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  Brethren - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Church of the United Brethren in Christ and the Brethren in Christ Church (or River Brethren) owe their origins to the combined labors of Reformed pastor Philip William Otterbein and Mennonite Martin Boehm, beginning in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania in the latter half of the 18th century.
The Social Brethren originated in Saline County, Illinois in 1867, the result of an attempt to put the slavery issue away in favor of uniting on a common belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The brethren from 1827 [1]---those endeavoring to continue the expression of "the one body in Christ" worldwide in the scriptural order, as intended in God's revival of the early 1800's, and encourage all saints to "unity of the faith", rather than mergers and sectarianism.
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 Church of the Brethren - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Church of the Brethren was organized by Alexander Mack, a miller, in Schwarzenau, Germany, in 1708.
The German Baptist Brethren suffered major division in the early 1880s, creating the Old German Baptist Brethren, the Brethren Church, and the majority adopting the name Church of the Brethren in 1908.
In 1948 the Church of the Brethren joined the World Council of Churches as a charter member, and was a forming member of the National Council of Churches in 1950.
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 Religious Movements Homepage: The Brethren
The Brethren, officially known as the German Baptists throughout the nineteenth century (Melton, 441), mixed pietism with the Anabaptist tradition, blending a renewed emphasis on spirituality with the Anabaptist emphasis on outward expression of faith.
As the Brethren Church grew and expanded, moving them beyond their traditional agricultural communities, and as industrialization made more "worldly" products available to everyone, they became increasingly more mainstream, and less recognizable as a distinct body.
They follow traditional Brethren beliefs and practices: women are expected to have long hair and to wear a head covering, men are to have short hair, no musical instruments are accepted in the worship time, and of course divorce and remarriage is not allowed.
religiousmovements.lib.virginia.edu /nrms/brethren.html   (3729 words)

 The Brethren Encyclopedia
A contract with the printer for Volume 4 was recently signed and barring anything unforeseen we expect Volume 4 to be printed in the near future.
Genealogists and Family Historians should know that "The Brethren Encyclopedia" is an excellent resource that is unparalleled for its completeness and scope of coverage for names, dates, and places of ancestors related to the Brethren movement around the world.
The new DVD's may be ordered by contacting The Brethren Encyclopedia, 313 Fairview Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002.
www.brethrenencyclopedia.org   (232 words)

 Brethren Heritage Center   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Brethren Heritage Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving historical and current information concerning the various Brethren denominations which have a very rich heritage tracing back to 1708 in Schwarzenau, Germany.
Also among the Brethren, are many who chose to follow these pursuits in individual ways, and consequently the items of their heritage go to the auction block or to destruction by uninterested descendants.
Brethren Heritage Center aims to be a reliable interpretation of all the Brethren.
www.brethrenheritagecenter.org /home.htm   (436 words)

The Utraquist (Calixtine) priests refused the Sacrament to the Brethren.
The Brethren defended their cause in copious writings, but in 1468 many of them were imprisoned and tortured, one was burnt at the stake.
At a meeting in Fetter Lane Wesley accused the Brethren of holding false doctrines and left the hall exclaiming: "Let those who agree with me follow me." Some eighteen or nineteen of the members went out after him, the rest called upon the Brethren to be their leaders.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/02616a.htm   (4746 words)

 BBC - Religion & Ethics - The Exclusive Brethren   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Exclusive Brethren are an Evangelical Protestant Christian church related to the Christian or Open Brethren.
Since many Exclusive Brethren work in Brethren owned companies they have to give up their jobs as well as their family and their home if they leave the faith.
Brethren representatives are visiting former members, including those who'd been ejected, some of whom left more than 30 years separation.
www.bbc.co.uk /religion/religions/christianity/subdivisions/brethren   (556 words)

 Brethren in America
Brethren had settled in some of the most impoverished areas of a war ravaged Europe and the promise of cheap land in Pennsylvania and the freedom to worship as one chose seemed irresistible.
When the Brethren arrived at Germantown with the hope of listening to his fiery sermons, only to realize that the news was false, they diverted their disappointment toward a positive conclusion by organizing the first Brethren congregation in America.
As many Brethren were enticed to leave their congregations and join the cloistered dwellers, Maria Sauer also left husband and son in 1730 to enlist in Beissel's mystical undertaking.
www.cob-net.org /america.htm   (8199 words)

