Today in Christian History – June 17


1722 – The Moravians felled their first tree to begin building a house. They named their village Herrnhut, meaning “The Lord’s Watch,” with the idea that the Lord would watch over them and they would watch for the Lord.

Zinzendorf prayed with them in that first house and made strong efforts to convert everyone living on his estate. He also accepted other refugees. This resulted in a mixed group of believers—Lutherans, Schwenkfelders, Separatists, Reformed, and Brethren living side by side. Amidst such diversity, tensions developed.

The Moravian Church (Latin: Unitas Fratrum, meaning Unity of the Brethren; Czech: Moravští bratři); German, Herrnhuter Brüdergemeine, from the place of the church’s renewal in the 18th century, (meaning Brethren’s Congregation from Herrnhut) is one of the oldest Protestant denominations in the world, with its heritage dating back to the Bohemian Reformation in the fifteenth century.

The name by which the Church is commonly…

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