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.
A kindred community of believers who share similar beliefs with the Brethren. More properly and officially known as the Society of Friends, they and the Brethren along with the Mennonites hold the distinction of being the Three Historic Peace Churches.
To query is to pose a question that invites a response from a person, group, or computer database. Business items sent to Annual Conference are formated as a query to the delegate body that naturally expects a favorable response. Learn more about the development of Annual Conference, Development, Business, and Parlimentary Procedure from David Wine who was the 1997 Annual Conference Moderator.