Brethren bits for Jan. 17, 2020

In this issue: Remembering the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, personnel and job openings, registration is open for this summer’s workcamps, CDS training workshops, SVMC continuing education opportunities, a report from the 65th general assembly of TEKAN in Nigeria, MLK Day Celebration at Bridgewater College and the town of Bridgewater, the 2020 Ecumenical Advocacy Days, new Bible app for Week of Prayer, and more news by, for, and about Brethren. […]

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Moderator’s forum is April 18 at Elizabethtown College’s Young Center

Annual Conference moderator Paul Mundey has announced that he will host a Moderator’s Forum this spring at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown (Pa.) College. The date is April 18, from 1-9 p.m. The focus is “Historical Themes Impacting Today’s Church.” The forum will feature leading Brethren historians who will address […]

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Remembering cost of following Jesus at May 15 service for WWI conscientious objectors

On May 15, International Conscientious Objection Day, a group representing local congregations from each of the historic peace churches and the Community of Christ (an emerging peace church) came together for a memorial service honoring the conscientious objectors during World War I. Approximately 84 people attended from local congregations and Scott Holland attended from the faculty of Bethany Theological Seminary in Richmond, Ind. […]

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Germantown Church of the Brethren is celebrating 300 years

Germantown (Pa.) Church of the Brethren is starting a five-year celebration of its 300th anniversary this year. The congregation located in the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia is considered to be the “mother church” of the denomination as the first congregation that the Brethren established in the Americas.
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A view of the historic building of the Germantown Church of the Brethren

Sixth Brethren World Assembly examines ‘Crosscurrents’ of Brethren movement

The Sixth Brethren World Assembly happened Aug. 9-12 at Winona Lake (Ind.) Grace Brethren Church. It was sponsored by the Brethren Encyclopedia Foundation with the theme “Brethren Intersections: History, Identity, Crosscurrents.” The event, held every five years, gathers Brethren from various denominations tracing back to the original 1708 group in Germany. […]

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World War I and the Church of the Brethren

On June 28, 1914, Archduke Ferdinand was assassinated and a month later Europe was plunged in war. As described by Steve Longenecker, Edwin L. Turner Distinguished Professor of History at Bridgewater (Va.) College, it was the first time modern industrial nations engaged in total war involving entire populations and whole industries. Tens of thousands of soldiers died in a single day of fighting. Economies crumbled. Life changed. […]

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Sixth Brethren World Assembly set for August in Indiana

Registrations are now being received for the Sixth Brethren World Assembly, to be held Aug. 9-12 in Winona Lake, Ind. This gathering happens every five years for Brethren groups descended from Alexander Mack in 1708 and it is sponsored by the Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc. […]

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Sixth Brethren World Assembly is set for August in Indiana

Plans are being finalized for the Sixth Brethren World Assembly, to be held Aug. 9-12, 2018, in Winona Lake, Ind. This gathering happens every five years for Brethren groups descended from Alexander Mack in 1708, and is sponsored by the Brethren Encyclopedia Project, Inc. […]

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Insight session tells the story of the Solingen Brethren

Six Brethren were arrested 300 years ago in Solingen, Germany. What was their crime? In 1716, the six men, ages 22 to 33, had been baptized as adults. This crime was a capital offense, the punishment could be execution. The six men were first marched to Dusseldorf for interrogation. It is said they sang hymns as they walked to their imprisonment. […]

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