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of
Adherents
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total
pop.
Number
of
congreg./
churches/
units
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of
countries
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Notes
Moravian Church North Carolina 18,700 - - - 1994 *LINK* web page: "The Moravian Church " (viewed 27 Feb. 1999); "Last updated: 24-Jul 97 "; author: Jim Boddie, boddie@prolog.net There are about 10,600 members in Pennsylvania and 18,700 in North Carolina.
Moravian Church North Carolina 18,700 - - - 1997 *LINK* web site: "The Moravian Church " (1998) [ "Last updated: 24-Jul 97 "]; "Author: This information compiled and authored by: Jim Boddie (boddie@prolog.net) " "Statistics as of 12/94... There are about 10,600 members in Pennsylvania and 18,700 in North Carolina. "
Moravian Church North Carolina: New Hanover County - - 1
unit
- 1998 *LINK* web site (1998): Wilmington Morning Star (N. Carolina newspaper); Special/Thursday, Aug. 20, 1998 "in New Hanover County... This list of active religious groups is based primarily on Southern Bell's Yellow Pages and the Morning Star's weekly list of worship services " [List of churches & # of congregations]; [listed in table as "Moravian "]
Moravian Church Pennsylvania 10,600 - - - 1994 *LINK* web page: "The Moravian Church " (viewed 27 Feb. 1999); "Last updated: 24-Jul 97 "; author: Jim Boddie, boddie@prolog.net There are about 10,600 members in Pennsylvania and 18,700 in North Carolina.
Moravian Church Pennsylvania 10,600 - - - 1997 *LINK* web site: "The Moravian Church " (1998) [ "Last updated: 24-Jul 97 "]; "Author: This information compiled and authored by: Jim Boddie (boddie@prolog.net) " "Statistics as of 12/94... There are about 10,600 members in Pennsylvania and 18,700 in North Carolina. "
Moravian Church Poland - - 40
units
- 1600 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 168. "By the middle of the sixteenth century there were about 60 congregations in Bohemia, between 80 and 90 in Moravia, and, somewhat later, 40 in Poland. "
Moravian Church South Africa & Tanzania 306,000 - - - 1990 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 169. "The worldwide Moravian Church has 19 provinces--in Europe; in North, Central, and South America; and in Africa and the Caribbean. Of the world's 510,000 Moravians, 60% are in Tanzania and South Africa. "
Moravian Church Suriname 52,000 - - - 1979 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD, 1979); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Total population: 400,000. Animists 6 - 15%, Muslims 22%, Hindus 32%, Roman Catholics 21%. Protestants 20%. Protestant Community 72,000. Denominations 11. Major groups: Moravians 52,000; Reformed 9,700; Lutherans 4,000; Pentecostals 900.
Moravian Church Suriname - - - - 1999 Beatty, Noelle Blackmer. Suriname (series: Major World Nations). Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishers (1999); pg. 40. "Lutherans and members of the Moravian Brethren join other Protestant religious communities in the capital. "
Moravian Church Tanzania 100,000 - - - 1979 *LINK* Nance Profiles web site (orig. source: OPERATION WORLD, 1979); (viewed Aug. 1998; now restricted.) Denominations 18. Biggest: Lutherans 580,000 adherents; Anglicans 570,000; Moravians 100,000; Africa Inland Church (AIM) 180,000 Evangelicals 9%.
