The Anabaptist Network’s residential conference took place between Saturday 28 and Monday 30 May 2005. The venue was the same as for our previous residential conference (in 2002): the Community for Reconciliation’s conference centre at Barnes Close, near Birmingham. The conference was almost fully subscribed with a mixture of people who had been involved in the Network for several years and others for whom this was their first Network event.
By Norman Kraus
What is generic anabaptism?
Anabaptism with a small ‘a’ is a twentieth-century phenomenon – an attempt to adopt and adapt the insights and values of sixteenth-century Anabaptism as a guide to the application of Scripture in our twenty-first century context. While contemporary generic anabaptism attempts to preserve an authentic continuation of the sixteenth-century movement, it is not and cannot be a replica of pristine Anabaptism. Rather, it represents a post-denominational perspective that seeks to dialogue across denominational lines.
Alan Kreider, Regent’s Park College, Oxford: 10 May 2000
Let me tell you about two of my recent pilgrimages. In late February Eleanor and I went to Lindisfarne, Holy Island, off the coast of Northumberland. We were driven by a companion of the Northumbria community, and hoped to arrive in time for Sunday morning eucharist at St Mary’s Church. Mercifully the tides were low and our trip across the causeway was uneventful, save for our awareness of the immense, wild beauty of the island. The eucharist was led by David Adam, vicar of Lindisfarne, and author of numerous books of prayers in the Celtic tradition. After the service we wandered into the ruins of the priory, in the midst of which loomed the statue of Aidan, apostle to Northumbria and bishop - the beloved saint who evangelized "not on horseback but on foot", who was "a friend of the poor and a real father to the wretched," who was amazed when he saw a "humble king." We then went to stay with companions of the community who interpreted recent developments on the island. Numerous Christian initiatives are now based there - retreat houses, museums, shops, and their own Christian Heritage of Northumbria project. Farming and fishing, the customary business of the islanders, were being superceded by Christian enterprises and tourism. Signs advertised a forthcoming Celtic Arts Festival, to which painters and poets, singers and dance artists, priests and players would gather on the island for a week of performances, ceilidhs and worship - one of them being "Prayer around the Cross Celtic-Taize style."
From time to time Urban Expression holds Open Days - opportunities for anyone interested in Urban Expression to join us for a day in East London.
Open Days may include:
- An urban trail - a guided walk around part of East London, exploring an area with a rich history of urban Christianity.
- An opportunity to meet team members and local Christians, and to learn about the work of Urban Expression.
- A shared meal in a local curry house or other restaurant.
By Stuart Murray Williams
The Anabaptist Network was invited to present a paper to the Commission on Faith, Church and Nation set up by the Evangelical Alliance. Stuart Murray Williams wrote this and appeared before the Commission in September 2003.