True to our heritage as Brethren, we are a non-credal people, holding only the New Testament as a statement of beliefs or creed. While culture continues to desire black and white borders to draw positions on, furthering our division, the Brethren seek to understand God's will through scripture, the Holy Spirit, and discernment in community.
As such, the following Brethren Positions on Social Issues is an attempt to clarify an overarching view of where we as Brethren find ourselves at this moment in time, as it relates to the social issues of our day. We will continue to discern and wrestle through our positions continually as we move forward. This document is not intended to be binding or prescriptive in nature, but rather a starting point for conversation in the local church and community. Each Brethren Church must discern what is appropriate locally in their context, and in the context of the greater Brethren denomination.
The General Conference of The Brethren Church in 2017 moved that the Social Issues Document be accepted in its entirety as it currently stands (with the exception of the nonsubstantive changes and typographical and scriptural reference corrections).
Following those corrections, it will be passed on to the National Executive Board who will begin their stewardship of it by considering all changes that have been submitted/proposed thus far for possible adoption and will bring the document back to the General Conference meeting in 2018. The proposed 2018 version (revised and finalized by National Executive Board in October of 2017) is available for viewing below.
It is important to note that with the acceptance of Brethren Positions on Social Issues, this document is the most current reflection of where we stand as a denomination on social issues at this moment in time, and as such, past documents on social issues, including the 1991 and 1985 documents no longer reflect accurately where we stand.