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Center for the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Heritage

Established in 1979, the Center for EUB Heritage celebrates and preserves the story of the EUB Church and its forebearers, the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the Evangelical Association, the United Evangelical Church, and the Evangelical Church.

The Center maintains an extensive collection of materials that document this heritage. The Center also hosts conferences, supports scholarly research, conducts oral history interviews, and offers special exhibits to engage current and future generations in the study of this important, spiritual heritage.

United Theological Seminary was created in 1954 with the unification of two Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) seminaries: Bonebrake Theological Seminary of Dayton, OH (formerly Union Biblical Seminary, founded in 1871 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ) and the Evangelical School of Theological of Reading, PA (formerly Schuylkill Seminary, founded in 1881 by the Evangelical Association). The Center houses material from each of these predecessor institutions. In 1968, the Evangelical United Brethren Church formally merged with the Methodist Church to form The United Methodist Church.

If you have questions about the Center, please contact: [email protected]

Our Collections

The Center’s collections date back to the first seminaries of the EUB Church and predecessor denominations. Thanks to contributions from generous donors, the collections now include thousands of historical holdings:

  • books, periodicals, and other publications
  • personal journals and correspondence
  • congregational histories
  • sermons
  • photographs and slides
  • audio and video recordings
  • artifacts

Explore the Center’s digitized collections at archive.org/details/eubcenter. Additional collections and archival materials are available on United’s campus in Dayton, OH.

The Center does not manage the legal and business records of churches, districts, and conferences. These must be accessed at the appropriate United Methodist-related institutions.

Get Involved

The EUB Center is supported through the generous financial support of patrons who are helping to preserve the story and promote the study of the Christian traditions that formed the Evangelical United Brethren Church. Come join with like-minded people who are United Methodists, former EUBs or EUB history enthusiasts, both lay and clergy, to take part in the ministry and mission of the Center.

Become a Member

When you make a gift of $25 or more, you automatically become a member of the Center for EUB Heritage. Membership in the Center is an excellent way to stay in touch with the EUB historical community. It includes an electronic subscription to the Telescope-Messenger and invitations to special events. Donations in excess of $25.00 help to fund current operations of the Center and are tax-deductible as charitable donations for IRS purposes.

  • Annual Member ($25-499)
  • Lifetime Member ($500 or more)

 

Volunteer

Volunteer at the Center to assist with daily projects, contribute articles to the Telescope-Messenger, or serve on our Advisory Council. The Advisory Council meets twice yearly online and in person at the United Theological Seminary campus in Dayton, OH.

Please see our bylaws.

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The Telescope-Messenger (T-M) is the official newsletter of the Center for EUB Heritage. Launched in 1990, it is normally published twice yearly. T-M articles range from scholarly features to news from the Center. The reader may encounter a wide range of topics related to EUB heritage, such as: biographical information, quotes or sayings, church history, theology, worship and hymnody, programs, organizations, and institutions.

View past issues online

Subscribe

When you subscribe to the Telescope-Messenger, you automatically become a member of the Center for EUB Heritage. Your subscription of $25 or more helps the Center preserve and promote the study of the Christian traditions that formed the EUB Church.

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Reber Scholarly Publication Award

The Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage offers an annual award to a student or scholar who submits the best paper focused on some aspect of Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) heritage. The EUB heritage includes the history, theology, and practices of its predecessor bodies, the Evangelical Association, the Evangelical Church, and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, as well as the wider Pietist heritage from which these bodies derive. If a submission focuses upon the latter, it must connect explicitly to the EUB heritage.

Submissions

A clean copy of each submission must be sent to the Center Director, accompanied by a letter of application (by the author) or nomination (by one who is not the author) for the award and evidence that the paper has been accepted for publication within the past year by a peer-reviewed, academic journal. The paper should not be longer than twenty-five double-spaced, typed pages. It must be properly footnoted and bear evidence of thorough and reliable handling of sources.

Selection

Judges for the award will consist of the Executive Committee of the Advisory Council of the Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage.

Deadline

By April 1st of each year, all competing papers must have been received by the Director of the Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage, United Theological Seminary, 4501 Denlinger Road, Dayton, OH. 45426. If submitted electronically, papers should be sent to: [email protected].

Announcement and Cash Reward

The winning paper will be announced in the Telescope-Messenger and a cash award of $500 will be granted to the author.

Conditions

The award will be announced by May 1 each year. The decision of the judges is final. No award will be made if the judges determine that no submitted paper merits the award.

Upcoming Events

Heirs of Pietism in World Christianity 2 Conference: “Theological, Social, Political and Cultural Expressions of Pietism in 17th-18th Century Transatlantic Context”

October 23-25, 2024 United Theological Seminary, Dayton, OH

Pietism has played an important role within World Christianity and has impacted many societies and cultures, especially during times of crisis. This conference aims to uncover foundations, pillars, connections, and people that have given expression to Pietist faith and life.

The Heirs of Pietism in World Christianity 2 conference will focus upon Pietism in the transatlantic context during the 17th through 18th centuries in its many theological, social, political, and cultural expressions. Within this context, papers that examine figures, networks, and organizations that have promoted Pietist theology, practice, and religious values are invited, as are proposals featuring analysis of race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, and class in relationship to Pietism during this timeframe. Papers may focus for example, on Brethren, Mennonite, Puritan, Methodist, Baptist, African American, or any of the wide variety of immigrant communities. Also welcome are explorations of theology, preaching, ethics, worship, music, poetical, political, and other articulations of Pietism in transatlantic context within this time frame. Presentations on the Evangelical United Brethren Heritage (including forerunner denominations) are especially desired.

Call for Papers

The Center for EUB Heritage is seeking proposals for scholarly presentations at the Heirs of Pietism in World Christianity 2 conference. Please send proposal abstracts (250 words) to Dr. Wendy Deichmann ([email protected]) no later than April 1, 2024.

 
 

Recent Events

Click below to view photo highlights from some of our recent events.

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EUB RECEPTION AT UNITED’S 150TH ANNIVERSARY

June 1-3, 2022 | Pietism Conference hosted by The Evangelical United Brethren Heritage Society.
Heirs of Pietism in World Christianity Conference 2022

Heirs of Pietism 2022

June 1-3, 2022 | Pietism Conference hosted by The Evangelical United Brethren Heritage Society.

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