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Messiah University is in session this fall with flexible in-person and remote learning options, health and safety protocols and student care and support.

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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. It provides Brethren in Christ pastors, laypeople, and friends from related denominations with the opportunity to reflect on important issues in theologically informed ways."

The study conference also encourages research and scholarship on aspects of the Brethren in Christ tradition. Major papers from this conference are published in Brethren in Christ History and Life, a journal focused on Brethren in Christ thought, 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. These lectures offer the Messiah College community and members of the college's founding denomination with the opportunity to reflect 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.

Information on Conferences & Events