Church of the Brethren

The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination originating from the Schwarzenau Brethren (“Schwarzenauer Neutäufer”) organized in 1708 by eight people led by Alexander Mack, a miller, in Schwarzenau (Bad Berleburg), Germany. The Brethren movement began as a melding of Radical Pietist and Anabaptist ideas. The first of its churches in America was established in 1723. These churches became commonly known as Dunkers and more formally as German Baptist Brethren. The denomination holds the New Testament as its only creed. Historically the church has taken a strong stance for non-resistance or pacifism. Distinctive practices include believers baptism by trine immersion; a threefold Love Feast consisting of feet washing, a fellowship meal, and communion; anointing for healing; and the holy kiss.

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