CHURCH OF THE BRETHREN NETWORK
We are a membership driven, unofficial web site of the Church of the Brethren, a Protestant denomination with churches in most of the United States and a few other countries. COB-NET is the first denominational Brethren web site, and the most comprehensive. We offer resources concerning Beliefs & Perspectives. Many researchers have utilized Genealogy resources. We offer the only Brethren Web Directory listing Districts, congregations, agencies, educational institutions, blogs, and discussion groups. Enjoy perusing our Brethren Glossary, learn about the Brethren Encyclopedia or district Outdoor Ministries. We also provide Bible Games, puzzles, and quizzes. Especially our challenging Brethren Quiz. You can send Greeting Cards with a distinctive Brethren touch. Discover the symbolism behind the official Church of the Brethren Logo. Read the Brethren Card which is a non-credal set of beliefs. Explore our Brethren Timeline
Out of the Anabaptist movement of 16th Century Europe and the later fervency of 17th Century Pietism, our founder Alexander Mack organized a small group of believers. In the autumn of 1708 they baptized each other in the Eder River near the Village of Schwarzenau, Germany. This early Brethren Group originally used no label for themselves but outsiders began referring to them as the Schwarzenau Täufer (Baptists) or Neue Täufer (New Baptists) to distinguish them from older Anabaptists bodies such as the original Swiss Brethren who later became the Mennonites and Amish. Discover our association with Epharata Cloister and much later at the Civil War battle of Antietam. In the latter years of the 1800s the Brethren founded many Colleges & Universities. Utilize the educational possibilities in College Reference.
To escape persecution, our Brethren later emigrated to America and throughout the New World using the label German Baptist Brethren so as to distinguish themselves from English Baptists and Moravian groups. Following doctrinal schisms in the late 19th Century, the largest remaining body dropped the words German and Baptist in 1908, to become known as the Church of the Brethren. Additionally, you can learn more about all the many other groups that include the word Brethren in their denominational label.
We responded to a trickle of online members back in the middle 1990's when most Brethren were unaware of the Web side of the Internet. Only a few Brethren had discovered e-mail, newsgroups, and Listserv Discussions. Many years later, an official Church of the Brethren denominational web site came online. Thanks for stopping by and please come again whenever it is convenient.