August 12, 2015

Church of the Brethren included in Anabaptist Family

The Anabaptist family is growing, both in terms of additions by members and the new inclusion of the Church of the Brethren in Mennonite World Conference’s global directory.

MWC general secretary César García said the Church of the Brethren asked to be included.
“In the last few years Church of the Brethren general secretary Stanley J. Noffsinger has been claiming in a very strong way that they are Anabaptists and that MWC does not have the right of using the term Anabaptist as an equivalent to MWC,” García wrote in an email. “The Church of the Brethren practices adult baptism, is one of the peace churches and identifies some influence from the theology of Anabaptists of the 16th century in their beginning.”
“The listing of the Church of the Brethren [in the directory] simply was, as I understood it, acknowledgement of our places of intersection in the world and in the Anabaptist traditions,” Noffsinger said.