Living Simply in the Bruderhof

The Bruderhof values simplicity and responsibility in all aspects of our lives. In prayer, for example, we approach God humbly. Spoken prayers are straightforward. We have no detailed liturgies or consecrated buildings. Whenever possible, we meet, worship, and share common meals outdoors.

In our relationships with others, there is no law but that of love. Humans have conflicts and differences of opinion; this does not surprise us. Yet we strive not to harbor resentments or speak ill of someone. As Christ teaches us, we speak directly to our brother or sister whenever there is anything between us.

A Bruderhof family sits around the dining table in their apartment and shares a meal and a good story book

We believe in not spending money on ourselves or accumulating possessions beyond what is essential, as is described of the early Christians in Acts 2 and 4. We may have the resources to buy expensive furniture or the latest technology, but instead we seek to live frugally so that we may give generously. Limiting material consumption also allows us to leave a smaller footprint on the earth.

The natural environment is God’s creation. We marvel at this wonder and strive to nurture and maintain it. Outdoor lessons, activities, and education are essential to our schooling. We cultivate our own farms and gardens, and wherever possible grow our own meat and produce free from chemicals. We continue to explore ways to reduce our environmental impact through processes such as solar and geothermal energy.

An image of a Bruderhof sister in coveralls shoveling compost with some visitors