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Working for the Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM) has felt like settling back into a role I’d already been in before. Maybe it’s because of the many years I’ve spent working around and within the Moravian church, or maybe it’s because of the work-study I did while I was finishing out my freshman year at Moravian College, but I immediately felt like I was right at home as the 2017 Summer Intern. I’ve met and have had to remember the names of an intimidating number of people (I’m really bad at remembering names), been given tasks to complete and responsibilities to take care of, and despite this whirlwind of new activity I feel right at home.

One of the projects that I’ve been put in charge of is creating Action Guides to give to congregations around the Southern Province, which has been taking up most of my time. This was the project I was most looking forward to when coming into the job, because it takes something that I’m interested in, social activism, and gives me the opportunity to pursue it. I’m able to apply what I’ve learned over the last couple years as an activist to approaching difficult topics and helping congregations work through hard issues, which is really cool. I hope to have a good number done by this August, once I get into the swing of things with it.

Another smaller project I’ve been working on sporadically is what we’ve started calling the “photo project.” The BCM has a LOT of old photos around the office. Not just prints of photos but film and slides as well. It’s extremely interesting to see some of the adults I knew as a wee Moravian as wee Moravians themselves. Or at least slightly younger. There are a few of John G. Rights and Doug Rights that are especially fun to see, as well as of past BCM employees (and even current ones)! I’ve been working on scanning these photos and identifying the individuals in them. 

All in all, this first month has been an interesting one. I can gladly say I love working with everyone here and getting to know them, and that I enjoy the work I’m doing. 

Questions? Comments?  Contact James Jarvis at or call (336) 722-8126 Ext. 403

James Jarvis is the Summer Intern for the Moravian Board of Cooperative Ministries (BCM). He is a sophomore at Moravian College and is studying Studio Art, concentrating in photography. He enjoys hiking, animation, long naps, and junk food.