Recordings of Previous Lectures
Jared Burkholder, PhD
Moravians and Pacifism
presented July 17, 2012 at the Moravian Archives
The moral dilemma created by violence and warfare has vexed the Christian tradition for centuries. While institutional forms of Christianity have routinely justified violence by appealing to Just War ethics, the historic peace churches have rejected this justification, believing instead that violence and warfare are not compatible with Christian morality.
The lecture will argue that 18th-century Moravians operated with a strong peace ethic, but allowed for flexibility and freedom of conscience. In short, Moravians fostered a religious culture that rejected needless conflict as well as rigid absolutes.
listen to the recording (00:52:45)
Rev. Dr. C. Daniel Crews
Moravian Archives, Southern Province
Not Without Women: New Perspectives on the Moravian Mission to the Cherokees
presented April 11, 2012 at the Moravian Archives
New translations and published editions of the voluminous records of the Moravian mission to the Cherokees in the 19th century are revealing significant information about Cherokee life and culture as well as the work and struggles of the missionaries. What is becoming more obvious is the crucial role of women in this period, both in the mission and in Cherokee society in general.
listen to the recording (00:50:10)
Scott Gordon, PhD
"Moravians and the American Revolution"
presented January 24, 2012 at the Moravian Archives
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Dr. Paul Peucker
Moravian Archives, Bethlehem
"Opening the Blue Cabinet: Moravians and Sex"
presented at the Moravian Theological Seminary, Nov. 8, 2011
watch the video
also see the article in the Journal of Moravian History, no. 10 (2011).
Rev. Dr. Riddick Weber
Moravian Theological Seminary
"Wachovia's Women: Broadening Understandings of Women's Ordination in the 18th-Century Moravian Church"
presented Nov. 9, 2011 at the Moravian Archives
listen to the recording (00:54:46)