The Comenius Learning Series provides opportunities for all Moravians to think, learn, and grow. The name recognizes the profound influence of John Amos Comenius, a Czech philosopher and educator considered the father of modern education, who was also a Moravian bishop of the ancient Unity.
He wrote that education must “illumine the intellect, direct the will, and stimulate the conscience. . . it is impossible to separate those three ornaments of the soul — erudition, virtue, and piety.” With this series, we honor his life, legacy, and understanding that we are to “make the whole of life a school.”
The Southern Province of the Moravian Church has a rich history of offering meaningful religious education for members through its Lay Seminary program. Together, we’ve grown in our faith and made an impact on those searching for a deeper relationship with God. This series responds to requests for more events that deepen our understanding of the spiritual, cultural, and historical perspectives of the Moravian Church and Christianity as a whole. We also focus on ideas regarding practical aspects of congregational leadership and faith life.
The Board of Cooperative Ministries is committed to enriching the growth of lifelong learners, both clergy and laity. It is our hope that The Comenius Learning Series will further support and strengthen the faith of our members by providing faith formation, Biblical study, and religious education that makes a difference in the life of individual members.
A Wounded Faith: Zinzendorf’s Theology in the 21st Century
Rev. Chaz Snider
Moravian Faith Communities Past and Future
The Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood & the Rev. Andrew Heil
Hope Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
Called in Faith to do What? The Bible & Ethics
The Rev. Dr. Frank Crouch & Dr. Audrey West
Ardmore Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
Leading the Way: Women in the Moravian Church through the Centuries
Dr. Katherine Faull
Calvary Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
Our Beloved Community: Exploring a New Moravian Community
Dr. Jon Sensbach
Trinity Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC.
Moravian in America: Original Visions, Long-Term Costs
The Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber
Trinity Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
2015 Comenius Learning Series
Martyrs, Exiles, & Missionaries: Making Bold Choices for Christ
The Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood, Dr. Thomas Fudge, The Rt. Rev. Sam Gray, featured speakers
Clemmons Moravian Church, Clemmons, NC.
Be The Church: The Followers of Hus in a New Generation
featuring the Rev. Dr. Daniel Crews, Archivist
New Philadelphia Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC
2013 Comenius Learning Series
Comenius for a Complicated World (CLS Summer Conference)
Featuring the Rev. Dr. Craig Atwood & Dr. Diane Lipsett
Laurel Ridge Conference Center, Laurel Springs, NC
From Fear to Hope: Where is God Calling Us?
Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber & the Rev. Dr. Bill Leonard
Fairview Moravian Church, Winston-Salem, NC