The cross recalls our baptism into Christ’s death and resurrection (Romans 6:4) and testifies to God’s plan to bring “all in heaven and on earth...into a unity in Christ” (Ephesians 1:10).
The circle, partially defined, represents the world into which we are sent to Christ (Matthew 20:10). It also affirms that as members of Christ’s body we are members of one of another (Romans 12:5) - people who confess “one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Ephesians 4:5).
The wave connotes new life in Christ, - “born of water and the Spirit” (John 3:5). It further evokes the waters of justice (Amos 5:24), the cup of water offered in Christ’s name (Mark 9:41), the basin and towel (John 13:5), and “spring of living water” (Revelation 7:17).
The Church of the Brethren logo is comprised of these three elements which makes a distinctive statement reflecting: our unity in Christ, our compassion for a world in spiritual darkness, our mission to serve others, our responsibility to teach and baptize, and our hope of reward for faithfulness.
The Church of the Brethren was formed in Schwarzenau, Germany in 1708 with the baptism of the original 8 members which included Alexander Mack.
It was an outgrowth of the Anabaptist and Pietist movements, which included the Brethren, the Mennonites, the Quakers, and others. These faith groups are commonly known as being within the Historic Peace Church tradition.
Uses the New Testament as the rule for faith and practice rather than prescribing to a certain doctrine or creed. Also looks to Jesus Christ as the overall role model for living.
Seeks to discern the mind of Christ on issues of peace, service to the community, and social justice.
We offer Christian rites such as "believer's baptism," anointing for healing and wholeness, a celebration of the Love Feast service and Eucharist Communion, and a strong belief in the power of prayer.
We support ministries of mission and outreach both locally and abroad.
We believe in the Ecumenical call of Christ that all churches are to be one in the Spirit by working in the local community ministerial association, the National Council of Churches, and the World Council of Churches.