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  •  I wouldn't call the Moravians a "sect". (14+ / 0-)

    It's a Protestant denomination with branches in various parts of the U.S. Link  Its founder is usually considered Jan Hus, who rebelled against Rome long before Martin Luther, was found guilty of heresy and was burned at the stake on July 6, 1415. Link I recall the Moravian missionaries in Alaska and Nicaragua who presented programs at our church in Bethlehem when I was a kid. Even more, I recall the wonderful "Moravian music" in Bethlehem that is an important part of our musical heritage.

    The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

    by ybruti on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 10:59:47 AM PDT

    •  Jan Hus and Wycliffe (3+ / 0-)
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      Oddly enough, Wycliffe's view of Christianity was much more heretical than Hus's, yet the English churchmen were able to negotiate a rather benign outcome for Wycliffe because their support was needed as the Roman Catholic Church tried to end the Babylonian Captivity of the Papacy and terminate the experience of three separate Popes hurling anathema at one another.  Hus, who headed up the religion department at Imperial Charles University in Prague was induced to come to the Council of Constance, where these negotiations were occurring, under a guarantee of free passage from the Emperor.  The Emperor's duplicity was paid off in spades though when the religious wars broke out in Bohemia and Moravia under Zizka, who led the Brotherhood to multiple victories against the Imperial knights.  The Moravians even show up in modern literature since they're referenced as the Taborites  in Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose.

      "Love the Truth, defend the Truth, speak the Truth, and hear the Truth" - Jan Hus, d.1415 CE

      by PrahaPartizan on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 09:04:18 PM PDT

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    •  More missions (1+ / 0-)
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      The way I heard the story:

      Sheldon Jackson convened a meeting of churches and divvied up the Alaska mission field.

      Some Yupik people in southwestern Alaska were visited by Moravian missionaries.  
      Traditional dance was lost, and is being revived
      Quinhagak youth dancing again

      "If I’m wanting what I don’t have, I’ve got to do what I ain’t done” from the song “First Light. by Grant Dermody 2010

      by RosyFinch on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 02:48:44 PM PDT

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