The theology forum associated with the Anabaptist Network UK meets for 24 hours in Leamington Spa, from late morning through to lunch on 2/3 May 2012 - and there are a few places left for reflective practitioners and practical reflectors who might like to join us. We would prefer to have people for the whole period, but day guests can be accommodated in some circumstances.
For several years, Ekklesia has partnered with Metanoia Books (part of the work of the London Mennonite Centre) to provide a unique online mail order service for a range of titles concerned with justice and peace, Christian reflection and action in a troubled world, and Anabaptist studies.
Whether you find him inspiring or exasperating (and I sometimes find him both!), the work of US theologian Stanley Hauerwas provides a challenging alternative vision of church as subversive, exemplary community - rather than the cement or glue of society, as in the top-down Christendom model.
Many progressive Christians found themselves experiencing profoundly mixed feelings both about Pope Benedict’s visit and about the protests against it, says Simon Barrow. This is perhaps because neither imperial religion nor rejectionist forms of secularism are adequate to the task of remaking public life and public faith.
Anabaptists were the radicals of the Reformation – pacifist but prickly – and Mennonites were the Dutch Anabaptists. Phil Wood describes his Spiritual and social journey on the dissenting margins of historic Christianity.
Keen public interest in Anabaptism, the positive growth of initiatives from churches related to that tradition, decline in some areas, and challenges in relating Christian faith and public life were among the issues highlighted in reports from seven countries delivered by 20 Mennonite church leaders from across Europe who gathered recently for their annual meeting.