Can Enemies Become Friends?

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  • Saturday 12th March 2016
    (10:00 am)
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    Anabaptist Network

Adventures in Reconciliation

Saturday 12 March at Bloomsbury Baptist Church, London

See flyer: Can Enemies Become Friends 

A core conviction of the Anabaptist Network is: ‘Peace is at the heart of the gospel. As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding nonviolent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society and between nations.’

So we have organised this day conference and invited a number of friends to help us pursue this commitment to learn more about reconciliation and peace-making.

David Porter is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Director for Reconciliation. He is an experienced community relations activist, peacebuilding practitioner and community theologian and has thirty years’ experience in regional, national and international faith-based organisations. He will present two plenary sessions:

• ‘Who do you say that I am?’ Exploring the issue of identity and suggesting that conflicts are best understood as identity-based conflicts.

• ‘Peace without God?’ Breaking down a false dichotomy between vertical and horizontal reconciliation and valuing the repair of human relations even where there is no explicit divine component.

Workshops on various dimensions of reconciliation and peace-making will be led by members of the Anabaptist Network and friends from Christian Peacemaker Teams and Christian International Peace Service. There will also be books and resources available.

To book your place (£20 or £15 concessions), please go to:


10.00 Gathering, refreshments, resources

10.30 Welcome, introduction

10.45 Plenary 1: ‘Who do you say that I am?’ (David Porter)

11.30 Q&A, discussion

12.00 Break

12.15 Reconciliation – what does Anabaptism offer?

12.45 Lunch (bring it with you or eat locally – several options)

1.45 Workshops (1) Christian Peacemaker Teams (Ruth Wilde) (2) Christian International Peace Service (Paul Rose) (3) Peace with Creation (Jo Rathbone)

2.45 Break

3.00 Plenary 2: ‘Peace without God?’ (David Porter)

3.45 Q&A, discussion

4.15 Prayer

4.30 Close

The Anabaptist Network is a network of individuals, communities and organisations. See

Searching for authentic expressions of discipleship, mission and church, in a post-Christendom culture in which Christians are on the margins, we are learning from the Anabaptist tradition and value its insights.

Christian Peacemaker Teams: see

Christian International Peace Service: see

Bloomsbury Baptist Church:

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