Sunday, October 27 at 4:00PM
66 W. Church Street, Bethlehem
On July 15, 1749, twenty-eight couples were married in the Saal of the Bethlehem Gemeinhaus simultaneously. This event became known as the Great Wedding.
There are many questions about 18th century Moravian practices: How did Moravians choose their marriage partners? Were couples really chosen by the Lot? How true are the stories about a blue cabinet where married couples had intercourse? And what did church members think about the way church leaders controlled their marital life? This presentation will shed light on Moravian ideas on marriage and sexuality during the 18th century.
Join us for an amazing lecture that speaks to the unique marriage practices of the Moravians!
Paul Peucker is archivist of the Moravian Church in America, Northern Province, and author of book: A Time of Sifting: Mystical Marriage and the Crisis of Moravian Piety in the Eighteenth Century (Penn State Press, 2015).
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