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So long and thanks…

Dear Brothers and Sisters of Home Church,
Julie and I want to thank you for the wonderful recognition, gifts, and reception you gave us on my last Sunday as Theologian in Residence. I was almost speechless in church, and I could not properly thank you all. I have never had a “send off” like the one you all prepared. First there was a wonderful breakfast featuring homemade sugar cake and other goodies. Then there was a “roast” that was more like a warm flame of loving kindness. I will treasure the picture of my Sunday School class and the beautiful words inscribed on it. Then there was an envelop that contained a love offering with a surprising number of pictures of my favorite founding father. I had to sit down when I opened it. After such a start to the day, it was hard to believe that there was more to come in worship, beginning with such encouraging words from people I deeply respect and admire. The gift of the album containing dozens of cards and letters was so thoughtful, and I will treasure it through the years. When the going gets tough in the future, I will pull it off the shelf and be reminded of some of the happiest years of my life. The love offering from the Boards was also unexpected and deeply appreciated, especially in light of my oldest daughter’s wedding on June 20. In case you are curious, Julie and I decided to use part of the money to celebrate our twentieth wedding anniversary next year – in Italy. It will be a dream come true and seems like an appropriate use for a “love” offering. The only sad part of the day was saying good-bye to so many people who came through the receiving line. I often remind students who are crying at graduation that they should be grateful they attended a school that you do not want to leave. The same is true of congregations you serve. Thankfully, I am going to be serving in a wonderful divinity school across town. We’ll have to see if I make them more Moravian or if they make me more Baptist, but one thing is sure. I will always know where Home is. Thank you again for the gifts and for a wonderful day. Thank you most of all for granting me the privilege of serving at Home Church these seven years.
Craig Atwood

Moravian History Conference

Conference to Explain Moravian History and Culture
Thirty–four leading scholars to present at Moravian College in historic Bethlehem, Pa.

Bethlehem, Pa., October 1, 2008 —Leading scholars from around the world will convene at Moravian College’s Hurd Campus in historic Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on Friday October 10 for a two-day Biennial Conference on Moravian History and Culture. The conference will examine the history and culture of the Moravians (also known as Unitas Fratrum or Herrnhuters ) within their context. This biennial conference is sponsored by Moravian College, the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, and the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Pietism at the University of Halle, Germany.

Thirty-four leading scholars participating from North America, Nicaragua, South Africa, Denmark, United Kingdom, and Germany, will present papers on a wide range of topics encompassing the founding of the renewed Moravian Church in Herrnhut, Saxony, in 1722, the establishment of a transatlantic Moravian network and its preservation throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, and more recent Moravian history in the 20th century. The specific themes for this conference are: Moravians and Native Americans; Rituals and Practices; The Historical Self-Concept of the Moravians; Encounters with Foreign Worlds; Transatlantic Networks; and The Origins of Subjectivity in Autobiography and Biography (Moravian Lebensläufe or Memoirs).

The Conference on Moravian History and Culture is a joint venture with the 8th Annual Moravian Music Conference, which starts a day earlier ( October 9 ) and runs parallel to the conference on Friday. For other related events, registration, and detailed programs, please visit the web site: .

The conference will begin with a welcome from Moravian College’s Dean Gordon Weil, followed by the opening session on Moravians and Native Americans at 9 a.m., chaired by Moravian’s Jamie Paxton, assistant professor of history. This discussion will feature presentations by professors Rowena McClinton from Southern Illinois University; Claudette Robertson from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater; Mark Everingham from Southwestern University and University of Wisconsin, Green Bay; and Edwin Taylor from the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua. Following the presentations, Professor Jean Soderlund of Lehigh University will provide commentary.

A session titled “Rituals and Practices” will follow, led by Kelly Denton-Borhaug, assistant professor of religion at Moravian College. Professor Jared Burkholder of Grace College will present, followed by Professor Bettina Hessler of Northwestern University and Peter Vogt from Niesky, Germany. Moravian’s Heikki Lempa, associate professor of history will close the session with comments. Lunch and a lecture/recital by the Singers from the Old Economy Village will be held from 12:30 to 2: 30 p.m.

The last session of the day, “ The Historical Self-Concept of the Moravians,” chaired by Professor Bart Shaw of Cedar Crest College, will be held at 3 p.m. Lecturers include Professors Julie Tomberlin Weber from Winston-Salem; Keri Davies from Nottingham Trent University, UK; Craig D. Atwood of Wake Forest University; and Peter Yoder from the University of Iowa. Bucknell University’s Katherine Faull will offer closing comments. The program will conclude with a concert will be held at the Central Moravian Church at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 11 will begin at 9 a.m. with discussions on “Encounters with Foreign Worlds” chaired by Professor Thomas Cragin of Muhlenberg College. This will include presentations by professors Pia Schmid of the University of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany; Helen Blouet from Syracuse University; Thomas Ruhland of the University of Potsdam, Germany; and Crystal Jannecke from Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Professor Bethany Wiggin from the University of Pennsylvania will close with comments.

