Anabaptist Residential Conference 2007

Nearly 40 people participated in a fully-booked Anabaptist Network residential conference on 26-28 May 2007 at Barnes Close, near Birmingham. Some were new to our conferences; others had been to several before.

We were delighted to welcome back from Elkhart, indiana, as guest speakers Alan and Eleanor Kreider, who spoke eight times on the theme of their forthcoming book in the 'After Christendom' series, Worship and Mission after Christendom.

For an appreciative and extensive report on this event by a newcomer, see Sabbatical Report #10: Residential Conference by Tim Chesterton.

Alternatives to Preaching

Over 50 people participated in the day conference on 14 April, co-sponsored by the Anabaptist Network, Cell Church UK and YWAM, to explore the links between preaching and contemporary culture and to investigate the potential of alternatives to monologue sermons.

Rethinking Christ and Culture: A Post-Christendom Perspective

Craig Carter: Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2006

By Stuart Murray williams

This thoughtful, challenging and accessible book makes an excellent addition to the growing literature exploring issues of faith and discipleship from the perspective of post-Christendom. Indeed, the title is explicit in its recognition of the perspective from which it is written. Craig Carter not only quotes with appreciation from Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World, but his book would fit very well into the Anabaptist Network’s ‘After Christendom’ series.

New Anabaptist study group in Warwick

A new study group will be launched in Warwick on Saturday 9th June 2007, meeting at 6pm for a shared meal and then studying together afterwards. Children are welcome to either join in if old enough or to play in another room.

The host is Meg Harper and her contact details are 6 Turner Close, Warwick, CV34 6PZ (01926 400450)

Anabaptist study group on Teesside?

There is interest in starting a new Anabaptist study group on Teesside.

If you live within reach of this area and would be interested in helping to form this group, please contact Ian Guy at

Meeko Warriors - or Is it Possible to Change the World without Alienating Everyone?

by Alison Phelps

As unseasonably warm sunlight streams encouragingly (or should that be alarmingly?) through the window I reflect again on the hidden challenges of being serious about some of the Anabaptist Network's core convictions. I hadn't foreseen some of the stark dilemmas involved in balancing the simple sounding ‘good news to the poor' with ‘caring for creation', in juggling friendship and justice, mission and economics, family bonds and global warming.

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