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Council of Brethren
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[German Version]

(Bruderrat), designation for the leadership bodies of the Confessing Church (Bekennende Kirche) at all levels. At first prevalent in especially the (pietistic) community movement (Gemeinschaftsbewegung), after 1933 it emanated from the emphasis on collegiality and from the ideal of a new kind of “collegial” leadership in opposition to the Führer-principle.


From Oct 20, 1933, the executive committee of the Pastors' Emergency League was a “Council of Brethren” headed by M. Niemöller; the representative committees in t…

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Hauschild, Wolf-Dieter, “Council of Brethren”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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