 CATHOLIC ENCYCLOPEDIA: The Brethren of the Lord
Four such "brethren" are mentioned by name in the parallel texts of Matt 13:55 and Mark 6:3 (where "sisters" are also referred to), namely, James (also mentioned Galatians 1:19), Joseph, or Joses, Simon, and Jude; the incidental manner in which these names are given, shows, however, that the list lays no claim to completeness.
Two questions in connexion with these "brethren" of the Lord have long been, and are still now more than ever, the subject of controversy: (1) The identity of James, Jude, and Simon; (2) the exact nature of the relationship between the Saviour and his "brethren".
James and Joseph the "brethren" of the Lord are thus the sons of Alpheus.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/02767a.htm   (1970 words)

 Origins of the Church of the Brethren and Other Brethren (Groups
Five major groups contributed to the Encyclopedia: the Brethren Church, the Church of the Brethren, the Dunkard Brethren, the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, and the Old German Baptist Brethren.
History of the Church of the Brethren of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Brethren Historical Library and Archives, located in the lower level of the National Headquarters of the Church of the Brethren, 1451 Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120.
www.berksgenes.org /brethren.htm   (1185 words)

 Brethren, Dunkers, Dunkards
The term Brethren identifies several Christian groups of common origin, at an earlier date frequently called "Dunkers," of which the Church of the Brethren is today the largest.
The Church of the Brethren is one of the historic "peace churches" in the United States.
In practice the Brethren closely follow the teachings of the Bible and observe the primitive simplicity of the Apostolic church.
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 Nokesville Church of the Brethren Information
It was in 1909 that Hebron Seminary, a secondary school with strong Brethren ties, opened its doors to the community and the area Brethren churches.
Hebron became the church home for the Nokesville Brethren and served in that capacity until 1947 when it was demolished and the present brick edifice (1948) was dedicated.
Today’s Brethren live very much in the world, work in a broad range of occupations, and make use of the latest technology.
www.nokesvillecob.org /Info.htm   (1345 words)

 United Brethren: Gadfield Elm
The Benbows were members of the United Brethren, a group of Primitive Methodists who had organised themselves in the local area.
The mass conversion of the United Brethren is well known, but Woodruff's success was more than in just numbers: the UB provided the infrastructure of a religious organisation, so that even when the American missionaries left, a strong and well-organised preaching circuit remained.
The United Brethren donated one of their chapels to the Church, that of Gadfield Elm.
headlife.blogspot.com /unitedbrethren/2005/08/gadfield-elm.html   (337 words)

The conference was told that in Britain, for example, the Brethren movement is in serious decline, with assemblies down to an average size of about 45 members, half of them are shrinking, with only a quarter growing.
The Brethren movement began with a desire to return to the simplicity of apostolic worship; as a protest against other churches' prevailing clericalism, spiritual dryness and formalism; and with a strong expectation that Christ would soon return.
Brethren scholar F.F. Bruce has said we must view the NT ministry of women through the window of Galatians 3:28: Christ has abolished man-made hierarchies of race, economics and gender.
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 Dunkard Brethren Church
The Dunkard Brethren Church, founded in 1928, is a conservative element of the Church of the Brethren.
The Brethren were in their earlier history much more aggressive than the Mennonites, hence have grown much more rapidly and secured a larger proportion of members from the "outside." Numerous Mennonites were won by early Brethren evangelistic efforts and many names in the Brethren Church of today are Mennonite in origin: e.g., Bowman, Moyer, Ziegler.
In numerous cases the Brethren and Mennonites have settled in the same general areas; e.g., Lancaster Co., Pa., the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, and Elkhart Co., Ind. However, little fraternization has taken place on the local level, largely because of the earlier sharp Brethren emphasis on immersion.
www.bibleviews.com /Dunkard.html   (769 words)

 Unity of the Brethren - History
The Unity of the Brethren traces its roots to the work of the reforming priest, John Hus, martyred in 1415.
The Unity of the Brethren grew in influence until it was the predominant religious force in the Czech lands.
In 1903, representatives of several of these congregations gathered to create the Unity of the Brethren in Texas, in the effort to resurrect the Brethren Church, suppressed for all these years in their homeland.
www.unityofthebrethren.org /history.htm   (669 words)

