Web Index

The Bruderhof web index

Our main website has moved to so that is where you can find out about the Bruderhof, where we are, how you can visit and much more. This site is now a collection of articles about us written by other people.

Why the Bruderhof is not a cult

An interesting paper by Bryan Wilson on the Bruderhof. Wilson studied cults and minority religions for 40 years and here explains why the Bruderhof is not a cult.

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Church Community is a Gift of the Holy Spirit - The Spirituality of the Bruderhof Community

This study examines the spirituality of the Bruderhof community. It gives particular attention to Eberhard Arnold (1883-1935) who founded the first Bruderhof community in Sannerz, Germany.

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Anabaptist Encyclopedia article on the Bruderhof

The Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online provides reliable, freely-available English-language information on Anabaptist-related congregations. This article details the history of the Bruderhof.

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Life among the Bruderhof

An article by Rod Dreher detailing his visit to the Bruderhof in March 2017 and what he experienced there.

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Plough Publishing House

Plough Publishing House, founded in 1920, is an independent publisher of books on faith, society, and the spiritual life. We’re based in Walden, New York with branches in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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Five Beliefs That Set the Bruderhof Apart From Other Christians

An interesting summary of the Bruderhof! Not exactly how we would phrase it, but not a bad try.

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Fellowship for Intentional Community

The Fellowship for Intentional Community is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the development of intentional communities, and the evolution of cooperative culture.

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Bruderhof Podcast and Songs

Life Together is a free weekly Christian podcast hosted by members of the Bruderhof, discussing culture, church, history and much more.

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Learning from the Bruderhof: An Intentional Christian Community

A really interesting set of personal reflections from a family who visited the Bruderhof in New York state.

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Bruderhof Youtube

The Bruderhof has produced over 200 videos to help you understand who we are. It is hard to imagine a life like ours, so if you can't visit, you can watch these instead.

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About the Bruderhof

We are an intentional Christian community of more than 2,900 people living in twenty-three settlements on four continents. We are a fellowship of families and singles, practicing radical discipleship in the spirit of the first church in Jerusalem. We gladly renounce private property and share everything in common. Our vocation is a life of service to God, each other, and you.

The Bruderhof was founded in 1920 by Eberhard Arnold in Germany. None of us owns anything personally, and our communal property belongs not to us as a group but to the cause of Christ. Anyone who has decided to become a member freely gives all property, earnings, and inheritances to the church community. In turn, all necessities such as food, housing, and health care are provided for. Members generally work for and in the community, but none of us receives a paycheck, stipend, or allowance. In our homes and daily lives, we try to live frugally and give generously, to avoid excess, and to remain unfettered by materialism. In these practical ways we seek to witness that under the stewardship of the church, everything we have is available to anybody in need.