What do Brethren believe? How do these beliefs translate into practice? This course will answer these questions and others by exploring Brethren beliefs related to a variety of issues, including Scripture, the person of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the nature of the church, original sin, and the endtimes. We will discuss how these beliefs shape our understanding of Brethren ordinances, such as baptism, Love Feast, anointing, nonresistance, and nonconformity. Particular attention will be paid to the Pietist and Anabaptist origins of Brethren beliefs. The course will also examine how these beliefs and practices have changed over time and consider the diversity of beliefs found among Brethren today.


Participants in this course will explore the theology and structure of worship as expressed in the free church

tradition. We will identify “ground rules” for making corporate worship meaningful, explore a variety of worship

styles, emphasize inclusion of all ages in worship, experiment with ways to use music and visual arts, & write

prayers and other spoken resources.

This is the place where you will get to try out the Moodle concepts we are working with in the workshop.

This is the course designed by Dan Poole for use in the March 10, 2018 BAML Instructors' Orientation to Moodle.

While the Church of the Brethren has long held the New Testament as its focus, the Hebrew Bible, also called the Old Testament, is the basis of much of the New Testament’s faith. In this course, we will work through the various books of the Hebrew Bible and look at their ancient context. We will attempt to better understand how these books interact and how they influence the New Testament texts. We will also look at a number of modern theories about these texts and how these theories influence how these books are read today.

Introduction to the academic discipline of Biblical Studies as well as to online learning, and Brethren approaches to Scripture. Required for beginning TRIM students, optional for EFSM.