 Brethren - The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition - HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Brethren evolved from the Pietist movement in Germany.
From the Church of the Brethren there have been separations into the Seventh-Day Baptists, German Baptists (1728; see Beissel, Johann Conrad); Church of God (New Dunkards, 1848); Old German Baptist Brethren (1881); and the Brethren Church (Progressive Dunkers, 1882).
The Brethren baptize by trine immersion, the candidate being immersed once for each member of the Trinity.
www.highbeam.com /doc/1E1:Brethren/Brethren.html?refid=ip_hf   (182 words)

 The Exclusive Brethren Christian Fellowship
The Exclusive Brethren assisted the rescue efforts at Ground Zero during the aftermath of the tragic attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
The Lord said to His disciples "all ye are brethren" Matthew 23:8 Exclusive Brethren are believers on the Lord Jesus Christ, who hold the truth of His deity, and accept the authority of Scripture as the inspired word of God.
The Exclusive Brethren generally operate family businesses, recognising the responsibility to support their families financially by earning an honest living so as to do good and to be able to communicate or distribute to those in need.
www.theexclusivebrethren.com   (265 words)

Dunker is a direct derivation of the German tunken, `to dip or immerse,' and is identified with the peculiar method of immersion employed by this group of churches--triple immersion--in which the believer is immersed not once but three times, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
It might be said generally that these Dunkers, or Brethren, are former German Reformed bodies which took their theology and much of their practice from the Pietists of the 17th and 18th centuries.
Some of the Brethren distinctives are foot washing, plainness of dress and the disavowal of worldly fashions, head coverings on women, anointing the sick, eschewing worldly amusements, refusing to take oaths, pacifism and refusal to go to war.
wayoflife.org /fbns/brethren.htm   (1648 words)

 Brethren Groups
Moravians, Moravian Brethren, Unitas Fratrum or Unity of Brethren
Brethren in the new world were at first a loose knit confederation of settlements.
United Brethren leader Martin Boehm was the spiritual leader of this group until its congregation, principally of Mennonite background, began to withdraw from him because of his liberal views on baptism, and his relationships with non-Mennonite individuals.
www.cob-net.org /docs/groups.htm   (3751 words)

 Brethren Witness - Just for Youth
Conscientious Objection to war is a path that has been taken by Brethren young men throughout the history of our church.
You also need to be aware that the No Child Left Behind legislation passed by Congress in 2002 has a provision that requires schools to give military recruiters your home address and phone number—unless you request that this not be done.
Join 100 other Brethren youth for six days in New York and Washington, DC for the annual Christian Citizenship Seminar.
www.brethren.org /genbd/witness/Youth.htm   (1254 words)

 BMIC - Homepage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Brethren Mutual Executive Vice President Bradford L. Browning, CPCU, AIC passed away on March 17, 2006 at the age of 53.
Brethren Mutual rewards young drivers with better driving records with a lower premium on car insurance.
Established in 1897, The Brethren Mutual Insurance Company is a property-casualty insurer writing personal, commercial and farm insurance in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
www.bmiconline.com   (164 words)

 "Brethren of the Lord"
To determine what "brethren" or "brother" or "sister" means in any one verse, we have to look at the context.
Fundamentalists insist that "brethren of the Lord" must be interpreted in the strict sense.
Of the four "brethren" who are named in the Gospels, consider, for the sake of argument, only James.
www.catholic.com /library/Brethren_of_the_Lord.asp   (2129 words)

 Online Services Connect Brethren
Voices for an Open Spirit, a progressive Brethren group who wish to foster a spirit of openness and inclusion in the Church of the Brethren and to build bridges across differences, also have their own listserv.
The Church Of the Brethren Evangelical Network (COBEN) exists to provide a forum among evangelical Church of the Brethren leaders and laypersons for mutual support, encouragement, and the exchange of ideas in a positive manner within the context of our love and concern for the Church.
Brethren news, as well as that of other denominations and ecumenical organizations, can be found on the World Faith News web page at http://www.wfn.org.
members.aol.com /jeminer/online.htm   (862 words)

 Brethren Encyclopedia
A veritable treasure of information about all Brethren denominations tracing their history to the original founding body, who established themselves in 1708 as a new Baptist movement through adult baptism in the Eder River near Schwarzenau, Germany.
Brethren Encyclopedia is not only a tremendous resource of information and heritage, but also a recognized symbol of unity.
Many have written commendable histories of the Brethren movement but none have succeeded in encompassing the vast scope of knowledge to be garnered from each Brethren group.
www.cob-net.org /be   (249 words)

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