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The Saints and Peace 

Two day conferences to be held at Regent's Park College, Oxford

Do we have fellowship with the dead as well as the living? A day conference at Regent’s Park College on 22 November 2014 is on the theme ‘Baptists and the Communion of Saints’, and is a ground-breaking attempt to re-think Baptist theology and doctrine of the church from the perspective of communion with all saints, living and dead.

Deeply grounded in the historic Baptist theology of covenant, the speakers want to convey their passionate conviction that praying ‘with all the saints’ makes an enormous difference to being Christian disciples and being the church. The three speakers have all been Principals of Baptist colleges – Brian Haymes, Richard Kidd and Paul Fiddes.

They will also be launching a new book on Baptists and the Communion of Saints, available at a discount on the day. We anticipate lively discussion. The day is free of charge.

'Are Baptists peace-makers?' The second day conference, on Saturday 6 December 2014, uniquely brings together German and British Baptist scholars, exploring the movements for peace in 1914.

The churches’ peace-movements in modern times began with a significant conference at Lake Constance just before the war broke out. Baptists were deeply involved in this (for example, J.H. Shakespeare, John Clifford and J.H. Rushbrooke) as well as in subsequent peace movements, but other Christian confessions were also engaged and the day will be of interest to those from several Christian denominations.

Key speakers include Dr Keith Clements, Baptist scholar and former General Secretary of the Conference for European Churches. This conference will cost £10 to attend.

Register for both conferences by emailing paul.fiddes@regents.ox.ac.uk to secure a place, and bring your own packed lunch (or buy sandwiches nearby): tea and coffee provided freely. Venue: Regent’s Park College, Pusey Street, Oxford OX1 2LB.


Baptist Times, 12/11/2014
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