How to Have a Visitor-Friendly Christmas

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Christmas is the “most wonderful time of the year!” And also one of the busiest times. In all the excitement, hub-bub, and frenzy, it’s easy to forget that Christmas is also a time when we Moravians have the unique opportunity to welcome many, many visitors into our faith communities. Our lovefeasts and candle services attract a LOT of guests, whether adult children of our members, friends, or neighbors looking to deepen their Christmas experience. How do we welcome them in the midst of our own hustle and bustle?

Here are a few ways that we as a church might create an even more positive, renewing, and memorable experience for our Christmas visitors:

Tips for a Visitor-Friendly Christmas:

  • The first thing most local visitors will do is “google” your church. Make sure your website is up-to-date and that lovefeast (or other special service) times are clearly visible on the home page. And by the way, is your street address (or a directions link) on the home page? It should be. Don’t assume everyone knows where you are.
  • Likewise, be sure your service times and address information are updated on ALL your social media – Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc. A good way to find out what people will see is to “google” your church’s name. What are the first five links that pop up? Do you control them? If so, they should be updated.
  • Send lovefeast information and times to local newspapers and even small local community publications – be sure to include what a lovefeast is. . . and who Moravians are. Offer to write a special article! Need an updated resource for this? The Moravian Church in North America (http://www.moravian.org/) has great information about the Moravian lovefeast, the beeswax candle, and the star, along with good information on what Moravians believe.
  • Go beyond the newspaper and your sign. Consider creating posters to display around town, at the local library, grocery store, or community center. Make postcards that your members can give to friends and family telling them about these special services. Create events in Facebook that your members can “share” with their friends.
  • What do first-time visitors need to know about attending a lovefeast before they arrive? What can they expect? A lovefeast is unlike most worship services. Provide any unique information on your website (this might include: come 1/2 hour early to find parking or hear the band prelude, how lovefeast is served and what is served – i.e. passing bun/coffee, a nursery is provided OR children are welcome, etc.) so that guests can come feeling prepared for worship.
  • Prepare for newcomers once they’ve arrived. What information might you need to include before or during the service to make it more meaningful for those new to the experience? Is there a blurb you could include in the bulletin that describes the origin and meaning of the lovefeast? Are there printed materials about your church, its ministries, and upcoming events easily available for guests?
  • How helpful and friendly are your people and your space? Do you have greeters lined up for special services? welcome[1]1Do you offer to escort visitors to the nursery or restrooms? Is your church signage clear? Does it direct newcomers to your nursery or restrooms? Is the front door open? Are all the doors unlocked or is there clear signage outside directing people to the unlocked doors? Is parking readily available for visitors?
  • Update your ode (order of worship). Are nearly all the hymns familiar? One or two “uniquely Moravian” carols will be great for us, but remember very few visitors will know these songs. Can you explain a little bit about them to the audience? What kind of language are you using in your carols? Is it from this century? Do you really need to include six verses?
  • Put the entire service in your ode. Include instructions about sitting and standing, hymn lyrics, and more. Don’t make guests have to navigate the ode AND the hymnal AND the Bible AND the lovefeast AND the candle service. How can you simplify worship so your guests may simply experience the joy of the season without worrying about logistics?
  • Try to avoid “church-y” language, acronyms or jargon. Does the offering benefit Sunnyside? What’s that? or BWM? What does that stand for? Do you talk about the “narthex,” the “ode,” and other things that might not be clear to your guests?
  • Above all, let your light shine! Christmas is a joyful time . . . a time when we celebrate that most amazing of gifts…our Lord Jesus Christ. Let the love of Christ shine through you and your congregation this Christmas. 

unwelcomeMany of the tips above are adapted from Unwelcome: 50 Ways Churches Drive Away First-Time Visitors by Jonathan Malm. Ask us about this book! It is available to borrow free of charge from the Resource Center.

-Ruth Cole Burcaw is a member of Unity Moravian Church in Lewisville, NC. She is also the Executive Director of the Board of Cooperative Ministries for the Moravian Church, Southern Province. 

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For everything there is a season…

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I’m so glad God gifts us with seasons. As the intensity of light lessens and cooler temperatures ensue, leaves begin to reveal hidden colors of red, orange and yellow. Nature speaks, autumn is here! There is a kind of redemptive renewal in creation’s natural rhythms, don’t you think? The hope-filled life of spring or the gentle letting go of autumn . . . all are necessary for growth.

The Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries recently gathered for some growth and renewal of our own during a fall planning retreat day. The Board includes representatives from each of the 12 Regional Conferences of Churches (RCCs), 12 representatives appointed by the Provincial Elders Conference (PEC), as well as the PEC President and the BCM Executive Director. The beautifully renovated fellowship hall of Calvary Moravian Church was filled with the excited murmurs of old and new members preparing for another season of ministry together. We want to extend that excitement out to you by sharing a bit of where our hearts and minds are working and resting these days.

At the core, the BCM’s mission is to provide support to congregations and RCCs by encouraging and nurturing their health and growth. We cultivate this support through synod outcomes and incentives entrusted to BCM care. For the next four years, we will be working towards:

  • Using technology to enhance ministry and learning, increase communication, network and share God’s story as Moravians!
  • Celebrating dynamic Christ-centered worship that seeks out the stranger and empowers us for mission in God’s world!
  • Educating within and out about Moravian identity- how our heritage, history and reality shapes our mission!
  • Supporting creative initiatives, new adventures and challenges at the congregation and RCC level!
  • Assisting congregations and RCCs in identifying, developing and increasing an awareness of gifts, assets, strengths and abilities in service to the Savior!
  • Inviting all of our work to flow out of the living water found only in Christ Jesus our Lord. Remembering the hymns of our heritage that guide our Christ-centered focus.

Ruth Cole Burcaw, Executive Director, closed our time together by asking us to identify one word capturing our thoughts for the future. My group of three shared: growth, harvest and prayer.

May we be guided by the Spirit in prayerful ministry of growth in this season of harvest!

-Sarah Hubbard,  BCM Communications Coordinator

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The Board of Cooperative Ministries. Top Row from left: Don Britt (Covenant), Leibia Willis (First – GA), Peggy Dodson (Home), Cat Long (Come & Worship), Joyce Vance (Peace/PEC), Marcia Mullis (Friedland), Carol Foltz (Friedland), Malissa Bumgarner (New Hope – NC), Beth Hayes (Come & Worship/BCM), Rachel Desmarais (Olivet). Bottom Row from left: Ruth Cole Burcaw (Unity/BCM), Sarah Hubbard (Hope/BCM), Michael Terry (Rural Hall), Alfred Yorks (Suriname Fellowship – FL), Hazel Hooker (New Hope – FL), Walter Bishop (Hopewell), Jerry Smith (Olivet), Doug Rights (BCM).  Not pictured: JoBeth Boyles (Bethabara), Judith Bullock (Kernersville), Charles Fishel (Mt. Bethel), John Foltz (Trinity), Heather Stevenson (Fries Memorial/BCM). 

Open to God’s Leading

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I shouldn’t be amazed at what God can do when we open ourselves up to God’s leading-but I am. Vacation Bible School at St. Philips Moravian Church was one of those times. It wasn’t that it didn’t look as if it would happen: we knew it would. It was the way it came about and what we all experienced that made this week together such a blessing!

The Salem Creek Regional Council of Churches (RCC), Home, Messiah, St. Philips and Trinity, became aware of a gap in the summer feeding program for kids in Forsyth County the week before the new school year. This presented a unique challenge and opportunity for ministry. Together we decided to offer a Vacation Bible School program, including a lunch, for the community kids surrounding St. Philips, many of whom are eligible for summer feeding programs. Planning began months before by choosing a curriculum and recruiting volunteers. St. Philips provided leadership, space, volunteers and a huge commitment of time and talent. Members worked many hours preparing the church for a week of ministry.

One of the unique components of this week was the large bag of food given to each child to take home at the end of our time together. Brothers and sisters from all four congregations worked together in gathering and preparing food. The first day began with 20 kids, and our last 49!

On the first day of lunch, I was assisting a 3 year-old, when I noticed one little fellow sharing his biscuit with his 2 younger brothers. When the kids were excused from the table, I watched him walk down the table, taking what little food the others had left, and eating it as quickly and unobtrusively as possible. I called him over and one of the cooks packed 8 extra jelly and butter biscuits to take home. He was very appreciative and assured us he would share them. I have no doubt he did.

