Renewal Movements and Anabaptist History
Reformation Commemorations - Renewal - Right Remembering
MARCH 27 – 29, 2019, Bildungszentrum Bienenberg
The success of transformation processes in church and society has always been a constant challenge. Within the context of current Reformation commemorations, the question of renewal has become a central focus of interest. The fact that the theme “Renewal” has been chosen for the upcoming Mennonite World Conference 500-year celebration of the beginning of the Anabaptist movement is quite telling. The role of “right remembering” in renewal processes has become a central question in bilateral church dialogues. Seeking to explore these themes in greater detail, the Bildungszentrum Bienenberg is proposing an international colloquium to reflect on the question of “renewal” in the context of Anabaptist-Mennonite history and theology.
Christian impulses for renewal have been a part of church history throughout the centuries. The Anabaptist movement was one such expression of this during the Reformation era of the 16th century. But there were also similar driving forces for renewal in Pietism, the Enlightenment period of the 17th and 18th centuries, in various “Awakening” movements of the 19th century, in the emergence of religious socialism, and in Pentecostal and charismatic revivals of the 20th century. These “renewals” have touched, and, at times, even shaken Anabaptist churches and groups.
Some of these renewal efforts fizzled, while others were put into effect; sometimes rapidly and extensively, other times more slowly, partially, or not at all. Certain people welcomed these transformations enthusiastically while others vehemently opposed them. Some saw (and in fact still see) them as wonderful and hopeful expressions of spiritual renewal. Others have regarded them as disastrous aberrations and disruptions, painful ruptures, and sources of hurtful/distressing church divisions. The impact of some of these renewals remained primarily within the church; others affected the entire society.
We are convinced that a better understanding of the dynamics of these impulses for renewal, renewal processes, and renewal movements – which have also found expression within the context of Anabaptist history – could provide important insights for contemporary struggles of successful transformational processes, for an ideal blend of continuity and change, unity and diversity, and for a positive engagement with majorities and minorities in church and society. This conference hopes to create a forum for considering individual case studies of successful or failed renewal processes within the framework of Anabaptist history, and to reflect on these case studies in the context of current issues – e.g., the current Reformation commemorations, “right remembering” initiatives and “Renewal” debates.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
13:00 Arrival and check-in; coffee
14:00 Conference Opening (Lukas Amstutz/ HanspeterJecker/ Denis Kennel)
I Anabaptism and reformation in the 16th century
14:20 1) Hans Rudolf LAVATER (CH):Die Krise von Kappel 1531/32 und die bernischen Täufer
15:10 2) C. Arnold SNYDER (CAN):An Anabaptist vision for church reform in late 16th century Switzerland
16:30 Musical Interlude
16:45 3) Frank MULLER (F):De nouvelles images de propagande: l’apport des dissidents à Strasbourg et ses prolongements dans les Anciens Pays-Bas (1526 – vers 1550)
PUBLIC EVENING EVENT
20:00 4) John D. ROTH (USA):MWC’s “Renewal 2027” . . . and the Challenge of Analytical Clarity in Understanding “Renewal” within the Anabaptist-Mennonite Tradition
Thursday, March 28, 2019
from 7:00 Breakfast
08:30 Musical Interlude
08:50 5) Johannes REIMER (BRD): Litauische Brüder - Täufer in Weissrussland zur Zeit der Reformation
II: Anabaptism in the Age of Pietism and Enlightenment
10:10 6) Karl KOOP (CAN):An Appeal for Toleration in an Age of Conflict. Peter Pietersz’s `Way to the City of Peace’
11:00 7) Astrid VON SCHLACHTA (BRD):„Bleiben hangen in der Todesfurcht“. Erweckliches Predigen als „Ausweg“ oder „Ärgernis“
III: Anabaptism and revival movements in the 19th and 20th centuries
14:30 8) Alfred NEUFELD (PAR): Erweckung oder Kirchenspaltung? Die Entstehung der Mennoniten-Brüdergemeinde 1860
15:20 9) Johannes DYCK (BRD):Erneuerung unter Totalitarismus: Fallstudie zum mennonitischen Neuanfang in der Sowjetunion seit dem II. Weltkrieg
16:40 Musical Interlude
17:00 10) Yennamalla JAYAKER (IND):Mennonite Brethren Mission in India Then and Now: The Need For Ongoing Renewal
PUBLIC EVENING EVENT
20:00 11) Hanspeter JECKER (CH):Die Entstehung der Amischen (1693ff.) – Chronologie und Hintergründe des Zerbruchs eines kirchlichen Transformationsprozesses
Friday, March 29, 2019
from 7:00 Breakfast
IV: Overarching Case Studies
08:30 Musical Interlude
08:50 12) Markus JOST (CH):Die Rolle der Bibel bei Erneuerungsbewegungen in der Täufergeschichte
10:10 13) Knut V.M. WORMSTÄDT (BRD):„Recht erinnerte“ Reformation. Gemeinsame Geschichtserzählungen als Ermöglichungs-Raum für eine Kirchengeschichte unter dem „Right Remembering“-Paradigma
11:00 14) Neal BLOUGH (F):Le cheminement vers l'œcuménisme: une contribution au renouveau de l'identité mennonite?
11:50 Conclusion: Review and Perspectives – (Lukas Amstutz/ HanspeterJecker/ Denis Kennel)
12:30 Lunch (and departure)
Informations & Fees
Conference Package (whole symposium)
Standard: CHF 100.- / EUR 91.- (Students rate: (half price)
Costs single day: CHF 40.- / EUR 37.-
Meals per day (without Breakfast)
Wednesday / Friday: CHF 35.- / EUR 32.-
Thursday: CHF 65.- / EUR 60.-
Cost and Accomodations (per night, incl. Breakfast)
Single room with shower, WC: CHF 90.- / EUR 82.-
Double room with shower, WC: CHF 66.- / EUR 60.-
Double room Budget with shower, WC on the floor: CHF 56.- / EUR 51.-
Dormitory: CHF 30.- / EUR 28.-
Prices in EUR are indicative and are based on the exchange rate.
Conference languages are German/French/English. Translation will not be provided.
Shuttle service to and from the SBB Liestal train station. Please report arrival time at least 24 hours in advance!
Arrival: Wednesday 27 March, Check-in from 13.00, welcome coffee
Departure: Friday 29 March, after lunch
Conference location & contact
Bienenbergstrasse 85a, 4410 Liestal (Switzerland), near by Basel
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Deadline for registration: March 15, 2019
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