The Heart of Anabaptism

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  • Thursday 14th January 2016 - Thursday 28th April 2016
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7 webinars in 2015-16.

The 2015-16 webinars organized by the Centre for Anabaptist Studies are exploring the core convictions of the UK Anabaptist Network. These summarise the heart of Anabaptism and its contemporary significance. They are also at the heart of the book The Naked Anabaptist. We have invited seven people from different contexts (the UK, South Africa, Australia and North America) to reflect on these convictions, critique them and ask how they work out in practice.

See flyer: The Heart of Anabaptism 2

The four Spring webinars

Thursday 14 January: ‘The frequent association of the church with status, wealth and force is inappropriate for followers of Jesus and damages our witness. We are committed to vulnerability and to exploring ways of being good news to the poor, powerless and persecuted, aware that such discipleship may attract opposition, resulting in suffering and sometimes ultimately martyrdom.’

Juliet Kilpin helps coordinate Urban Expression, an urban mission agency pioneering creative and relevant forms of church in our inner cities. An urban mission advocate and activist for almost twenty-five years, Juliet and her husband formed a church with the first Urban Expression team in Tower Hamlets, East London, in 1997. She is also a freelance consultant and trainer. Juliet has co-authored Church Planting in the Inner City – the Urban Expression Story and compiled Urban To The Core: motives for incarnational mission.

Thursday 11 February: ‘Spirituality and economics are inter-connected. In an individualist and consumerist culture and in a world where economic injustice is rife, we are committed to finding ways of living simply, sharing generously, caring for creation and working for justice.’

Joanna Frew lives and works in a house of hospitality that she and her partner run for destitute asylum seekers. For many years she worked with the SPEAK Network on social justice campaigns and is now active in non-violent direct action on the arms fair and Trident renewal. She has a PhD in the history of the British Empire in India.

Thursday 31 March: ‘Jesus is the focal point of God’s revelation. We are committed to a Jesus-centred approach to the Bible, and to the community of faith as the primary context in which we read the Bible and discern and apply its implications for discipleship.’

Dennis Edwards is the senior pastor of Sanctuary Covenant Church in Minneapolis, MN. He is an Anabaptist scholar and practitioner, a pioneer of racial reconciliation, multi-ethnic ministry, and an urban church planter. He planted two urban, multi-ethnic churches—one in Brooklyn NY and one in Washington D.C. Before his call to pastoral ministry, Dennis taught high school science and math. He is married to Susan Steele Edwards.

Thursday 28 April: ‘Peace is at the heart of the gospel. As followers of Jesus in a divided and violent world, we are committed to finding non-violent alternatives and to learning how to make peace between individuals, within and among churches, in society and between nations.’

Mark and Mary Hurst are pastors of Avalon Baptist Peace Memorial Church and pastoral workers for the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand (AAANZ). Together they have led peacemaking workshops and been involved in peace activism since the late 1970’s. Both are graduates of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary with degrees in Peace Studies (Mark) and Christian Formation (Mary).

Each webinar will be 60 minutes in length and consist of presentation and discussion. All the webinars are recorded and so can be watched later if necessary. Further information about the webinars can be found at To join the webinar, click on the link at There is no charge, although there will be an opportunity to contribute to costs.

We are grateful once again to the Church of the Brethren for hosting these webinars, which are also organized in partnership with the Anabaptist Network and the Mennonite Trust.

Copies of The Naked Anabaptist are available (post-free in the UK) for £8.00 on request to The seven core convictions of the Anabaptist Network can be found at

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