It was a privilege to share God’s love through food and fun. Using music, crafts, puppetry, drama, Bible Study, and play-we explored our great worth and value. Many learned the Moravian Blessing, shouting “EVERYWHERE!” following “bless thy dear ones” and making joyful noises.

One of the best activities was creating a prayer wall, inviting each child to write his/her prayer on a strip of cloth applying it to the wall. One 5th grader shared that his mother worked 2 jobs. She had to explain to him and his brother that there just wasn’t enough money for school supplies right now. His prayer? Not for school supplies. He prayed his mom wouldn’t feel bad about not being able to provide them. And as God will do what God will do- Pastor Russ May and Anthony’s Plot brought over 50 bags of school supplies for every grade! I wish you could have seen this child’s face when he saw that!

The last day we invited parents and friends to a celebration to see what we had learned. The kids sang, offered presentations, the teens played handbells, and the youngest used sock puppets to share that we are all God’s children. Over 80 peopled shared a meal together that day! We all left exhausted- but blessed beyond measure! St. Philips’ leadership, willingness and love created something exceptional that week-and those of us privileged to be a part of it are grateful. As one little girl said, “I went to bed early so I could wake up and it would be time to come back here!” Our RCC does a lot of things together- but this is one of the most meaningful. What a fantastic week!

Submitted by Joyce Carter, Trinity Moravian Church 

Let it roll!

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Imagine violence tearing you from home and family. To journey with strangers to an unknown land. Being left to cross strange waters.

Moravians are prayerfully considering ways to respond to the increasing number of “unaccompanied children” crossing the southern border of the US. Many of these child refugees are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, countries plagued with violence from drug trafficking. The Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has connected some of the children with relatives in the US, some in foster care, and some in detention centers. The children then appear in immigration court. Many risk deportation and a return to the violence they have fled. There are Moravian churches in some of the regions of greater impact by this humanitarian crisis.

Both the Northern and Southern Provincial Synods recently passed a resolution regarding “Spiritual Solidarity with Sisters and Brothers in Honduras.” This resolution acknowledges the special relationship shared between the Moravian Church in North America and the Moravian Church in Honduras. It urges pastors and leaders to “give voice to the Hondurans’ plight.” It calls the members of our congregations to awareness and education of how consumption of illegal drugs in our country contributes to this violence as well as addressing government policies that impact our brothers and sisters in Honduras.

In a recent letter to congregations and members of the Moravian Church in North America, Rev. Judy Ganz reminds us that we show God’s love when caring for those most vulnerable among us. She points to conversations shared with the President of the Honduras Province of the Moravian Church, Rev. Harlan Macklin. Brother Macklin acknowledges the increasing number of street children and single mothers in need of aid to care for their children. Many drug traffickers take advantage of this situation-making the killing and abuse of children and youth common. He encourages us to work for justice on behalf of our sisters and brothers in Honduras.

We are given a glimpse of God’s dream for all God’s children found in the words of Amos 5:24- “But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Now, let us do justice.

  • Pray. Pray for all those impacted by violence, as well as those responding with supportive care and action.
  • Give. Church World Service provides spiritual care, legal representation, shelter and other basic needs for refugees.Your generosity will help support their response to the crisis of unaccompanied children and families.
  • Stay informed. Consider following some of the organizations actively involved in this work: Board of World MissionLutheran Immigration and Refugee ServiceEpiscopal Migration Ministries4 Welcoming WSNC, Refugee Council USA, PCUSA
  • Raise awareness. Share what you know with friends, family and community. Advocate for government policies that address this crisis.

“Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more and we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen”  – Ephesians 3:20-21

A little child shall lead them…

In celebration of the upcoming August 17 Children’s Festival: Day of Prayer & Covenanting, we share with you an article that appeared in a past issue of The Moravian Magazine:

While sitting at the kitchen table, my friend Alicia and I began to talk about our children, as moms do. She reminded me, “When children are given responsibility they step up to the plate. It gives them a sense of worthiness, and a deep sense of satisfaction and joy…” When you think about it our Moravian heritage sets a strong precedent for “expecting” children to serve. Our own children share a rich inheritance of spiritual strength and stamina handed down to them from their counterparts of the 1700s. Those children were the sisters and brothers who became the foremothers and forefathers of today’s young believers. Precisely because the early Moravians did not underestimate the power or the ways the Holy Spirit might just choose a young eleven-year old girl named Susanna Kuhnel, whose mother had recently died:

“The joyful departure of her mother made so deep an impression upon this girl that she spent three whole days, and especially the forepart of the last night, till one o’clock in the morning in weeping and prayer, at which hour she broke out into indescribable joy, called her father who slept in the adjoining room, and who had, unknown to her, heard all that had passed, and [she] cried out, “Now Father, I am a child of God, and I know also how my mother felt and still feels.”

While this infant preacher of righteousness, by showing forth the praises of Him who had called her out of darkness to His marvelous light, was winning the hearts of the children dwelling in Herrnhut, one after the other, for our Saviour, the Friend of Children was pleased to lay a special blessing on the testimony of the above mentioned.

a universal flame of love towards our Saviour seemed to be kindled in the hearts of these children, and all of them spent the whole night in prayer…

…it was impossible to listen to their infant supplications without being deeply moved and affected.”

(from the e-Books of the Moravian Archives in Winston-Salem, NC, 1895 edition of The Memorial Days of the Renewed Church of the Brethren) 

In The History of the Moravian Church, by J. Taylor Hamilton and Kenneth G. Hamilton, we see how the writers understood the possibility that children might actually possess an “inner life”–an intimate friendship with Christ Jesus. They also linked the children’s inner closeness to Jesus with the import of the leaders’ (especially Zinzendorf’s) “keen interest” in their children’s spiritual development. These “grown-ups” did not look down upon any child, but expected him or her to not only be used by the Spirit of the Lord, but also to perhaps even lead adults! The Moravian Covenant for Christian Living exhorts us to remember our children are the “property of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 1:9),  not ours to possess, but only to nurture.

“Since the orphanage school stood next door to the Kuhnel home, Susanna had frequent opportunity to give testimony to others her age. A revival followed among the children–observed annually thereafter as a festival on August 17…This whole experience can be attributed in no small degree to the keen interest taken in the spiritual development of children by the leaders in Herrnhut, Zinzendorf, in chief. These men and women did not regard the inner life of the young with that condescension too often shown by adults. They held that in all things the spirit of the Lord could use a little child to lead older persons.”

When I was new to the Moravian church, Brother Ofreciano Julias commended this memorial day of August 17th to me. He told me that in Nicaragua this annual festival day is a big celebration where they hold not only lovefeasts, but also parades. He wished that all the Moravian children could know about and be spiritually formed by this special day of awakening among the children in Herrnhut. While we were trying to decide how to lead the children in our province to respond to the catastrophic destruction of homes and churches by a hurricane, it was the youth of the Nicaraguan province who had already penned a letter to us. From the chairman of Moravian Youth Ministry in Nicaragua Andrew Leyman we read:

“Now the Moravian Youth in the province of Nicaragua has organized a team to give a response with the context and reality of our people to encourage and join in solidarity with them in the midst of pain. Our youth team with the only aim of “New Strengths” united in one heart, one spirit, and one hope to go in the communities in order to bring back hope and faith in the people’s lives.”

Yes, the confident youth requested that we pray for them and join them in this “Love Pilgrim[age]” to the coast of Nicaragua. You see they have been spiritually formed by the story and festival of Susanna and her friends every year of their lives on August 17th. So it’s no surprise when the children of Nicaragua have such a strong sense of God’s Spirit and an innate friendship with Christ Jesus. When we older pilgrims expect children to be led by the Spirit, they are! Oh, by the way, what was one of the first things our Nicaraguan sisters and brothers requested? Emergency Hymnals. As my colleague David Guthrie said, ” I guess we Moravians have sung through a few storms.”

The Rev. Lisa Mullin, Director of Christian Education, Kernersville Moravian Church

Rev. Lisa Mullin

 

What Do We Take With Us?

