Anabaptists are good at promoting peace theology and critiquing war but few relate this to what many historic Anabaptists called ‚Äúinordinate attachments to creatures‚Äù: the grasping for material goods, power and social prestige which results in the world‚Äôs vast unjust inequalities, protected and expanded by violent force or the threat of it.
To create shalom, these grasping, striving, coercive behaviours must be undone at their roots, by the inward and outward work of the Holy Spirit, drawing people into inward and outward participation in Jesus‚Äô life, death & resurrection. This will be an inherently communal journey, which participates in, and originates from, the self-giving interaction among Spirit, Son & Father in Jesus‚Äô history.
To lead us in this fascinating look at Anabaptist spirituality and the value of economic sharing, we are privileged to have Tom Finger, one of our most prominent Mennonite theologians and author of the recent book, A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology: Biblical, Historical, Constructive. Using the works of early Anabaptists like Peter Riedemann, Tom will show how a personal and communal spirituality is extremely relevant to a world where the drive for everincreasing production and consumption, unchecked by other values and goals, rules millions of lives and provides much of the energy for globalisation.
Don‚Äôt miss this opportunity to spend a day with a leading Mennonite theologian (who is also a dynamic communicator) on a key issue facing Anabaptists today.
Fee: ¬£20 (¬£10 unwaged)
Fee includes VAT and meal
London Mennonite Centre
14 Shepherds Hill
Tom Finger, former professor of systematic and spiritual theology at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, has taught theology, church history and spirituality for many years. He now devotes his energy to writing and to participation in national and international ecumenical and interfaith work. Tom, a convert to both Christianity & Anabaptism, has also pastored urban Christian communities and now lives in one, seeking to live out the spiritual, social vision he will present.
Recommended Reading: A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology: Biblical, Historical, Constructive and Self, Earth & Society: Alienation & Trinitarian Transformation both by Thomas N Finger. ‚ÄúA Sixteenth-Century Anabaptist Social Spirituality‚Äù The Conrad Grebel Review 22:3 (Fall, 2004), 93-104 (available in the LMC library)
To book for the course or for more details, call 0845 4500 214.