The Church of the Brethren takes seriously Jesus’s command to love our enemies (Luke 6:27). The Brethren believe that, as Christians, we are to model our lives after Jesus. Throughout the gospels, Jesus emphasizes to his followers the importance of peaceful living. Even when he was arrested and threatened with violence, cruelty, and death, Jesus chose to forgive and even pray for his persecutors. We believe that we are called to do the same.
The Church of the Brethren is one of three historical peace churches, which also includes the Amish and the Mennonite denominations. We believe in seeking and promoting nonviolent solutions to conflicts, including in our personal lives as well as in situations both within our community and country and internationally. This conviction is lived out in many ways, including participating in marches for peace and against gun violence as well as making a commitment to be a conscientious objector in regards to a military draft.