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Brethren Church hymnody, USA

The Brethren Church is a denomination in the heritage of the Brethren movement that had its origins in Schwarzenau, Germany in 1708. This movement is not to be confused with the Plymouth Brethren or the Czech Brethren (Moravians). The Brethren movement developed from the Pietist and especially the Radical Pietist reform efforts in Germany, but also was heavily influenced by the Anabaptist movement. Most of the Brethren emigrated to North America by the 1730s. The Brethren Church formally organized in 1883, following a three-way division in the German Baptist Brethren Church (renamed the Church of the Brethren in 1908). The Brethren Church represented the concerns and emphases of the...

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