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Church of the Brethren members

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  • Rev. Daniel Garber (1769 - d.)
    The Oldest Continuously Used Brethren Meetinghouse in Virginia garbersdlThe Cooks Creek Church of the Brethren congregation, whose first church building location was Garber’s Church, is the “mother chu...
  • Rufus Ellsworth Smith (1881 - 1950)
    RUFUS E. SMITH, 69, died at 10:30 o'clock Thursday at his home near Buena Vista, Waynesboro, R. 4. He had been in failing health for the last five years and confined to his room since October. He was ...
  • Catherine Flory (1771 - 1838)
  • John S Flory (1766 - 1845)
    John S. Flory had been associated with Bridgewater College since September 1888 when he first entered it as a student. Since the autumn of 1894, except for the years 1902-05 when he was on leave of abs...
  • Barbara Brubacher (1775 - 1832)
    First wife of Christian Brubaker.Fourth memorial stone in the Peter (1811) row. Adjacent to husband, Christian Brubacher.* Reference: Find A Grave Memorial - SmartCopy : Dec 15 2019, 23:53:49 UTC

The Church of the Brethren is a Christian denomination with origins in the Schwarzenau Brethren (German: Schwarzenauer Neutäufer 'Schwarzenau New Baptists') that was organized in 1708 by Alexander Mack in Schwarzenau, Germany. The Brethren movement began as a melding of Radical Pietist and Anabaptist ideas during the Protestant Reformation. The first of its churches in the United States was established in 1723. These church bodies 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. It is one of the three historic peace churches, the other two being the Mennonites and the Quakers. 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.