Sixth Assembly Book of Proceedings Now Available

June 4th, 2020

Brethren Assembly Proceedings Book Released A new book entitled “Brethren Intersections: History, Identity, Crosscurrents” has been released by Brethren Encyclopedia, Inc., and is now available to the public. The book contains transcripts of papers and addresses given at the Sixth Brethren World Assembly held in Winona Lake, Indiana, in August of 2018. Once every five years representatives of the eight largest Brethren bodies descended from the German Pietist Alexander Mack (1679-1735) gather to spend several days reflecting on their common historical roots. They hear scholarly papers, worship together, and hear what each of the groups is currently focusing on for strategic direction and growth. This 255-page trade paperback, which retails for $20 per copy, was edited by Dr. Jared Burkholder, who served as program chair for the 2018 gathering. The book is divided into four parts. The first focuses on intersecting religious currents and explores the Anabaptist and Pietist roots of the Brethren, including questions on the ethics of social justice. Part two explores the intersection of Brethren theology with American evangelicalism and papers discuss the Brethren in the ages of Charles Finney, Billy Sunday, and Billy Graham. Part three centers on missions and includes papers on views of the foreign mission mandate, the role of women in missions, and historical movements of the Brethren into foreign missions fields. The final section contains intersecting responses to war and conflict. Included are an interesting paper focusing on Abraham Lincoln’s relation to the Brethren and another on the Muslim dialogue on peace. “Brethren Intersections” may be ordered from Brethren Encyclopedia’s website or by contacting the organization at 5137 Waltersdorff Road, Spring Grove, PA 17362 or by calling (717) 817-6025. The next Brethren World Assembly is scheduled for early August of 2023 and will be held at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies on the campus of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania.

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