mission endeavor among the black slaves in America, Moravians unfortunately were no faster in integrating their congregations than other denominations. However, a full decade before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that the inner-city Second Moravian Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, became the first truly integrated American Moravian congregation through the dedicated ministry and extraordinary self-sacrifice of the Rev. Francis E. Weber (1898-1989). Francis Weber, or â€œFannieâ€? as he was fondly called by friends, grew up in the Watertown, Wisconsin, area, and after graduating from Moravian College and Theological Seminary he and his wife Myrtle, also a native of Watertown, served congregations at Embden The Moravian
and Alice, N.D.; Berea, Minn.; Ephraim, Sister Bay, and Ebenezer, Wis., (where he spent his longest pastorate and which he and his family always considered home), before accepting a call in 1952 to Second Moravian Church in Indianapolis. Soon after arriving in Indianapolis, the racial ethnicity of the neighborhood around Second Church began to change. As African American families moved into the community, overnight entire blocks of homes sprouted “for sale” signs as white families fled to the suburbs. Always mindful of his Moravian heritage and his calling to preach the Gospel to all of God’s children, Francis Weber encouraged his members to invite their new neighbors to worship with them. It was only by a slim majority that the church council voted to stay in the community rather than to relocate to the suburbs. However, as membership dropped from 250 members to less than 100 and financial support declined, it became difficult to maintain the church or even to pay his salary. During the last two years of his ministry at Second Church, he received no salary and performed the janitorial work in the church himself. To support his family during this time, he restored old Studebakers. For his pioneering efforts in promoting interracial understanding and for bringing about the first truly integrated congregation in the American Moravian Church, the Indianapolis City Council of Churches in 1961 honored him with the Brotherhood Award. For twelve years he held firm to his convictions and steadfastly preached God’s unending love and forgiveness through His son Jesus Christ in spite of unkind remarks, threats, and enormous financial strain on his family. Although it was at first difficult to attract new black members who were unfamiliar September 2013
with Moravian music and forms of worship, the hiring of a black organist became a major turning point. Later some former white members even rejoined the church. Weber retired from the ministry on October 1, 1963, and in the words of his daughter Lois Weber Mims the struggles of those last years of his ministry made her father a more serious and introspective man, but not a bitter one. His life reminds us that the Lord may call us to carry out His work not in missions thousands of miles away, but right in our own backyard. Let us commemorate this year the life and incomparable dedication to the cause of racial understanding of this extraordinary Moravian pastor, the Rev. Francis E. Weber, who never lost sight of his real mission. Sixty years ago he had a “dream” as he lived and preached the words of one of his favorite hymns: There’s a wideness in God’s mercy like the wideness of the sea; there’s a kindness in his justice, which is more than liberty. There’s a welcome for the sinner, and more graces for the good; there is mercy with the Savior; there is healing in his blood. ■ Dr. William E. Petig teaches German at Stanford University and is a life-long member of the Ebenezer Moravian Church, Watertown, Wis., where he was baptized by the Rev. Francis E. Weber. Information for this article is based on reminiscences of the daughter of Francis and Myrtle Weber, Lois Weber Mims, and those of the late Rev. Earl Shay, who succeeded Weber at Second Church in 1964. Due to declining membership Second Church was officially closed in 2006, and the building was sold. 27
OFFICIAL PROVINCIAL ELDERS’ NEWS Prayer Day for Christian Education, September 8, 2013 The second Sunday in September is designated as a day of prayer for Christian education. The nurture of Christians of all ages in their faith is the responsibility of each congregation. Pray for your congregation’s Christian education program and for the personal growth in faith of each member.
NORTHERN PROVINCE Prayer Day for Church Development, September 15, 2013 The third Sunday in September is the prayer day for church development in the Northern Province. Pray for the new congregations established in our province in recent years as they develop their unity and mission. Support the ongoing development of these new congregations. Pray also for those congregations in the redevelopment process. Prayer Day for the Church’s Ministry to Older Adults, September 22, 2013 The 2002 Synod reaffirmed the fourth Sunday in September as a time to recognize older generations and to pray for our mutual ministry. Each congregation can make ministry to and with older generations in their midst a special cause for prayer.