Moravian Church United Kingdom 3,524 - 42
units
- 1942 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 507. Table: "General Statistics " [of the Moravian Church]; British Province: 3,166 communicants, Total membership: 3,524
Moravian Church USA - - 31
units
- 1748 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 243. "By 1748... the American Moravians... There were then congregations in thirty-one localities; and about fifty Indian missionaries and itinerant preachers, with circuits ranging from Maine to the Carolinas, were being supported. "
Moravian Church USA 3,000 - - - 1775 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 243. "They remained a relatively static movement, numbering about 3,000 in 1775, 8,275 in 1858, about 20,000 in 1895, and over 60,000 in 1965, scattered widely across the country, but still concentrated in Pennsylvania. "
Moravian Church USA 8,275 - - - 1858 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 243. "They remained a relatively static movement, numbering about 3,000 in 1775, 8,275 in 1858, about 20,000 in 1895, and over 60,000 in 1965, scattered widely across the country, but still concentrated in Pennsylvania. "
Moravian Church USA 20,000 - - - 1895 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 243. "They remained a relatively static movement, numbering about 3,000 in 1775, 8,275 in 1858, about 20,000 in 1895, and over 60,000 in 1965, scattered widely across the country, but still concentrated in Pennsylvania. "
Moravian Church USA 60,000 - - - 1959 Stuber, Stanley I. How We Got Our Denominations: A Primer on Church History. New York: Association Press Revised Ed., 1959); pg. 238. "Moravians Church... It has a membership of about 60,000 in America. "
Moravian Church USA 60,000 - - - 1965 Ahlstrom, Sydney E. A Religious History of the American People; Yale University Press: New Haven & London (1973); pg. 243. "They remained a relatively static movement, numbering about 3,000 in 1775, 8,275 in 1858, about 20,000 in 1895, and over 60,000 in 1965, scattered widely across the country, but still concentrated in Pennsylvania. "
Moravian Church USA 57,697 - 174
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center (Mars Hill, NC). Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. Courtesy of American Religion Data Archive. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. Moravian Church: Total of 3 regional divisions reporting separately: Alaska Province, Northern Province, & Southern Province.
Moravian Church USA 60,000 - 180
units
- 1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). Listed in book as "Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum) " [ "Unitas Fratrum " means "Unity of Brethren ", the original, "official " name of the movement.]
Moravian Church USA 30,371 - 260
units
- 1998 World Almanac and Book of Facts 2000. Mahwah, NJ: PRIMEDIA Reference Inc. (1999). [Orig. sources: 1999 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches; World Almanac research]; pg. 692. Table: "Membership of Religious Groups in U.S. "; Based on reports from officials by each group. Figs. inclusive; refer to all "members ". Listed as Moravian Ch. in America, North Province
Moravian Church USA 52,000 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (viewed circa Nov. 1998); "last updated October 1998 " Table: "Christian Organizations "; "Membership numbers, as supplied by various denominations "
Moravian Church USA 50,000 - - - 1999 *LINK* Mims, Bob. "Utah Pastors Say Lutheran, Episcopal Ties Will Succeed " in Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Aug. 1999 (viewed online 28 Aug. 1999). "In a less-publicized ecumenical foray last week, the ELCA also extended full communion to the 50,000-member Moravian Church in America. "
Moravian Church world 200,000 - 400
units
- 1500 C.E. Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 506. "By 1500, there were about 400 parishes and 200,000 members. "
Moravian Church world 257,298 - 603
units
- 1942 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 507. Table: "General Statistics " [of the Moravian Church]; World total: 97,257 communicants, Total membership: 257,298
Moravian Church world 700,000 - - - 1980 Walls, Andrew. "Christianity " in Hinnells, John R. (ed). A Handbook of Living Religions, Penguin Books: New York (1991) [reprint; 1st published in 1984]; pg. 108. "Figure 2.7: Northern (non-Latin Western) Christianity [i.e. Protestantism], 1980: world figures (after Barrett, 1982) "
Moravian Church world 507,269 - - - 1987 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991), Section: Scandinavian Pietism; pg. 182-183. "Congregations of the Moravian Church continue to be concentrated in Pennsylvania and North Carolina, though some are scattered around the [U.S.] The mission tradition is reflected in the fact [that] three-fourth [sic] of the world's Moravians are in Africa or the or the Caribbean Basin... total membership [North America] of 55,927... Worldwide membership was 507,269. "
Moravian Church world 510,000 - - - 1990 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (9th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1990); pg. 169. "The worldwide Moravian Church has 19 provinces--in Europe; in North, Central, and South America; and in Africa and the Caribbean. Of the world's 510,000 Moravians, 60% are in Tanzania and South Africa. "
Moravian Church world 610,000 - - - 1993 Mead, Frank S. (revised by Samuel S. Hill), Handbook of Denominations in the United States (10th Ed.), Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn. (1995). -
Moravian Church world 720,000 - 1,163
units
- 1994 *LINK* web page: "The Moravian Church " (viewed 27 Feb. 1999); "Last updated: 24-Jul 97 "; author: Jim Boddie, boddie@prolog.net Worldwide membership is 720,000 in 19 provinces with 1,163 congregations.
