“The Search for Piety and Obedience” is the blog of the Brethren in Christ Historical Society. The title refers to the standard history of the Brethren in Christ Church, written in 1978 by Dr. Carlton O. Wittlinger.

At this blog, our goal is to advance the mission of the Brethren in Christ Historical Society: to nurture understanding and appreciation of the historical, theological, and contemporary life and thought of the Brethren in Christ and related groups. Our posts will explore the history, theology, and identity of the Brethren in Christ—an evangelical Protestant community with roots in the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Holiness traditions of the Christian Church. As Wittlinger’s seminal history contends, the Brethren in Christ have long embodied a “quest for piety and obedience,” and this blog seeks to discover how that group has succeeded—and failed—in that pursuit.

This blog also serves as a forum in which other scholars and writers studying this unique Protestant denomination (and related traditions) can engage in constructive dialogue about Brethren in Christ history and life.

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  2. AvatarSherry or Sharlene Britt - Kuiper

    I was wondering if you could help me? I have been told that I was an orphan at Mt. Carmel, Illinois when I was quite young along with my older brothers and sisters. I am not sure what age I was when I was there….maybe 2years old? Our names are/were Sherry or Sharlene Britt, Jim, Mike, Jack, & maybe my older sister MaryJo. Our last names were Britt. Can you help me to let me know if that was true?

    1. AvatarDevin Manzullo-Thomas

      Hi Sherry/Sharlene: Unfortunately, I do not have access to the kind of information you’re asking for. However, the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives at Messiah College might have those details. You can find info about the archives at its website: http://www.messiah.edu/archives/ There is contact info for the Archivist at the site. Best of luck!

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