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Hans-Beat Motel to assess Moravian Church’s role in the global community

Leading figure in the worldwide Moravian Church, to present annual Moses Lecture

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Hans-Beat Motel will present a lecture, “The Moravian Church as a Global Community: Dreams at the Beginning, Challenges Today, and Dreams for the Future,” on Thursday April 24, from 9:30 am – 2:30 pm, at Moravian Theological Seminary. The lecture will be held in the Saal, Bahnson Center, located at 60 W. Locust Street in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The lecture is open to the public and admission is free.

Hans-Beat Motel is a retired president of the Provincial Elders’ Conference of the European Continental Province of the Moravian Church. Motel has served Moravian congregations in Germany and the Netherlands and was an ecumenical officer with the Association of German Churches. From 1997 until 2000 he served as chairman of the Unity Board of the world-wide Moravian Church. He received his theological education at the Universities of Tuebingen and Basel, and was ordained in 1970. He did post-graduate work at Moravian Theological Seminary, and in 2002 was awarded the honorary degree Doctor of Divinity from the Seminary.

The Unitas Fratrum was renewed by Nicholas von Zinzendorf in the early 18th century and for one hundred fifty years was the embodiment of Zinzendorf’s ecumenical and missionary vision. In the mid 19th century the structure and mission of the Moravian Church began to change dramatically in response to changes in church, world, and society. Since the end of World War II what was once a mission society headquartered in Europe and North America has become world-wide denomination reflecting diverse cultures, modes of worship, approaches to ministry, and theological understandings. Motel will explain how the Zinzendorfian vision be adapted to meet the needs of the post-modern world and how his dream can find a new realization in a global community.

Applicants may register by e-mailing seminaryOCE@moravian.edu . Please include your name, address and the event you are interested in attending. The Center for Moravian Studies, Moravian Theological Seminary is sponsoring Motel’s lecture.