Baptism as a gateway to rethinking conflict transformation?

By staff writers
June 10, 2014

Questions of war and peace are sometimes seen by Christians as somewhat separate from core gospel convictions, and are pigeon holed as issues upon which we will differ 'on ethical grounds'.

In conversation tonight (Tuesday 10th June 2014, 7pm) with Ruth Gouldbourne, Baptist and Anabaptist church historian and co-minister of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, Ekklesia co-director Simon Barrow questions this approach.

Do the commitments we make in baptism have implications for our handling of conflict inside and outside the church community? What if refusing to kill was seen as a distinguishing mark of Jesus' followers in the face of religiously-sanctioned violence?

In this second 'Disciples on the Way' conversation in London, we look at the theological foundations for reframing the peace/war, violence/nonviolence questions, culminating in the personal and group identity-shift that baptism invites Christians into, and which can form a key part of their engagement with – and witness to – the world.

* An opportunity to listen, discuss and share your own experience. Sponsored by Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8EP, 020 7240 0544,

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