The following article was written by Ruth Cole Burcaw as a response for the most recent edition of The Hinge, a forum for theological discussion in the Moravian Church, which featured the 2012 Moses Lectures, “How Moravian Are the Moravians? The Paradox of Moravian Identity” by Peter Vogt. Published by the Center for Moravian Studies, this article is reprinted with permission from the Winter 2013-14 issue. Visit the Center’s website to read the full transcript of the lecture and other responses

Peter Vogt’s thorough examination of the “Moravian-ness” of Moravians was enlightening and thought-provoking. His conclusion that “our concern about the identity of what it means to be Moravian should not be guided by the fear of loss…or by the focus on preserving our historical heritage, but rather by the desire to become what God is calling us to be” is a spot-on prescription for being the church in the midst of today’s uncertainty and rapid change.

The future of religion in America seems dire.  A survey by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life details statistics and explores the shifts taking place in the U.S. religious landscape.GallupReligion

  • Over 16% of Americans now claim no religious affiliation. Among Americans ages 18-29, one in four say they are not currently affiliated with any particular religion.
  • More than six in ten Americans age 70 and older (62%) are Protestant. In fact, roughly half of members of mainline Protestant churches are age 50 and older.

News like this tempts us to close our eyes and hang on even more tightly to our “Moravian-ness,” but it may in fact be time to zoom out and view the situation through a wide-angle lens. Such a view might help us to see what opportunities we might be missing and respond with intention and focus to the future as it unfolds.

In her latest book, Christianity After Religion, Diana Butler Bass reminds us that what we perceive as a decline in traditional religion is part of something much larger—a great awakening—and a beginning rather than an ending. While church as we now experience it may change, this new spiritual awakening can bring us together in a fresh, vital way of faith still true to the message of Jesus. In her “zooming out,” Bass finds hope for the future of faith.

So can we.

After we examine the big picture, it’s time to focus on our own reality. We’ve all been asked the question, “What one thing would you take with you if your house caught on fire?” Most go straight to living treasures—spouses, children, and family pets. Others describe priceless heirlooms such as the family Bible, old photographs, or Grandpa’s banjo.

Either way, the answer is easy.  When confronted with overwhelming loss or change, we know exactly what it is that matters most to us.beeswax candles

Now, imagine for a moment a future where. . .

  • our beautiful church buildings become burdens we can no longer fill or afford;
  • a shortage of beeswax eliminates the lovefeast candle;
  • brass instruments are unable to withstand the harsh environment of the future; or
  • the rapid increase in gluten allergies means no more lovefeast buns or sugarcake.

Fan yourself, then breathe deeply and think, with the church “on fire” much like our hypothetical house fire, what do we take with us?

The answer is easy.  When confronted with overwhelming loss or change, we know exactly what it is that matters most to us.

Christ and Him crucified remain our confession of faith. We respond to this gift of grace with our faith in God, our love for God and our neighbor, and our hope in this life and the next.

Brother Vogt ends by reminding us that “we . . . are called to live as a community that is faithful to the message of God’s love, as given to us in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Being Moravian means that we try to follow this call, using the resource of our tradition, but also paying attention to the needs and circumstances of our own situation today.”

The good news is we don’t have to leave all of our beloved traditions behind. Some remind us of our deep connection to one another and to our God. Others sustain us as we pray for the courage and persistence to zoom out, to ponder the big picture and the challenges that the future will continue to bring. We then are able to zoom in on the essentials as we find new ways to do and be church in a changing world.

The great ideas from our ancestors still call us. And out of the best that is our past comes great possibility for a future built on faith, love, and hope.

rcb  -Ruth Cole Burcaw is a member of Unity Moravian Church in Lewisville, NC. She is also the Executive Director of the Board of Cooperative Ministries for the Moravian Church, Southern Province. 

 

 

Sources

Bass, Diana Butler. Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening. New York: HarperCollins, 2012.

Collins, Jim, and Hansen, Morten. Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck—Why Some Thrive Despite Them All. New York: HarperCollins, 2011.

U.S. Religious Landscape Survey. Rep. Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 2007. Web.

 

A Modern Day Hus

250px-Jan_Hus_2The Rt. Rev. Sam Gray’s Remarks Upon Receiving the 2014 John Hus Award from Moravian Theological Seminary:

I was in a Bishop’s prayer meeting one Thursday morning and I missed a call from sister Maggie Wellert. But she left a message. She said, “I’m calling with my hat as president of the Alumni Association of Moravian Theological Seminary. And I thought to myself, “Oh, the Annual Fund Drive!” Thankfully, I still listened to the whole message, and she went on to tell me that I was the recipient of the John Hus Award. So then I thought to myself, “Isn’t that an award for older people? I mean, my DAD got this award when he was…hmm, about my age!”

