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Other Churches:3    The Moravian Church1

The Moravian Church2 is a “protestant” church which started before the Reformation, 60 years3 before Martin Luther’s famous 95 theses in 1517.  


The Moravian movement began4 when the Roman Catholic Church dominated all of Europe. John Hus, Rector of Prague University, began using his pulpit and his brilliance as an orator to preach against the abuse of church power. He looked to the Bible for the word of God rather than to the Pope. He held that individuals could talk to God without an intermediary, and the Bible should be available to all in their own language.


At its Synod in 1467 the church formed a separate ministry with the traditional offices of Bishop, Presbyter
and Deacon
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Moravians believe nothing need separate those who love Jesus and accept him as Lord6. Jesus is the head of the church7. It is the fellowship of the church which is the focal point for believers and seekers in their growth in faith8. It has emphasized a simple message, a liturgy accompanied by music9, education, service10, and missions11.  


The modern Moravian Church shares a common body of beliefs with other Christians, based on the summaries of the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds. Moravians understand that there may be doctrinal differences within the Church, and their guiding principle is “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, and in all things love”. “Essentials” relate to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Holy Trinity, the universal nature of sin, and the Bible as the sole standard for all Christian beliefs. Moravians come from all walks of life, some are liberal in their views, others conservative. The nature of one's views does not interfere with worshipping God together. Rather, the emphasis is on God's love for all people, on fellowship and understanding.


The church administers infant baptism, adult confirmation – and at Holy Communion the church welcomes members of other churches. It does not believe it is profitable to try to define what the bread and wine of communion signify.