At 1:30 p.m. a session on “Transatlantic Networks” will chaired by Professor Michael Baylor from Lehigh University. Professors Alexander Schunka of the University of Stuttgart, Germany; Riddick Weber from Winston-Salem; and Jonathan Yonan from Eastern University will present, and Gregg Roeber of Pennsylvania State University will provide commentary.

The last lectures will be on “The Origins of Subjectivity in Autobiography and Biography,” chaired by Paul Peucker of the Moravian Archives. Presenters include professors Margarete Lamb-Faffelberger from Lafayette College, Holly M. Kent of Lehigh University, Andrew Burgess from the University of New Mexico-Albuquerque, and Anne Folke Henningsen of the University of Aarhus, Denmark. Professor Robert Beachy of Goucher College will offer closing comments.

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 .

Moravian Heritage Tour


There is still space for people to join us on the Moravian Heritage tour of Bohemia, Moravia, and Austria! So far we have about 20 people committed to the trip and have room for a total of 30. Among the sites we will visit will be Bethlehem Chapel where Hus preached, Kunwald where the Moravian Church was founded 550 years ago, the lovely resort of Litomysl which was a Moravian center, Kralice where the Czech Bible was printed, Comenius’ birthplace, Vienna, the Wachau Valley (Wachovia), and much more. Craig Atwood will be the travelling historian and Emily Verheyen of Aladdin Travel will be our travel coordinator. Contact Aladdin Travel or the church office for information on signing up.


I thought I should explain the long silence on the blog. I am currently in Rome. I am representing WFU School of Divinity (along with Dr. Lipsett) at a seminar titled Rome – Crossroads of Religions. We came with four students. It is a wonderful experience. Rome truly is overwhelming and the seminar sessions have been very stimulating. My paper is tomorrow and the topic is the reform proposals of John Amos Comenius.

I had hoped to edit and post my lessons while away, but I have had limited computer access. So, it will have to wait a few days, and then I’ll try to post every couple of days. Jason Matlack has been proof-reading them for me.

So, ciao for now, y’all!

The Gospel of John

Along with the commentary on Genesis, I will be posting my lessons on the Gospel of John. We are nearing the end of our study on John in the Adult Bible Class and will soon be looking at the book of Ruth. To hear the lectures live, tune in to WSJS AM 600.

AGAPE Conference

Regretfully, the registrations for the conference Sitting Together at God’s Table were so low we decided the cancel the event, including the lecture by Michael Shuman.

On the positive side, Tony Campolo will be the speaker for Worship in Wait on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m.

Music and Theology Event


            Wake Forest University presents “The Story of Job: A Theodicy in Jazz and Spoken Word” at 7 p.m., Sept. 20, 2007 in Wait Chapel.  The program was written by The Rev. Kelly Carpenter of Green Street Church in Winston-Salem.

            The Book of Job blends a sophisticated theology with rich poetry, filled with humor, satire, sorrow and rage.  Carpenter says he loves the Book of Job “because it gives us permission to ask difficult questions, the kind of questions whose answers can only be flickering candles in the dark, walking to the border of our human knowledge.”

Carpenter found that jazz, as a musical form that explores the full range of human emotions, best expresses the nature of the story.  The music will be performed by Karen Kendrick on piano, John Wilson on percussion, Josh Tillman on trumpet, Matt Kendrick on bass and Sam Owens on saxophone. 

Carpenter will present the poetry.  He hopes the audience members will see themselves “reflected back in the voices of the characters, and enter the mystery and genius of the Book of Job.”

The performance is free and open to the public.

Conference Announcement

“Sitting Together at God’s Table: Living our Faith in a Global Economy”Oct. 19-20, 2007For more information:

Wingate Hall, Wake Forest University School of Divinity

Registration fee: $25

 (Sponsored by: the Public Theology Program of WFUDS, the Faith and Order Commission of the Southern Province, and the Moravian Church Board of World Mission.) Globalization and Active Faith: We are living in an age unlike any other. Almost every region of the world is connected in a complex web of trade, transportation, and communication. This globalization affects everyone in different ways. While some are growing wealthy and healthy; many more are becoming impoverished, dependent, diminished, and unwell. The global economy is affecting the planet itself as temperatures rise, deserts increase in size, and clean water becomes ever more precious. The Bible calls the people of God to respond with acts of justice and mercy in the world, to be stewards of God’s creation, and to view all people as reflections of the image of God. Christians are accustomed to doing this in our local communities, but how do we live our faith in a global economy? Christ sent his followers into the world as agents of God’s redemptive love. What does it mean to be sent today? Workshops: A core component of the conference will be workshops on specific areas of concern for people of faith in the global economy. The workshops will meet three times to discuss this area with an expert and learn ways that individuals and churches can respond to make positive changes. The five workshops offered are: Food and Faith, Caring for Creation, Value-Added Economics, Healing the Nations, Speaking to Power Agape: The World Council of Churches has been engaged in study and discussion of the issues of globalization from a faith perspective for over a decade. In 2006 the Council inaugurated the AGAPE program. AGAPE stands for Alternative Globalization Addressing People and the Earth. The background document for AGAPE is an important resource for this conference. Participants are encouraged to view the document on-line at