A new initiative in South Africa is gathering people, churches and other Christian organizations into a web of mutually beneficial relationships. The Anabaptist Network in South Africa (ANiSA) seeks to apply the teachings, experiences and perspectives of Anabaptism to contemporary issues of Christian faith and practice in Southern Africa.
Christians across western culture are facing profound challenges and fresh opportunities. The long era of ‘Christendom’ is coming to an end. We now live in a plural society, with multiple religious options alongside the prevailing secular assumptions, in which Christianity has lost its position of dominance and privilege and churches are on the margins of society. Although we seem to be declining in numbers and influence, this context offers many new possibilities – if we have the courage and imagination to grasp them.
We are delighted finally to be able to announce that (after a very long delay at the publisher's) the fifth book in the popular 'After Christendom' series - Worship and Mission after Christendom by Alan & Eleanor Kreider - has been published.
The book can be ordered from the Anabaptist Network for £12.99 (including postage) and will be available at that price from bookshops. A sample chapter can be found at http://www.anabaptistnetwork.com/node/523.
Early commendations include:
Peace school 2009/10 is fast approaching. The dates and venues for this coming year have now been set and booked, and places are beginning to be booked up. If you are looking for a space in which to explore how issues of peace and justice fit into your life; if you crave being part of a community of people asking similar questions; if you want to gain more knowledge, understanding and skills as a peacemaker, then this year’s Peace School might be exactly what you are looking for.
Andrew Dodd, for many years a member of the Anabaptist Network, has written with details of the Baptist chapel in the Lake District for which he and Kath are responsible. He recommends this newly renovated chapel as an ideal centre for retreats or away days. For information, see the attached brochure or www.hawksheadhillbaptistchurch.org.uk.
JJonathan Bartley, author of Faith and Politics after Christendom was featured several times on Michael Portillo’s Christianity: A History on Channel 4 on Sunday 18 January 2009, which looked at the impact of the conversion of Constantine on the development of the church.
Every time he came on the screen during the programme (about a dozen times or so) they flashed up 'Author: Faith and Politics After Christendom'!