by Beth Hostetler Mark As a volunteer in the Brethren in Christ Church and Messiah College Archives, I am currently working on indexing Evangelical Visitor articles from the 1960s. Last week, I came across an editorial (“Prayer – Then What?”…read more
In lieu of the August 2016 edition of our journal, Brethren in Christ History and Life, the Historical Society is publishing former missionary Grace Holland’s autobiography, Planting Seeds: A Missionary Story. We are always grateful when people who have kept careful records of their lives…read more
The centennial welcoming banner. Photo by Dwight Thomas. Last month, the Brethren in Christ Church in Zambia held its General Conference at Sikalongo Mission. The highlight of the conference was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of…read more
On September 17, the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society is sponsoring a field trip to historical sites in Gettysburg, PA, featuring discussion of the Civil War from an Anabaptist perspective. The tour will be led by Kevin Lay, a Brethren in…read more
Thanks to John and Mary Ebersole for the photograph and the information about it. John grew up in Palmyra, Pennsylvania; he and Mary now live in Akron, PA, and attend the Speedwell Heights Brethren in Christ Church Jacob and Annie…read more
by Harriet Sider Bicksler This postcard is another item I recently found in the suitcase of old photos from my parents. It is addressed to my great-grandfather, John Sider, and dated November 1, 1910. There is nothing identifying the person…read more
by Harriet Sider Bicksler Earlier this week, someone contacted me to ask whether an article from a past issue of Brethren in Christ History and Life (our journal) is available in digital format. This person is a member of the…read more
by Harriet Sider Bicksler Recently, I’ve been going through old photos from my parents, Lewis and Gladys (Bohen) Sider, and I found this one. The only identification on it is a stamp on the back: Bowser Studio, 109 West C…read more
Thanks to Jon Stuckey, director of development at Messiah College, for this guest post. On November 8, 2015, over 120 Upland College and Messiah College alumni gathered in Rancho Cucamonga, California, to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of Upland…read more
This month, the Historical Society published two new books: Celebrations and Convictions: Honoring the Life and Legacy of Luke L. Keefer, Jr., edited by J. Robert Douglass and Wyndy Corbin Reuschling, and Living, Simply, Giving Generously: A Biography of David…read more
Learn more about a new book honoring the life and legacy of the late theologian and church historian Luke L. Keefer, Jr.
Mennonite and Brethren in Christ leaders from around the world gathered at Elizabethtown College in central Pennsylvania to celebrate the completion of a multi-year research project — a study of 24 Anabaptist groups from around the globe.
This past August, about forty-five people gathered at the beautiful Inn at Ragged Edge near Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, for a reunion of people associated with Youngways Hostel, the former home for missionary children in Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Former missionary kids…read more
The name Makanalia is one I’ve known for almost as long as I can remember. My father (Lewis Sider) had a very special relationship with this woman he first met in 1954 when she was a young girl living in…read more
In August 1957, the Mennonite World Conference Assembly was held in Karlsruhe, Germany. At least three Brethren in Christ attended: Charlie B. Byers, Sr., C. N. Hostetter, Jr., and E. J. Swalm. Before the assembly, Bishop Swalm toured the Holy…read more