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Church Affiliation


Bridgewater College is historically affiliated with the Church of the Brethren, a Christian denomination focused on the core values of equality, community, simplicity, service and peace.

These values have deeply influenced Bridgewater College’s mission and the community that is created here. Bridgewater alumni go out in the world and embody these ideals in their careers, families and communities. Many alumni have served in the Brethren Volunteer Service, volunteering their time and skills to work for peace, advocate justice and serve human needs in the U.S. and around the world.

Bridgewater honors its spiritual heritage while creating an inclusive community that welcomes all perspectives on faith. No matter what you believe, you are welcome here.

Student Experience

Prospective first year and transfer students who are members of the Church of the Brethren are eligible for scholarships. Nine percent of the student body is Brethren, the highest percentage of Brethren students among the six colleges historically affiliated with the church.

The Brethren Student Movement, one of several spiritual life groups on campus, is open to all students and meets weekly for fellowship, study, worship and service. The College chaplain and the office of spiritual life are available to support Bridgewater students in the midst of their spiritual journeys.

Bridgewater students can also volunteer to serve on the Interdistrict Youth Cabinet that leads the annual Interdistrict Roundtable at Bridgewater College for youth in the six southeast districts of the Church of the Brethren.