Though the Brethren as a group
have existed for nearly three hundred years, we subscribe to
no formal "creed" or set of rules. We simply try to do what
a message of life, love, and hope. But he offered much more
than inspiring words: He understood that people's spiritual
needs also include day-to-day human ones- food, health,
rest, comfort, friendship, and unconditional acceptance. "I
am the way," he told his followers. He showed them how to
trust, how to care, and how to help.
Steadily, lovingly, even
radically, Jesus went about saving the world- by serving
its people. Because we believe his message, we seek to do
conflict involves warring nations, racial discord,
theological disputes, personal disagreement, or mere
misunderstanding, Brethren listen conscientiously, seek
guidance in the scriptures, and work toward reconciliation.
We practice peaceful living.
Our longstanding commitment to
peace and justice includes a deep regard for human life and
dignity. Brethren reach worldwide to help repair the ravages
of poverty, ignorance, exploitation, and catastrophic
events. Along with our faith, we bring food, books, classes,
tools, and medicine.
Living peacefully, to the
Brethren, means treating each person with the attentive,
compassionate respect that all human beings deserve
all Brethren were immediately recognizable because of their
plain dress and reserved ways. Today's Brethren live very
much in the world, work in a broad range of occupations, and
make use of the latest technology.
Continually, though, we try to
simplify our lives. Practicing a modest nonconformity, we
think carefully about our daily choices. The ideal of
simplicity guides our decisions: How will we conduct our
business, raise our children, spend our leisure time, tend
our natural resources? How will we use our money, and why?
How can we live comfortably, but without excess or
For the Brethren, such
considerations are not a requirement, but a privilege. As we
seek to live intentionally, responsibly, and simply, we find
a deep sense of purpose. And we find joy.
worshiping, serving, learning, or celebrating, Brethren act
in community. Together, we study the Bible to discern God's
will; we make decisions as a group, and each person's voice
During our traditional love
feast, we gather at the table of the Lord, and each summer
at Annual Conference we convene as a denominational family.
Because Jesus urged unity, Brethren work alongside other
denominations, at home and abroad, in worldwide mission and
Our congregations welcome all
who wish to share with us in another way of living: the way
of Christian discipleship, life in community, fulfillment in