Moravian Church world 700,000 - - - 1997 *LINK* web page: "The Moravian Church " (viewed 27 Feb. 1999); "Last updated: 24-Jul 97 "; author: Jim Boddie, boddie@prolog.net 700,000 members worldwide
Moravian Church world 720,000 - 1,163
units
- 1997 *LINK* web site: "The Moravian Church " (1998) [ "Last updated: 24-Jul 97 "]; "Author: This information compiled and authored by: Jim Boddie (boddie@prolog.net) " "Statistics as of 12/94. Worldwide membership is 720,000 in 19 provinces with 1,163 congregations. "
Moravian Church world 417,973 - - - 1998 *LINK* web site: New Religious Movements (University of Virginia) (1998) [Orig. source: Directory and Statistics, Moravian Church Northern and Southern Provinces, 1998] Worldwide, the Church reports 417,973 Confirmed Communicants.
Moravian Church in America, Alaskan Province Alaska 5,338 0.97% 22
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center (Mars Hill, NC). Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. Courtesy of American Religion Data Archive. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members' column: 2,698. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in America Alaska Province.']
Moravian Church in America, Alaskan Province USA 5,159 - 23
units
- 1987 Bedell, Kenneth (ed.). Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1993. Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn (1993); pg. 248-255. Table 2: US Current Stats. (# of adherents from "inclusive membership " column, not sometimes smaller "full communicant " col.) Listed in table as "Moravian Church in America, Alaskan Province. "
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province Arizona 121 0.00% 1
unit
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 80. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province California 647 0.00% 4
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 463. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province Illinois 447 0.00% 1
unit
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 321. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province Indiana 693 0.01% 4
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 553. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province Maryland 889 0.02% 3
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 654. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province Michigan 798 0.01% 4
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 633. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province Minnesota 1,465 0.03% 7
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 1,118. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province New Jersey 1,223 0.02% 5
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 973. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province New York 4,265 0.02% 11
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 2,628. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province North America 22,486 - - - 1942 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 507. Table: "General Statistics " [of the Moravian Church]; American Province, North: 18,553 communicants, Total membership: 22,486; American Province, South: 10,660 communicants, 14,430 total membership.
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province North America 34,205 - - - 1987 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991), Section: Scandinavian Pietism; pg. 182-183. "Moravian Church in America... Membership: In 1987, the Northern Province reported a membership of 34,205 and the Southern Province reported 21,722 for a total membership of 55,927. There were 178 active ministers in 160 churches. "
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province North Dakota 563 0.09% 4
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 464. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province Ohio 2,409 0.02% 7
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 1,884. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province Pennsylvania 11,724 0.10% 26
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 9,201. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province USA 31,090 - 97
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province USA 29,805 - 98
units
- 1991 Bedell, Kenneth (ed.). Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1993. Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn (1993); pg. 248-255. Table 2: US Current Stats. (# of adherents from "inclusive membership " column, not sometimes smaller "full communicant " col.) Listed in table as "Moravian Church in America, Northern Province. "
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province USA 27,656 - 95
units
- 1996 World Almanac and Book of Facts 1998; K-III Reference Corp.: Macwah, NJ (1997). [Orig. sources: 1997 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches; World Almanac research]; pg. 651. Table: "Membership of Religious Groups in U.S. "; Membership figs. generally based on reports from officials by each group. Figs. are inclusive: refer to all "members, " not simply full communicants.
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province Washington, D.C. 160 0.03% 1
unit
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns.
