Founded in 1999, the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies at Messiah College promotes the exploration and interpretation of Anabaptism, Pietism, and Wesleyanism — the theological traditions that shape the “personality” of the Brethren in Christ Church, the founding denomination of Messiah College, and that inform the College’s educational mission.
The Institute seeks to achieve its mission in several ways:
- Through a Peace and Conflict Studies curricular component in the College, offering both a major and a minor in that area of study;
- Through public lectures, conferences and other public events that foster the values central to the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions;
- Through the maintenance and enhancement of the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives and the Archives of Messiah College; and
- Through scholarship opportunities in Anabaptist, Pietist, Wesleyan, and Brethren in Christ studies for students and seasoned scholars alike.
The Sider Institute is named in honor of Messiah College history professor emeritus, E. Morris Sider, and his wife, Leone.