Church of the Brethren Peace Heritage

footwashingThe Church of the Brethren is one of the "Historic Peace Churches" along with the Mennonites and Friends.

Notwithstanding this heritage, there is much lively debate about the historic and contemporary Brethren commitment to peace and what form it will take in our time. Here are some contributions for your study and reflection. May they challenge you and touch your heart, that the Church of the Brethren and the Christian church as a whole may come to life as a people of peace for this time.


Question to Annual Meeting, 1865 (Civil War era):

"Can a brother be held as a member of the church who will, when put in the army, take up arms and aim to shed the blood of his fellowman?"

Answer: "He cannot."

Cited in D. Durnbaugh, "The Brethren and Nonresistance," in The Pacifist Impulse in Historical Perspective, Harvey L. Dyck, ed. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1996), 131.

Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Statements:

More Statements of the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference


Ronald Gordon: "Pacifism in the Mold"

Background on Brethren Belief

The Brethren Revival Fellowship provides five essays on Brethren peace testimony:

Church of the Brethren General Board