Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem – Origin:
The Moravian Church had its origin in ancient Bohemia and Moravia, in present-day Czechoslovakia. The church’s first members were the forerunners of what became known as the Protestant Reformation. They were the followers of the great preacher and educator John Hus (1369-1415) of the University of Prague. Hus was martyred for his religious beliefs.
The Moravian Church, or the Unitas Fratrum (Unity of Brethren), arose as followers of Hus gathered on the estate of Lititz, about 100 miles east of Prague, and organized the church – 60 years before Luther and 100 years before the establishment of the Anglican Church. By 1467 the Moravian Church had established its own ministry.
The Moravians established the settlement of Bethlehem (Pennsylvania) in 1741. A few years later, Bishop Augustus Spangenberg led a party of men to survey a 100,000-acre tract in North Carolina. The tract became known as Wachau (Wachovia) after an Austrian estate of Count Zinzendorf. In Wachovia, Bethabara, Bethania and Salem (now Winston-Salem) became the first Moravian settlements in North Carolina.
Home Moravian Church, Winston-Salem was established in Salem on November 13, 1771.
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