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The following terms reflect the culture of the Church of the Brethren, a denomination grounded on the principles of Anabaptism and founded through the Pietist efforts of Alexander Mack, in the summer of 1708 near the small German village of Schwarzenau. This resource is not an exhaustive compilation of all denominational terminology, which might also be garnered from other Brethren works, such as the Brethren Encyclopedia, Brethren Bibliography, European Origins, Brethren in America, Ephrata Cloister, 19th Century Acculturation, Brethren Timeline, Brethren Groups, and Brethren Genealogy. You are encouraged to share your comments, suggestions, or corrections with the Web Administrator.


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Inglenook, The

Before the proliferation of centralized heating in modern homes, an inglenook (Gaelic aingeal, angel or fire + nook, seluded recess) was that Recessed Area to the side of a fireplace where family members sought warmth to read or chat. Although the ancient Greeks are first known to have used centralized heating, most buildings of history employed space heating in as many rooms as necessary. This is why there are so many chimney’s protruding through the roofs of large older structures. Winslow House is the first independent commission to architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He retained the historic concept but elevated the Modern Inglenook to a level of affluent comfort.

This concept of a warm place to snuggle and read was adopted by the editors of “The Pilot,” an illustrated weekly magazine for youth, that was renamed “The Inglenook” in March, 1900. Brethren youth enjoyed more features, expanded illustrations, editorials on church matters, counseling on personal problems, and especially the submission of food recipes. A natural spin-off from this new magazine was the publication of all those recipes in “The Inglenook Cookbook” which received widespread interest among Brethren families who also submitted most of the recipes.











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Philippians 4:9