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On June 21st, members from around the country met for the AGM and to listen to a lecture from Andy Vail.
A small and select group, our president encouraged us to celeberate “networks” as the centre of qwhat holds us together, including the network of those of us who tell and pass on the stories and memories of our community.
We received reports and accounts and enjoyed Andy’s lecture, which will be published in due course. With the loss of the chance to meet at Assembly, this event maty become even more important in years ahead. PLease do keep a look out for details of next year’s gathering.
WE WILL REMEMBER
By Keith Clements
Much will be said about the First World War during this time of commemoration. For Christians particularly it will be a time for reflection on how the churches 100 years ago responded to the crisis of war and the immensity of suffering that it unleashed, and on what this may still have to teach us as faith struggles with the issues of a violent world today.
We Will Remember is a collection of voices from the First World War and its aftermath, showing how faith faced up to the shock of international conflict, the moral issues of patriotism and obedience to God, of suffering and grief, of enmity and forgiveness, of the choices between bearing arms and pacifism, and of how far the churches were able to remain faithful to their calling as members of the one, worldwide body of Christ when their nations were at war with each other.
Some of the voices are from already familiar figures, whether preachers, poets, soldiers, writers, theologians or peace campaigners. But many others are heard for the first time, and there are some surprises, contradicting easy generalisations about how churches and their leaders behaved. German and Indian voices are heard too. At the end of each chapter suggestions are made for biblical meditation, and questions and themes offered for study either individually or in groups.
“Let us have the courage to face the truth. It is not particular nations or classes or statesmen who are the makers of war; it is not the Kings or Emperors, it is not militarists, it is not the scare-makers or the Press; it is you and I. They are the puppets of destiny, we are the creators of destiny.”
(Eglantyne Jebb, 1915)
We Will Remember is published as an Ebook by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI) and can be downloaded FREE from the CTBI website http://www.ctbi.org.uk – go to “world war 1 centenary”.
There will be a BHS Conference in 2016, on the theme Scripture, Church and Tradition,.
It will take place in Regent’s Park College, Oxford. The dates are yet to be confirmed.
This will be a joint event with the Centre for Baptist History and Heritage.
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The society is pleased to welcome Revd Dr Keith Jones as our new president. Dr Jones has recently finished 15 years of service as rector at IBTS which was then in Prague, and has returned to this country. This gives him time space and availability to resume a more active part in the society, and he has started as President at the beginning of this year.
We are currently conducting research among our members about the future of the BQ; if you receive the BQ you will have received a letter asking you about options of delivery in the future; paper or online. If you have returned the questionnaire, thank you. If you haven’t, please do. We have major decisions to take soon, and it is helpful to know as many views as possible.
We have received news of a conference taking place July 4-6, 2014 in the Souix Falls, South Dakota, USA. The title is Exploring the “other” Baptists. It will feature Keynote speaker Bill Leonard as well as Albert Wardin Jr, 29 breakout presentations and panel discussions. Baptist historians, librarians and archivists from 22 states through the US are on the programme. All are invited to participate in a conversation about the diversity of the Baptist family.