Global Christianity Moravianism
Global Christianity

Protestant movement originating with John Huss; later a force in world evangelism.

Herrnhut was a center for Moravianism

After the death of John Huss in 1415, the "Hussites" organized into the Unitas Fratrum or "Unity of Brothers." In time they became known as Moravians after the region of Moravia in Eastern Europe where many of them lived. As pacifists and radical Protestants, they suffered persecution in the Era of Reform. Their movement was almost extinguished by the Thirty Years' War, the settlement of which left radical Protestants with no legal rights. In 1722 Moravian refugees found safety on the estate of Count Nicholas von Zinzendorf (1700-1760), together with several groups of Pietists. There they created a community called "Herrnhut," meaning "'God's house." They worshipped together and developed communal industries and trades. From Herrnhut, Moravians sent missionaries to Greenland, Africa, and the Americas. Moravians such as Peter Böhler were instrumental in the conversion of John Wesley. The Moravian church has long been an advocate of Christian unity and today has congregations throughout the world.

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