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Brother Otto Dreydoppel died at Lynnwood, Washington, July 13, 2013, at the age of 85. Born November 30, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of Otto and Sophie (McCubbin) Dreydoppel. Brother Dreydoppel graduated from Moravian College in 1952 and Moravian Theological Seminary in 1955. He received a Masters in Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1970. He was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry May 1, 1955 and consecrated a Presbyter January 20, 1963. He was united in marriage to Jean Jackson June 3, 1950 in Bethlehem, Pa. Together they served pastorates in Ohio (Uhrichsville), Indiana (Haverford), New Jersey (Egg Harbor City), Pennsylvania (Calvary, Midway Manor), and California (Morongo). Brother Dreydoppel served the church in mission service in Alaska (1972-79) as superintendent in Bethel and Director of Theological Education for the Alaska Church and as interim superintendent in Labrador (1987-1989). He also served under call to specialized ministry as chaplain at Allentown (Pennsylvania) State Hospital. He entered into retirement December 31, 1989. His wife, Jean; sons, Otto, Jr. and David; daughters, Carol and Susan; nine grandchildren and one great-granddaughter survive Brother Dreydoppel. Funeral services were held August 10, 2013 at Edmonds Lutheran Church, Edmonds, Wash. A memorial service will be held at a date yet to be announced with interment at Nisky Hill Cemetery in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. â–
Sister Mary J. Matz died at Bethlehem, Pa., July 31, 2013, at the age of 81 years. Born August 10, 1931 in Havertown, Pa., she was the daughter of Charles and Olive (Wise) Dill. Sister Matz graduated from Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania. She was united in marriage to William W. Matz January 8, 1955. Together they served pastorates in New York (Hilltop in New Hartford), New Jersey (Palmyra), Ohio (Sharon), and Pennsylvania (Lititz and Edgeboro). In May 1975 she graduated from Moravian Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew University School of Religion in May 1982. She was ordained a Deacon in the Moravian ministry February 16, 1975, the first woman ordained within the Moravian Church in America, and consecrated a Presbyter August 3, 1980. Sr. Matz served several congregations in Pennsylvania (Central, Lancaster, and East Hills) as well as having served as Director of Educational Ministries (East) for the Moravian Church Northern Province. Her husband, William; sons, William, Jr. and Randall; and four grandchildren survive Sister Matz. A memorial service was held August 17, 2013 at East Hills Moravian Church, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with the Rt. Rev. M. Blair Couch and the Rev. Derek French officiating. â–
Scholarship winners (continued from page 19) ship scholarship. Sarah completed her freshman year at Moravian College as a music education major. “This year I completed my first year at Moravian College studying music education. One day I was talking with my friend and fellow scholarship recipient Ben Wallace about the upcoming Moravian Music Festival and he informed me of a scholarship for a college-aged student from North Carolina, I figured I had to apply. While I didn’t get the original scholarship I applied for (it was for a member of Raleigh Moravian), through hard work, prayers and belief the Home Moravian Women’s Fellowship supplied me with the money needed for the festival and I am so grateful for that.
“This Moravian Music Festival was unforgettable. I think my favorite concert was Tim Zimmerman and the King’s brass. They were simply amazing and I left that concert in awe. Behind each song they played was a biblical message to go with it. It amazed me every day the number of singers that came together and put together two full concerts each with two days of prep time before and one of those days being a concert day. We were under awesome direction and together we all created amazing music. “Once again I want to thank Home Moravian Church, the Women’s Fellowship, the Moravian Music Foundation and Nola Knouse for all the work done to put this amazing festival together and I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend. Hope to make it to the next one!” ■
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