The Unity of the Brethren

John Hus (1369–1415)

The Unity of the Brethren are the spiritual descendants of the martyr John Hus who was condemned by the Council of Constance and was burned at the stake on July 6, 1415.

Jan Amos Comenius (1592–1670)

Comenius provided vital leadership for the Brethren during a most difficult period when they were exiled from their homeland and in danger of extinction as a church.

Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf (1700–1756)

Zinzendorf provided refuge to the grandchildren of Comenius on his estate at Herrnhut in Germany. From that community the renewed Unity emerged and became the forerunner of the modern Protestant missionary movement.

By the Editors

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #13 in 1987]

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