Summer 06 AN Website Update

Dear friends,

This is the fifth edition of our monthly website update that goes out to all registered users on the Anabaptist Network website. This summer we have posted six new articles, eleven video segments and two booklets to the website. We've included an expcept from each of the articles. You can follow the link under each title to view the new material.

If you have problems reading this email or you'd like to read it with hyperlinks you can find it on-line at http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/summer06update

You can now watch excerpts from the Rediscovering Anabaptism Video on-line
http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/rediscovering

The Rediscovering Anabaptism video, produced in 1996, brings together interviews with members of the Anabaptist Network, who talk about central themes in Anabaptism and how these have been significant for them and their churches. Available in either PAL or NTSC format. Copies are available from the Metanoia Book Service.

The video comes with a discussion guide for groups watching it together. The main text of the guide can also be found at www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/395

We are also pleased to be able to offer segments of the video on-line for free. Follow the links below learn more about an Anabaptist perspective on various topics. You will need to install a free copy of Macromedia Flash Player to view the videos.

Jesus Army drawn to Anabaptism
http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/392

The fact is that for me, as for many of my brothers and sisters in the Jesus Army, becoming a member was not so much affiliating myself to a denomination or joining a stream, as entering a people, a family. It meant coming into the family heritage – which includes a great deal of inspiration drawn from Anabaptist sources. This is why I find myself instinctively thinking corporately. Asked who I am, I instinctively reply ‘We’re the Jesus Army!’... I would venture to say there’s something very Anabaptist about this in itself. The first edition of Peter Riedemann’s famous Confession of Faith is described on its title page as ‘By us brothers who are known as the Hutterites’.

Faith and Poltiics After Christendom
http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/389

On Saturday 1 July, at a conference co-sponsored by the Anabaptist Network and Ekklesia, the third book in the 'After Christendom' series was launched - Jonathan Bartley's Faith and Politics after Christendom.

Here is a summary of the book's stance: 'For the best part of 1700 years, the institutional church has enjoyed a hand-in-hand relationship with government. Indeed, the church has often been seen as the glue that has stopped political systems from disintegrating into anarchy. But now for the first time in centuries, the relationship has weakened to the point where the church in the UK can no longer claim to play a decisive part in government. Faith and Politics after Christendom offers perspectives and resources for Christians and churches no longer at the centre of society but on the margins. It invites a realistic and hopeful response to challenges and opportunities awaiting the church in twenty-first century politics.'

Peacechurch: Anabaptist Reflections on Church
http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/377

Peacechurch is an emerging church in Birmingham that is drawing extensively on the Anabaptist tradition as it develops. On its website Joe Baker has posted a series of articles in which he reflects on several Anabaptist perspectives on church life - and their contemporary significance.

Following Jesus in a World of Deception, Violence and Fear
http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/366

The Anabaptist Network values our links with the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand. This piece is something they have recently been involved in.

New section on restorative justice
http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/restorativejustice

Although retributive approaches to crime remain the default position of most politicians and many members of the public, restorative approaches have been used increasingly in different parts of the criminal justice system. These approaches were pioneered by Mennonites in North America, among others, and Christians drawn to the Anabaptist tradition have been very interested in restorative justice initiatives. We offer here some information about agencies in Britain that are working with restorative justice approaches and some resources for further reading.

New article on multi-voiced worship
http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/386

I first heard the term ' multi-voiced worship' from Eleanor Kreider and found this a helpful description of an approach to corporate worship that challenges the apparent default position of worship that is reliant on one or very few voices. This paper attempts to spell out some of the components of multi-voiced worship and to offer some practical guidelines. There is nothing mysterious about the meaning of the term ‘multi-voiced’. It means simply that when God’s people gather, our corporate worship is expressed by many people and in many tones and accents. This article is an addition to the Anabaptist Practices in the Local Church section of the website.

Featured External Link of the month (from www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/62 )

Net of Faith - http://www.nonresistance.org/docs_htm/Net_of_Faith.htm
Precursor of the Moravian Brethren Peter Chelcicky's The Net of Faith, written in 1433

There are also two new booklets available for free download:

Who Were the Anabaptists:
http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/2

What is Post-Christendom?
http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/279

Last, but not least, Metanoia Book Service, the premier supplier in the UK of books on Anabaptism and a wonderful source of titles on peace and justice, conflict transformation, discipleship, mission and many other subjects, is now online. Books can be ordered and paid for through the new web-based bookshop.

Go to http://www.metanoiabooks.org.uk to order the latest Anabaptis titles