Radical Routes aims to enable those who are curious to discover how the 500 year old Anabaptist/Mennonite traditions have helped shape modern approaches to Jesus centred ways of being church that are less institutionalised and hierarchical. In uncovering resources from a radical faith perspective that are life changing based on intentional discipleship in community in following Jesus.
From the end of February 2015 for five months, through to the end of June, the Wood Green Mennonite Church are sponsoring a Central London book club discussion based initially at Café Eterno on 34 Neal Street. This is an open event to which people who are interested in the Anabaptist tradition in being church, but have no face to face means of exploring that, are welcome to come and take part.
The open discussion will explore the implications of living out faith in a post Christendom setting in the West. The rediscovery of community, hospitality, peace and simplicity. Exploring too, some of the resources and stories of the Anabaptist faith traditions from around the world. Yet also listening to the critics of the tradition and discovering its strengths and weaknesses.
The first book to be discussed will be Stuart Murray’s primer for a basic understanding of Anabaptism called “the Naked Anabaptist” published by Paternoster in 2011 and available on Amazon books and on Kindle.
The session dates are
Session One: Feb 24th The essence of Anabaptism and following Jesus
Session Two: March 31st After Christendom
Please note the venue may change from this date and please check our Facebook and web page for updates
Session Three: April 28th Community and Discipleship
Session Four: May 26th Justice and peace
Session five: The original Anabaptists/ |Anabaptism today
The evening begins with a shared meal served from 6.30 pm in Café Eterno provided by a well-respected and popular vegetarian restaurant from across the road. The first 20 tickets ordered through Eventbrite, email or phone that specify they will be requiring a meal will have a free serving provided per person. After that it will be availing yourself of local eateries. Food for Thought also do a takeaway service. Access is at the front of the Café at 34 Neal Street.
Pre-booking will also enable you to take up the offer of a free copy of “the Naked Anabaptist” while stocks last. Although it will have been helpful to have read the relevant section of the book beforehand a short summary will be provided for each session so the arguments in the book can be presented. Each session will stand on its own so not being able to attend for the whole series is not a problem.
At 7.30 pm the discussion part of the evening will begin and finish at 9.30 pm. Access to the event at that point will switch to the rear entrance of Café Eterno in Nottingham Court , away from the front entrance in Neal Street but signs will be there to re-direct people.
The event is free but donations are welcome.
Outside of the monthly book club there is a fellowship group that meet in Central London (details available on request) (email : firstname.lastname@example.org ) as well as the regular Sunday gathering at Westbury Avenue Baptist Church .