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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 three theological traditions shape the “personality” of the Brethren in Christ Church, the founding denomination of Messiah College, and inform the College’s educational mission today.

The Institute actively sponsors and hosts a number of unique enrichment programs and activities, both on the campus of Messiah College and off. These programs include:

  • Peace and Conflict Studies major and minor at Messiah College
  • Brethren in Christ Historical Library and Archives
  • Brethren in Christ Study Conference (fall)
  • Schrag Lectures (spring)
  • Wittlinger Scholars Program
  • Wittlinger Chapel Series for First-Year Students

To learn more about any of these programs, click on the links above.

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