Brethren Lives

  • Peter Herriot


A study of obituary notices indicates that there is a typical narrative pattern for a Brethren life. The narrative is almost entirely couched in spiritual terms. The brother or sister is converted on a specific occasion, an event which is treated as the turning point in their lives. Shortly after, they are baptized and received into assembly fellowship. They then come to perform roles within the assembly, depending on the gifts bestowed upon them by the Holy Spirit, and on their gender. A wide range of roles is available, but the most fundamental virtue is faithfulness, that is, regular attendance. Their life in the assembly is treated as a pale reflection of the glory and peace that is to be enjoyed when they are taken to meet their Lord in heaven. Their funerals celebrate this joyful release from their earthly burdens and show to the wider community the esteem with which they are held in the assembly.

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  • Peter Herriot
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  1. 1.Birkbeck, University of LondonLondonUK

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