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About The Sider Institute

The Sider Institute at Messiah College promotes the exploration and interpretation of Anabaptism, Pietism, and Wesleyanism.

These theological traditions shape the "personality" of the Brethren in Christ Church, the founding denomination of Messiah College, and inform the College's educational mission.

Sider Institute staff, visiting scholars and students conduct scholarly research on the history, theology and culture of Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan groups. The Institute interprets and explores the culture and religious beliefs of these communities to the campus community and general public via conferences, lectures, exhibits, and other events.

The Sider Institute's yearly activities include a fall study conference for Brethren in Christ pastors and laypeople, an annual banquet, the Schrag Lectures and the Wittlinger Chapel Series. Staff members regularly teach undergraduate classes for the college and conduct research related to Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan movements, as well as the Brethren in Christ Church. The Institute also houses the Peace and Conflict Studies program, supports a Wittlinger Scholars Program for undergraduate students and, through its supervision of the Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives and Archives of Messiah College, provides public access to a variety of research collection.

The Sider Institute is named in honor of Messiah College professor emeritus, E. Morris Sider and his wife, Leone.

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