On this 300th anniversary of the founding of the Church of the Brethren, we remember the words of Jesus: “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples – when they see the love you have for each other” (John 13: 34, 35; The Message). Recognizing we are a living peace church, and that God is constantly revealing, we commit to humble ourselves and to engage in the tension of community necessary for a new birth. Not focusing on our differences, but in the spirit of love and acceptance, we choose to focus on Christ. We purpose to remain open, as we listen to one another and to the Holy Spirit, working in love to mutually support and encourage our various ministries. Passed at the October 13, 2007, District Conference.