The Bruderhof's Initiatives
While there are already organizations and individuals working effectively to alleviate suffering and offer hope, we in the Bruderhof have initiated two initiatives of our own to meet needs close to our hearts.
In response to the tragic shooting at Columbine High School in 1999, the Bruderhof created a program of dynamic school assemblies that have now reached tens of thousands of youth in the United States and United Kingdom. Breaking the Cycle's approach is simple: Our speakers tell personal stories of life experiences that demonstrate how, through choosing to forgive, conflicts can be resolved. The message is positive – a direct appeal stressing self-respect and the unique value of each individual. Talks are followed by Q-and-A sessions, and an informal reception is often held afterwards for staff and invited students.
Nearly one hundred years ago, the Bruderhof founded Plough – an independent and dynamic publisher of resources on faith, society, and spiritual life. At Plough you’ll find books, e-books, articles, a quarterly magazine, and daily inspiration. Our endeavor is unusual in that Plough’s published works come out of our experience of living in Christian community. We are convinced that Jesus’ spirit and teachings can transform and renew our world, so we aim to apply his teachings to issues of contemporary society, including social justice, peacemaking, the family, culture and the arts, education, and worship. Sometimes that means taking a stand on controversial issues of the day. Part of our mission is to seek common ground with all people of goodwill, whether they are Christian or of other faith and philosophical traditions. As such, we work with our worldwide and diverse network of writers, readers, and doers, to help others put faith into practice.