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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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Year Book

An annual publication that includes a vast amount of information about the Church of the Brethren, such as a directory of all congregations, districts, camps, retirement communities, ministers, agencies directly reportable to Annual Conference, related organizations, plus a statistical breakdown of congregational information by district. It’s convenient size (roughly 6x9) makes it easy to drop in the business satchel. On sale at the Brethren Press booth during Annual Conference, or may be purchased by writing to:

See also General Offices.
Youth & Young Adult Ministry (YYA)

Denominational office that coordinates information and events for Brethren youth from the ages of junior high to young adults near 30 years of age, such as Christian Citizenship Seminar, list servers, Young Adult Conference (annual), work camps, and the quadrennial National Youth Conference.

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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