Church of the Brethern, Uniontown pa

Church of the Brethren

Uniontown, PA

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Church of the Brethren History

In the New Testament, the word brethren describes the kinship of men and women who chose another way of living: the way of Jesus. The Church of the Brethren originated 300 years ago in Germany and still draws people who want to continue Jesus' work of loving service.

For guidance, Brethren look to the Scriptures rather than to doctrine. Our faith emphasizes compassion, peacemaking, and simplicity. We baptize those who seek to follow Jesus; we anoint for healing; and in our love feast, we relive the Last Supper, at which Jesus washed his disciples' feet and offered the bread and cup of communion.

Working for peace is one thing. Working at peace is another.

Like many other groups, the Church of the Brethren—both men and women—has always stood for peace. We don’t bear arms. Instead, we bear food, medicines, farm tools, books. We dig wells, run clinics, teach classes. When war left children starving in Spain, we sent heifers to their families.

But projects are the easy part. There’s another way to work for peace: person to person, day by day. So we listen—and reconsider. We give the benefit of the doubt. We try to do as Jesus did. Jesus spent three years showing another way of living. And we’ve spent almost three centuries following it.

The Church of the Brethren welcomes you to another way of living.

In the New Testament, the word “brethren” describes a community of men and women who chose another way of living: the way of Jesus. The Church of the Brethren, begun nearly three centuries ago in Germany, still draws people who want to continue Jesus’ work of faithfulness and loving service.

Continuing the work of Jesus

Though the Brethren as a group have existed for nearly three hundred years, we subscribe to no formal “creed” or set of rules. We simply try to do what Jesus did.

Jesus brought a message of life, love, and hope. But he offered much more than inspiring words: He understood that people’s spiritual needs also include day-to-day human ones — food, health, rest, comfort, friendship, and unconditional acceptance. “I am the way,” he told his followers. He showed them how to trust, how to care, and how to help.

Steadily, lovingly, even radically, Jesus went about saving the world — by serving its people. Because we believe his message, we seek to do the same.


Whether the conflict involves warring nations, racial discord, theological disputes, personal disagreement, or mere misunderstanding, Brethren listen conscientiously, seek guidance in the scriptures, and work toward reconciliation. We practice peaceful living.

Our longstanding commitment to peace and justice includes a deep regard for human life and dignity. Brethren reach worldwide to help repair the ravages of poverty, ignorance, exploitation, and catastrophic events. Along with our faith, we bring food, books, classes, tools, and medicine.

Living peacefully, to the Brethren, means treating each person with the attentive, compassionate respect that all human beings deserve.


Years ago, all Brethren were immediately recognizable because of their plain dress and reserved ways. Today’s Brethren live very much in the world, work in a broad range of occupations, and make use of the latest technology.

Continually, though, we try to simplify our lives. Practicing a modest nonconformity, we think carefully about our daily choices. The ideal of simplicity guides our decisions: How will we conduct our business, raise our children, spend our leisure time, tend our natural resources? How will we use our money, and why? How can we live comfortably, but without excess or ostentation?

For the Brethren, such considerations are not a requirement, but a privilege. As we seek to live intentionally, responsibly, and simply, we find a deep sense of purpose. And we find joy.


Whether worshiping, serving, learning, or celebrating, Brethren act in community. Together, we study the Bible to discern God’s will; we make decisions as a group, and each person's voice matters.

During our traditional love feast, we gather at the table of the Lord, and each summer at Annual Conference we convene as a denominational family. Because Jesus urged unity, Brethren work alongside other denominations, at home and abroad, in worldwide mission and outreach.

The Uniontown congregation at 20 Robinson Street was founded in 1903 by the Georges Creek congregation to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to the people in the Uniontown area. We receive new members by believer's baptism, by transfer of letter from another Christian church, and by reaffirmation of faith for those previously baptized.

The Uniontown congregation is united with 69 congregations and 1 fellowship in Western Pennsylvania. We observe the Christian rites of Believer's Baptism; Love Feast and Communion; and Anointing for Healing.

Our Mission Statement

We the Unionhtown Church of the Brethren believe in Christ as Lord and Savior. As a diverse community of faith, we are united in the love of God and in love for each other. We are called to uphold the New Testament and grow through the blessings of fellowship, service, and nurturing the needs of others. We challenge our members to intentionally release the power of Christ and His Salvation through example, prayer, and by the Word, and therefore we continue the work of Jesus peacefully, simply and together.

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