This post has been in the works for a while, and it’s about time I shared it with my readers.
Faithful readers of The Search for Piety and Obedience will have noticed that things have been rather quiet around here lately. We have not published a new post since February. And while there are many reasons for this slow down in posting, the biggest one is perhaps the one most readers have suspected:
The Search for Piety and Obedience is coming to an end.
At least, the version of The Search for Piety and Obedience housed on devincthomas.wordpress.com is coming to an end. Keep reading for all the details.
When I started this blog in 2009, my goal was to share my emerging research on Brethren in Christ history and identity with a wider audience than those who read Brethren in Christ History and Life or frequent the Brethren in Christ Archives at Messiah College (where I’m often doing research). In that regard, The Search for Piety and Obedience was incredibly successful. Over the years I’ve made countless connections — professional and personal — through this blog. I’ve met Brethren in Christ folks from Canada, Zimbabwe, California, Minnesota, Ohio, Nebraska, Kansas, and elsewhere — folks I would almost certainly not have met if I hadn’t started the blog. Moreover, I’ve been able to connect with other bloggers (like John Fea at The Way of Improvement Leads Home and Chris Gehrz at The Pietist Schoolman) and to get my research out into wider circles.
During this blog’s tenure, I’ve experienced a number of important professional milestones: I joined the editorial team of the Brethren in Christ Historical Society, earned a master’s degree in history from Temple University, and landed a job at my alma mater, Messiah College, as director of the Sider Institute for Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan Studies. In a little over a month, I’ll mark yet another milestone when I begin my PhD studies, once again at Temple.
Needless to say, The Search for Piety and Obedience has been an important part of my journey as a young academic and emerging church historian. Thank you to those faithful readers who have journeyed with me. I’m grateful for your interest, your enthusiasm, and your (digital) friendship.
And even though it’s a cliche, all good things indeed must come to an end. With everything that’s going on in my life right now, the time has come to end the current iteration of The Search for Piety and Obedience. This post will be our last.
But fear not: The Search for Piety and Obedience is getting a second life and a new home.
Over the weekend, the Brethren in Christ Historical Society launched its new website. As part of that website launch, the Society announced that The Search for Piety and Obedience will become part of its overall web and media strategy. I will join Society editor Harriet Bicksler and others as one of many co-authors of the blog.
I’m excited that the Historical Society will give The Search for Piety and Obedience a new home and new life at their new website… and I’m thrilled that I’ll continue to contribute to the blog every now and again.
For now, the devincthomas.wordpress.com version of The Search for Piety and Obedience will stay online so that readers can have access to archived posts. Meanwhile, if you want to connect with me, check out my personal website.
Once again, thank you all for your years of support and engagement with The Search for Piety and Obedience!