Since the middle decades of the twentieth century, the Brethren in Christ Church has experienced a profound cultural transformation. Once we were a small, separatist fellowship that stressed external religious forms like plain dress and Christian pacifism. But the church of today — with more than 35,000 members in the U.S. and Canada — has moved into the American religious mainstream. This transformation was driven by a number of factors, including church members’ encounters with the religious movement known as American evangelicalism.
“Born-Again Brethren” presents research and interprets the relationship between the Brethren in Christ and American evangelicals during the mid-twentieth century, drawing upon letters, articles, photos, and other archival materials from the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives (BICHLA). It seeks to understand evangelicalism’s role in the Brethren in Christ Church’s change, as well as evangelicalism’s role in continuity. It also provides a space for conversation about evangelicalism’s ongoing influence on the church. Explore the menu on the left to to read stories, hear audio, and look at video about the encounters between — and resulting transformations of — these two communities.