Brotherhood of St. Andrew

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Brotherhood of St. Andrew
Abbreviation BSA
Motto Prayer
Formation November 30, 1883; 131 years ago (1883-11-30)
Type Anglican fraternal service organization
James Lawrence Houghteling

The Brotherhood of St. Andrew is an international lay Christian religious organization with historical roots in the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.

The objectives of the organization focus on prayer, Bible study and service to the community with an emphasis on evangelism through fraternal outreach and "the spread of Christ's Kingdom among men."


The Brotherhood was first organised on St. Andrew's Day, 30 November 1883, as a prayer and Bible study group at St. James Church in Chicago.[1] Initially led by James Lawrence Houghteling, a Yale graduate, local YMCA President, and son of a prominent Chicago business family, the organization grew rapidly. By 1906 the Brotherhood had 1,200 active chapters and a membership of about 17,000 men and boys.[2] The Brotherhood was incorporated by an Act of Congress in 1908.

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Operationally independent, but a similar organization was formed in the Scottish Episcopal Church. Active chapters of the Brotherhood exist in Anglican provinces of Australia, Canada, Korea and Japan.

Daughters of the King is a sister lay Anglican religious organization to the Brotherhood affiliated with the Episcopal Church.


  1. ^ Armentrout, Don (2000). An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church. New York: Church Publishing. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-89869-211-2. 
  2. ^ Woolverton, John (2005). Robert H. Gardiner and the Reunification of Worldwide Christianity. Colombia, Missouri: University of Missouri Press. p. 88. ISBN 978-0-8262-1603-8. 

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