Moravian Church in America, Northern Province Wisconsin 5,846 0.12% 20
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 4,594. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) No Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Southern Province Florida 857 0.01% 2
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center (Mars Hill, NC). Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. Courtesy of American Religion Data Archive. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members' column: 596. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) So Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Southern Province Georgia, USA 192 0.00% 1
unit
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 136. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) So Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Southern Province North America 14,430 - - - 1942 Ferm, Vergilius (ed). An Encyclopedia of Religion; Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (1976; 1st ed. pub. 1945 by Philosophical Library); pg. 507. Table: "General Statistics " [of the Moravian Church]; American Province, North: 18,553 communicants, Total membership: 22,486; American Province, South: 10,660 communicants, 14,430 total membership.
Moravian Church in America, Southern Province North America 21,722 - - - 1987 Melton, J. Gordon (ed.). The Encyclopedia of American Religions: Vol. 1. Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books (1991), Section: Scandinavian Pietism; pg. 182-183. "Moravian Church in America... Membership: In 1987, the Northern Province reported a membership of 34,205 and the Southern Province reported 21,722 for a total membership of 55,927. There were 178 active ministers in 160 churches. "
Moravian Church in America, Southern Province North Carolina 19,864 0.30% 48
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 16,140. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) So Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Southern Province USA 21,269 - 55
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) So Prov.']
Moravian Church in America, Southern Province USA 21,513 - 56
units
- 1991 Bedell, Kenneth (ed.). Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches 1993. Abingdon Press: Nashville, Tenn (1993); pg. 248-255. Table 2: US Current Stats. (# of adherents from "inclusive membership " column, not sometimes smaller "full communicant " col.) Listed in table as "Moravian Church in America, Southern Province. "
Moravian Church in America, Southern Province USA 21,513 - 56
units
- 1996 World Almanac and Book of Facts 1998; K-III Reference Corp.: Macwah, NJ (1997). [Orig. sources: 1997 Yearbook of American & Canadian Churches; World Almanac research]; pg. 651. Table: "Membership of Religious Groups in U.S. "; Membership figs. generally based on reports from officials by each group. Figs. are inclusive: refer to all "members, " not simply full communicants.
Moravian Church in America, Southern Province Virginia 356 0.01% 4
units
- 1990 Glenmary Research Center. Churches & Church Membership in U.S., 1990. By-county org. reports, figures from 'Churches' & inclusive 'Adherents' columns. More exclusive 'members': 274. [Listed as 'Moravian Church in Amer (Unitas Fratrum) So Prov.']
Mordvins Russia 1,150,000 - - - 1989 Gall, Timothy L. (ed). Worldmark Encyclopedia of Culture & Daily Life: Vol. 4 - Europe. Cleveland, OH: Eastword Publications Development (1998); pg. 259-260. "Mordvins: Location: Russia (Moksha and Sura rivers region); Population: 1.15 million (1989) "; "Mordvin communities as a whole were converted to Russian Orthodox Christianity in the 1st half of the 18th cen... by the end of the 18th century, Russian observers often noted... Mordvins were not only the most Russified of the region's minority nationalities, but also the most thoroughly Christianized. In fact, Mordvins retained much of their native religious tradition, which coexisted with Christian traditions. Not only did Mordvins retain their native mythology, but they continued to venerate native spirits, shrines, and their ancestors, often without even imposing a Christian veneer. Their activites included communal prayers and animal sacrifices for various field spirits. This aspect of Mordvin religious life survived the Soviet period and is still evident today. "
Mordvins Russia: Chuvash 19,600 1.40% - - 1999 *LINK* Unrepresented Nations & Peoples Organisation web site; web page: "Chuvash " (Viewed 16 Aug. 1999). "The population of Chuvash Republic is 1.4 million, of which Chuvash make up 68%. Other groups are Russians (26.7%), Tatars (2.7%) and Mordovians (1.4%). "
Morning Bathers Israel - - - - 30 C.E. Occhiogrosso, Peter. The Joy of Sects: A Spirited Guide to the World's Religious Traditions. New York: Doubleday (1996); pg. 270-271. "After Jesus is born in Bethlehem, almost nothing is heard of him until he is baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist some 30 years later... Little is known about John except that he came from a sect of Morning Bathers or Baptists, one of several Jewish communities that offered Baptism as a form of forgiveness for sins prior to an expected end to historic time. "


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