The Bruderhof's Initiatives

While there are already organizations and individuals working effectively to alleviate suffering and offer hope, we in the Bruderhof have developed three initiatives of our own to meet needs close to our hearts.

Breaking the Cycle, a Bruderhof project
Breaking the Cycle School Assemblies

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.

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Plough Publishing House

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.

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Acts 2 on Campus

Acts 2 on Campus is a new student ministry committed to following Jesus together by finding practical ways to love each other and our neighbors. We’re inspired by the first Christians described in Acts – believers who shared everything, took care of each other, and spread the gospel to everyone they met. God wants to transform our world, here and now, and we’re finding that when you truly love your neighbor as yourself, peace and justice become a reality. Isn't that what Jesus came to bring for everyone?

Not sure about that? Come find out! We invite students, faculty, and staff to fellowship with us, both on campus and at our community house. We have great conversations and study the Bible, but we also cook and eat together, sing and pray together, and are always up for a game or hike. You can join with us in service projects in the neighborhood as well. Whatever we do, our goal is to discover Christ and what his love means today.

Currently our campus ministry is present at Duke University in Durham, NC, but we hope to expand in the future. Acts 2 at Duke meets both on campus, with an office in Room 0044 of the Duke Bryan Center Green House, and off campus, at the Bruderhof’s house community at 821 Clarendon Street, half a block from East Campus.

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“You can't really say no to war, violence, and injustice unless you are simultaneously saying yes to life, love, and laughter.”


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about the way of peace from Foundations of our Faith and Calling.