Welcome to the Brethren Encyclopedia

The Brethren Encyclopedia Project, founded in the mid-1970s, is a cooperative venture of the seven main Brethren groups that have descended from Alexander Mack’s group of eight believers who began the Brethren movement with baptisms in the Eder River near Schwarzenau, Germany, in 1708.

Among the cooperative ventures have been the publishing of a four-volume encyclopedia that is useful to all who are interested in Brethren history and geneaology, the publishing of monographs and materials reflective of the history of the Brethren movement, and the planning and implementing of the 300th anniversary celebration of the founding of the movement. The latter event took place August 2 and 3, 2008, in Schwarzenau, Germany, with approximately 1,000 Brethren from the six cooperating groups in attendance.

The Fifth Brethren World Assemly was held in Brookville, Ohio, July 11-14, 2013. Printed materials of those proceedings will be forthcoming. A DVD order blank which you may print, complete, and mail to BE is available in the "News and Events" section. The proceedings of the Assembly are now available in book form, and are entitled "Brethren Spirituality," which was the theme of the Assembly. See "News and Events" section for more detail.

Planning is now underway for the Sixth Brethren World Assembly, to be held the summer of 2018, likely in the area of Winona Lake, Indiana.

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