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Lecture “Moravian Brethren in Greenland“

On 27 November 2012 the Czech Embassy in Copenhagen arranged a thematic evening in the Czech language focused on the Moravian Brethren´s activities in Greenland.

After the lecture “Moravian Brethren in Greenland“ by the Czech ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka the documentary movie Moravian Brethren among Eskimos by S. Motl  was screened.

Moravští bratři kniha
Moravian missionaries in Greenland – Matthäus Stach and Christian David

Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka presented the same lecture for Czechs living in Jutland and Czech exchange students at Aarhus University on 30 November 2012.

Moravští bratři audience
The audience at the Czech Embassy in Copenhagen

Moravští bratři film
Film screening

The aim of this event in Copenhagen and Aarhus was to raise awareness of the important role played by the Moravian Brethren in spreading Christianity in Greenland (see also Moravian Brethren in Polar Lands). Both the lecture and the documentary film focused particularly on the history of foundation of Herrnhut in Saxony and Christiansfeld in Denmark and the difficult journey of three Moravian missionaries who came from mixed Czech-German families – Matthäus and Christian Stach from Mankovice by Suchdol n. Odrou and Christian David from Ženklava. A considerable part of the movie was devoted to Samuel Kleinschmidt, Greenlandic-Danish-German member of the Moravian Church.

Moravští bratři Aarhus
The audience at Aarhus University