Statement on Derogatory Statements Made by President Trump
The Worldwide Moravian Unity
We greet you in the name of Jesus the Christ, our Chief Elder.
The Moravian Church has followed with dismay, the derogatory statements made by President Trump about the 54 African countries, El Salvador and Haiti. We condemn in the strongest terms those statements and lift up the people in these areas as honorable, decent and respectable persons who were created in the image and likeness of God like we have all been.
We are not certain what motivated President Trump to have uttered those statements, but he belittled people of colour everywhere.
Read the full statement
Christmas Message From Our Bishops
December 27, 2017
Let Fear Give Way to Hope
When Christ was born in Bethlehem more than two thousand years ago, it was a time of hopes and fears. Christmas 2017 is also a time of hopes and fears.
As we reflect on the Christmas narrative in the New Testament and as we reflect on our experiences of Christmases past, we come to the realization that Christmas is about more than a little baby born in Bethlehem. For Christians, it focuses on the action in that ancient City of David, but it is connected to many cities around the world and speaks to every city, hamlet and village in our world today.
Let us recall some of the fears and hopes that would have existed at that first Christmas. Mary and Joseph though upright, God-fearing people, must have feared that people would question their integrity as someone put it, “Will folks understand? Will they know that what is done is of God? What will they think of us now? What will they think of my judgment in bringing Mary here in this place under these circumstances?” But they also had hope. Hope in what God had promised because they knew the truth of what was unfolding in their lives as part of God’s plan for them and for the world.
Our Bishops Message of Hope in the Wake of Hurricane Irma
September 13, 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We greet you with every good wish in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, our Chief Elder.
Living in islands which were spared from the wrath of Hurricane Irma, we want to offer words of empathy, encouragement and solidarity with all those members in the islands which have been bruised and battered.
We share your pain, anxiety, shock and loss, your sense of bewilderment and displacement and we pray for your present comfort and speedy restoration to a sense of normalcy.
At this time, we would briefly share thoughts from an event in the life of Jesus’ disciples and Jesus himself.
Challenged, But Do Not Quit
Advancing the Kingdom of God is no easy task. The forces of darkness are ever at work to plant doubt and fear in your heart. Not only that, but If one is not careful, the spirit of despair, destruction and death could be some of the tactics used by the forces of darkness and evil to distract one from the tasks at hand. The Apostle Paul, writing to the Corinthian Christians in 1 Corinthians 9:25 declared, “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever” (NIV).
As Servants of the most High God, our faith will be stretched as we continue to run this race. Attacks will come from every side and cause some to faint. Some will give up, while others could become indecisive in their faith. It is said that, when you are being stretched spiritually, your faith in God grows. When you are being stretched mentally, your old ideas are challenged and replaced with new ones. When you are being stretched relationally, selfishness dies and love grows.
Bishops’ Message for Easter 2017
“If Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.” 1 Cor. 15:14
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
The answer given to St. Paul’s question in his First Letter to the Corinthians is fundamental to all that we do and say as Christians and as a Church. That Christ arose from the dead is the foundation of Christian life and witness.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins but if he stayed dead it might well have been a matter of speculation as to whether he had paid the price for our sins or whether he simply died biologically like anybody else crucified on a cross. But God did raise him up from the dead and that signaled to the world that Christ rose from the dead in spite of the various plans hatched to explain away an empty tomb.
The resurrection was believed in and taught as the principal truth of Christianity at the time of its occurrence. Men preached it who saw Jesus after his resurrection; men who at first were not easily convinced of the fact themselves had their unbelief overcome by the sheer evidence they had of it.