I found my father’s remarks from when he received the Hus Award in 1987, type-written. He acknowledges that his work of translating the Hebrew Scriptures into Miskitu “follows closely in the tradition of Jan Hus.” He goes on to say that it was “extremely important for Hus that people hear God’s Word in their own language and understand its true meaning for their lives.” I would add: important for Hus, and important…for us.

When I was a student at Moravian College the first time around, in the early ’70’s (and yes, I mean the nineteen 70’s) one of our favorite comedians was Steve Martin. And I remember that one of my favorite lines was when he said he had just gotten back from France. Then he paused and remarked, “Those French: they have a different word for everything!”

Maybe his observation was less obvious than we might like to think. And maybe learning those different words is part of the ongoing challenge of Hus’s legacy. Because, you see, words and their meanings can change not only from place to place, but also from time to time.

So, for example, in English, in our time, when the church says to the world, “All are welcome,” the world can mistakenly understand us to mean that… “all are welcome.” Now, of course, we all have our ideas concerning the ones who should (and should not) be part of that “all.” In the Moravian Church, with our rich mission heritage, we have been pretty good, I believe, at going into all the world and learning to speak the different languages of many people. But I believe that the church must communicate in the language of the people not just in South Africa and South America and South Asia, but also South Bethlehem. Not just in Eastern Tanzania or Eastern Nicaragua or the Eastern West Indies, but also East Winston, where we sometimes seem to be more hesitant to go.

Are we still communicating in the language of the people? Or are there obstacles to that effective communication?

A Lutheran pastor walked up to the microphone to begin the service in the way that she had always done, but discovered that the mike wasn’t working. So she looked up and said to her congregation, “There’s something wrong with this microphone.” And they responded faithfully, “and also with you.”

What we think we are saying is not always what is being heard. So maybe Hus’s lesson for us is that listening to the language of the people can be as important as speaking it. Or, in my grandmother’s words, “That’s why God gave us two ears but only one mouth–so we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

I came to Moravian Seminary after serving for about 15 years in what might be called (by people who like categories) a more “conservative” part of the Moravian world. (For example, my Bible only had on Isaiah.) Now, did I agree with everything that I was taught or exposed to in Seminary? Of course not. But I learned something extremely important. That is, if we’re going to disagree with someone, let’s make sure that we are disagreeing with what they are actually saying and not with what we think they are saying and not with what we think they are saying or what we assume they will say. Let’s listen and learn their language. Let’s use the tools of Biblical Studies and Pastoral Care and Church History and Leadership and Christian Education and engaging worship to dig deeper into the world and -yes, the world, all around us- exegete the culture in which God has granted us to live and recognize that God might even speak a word for us…through them (whoever they might be).

Listening, learning and communicating the good news in the language of the people of our time and place. It’s not just getting rid of the “thee’s” and “thou’s” or the “he’s” and “him’s” (that’s h-i-m) or, for that matter, replacing the other kind of hymns with more contemporary songs. I’m not talking about watering down the message or selling out to the culture to make it more relevant. I’m talking about communicating the faith, love and hope of our Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier in a way that can be heard and owned by people today, and so recognizing that these things are not just for us, but for all the world.

Jan Hus was willing to die for his convictions. I guess the question for us is:  Are we willing to live for ours?

I close with my dad’s closing words when he received this award 27 years ago: “Thank you for this award. May God bless all of us who go out from this seminary that in all our varied areas of ministry we may be bound together by one major goal: the proclamation and the spread of the truth of the word of God.”  Thank you.

Sam Gray

The Board of Cooperative Ministries looks forward to celebrating the life of John Hus by recognizing the 600th anniversary of his martyrdom through the Comenius Learning Series events beginning this fall through 2015. 

Rt. Rev. Sam Gray, Director of Intercultural Ministries and Communication, Board of World Mission

Rt. Rev. Sam Gray, Director of Intercultural Ministries and Communication, Board of World Mission