About the Brethren

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In the New Testament, the word “brethren” describes the kinship of men and women who choose another way of living: the way of Jesus.

The Church of the Brethren, begun over 300 years ago in Germany still draws people who want to continue Jesus’ work of loving service.

Today, there about 1000 Church of the Brethren congregations throughout the United States and many other Brethren ministries throughout the world. We gather annually for a church-wide conference to seek the Spirit in discerning the direction of the church. The Mission and Ministry Board, On Earth Peace, and the Brethren Benefit Trust are denominational ministries of the Church of the Brethren. Brethren Press is the denomination’s publisher and bookstore. We are one of 20 congregations in the Michigan District of the Church of the Brethren. The Michigan District’s camp is Camp Brethren Heights.

For guidance, the Brethren look to the scriptures rather than doctrine. Our faith emphasizes compassion, peace-making, simplicity, discipleship, and community. We baptize those who seek to follow Jesus; we anoint for healing, and in our Love Feast we reenact the last supper, at which Jesus washed his disciples’ feet and offered the bread and cup communion.

Brethren work locally and worldwide to help victims of war, poverty and natural disasters. We share special, long standing relationships with Church World Service and Heifer Project International.

We believe that when Jesus showed us another way of living, he intended it to nourish and transform the entire human family.