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The Heart of Anabaptism

Seven webinars in 2015-16

The 2015-16 webinars organized by the Centre for Anabaptist Studies will explore the 7 core convictions of the UK Anabaptist Network, which summarize the heart of Anabaptism and its contemporary significance. They are also at the heart of the book The Naked Anabaptist. The webinars are free of charge and do not require advance registration.

Seven people from different contexts (the UK, South Africa, Australia and North America) will reflect on these convictions, critique them and ask how they work out in practice. The three autumn webinars are:

Date: Thursday, October 22nd
Time: 11:30 AM PDT/1:30 PM CDT/2:30 PM EDT/7:30 PM BST

Core Conviction #1: "Jesus is our example, teacher, friend, redeemer and Lord. He is the source of our life, the central reference point for our faith and lifestyle, for our understanding of church and our engagement with society. We are committed to following Jesus as well as worshipping him."

Joshua T Searle

Joshua T. Searle is Tutor in Theology and Public Thought and the Assistant Director of Postgraduate Research at Spurgeon's College. He is married to Varduyi.

A Northumbrian by birth and temperament, he is a graduate of Oxford, Dublin and Prague, and is the author of books and articles on millennial studies and the social theology of evangelical Christians. He also serves as Chair of Mission Eurasia UK and is a visiting professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.

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Date: Monday, November 23rd
Time: 11:30 AM PST/1:30 PM CST/2:30 PM EST/7:30 PM GMT

Core Conviction #5: "Churches are called to be committed communities of discipleship and mission, places of friendship, mutual accountability and multi-voiced worship. As we eat together, sharing bread and wine, we sustain hope as we seek God’s kingdom together. We are committed to nurturing and developing such churches, in which young and old are valued, leadership is consultative, roles are related to gifts rather than gender and baptism is for believers."

Alexandra Ellish

Alexandra Ellish recently moved with her husband Phil, daughter Gracie (6) and son James (4) to join the Urban Expression team based in Harold Hill, East London. Alex helps to coordinate Urban Expression, and also works with the Mennonite Trust and Anabaptist Network as a development worker. Alex is passionate about community organising, multi-voiced worship, building relationships with people from different backgrounds, feminism and spiritual formation. She loves the Pentatonix, running in the rain and people-watching over a cup of coffee.

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Date: Wednesday, December 2nd
Time: 11:30 AM PST/1:30 PM CST/2:30 PM EST/7:30 PM GMT

Core Conviction #3: "Western culture is slowly emerging from the Christendom era when church and state jointly presided over a society in which almost all were assumed to be Christian. Whatever its positive contributions on values and institutions, Christendom seriously distorted the gospel, marginalized Jesus and has left the churches ill-equipped for mission in a post-Christendom culture. As we reflect on this, we are committed to learning from the experience and perspectives of movements such as Anabaptism that rejected standard Christendom assumptions and pursued alternative ways of thinking and behaving."

Andrew Suderman

Andrew Suderman, although born in Canada, has spent many years living outside Canada. He spent ten years growing up in Costa Rica, Bolivia, and Colombia, before moving back to Canada where he studied and received degrees in theology and philosophy. He spent several years working with offenders and ex-offenders and as a supervisor of a 54-bed homeless shelter. Since 2009, Andrew and his wife Karen have been serving as Mennonite Church Canada Witness Workers in South Africa. They have been living in Pietermaritzburg, where Andrew has been serving as Director of the Anabaptist Network in South Africa and working on a PhD in Theology.

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Webinars sponsored by the Anabaptist Network, UK, the Centre for Anabaptist (Bristol Baptist College), Church of the Brethren, and Mennonite Trust.

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