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Moses Lectures To Focus on Contemporary Moravian Worship

Bethlehem, Pa., March 31, 2005— Moravian Theological Seminary’s annual Moses Lectures will be held Thursday, April 28 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 pm. “Writing a Book of Worship Companion: Working in the Footsteps of Muller, Libbey, Adams and Williams” is a set of two lectures to be given by Dr. Albert H. Frank, a Moravian minister. The lectures will take place at the Seminary in the Saal at the Bahnson Center, which is located at 60 W. Locust Street, Bethlehem.

Dr. Frank wrote the newly-published Companion to the 1995 Moravian Book of Worship. The book uses essays and comprehensive indexes to give added meaning to the hymns in the Moravian Book of Worship, Services for Holy Communion, and Holy Week Readings. In the lectures, Frank will address his findings, particularly those that came as a surprise. The first lecture will focus on the tradition, process, and teamwork that went into compiling his book. The second will give more attention to the discoveries he made and include some commentary on contemporary American Moravian worship.

Frank received his Master of Divinity degree from Moravian Theological Seminary before earning his Doctor of Ministry degree at Drew University. His work as a Moravian minister has taken him to the Virgin Islands; Tobago, West Indies; Philadelphia; and Dover, Ohio. He has worked for the Moravian Music Foundation since 1996, and he served as an adjunct member of the staff of the Moravian Archives in Herrnhut, Germany in 1999. He is currently assistant director of the Moravian Music Foundation and an adjunct faculty member of Moravian Theological Seminary. His specialty is Moravian Church history.

The Walter Vivien Moses Lectures in Moravian Studies are presented yearly in memory of Bishop Walter Vivien Moses, a noted Old Testament scholar and dean of Moravian Theological Seminary. He was also a leader in the Moravian Church’s responses to social issues of the twentieth century. The lectures are funded by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations. They have taken place since 1995 at Moravian Theological Seminary in 1995, expanding to include repetitions in North Carolina and Wisconsin in 2000. This year, the lectures will also be given at Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Dover, Ohio.

Dr. Frank’s lectures may be heard for free by registering with Moravian Theological Seminary by e-mailing seminaryOCE@moravian.edu before April 7. Please include your name, address, and the event name in your e-mail. The seminary may be telephoned at (610) 861-1516. All participants will receive 0.4 Continuing Education Units.