Brethren History

BAHN - Brethren Archivists and Historians Network

  • BAHN encourages the study and writing of the history of the Brethren movement. 

The aims of the BAHN are:

  • To support the development of archives of the history of the Christian Brethren, the deposit of material in such archives and to make their resources better known.

  • To encourage research into Brethren history world-wide, to assist those writing on such topics and to encourage cooperation, and greater understanding of the development of the movement.

  • To support the publication and circulation of historical works on the Brethren, and to increase awareness of them.

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Upcoming International Brethren History Conferences

International Brethren History Conferences are open to all who are interested in the history of the movement.

The next BAHN Conferences are planned as follows:

  • 29-31 May 2022, Emmaus College Dubuque, IA, USA –   BAHN Conference for North America on the Global History of the Brethren. The conference will be held in conjunction with Emmaus “Iron Sharpens Iron” conference and the Brethren Training Network Consultation.
  • 4 – 6 July 2023, Shallowford House, Stone, Stafford, UK – International BAHN Conference on “The Brethren and Eschatology”

Brethren History Webinars

In addition to the conferences, BAHN is organizing a series of webinars opened to all interested in the history of the Brethren movement:

  • 25 June 2021 – “George Müller and Education” by Neil Summerton
  • October/November – “Early Brethren Tensions: Theoretical Diversity versus DOgmatic Reality” by Timothy Stunt
  • 24 June 2022 – Craford Gribber (subject to be announced)
  • October 2022 – “The History of the J.W. Laing Trust” by Alex McLhinney

Previous International Brethren History Conferences

  • 2–4 July 2019, Sidholme Hotel, Sidmouth, Devon, on the theme of ‘Elements and Ordinances in Brethren Life’.

  • 3-5 July 2017, Maynooth University, Ireland, on the theme of ‘The Brethren and the Church’

  • 6-8 July 2015, Bishop Woodford House, Ely, on the theme of ‘The Brethren and the Bible’

  • 15-17 July 2013, Pilgrim Hall, East Sussex, on the theme ‘Brethren Thought in Historical Perspective’

  • 25-27 June, 2011, Lindors Country House, Gloucester, on the theme of ‘Brethren and Mission’

  • 9-11 July 2009, Carberry Tower, Musselburgh (near Edinburgh), on the theme of ‘Brethren Spirituality’. The papers from the conference and the previous one are now available as Cuture, Spirituality, and the Brethren.

  • 5–7 July 2007, Liverpool Hope University and was organized in conjunction with the Christian Brethren Archive. The subject was ‘Brethren, Culture and Society’. As part of the proceedings, Dr Ward Gasque of Canada gave a F F Bruce memorial lecture on the subject of ‘F F Bruce: an unhyphenated evangelical’. 

  • 3-5 July 2005 , Wiedenest Bible School, Germany on ‘Witnessing in Many Lands: the Theology and Practice of the Brethren Movement’. The papers from the conference are now available as Tim Grass (ed.), Witness in Many Lands: Leadership and Outreach among the Brethren.

  • 10-12 July 2003, Redcliffe College Gloucester on “The growth of the Brethren movement: national and international experiences”. The papers from the conference were published in Neil Dickson and Tim Grass (eds), The Growth of the Brethren Movement: National and International Experiences (Carlisle: Paternoster 2006).