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Alan Kreider

Alan Kreider, one of the founders of the Anabaptist Network, died at home on 8 May 2017 after a short illness. He and Eleanor were Mennonite mission workers in England for thirty years until 2000 and were directors of the London Mennonite Centre for much of this time. A memorial service was held on 16 May at Prairie Street Mennonite Church in Elkhart. A podcast of this service is available on the church website.

Urban Expression seeks new team members

Urban Expression, a member of the Anabaptist Network of Organisations, is looking for people willing to move into urban communities to join their teams. Those who join will continue with their careers or find local jobs, and will commit to stay for at least three years in the local neighbourhood.

Alan Kreider Legacy Fund

At the London thanksgiving service for the life of Alan Kreider, the proposal was made to establish a legacy fund in his name. Responses then and since have indicated considerable support for this idea and have highlighted two purposes to which funds raised might be committed:

• Support for students undertaking research into Early Church history or Anabaptism – two subject areas of great interest to Alan.
• Resources to facilitate exchange visits between Anabaptists and Mennonites across the world – in memory of Alan’s global influence and friends in many nations.

New Anabaptist Group in Kent

A number of people in East Kent are planning to form a new Anabaptist study group in the autumn. Stuart & Sian Murray Williams are hosting an initial meeting in Canterbury on 28 July to talk about how, when and where the group will operate. For an invitation or to find out more, please contact stuart@murraywilliams.co.uk

Anabaptist Network in Ireland

Conversations are taking place to explore the development of an Anabaptist Network in Ireland.

There has been increasing interest in the Anabaptist tradition in various places in Ireland, so the time might be right to strengthen links and develop a network here.

If you are interested in knowing more about this, please contact Gordon McDade: gmcdade@btinternet.com

Birmingham study group

For several years the Anabaptist Network had a study group in Birmingham. This came to a natural end as people moved on, but a new group has just started, which plans to meet every 4-6 weeks. Nine people met in February for the first time.

If you are interested, please contact Mike Nimz: nimzcycles@gmail.com

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