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Lecture to Explain Moravians’ Relationship with Mohicans

Bethlehem, Pa., October 14, 2009— Moravian Theological Seminary will host a Moravian Historical Society Public Lecture on “Mohicans & Missionaries in the Eighteenth-Century Northeast” on Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m.  The lecture will be led by Dr. Rachel Wheeler, author of To Live Upon Hope: Mohicans and Missionaries in the Eighteenth-Century Northeast.  The lecture is free-of-charge and the public is welcome, but registration is required.

Wheeler will present the argument that native peoples could be quite selective in their appropriation of Christianity, adopting those beliefs and practices most congruent with their own spiritual traditions and most conducive to their own survival and prosperity, and that the relationship between the Mohicans and Moravians, in particular, provides an alternative and fascinating model of the blending of religious traditions.

Wheeler received her Ph.D. from Yale University, and she is currently assistant professor of religious studies at Indiana University- Purdue University Indianapolis and associate editor of the journal Religion and American Culture. Author of over thirty articles, essays, and papers, as well as To Live Upon Hope, she has quickly established herself nationally as a leading expert on missions and religious synthesis.

This event is co-sponsored by the Moravian Historical Society and the Moravian College History Department. Admission is free of charge. To register for the event, visit the Seminary’s website at http://www.moravianseminary.edu/conted/Fall09/mohicans.html.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.