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Conferences & Events

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 denominations.

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.

Other Events

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.