Brotherly Agreement

The provinces of the Church of Moravia are individual members of the World Council of Churches and the Lutheran World Federation. Most provinces are also members of their national church councils, such as the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) in Germany and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States, the All African Council of Churches, the Caribbean Council of Churches, the Jamaica Council of Churches. The South American province played an important role in the creation of the North Carolina Council of Churches. The British province is part of the Churches Together of Britain and Ireland (formerly the British Council of Churches) and has an interim community agreement with the Church of England. The two North American provinces are in full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). On June 18, 2010, the Northern Province of the Church of Moravia voted in favor of entering into full communion with the Episcopal Church. During its Synod in September 2010, the southern province of the Church of Moravia also voted in favour of entering into full communion with the Episcopal Church. Each province can enter into complete community relations, independently of each other. [31] In the 1980s, there were discussions in England that created an agreement that would have created full communion between Moravia, Presbyterians, Methodists, and the Church of England.

Presbyterians and Methodists would have accepted the historic episcopate, but as the Moravians already had, they would not have changed anything. This agreement failed because the General Synod of the Church of England did not give its consent. 10. Generally speaking, we think that it is an abominable practice that someone uses and condemns his neighbor prematurely, without clear and complete evidence and without before all the degrees of recognized and biblical fraternal correction. Those who have been guilty of this unjustified step are therefore no doubt submitting to a motion of censure. 17. Those who seem to be in the best position, on the one hand, can live without hesitation in the habit of close familiarity, join in prayer and act in all respects as intimate friendship requires; yet such a preference for each individual must in no way correspond to the prejudice of cordial brotherly love for all others; and it becomes the duty of those who are particularly familiar to help each other when it comes to teaching, exhortation, rebuke, direction, yes, of their entire spiritual course. The refugees founded a new village called Herrnhut, about 3 km from Berthelsdorf. The city continued to grow at first, but there were significant religious differences, and by 1727 the community was divided into factions. Count Zinzendorf defended the unity of the city and on May 12, 1727, the fraternal contract was accepted by the municipality.

This is considered the beginning of renewal. Then, on August 13, 1727, the community underwent a dramatic transformation when the inhabitants of Herrnhut “learned to love one another,” after an experience they attributed to a visit of the Holy Spirit, similar to that recorded in the Bible on the day of Pentecost. Seeing the lunch break shorten quickly, Simon went up after having his lunch in his hands. When he saw his friends sitting at another table, he walked by and forgot his diary. .

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