From mid-September to mid-November the Anabaptist Network and the Mennonite Trust are coordinating the visit to the UK of Canadian Mennonites, Tom & Rebecca Yoder Neufeld.
Tom is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies (New Testament), having retired at the end of 2012 from teaching at Conrad Grebel University College. Previously he served as a hospital and prison chaplain and as a pastor in small Mennonite congregations. He is a frequent speaker in seminar and conference settings. Among his writings are a commentary on Ephesians, a text book on Jesus Recovering Jesus: the Witness of the New Testament, and more recently a book exploring the way violence intersects with the New Testament Jesus and the Subversion of Violence: Wrestling with the New Testament. With respect to peace and the Bible, Tom believes that the topic extends beyond ethical questions related to violence, war, and peace, to include themes such as ‘peace with God’, reconciliation with God through Christ’s witness, work, death, and resurrection, and the church as Christ’s peacemaking body.
Rebecca has spent much of her adult lifetime working with Latin American refugees and immigrants in the U.S. and Canada in the areas of settlement assistance, immigration advocacy, bilingual education and English teaching, as well as pastoring. For ten years she pastored the Latin American refugee community within her Mennonite congregation, where she is currently a lay leader. At an earlier time she exercised leadership roles in a student house church and a small congregation she and Tom helped start.
Tom and Rebecca will be based in Selly Oak, staying with Mike & Cheryl Nimz in Kreider House, but they will be travelling widely, speaking in churches, theological colleges, study groups and conferences. They will also be spending time informally with individuals. Their schedule will be posted on the Anabaptist Network and Mennonite Trust websites and in our newsletters. We encourage you to connect with them somewhere on their travels. Some of these are by invitation or internal events, but there are various public meetings or church services:
Saturday 27 September: ‘Waging Peace: the struggle for peace in church and world’: a day conference at Westbourne Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne, Hants. PO10 8SP. For information, contact Barney Barron: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 28 September: Morning: preaching at The Round Chapel, 2 Powerscroft Road, London E5 0PU. For information, contact Valerie Showalter: email@example.com.
Afternoon: preaching at Wood Green Mennonite Church, meeting at Westbury Avenue Baptist Church, London N22 6SA. For information, contact Hazel Price: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 1-Thursday 2 October: Anabaptist theology forum in Birmingham. Contact Simon Barrow:
Sunday 5 October: Morning: preaching at Chelmsley Wood Baptist Church, Hedingham Grove, Chelmsley Wood, Solihull B37 7TP. Contact Neil Roberts, minister: email@example.com.
Evening: Birmingham Anabaptist study group. Contact Mike & Cheryl Nimz: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 8 October: public lecture to launch the Centre for Anabaptist Studies in Bristol.
Contact Stuart Murray Williams: email@example.com
Saturday 11 October: ‘Waging Peace: the struggle for peace in church and world’: a day conference at Didsbury Baptist Church, School Lane, Beaver Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 6SX. Contact: Brian Haymes
Sunday 12 October: 10.30: preaching at Didsbury Baptist Church. Contact Robert Parkinson:
Thursday 16 October: Oxford Anabaptist study group. Contact Diane Melchert:
Friday 17 October: Bristol Anabaptist study group. Contact: Stuart Murray Williams:
Sunday 19 October: 11.00: preaching at St Mark’s Baptist Church, St Mark’s Road, Bristol BS5 6HX. Contact Richard Skinner: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 2 November: Preaching at St James’ Leith Episcopalian Church, 11a John’s Place, Edinburgh EH6 7EL, and St John’s, Edinburgh, Princes Street, Edinburgh EH2 4BJ. Contact Simon Barrow:
Sunday 9 November: preaching at Bloomsbury Baptist Church, 235 Shaftesbury Avenue,
London WC2H 8EP. Contact Simon Woodman: email@example.com.
Wednesday 12 November: ‘Who would Jesus shoot?’ An evening debate with Nigel Biggar
at Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, London N1 2XD. Contact: Simon Woodman firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 15 November: ‘Waging Peace: the struggle for peace in church and world’: a day conference at Exwick Parish Church, Exeter, EX4 2AA. Contact: Martin Parkes email@example.com
For any queries or for further information, please contact Stuart Murray Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org.