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About 20 of us gathered at Luther King House in July to discuss themes around History and Tradition; we heard about Baptist biblical scholars, about issues of violence and peace in 17th c Baptist writings, the communion of saints, about early church theology explored in poetry, about Slavic Baptists, about 20th c thinking about how to function as a community of Baptists in the UK, being single in the church and scriptural ways this has been approached…. and more. Much conversation, making of friendship, renewing of friendships, developing of friendships.
LKH is a wonderful venue for a conference, even in the intense heat, and the variety of people who attended, who contributed, and who joined in the conversations made it a rich and nourishing experience.
From the papers, we discovered ourselves discussing the nature of Christological exegesis, the nature of history, the encounter with the Kingdom in the world and the breadth of Baptist identity through time and space.
As well as thinking about what (and whose!) papers might be appropriate for the Angus Library – and how to get them, and how to file them, we told each other stories of ourselves, and how our personal histories interacted, shaped and were shaped by our lives within the Baptist community.
To all who were there, many thanks. To all who missed it – come next time!
The Centre for Baptist History and Heritage, Oxford with the Baptist Historical Society and the German Baptist Historical Society are holding a study day marking the 360th Anniversary of the readmission of the Jews to Britain and Ireland (1656), together with a study of Baptists and Jews in Nazi Europe
Saturday 12 March 2016 at Regent’s Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford OX1 2LB
The fee for the study day is £10, payable on the day, and includes all drinks. To secure your place please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ASSOCIATION OF DENOMINATIONAL HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND COGNATE LIBRARIES and the CHAPELS SOCIETY
Cohost this two day conference
‘Nonconformist attitudes to war and peace in the long twentieth century’
to be held on Friday and Saturday 16th and 17th September 2016 at the Friends’ Meeting House, 173 – 177 Euston Road, London NW1 2BJ (opposite Euston station).
Speakers to include Professor Clyde Binfield, Professor Densil Morgan and Dr. Andrew Chandler
All are welcome to come
Registration fee £18 per day to include lunch and all refreshments during the conference
Programme to follow
For further information contact Pauline Johns on email@example.com
BHS Summer School and CBHH Conference
Scripture and Tradition:
Perspectives from Baptist History
19th July – 22nd July 2016
at Luther King House,
Manchester, M14 5JP
Main Speakers include:
Revd Dr Ian Birch, Revd Professor Paul Fiddes, Revd Dr Brian Haymes, Revd Dr Rosa Hunt, Dr Parush R Parushev, Revd Dr Lina Toth, Revd Dr Simon Woodman
The conference will follow a similar programme to previous years, with a combination of short papers, main speakers, an exhibition, outings, good food and great fellowship.
If you wish to offer a short paper please contact Revd Dr Keith Jones:
If you are willing to pay extra when you book, the difference will be used to help younger scholars attend the conference. Please inform us of the amount and include it in your payment.
Electronic bookings, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fill out the form below and post it to the address below after the 11th January 2016
Payment: can be made either:
Electronically by PayPal (email the above address).
By cheque made payable to ‘The Baptist Historical Society’ (posted to the above address).
Spaces are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
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Members of the society gathered at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London on May 14th for the AGM and annual lecture. This year the lecture was given by Israel Olofinjana. He reflected on “Reverse mission” – the presence in the London Baptist Association (this year celebrating its 150th anniversary) of people from the majority world who have come to London explicitly, and with a calling to serve in mission.
The presentation started with an overview and introduction to the reality of reverse mission; Israel reminded us of the impact of mission from the UK in the development of the world wide church, and the helped us to see the way in which people from churches with their roots in that work were now coming to work in a land where the church presence had diminished. Part of this work is in churches with their roots in countries in Africa, in Latin Members of the society gathered at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church in London on May 14th for the AGM and annual lecture. This year the lecture was given by Israel Olofinjana. He reflected on “Reverse mission” – the presence in the London Baptist Association (this year celebrating its 150th anniversary) America, in the Caribbean and in South Asia – but they are also concerned to church plant, in the UK and beyond.
To help us understand more, we heard three case studies. The stories helped us to know three people who are working in various ways within the LBA and to understand their impact.
The conversations in the question and answer session reflected on engagement, on welcome and on the blending of styles that is emerging as culture, identity and denominational practices are all explored in new and creative ways.
The society is grateful to Israel for a stimulating afternoon.
The Baptist Quarterly is now available online as well in paper copy. And if you don’t already subscibe, there is the chance to see an article, and it might tempt you….
This is the link
PAYNE MEMORIAL ESSAY COMPETITION, 2015-2016
Patterns of Ministry at Home and Abroad: Change and Continuity
Discussion of ministry is very much a contemporary concern but it has been at the heart of Baptist understanding of the church’s mission from the earliest confessions of the seventeenth century onwards, and it is there more recently as a vital part of the Faith and Order document – Baptism, Eucharist and Ministry – seeking consensus amongst the churches.
How do Baptists relate to a three-fold ministry of bishop, presbyter and deacon? The words may not come easily to Baptist lips, in this country at least, but the different functions are there – -the ministry of episcope or oversight, found in the role of messengers in the seventeenth century, later Association Secretaries,General Superintendents/Regional Ministers and the many who in subsequent years have exercised more informal patterns of episcope. Pastors have been highly esteemed, but what are their essential functions? Preaching, pastoral care, the ministry of sacrament/ordinance.? Churches have been anxious to serve those in need though without any precise definition of diaconal office, though the nearest to this is probably to be found in the history of the deaconess order. There may be debate today about the notion of bivocational ministry, but it might be argued that this has been part of a pattern of service over many years, with the pastor who also served as schoolmaster perhaps being the most common combination. The diversity of chaplaincy services also needs analysis, and the ministry of women both in this country and in the mission field is worthy of study. What too of the argument that ministers are not college-made but Spirit-formed: how are women and men best prepared for ministry? And how does the idea of the priesthood of all believers relate to all this? An evaluation of the work of a particular minister could be the subject of an appropriate entry.
Whilst the area of potential study has been deliberately set very wide, candidates are advised to limit their area of investigation to what can be properly encompassed within an essay of no more than 6,000 words for the main text. The essay should be original, unpublished, based on personal research, and not have been awarded another prize. The winning entry, and any other deemed worthy, will be published in the Baptist Quarterly. The Society reserves the right to make no award if no essay is of sufficient merit.
Submissions should be written with proper critical apparatus, for example professional footnotes, bibliography, and identification of appropriate archival material [preferably conforming to the style-guide for articles for the Baptist Quarterly]. They should be sent to the Secretary of the Baptist Historical Society no later than 31st December 2016
The Payne Memorial Essay commemorates the life and work of the Revd Dr E.A. Payne (1902-80), General Secretary of the Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland, a President of the World Council of Churches and President of the Baptist Historical Society.
We have been sad to hear of the death of David Goodbourn, a Baptist with a great presence in the world. Read his obituary here