The Sider Institute annually hosts two
important events: the Brethren in Christ study conference in the fall,
and the Schrag Lecture in the spring.
Brethren in Christ Study Conference
The Brethren in Christ study conference
is held each fall chiefly to benefit pastors and laypeople in the
Brethren in Christ Church, and individuals from theologically related
The study conference is also a way to encourage research
and scholarship on some aspect of the Brethren in Christ tradition.
Major papers from this conference are published in Brethren in Christ History and Life, a juried journal focused on Brethren in Christ history and culture.
The Schrag Lectures
The Schrag Lecture series
is named in honor of Dr. Martin and Dorothy Schrag, professors emeritus of
church history and music, respectively, at Messiah College. Designed
especially to benefit the Messiah College community but also open to
the public, the Schrag Lecture typically focuses on Anabaptist history,
theology, or ethics.
What Young Historians Are Thinking
Held in collaboration with the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, this annual event invites three young historians from Historic Peace Church traditions (Mennonite/Brethren in Christ, Church of the Brethren, Quaker, etc.) to share their research with a public audience.
Periodically, in addition to its annual Brethren in Christ study
conferences and Schrag Lectures, the Sider Institute will sponsor
various lectures or events at both on- and off-campus locations. These
lectures and events are related in some way to the Institute's mission.
For more on these events, click on the links to the left.