Representatives and friends of Brethren groups from all over the world will converge on the little village of Schwarzenau, Germany, about forty minutes north of Marburg, on Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, 2008, to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Brethren movement. This celebration will be the 2008 Brethren World Assembly.
It was early August, 1708 that Alexander Mack and his seven believer-friends gathered at the Eder River at Schwarzenau. One of them baptized Mack, and he baptized the others, thus beginning what is known today as the Brethren movement.
Tour buses, individuals, and international delegates will convene at Schwarzenau this year to worship together, be challenged from God’s Word, fellowship with other Brethren, and hear from a preeminent historian whose specialty is the Schwarzenau Brethren.