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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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On Earth Peace

Advocacy group founded in 1974, concerned with peace making and non-violence issues, regularly holding seminars and workshop. Also sponsors Ministry of Reconciliation. Headquartered in the Brethren Service Center at New Windsor.

One Great Hour of Sharing

It began as a world relief program that originally started in the Episcopal Church after World War II. Several Christian denominations came onboard to form a truly ecumenical effort. The purpose of which is: to collect special gifts to assist those in need. More than one hundred countries have benefited from this outreach.

Outdoor Ministries Association

An independent organization that is composed of Brethren camp directors, to promote education about ministry possibilities through camping experiences.

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““For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.””
Philippians 4:9