Webinars 2014-15

The Centre for Anabaptist Studies at Bristol Baptist College, in partnership with the Anabaptist Network, the Mennonite Trust and the Church of the Brethren, has presented a series of webinars which will help us think through the opportunities and challenges of post-Christendom. Each is presented by an author of a published or forthcoming book in the 'After Christendom' series.

You can watch recordings of past webinars by following the links below. To watch future webinars live or for further information, please contact Stuart Murray Williams at anabaptist@bristol-baptist.ac.uk.

Thank you to the Church of the Brethren for their assistance in hosting these webinars.

The Heart of Anabaptism Series

The 2015-16 webinars organized by the Centre for Anabaptist Studies have explored the 7 core convictions of the UK Anabaptist Network, which summarize the heart of Anabaptism and its contemporary significance. They are also at the heart of the book The Naked Anabaptist.

Seven people from different contexts (the UK, South Africa, Australia and North America) have reflected on these convictions, critiqued them and asked how they work out in practice.

Joshua T. Searle: Core Conviction #1: "Jesus is our example, teacher, friend, redeemer and Lord. He is the source of our life, the central reference point for our faith and lifestyle, for our understanding of church and our engagement with society. We are committed to following Jesus as well as worshipping him."
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p4o2r6c38wu/?launcher=fals...

LaDonna Sanders Nkosi: Core Conviction #2: "Jesus is the focal point of God’s revelation. We are committed to a Jesus-centred approach to the Bible, and to the community of faith as the primary context in which we read the Bible and discern and apply its implications for discipleship."
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p47f49kot3h/?launcher=fals...

Andrew Suderman: Core Conviction #3: "Western culture is slowly emerging from the Christendom era when church and state jointly presided over a society in which almost all were assumed to be Christian. Whatever its positive contributions on values and institutions, Christendom seriously distorted the gospel, marginalized Jesus and has left the churches ill-equipped for mission in a post-Christendom culture. As we reflect on this, we are committed to learning from the experience and perspectives of movements such as Anabaptism that rejected standard Christendom assumptions and pursued alternative ways of thinking and behaving."
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p34s2b4tvg2/?launcher=fals...

Juliet Kilpin: Core Conviction #4: "The frequent association of the church with status, wealth and force is inappropriate for followers of Jesus and damages our witness. We are committed to exploring ways of being good news to the poor, powerless and persecuted, aware that such discipleship may attract opposition, resulting in suffering and sometimes ultimately martyrdom."
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p5eb3gcwn3s/?launcher=fals...

Alexandra Eilish: Core Conviction #5: "Churches are called to be committed communities of discipleship and mission, places of friendship, mutual accountability and multi-voiced worship. As we eat together, sharing bread and wine, we sustain hope as we seek God’s kingdom together. We are committed to nurturing and developing such churches, in which young and old are valued, leadership is consultative, roles are related to gifts rather than gender and baptism is for believers."
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p2q8v2b1s14/?launcher=fals...

Joanna Frew: Core Conviction #6: "Spirituality and economics are inter-connected. In an individualist and consumerist culture and a world where economic injustice is rife, we are committed to finding ways of living simply, sharing generously, caring for creation and working for justice."
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p9i4f8hput8/?launcher=fals...

Mark and Mary Hurst: Core Conviction #7: "Peace is at the heart of the gospel. As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding non-violent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society and between nations."
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p9k90wqtcl4/?launcher=fals...

The After Christendom Series

Stuart Murray Williams: The Fading Brilliance of Christendom:
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p2qy6ro6bio/?launcher=fals...

Lloyd Pietersen: Reading the Bible after Christendom:
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p8li8i2sjc8/?launcher=fals...

Nigel Pimlott: Youth Work after Christendom - revisited:
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p9fa413ai44/?launcher=fals...

Andrew Francis: Hospitality and Community after Christendom:
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p8wukgrzw4i/?launcher=fals...

Simon Perry - Atheism After Christendom:
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p1p0v7j3jin/?launcher=fals...

Brian Haymes and Kyle Gingerich Hiebert - God after Christendom
https://brethren.adobeconnect.com/_a938267129/p3feszn6ecj/?launcher=fals...