Renewal Movements and Anabaptist History

International Colloquium

Renewal Movements and Anabaptist History

Reformation Commemorations - Renewal - Right Remembering

MARCH 27 – 29, 2019, Bildungszentrum Bienenberg


Conference Theme 

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.

Programme

 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
16:00          Break
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)
18:00          Dinner 

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
09:40          Break

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“
12:00          Lunch

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
16:10          Break
16:40          Musical Interlude
17:00          10) Yennamalla JAYAKER (IND):Mennonite Brethren Mission in India Then and Now: The Need For Ongoing Renewal
18:00         Dinner

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
09:40          Break
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)


Speakers

  Hans Rudolf Lavater  Emeritierter Gymnasiallehrer, Mitherausgeber von MENNONITICA HELVETICA

Hans Rudolf Lavater
Emeritierter Gymnasiallehrer, Mitherausgeber von MENNONITICA HELVETICA

  Arnold Snyder  Professor emeritus of History, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Arnold Snyder
Professor emeritus of History, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

  Frank Muller  professeur émérite d'Histoire moderne, Université de Strasbourg.

Frank Muller
professeur émérite d'Histoire moderne, Université de Strasbourg.

  John D. Roth  Professor of History at Goshen College; editor of  The Mennonite Quarterly Review ; director, Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism and the Mennonite Historical Library

John D. Roth
Professor of History at Goshen College; editor of The Mennonite Quarterly Review; director, Institute for the Study of Global Anabaptism and the Mennonite Historical Library

  Johannes Reimer  Professor für Missionswissenschaft und Interkulturelle Theologie an der Theologischen Hochschule Ewersbach und der University of South Africa. Leiter des Netzwerks für Frieden und Versöhnung in der Weltweiten Evangelischen Allianz (WEA)

Johannes Reimer
Professor für Missionswissenschaft und Interkulturelle Theologie an der Theologischen Hochschule Ewersbach und der University of South Africa.
Leiter des Netzwerks für Frieden und Versöhnung in der Weltweiten Evangelischen Allianz (WEA)

  Karl Koop  Professor of History and Theology and Director of the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Canada

Karl Koop
Professor of History and Theology and Director of the Graduate School of Theology and Ministry, Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Canada

  Astrid von Schlachta  Leiterin der Mennonitischen Forschungsstelle; Vorsitzende des Mennonitischen Geschichtsvereins; Lehrauftrag an der Universität Regensburg

Astrid von Schlachta
Leiterin der Mennonitischen Forschungsstelle; Vorsitzende des Mennonitischen Geschichtsvereins; Lehrauftrag an der Universität Regensburg

  Alfred Neufeld  Rektor, Universidad Evangélica del Paraguay in Asuncion

Alfred Neufeld
Rektor, Universidad Evangélica del Paraguay in Asuncion

  Johannes Dyck  Leiter des Instituts für Theologie und Geschichte am Bibelseminar Bonn

Johannes Dyck
Leiter des Instituts für Theologie und Geschichte am Bibelseminar Bonn

  Markus Jost  Wissenschaftlicher Bibliothekar an der theologischen Fakultät der Universität Freiburg i.Ue. (Schweiz)

Markus Jost
Wissenschaftlicher Bibliothekar an der theologischen Fakultät der Universität Freiburg i.Ue. (Schweiz)

  Yennamalla Jayaker  Asst. Prof of History of Christianity at Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College, Shamshabad, Hyderabad, India

Yennamalla Jayaker
Asst. Prof of History of Christianity at Mennonite Brethren Centenary Bible College, Shamshabad, Hyderabad, India

  Knut Wormstädt  Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

Knut Wormstädt
Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter, Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg

  Neal Blough  Directeur, Centre Mennonite de Paris; Professeur de l'histoire de l'Eglise à la Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique de Vaux sur Seine; chargé de cours à l'Institut Supérieur d'Etudes Oecuméniques

Neal Blough
Directeur, Centre Mennonite de Paris; Professeur de l'histoire de l'Eglise à la Faculté Libre de Théologie Evangélique de Vaux sur Seine; chargé de cours à l'Institut Supérieur d'Etudes Oecuméniques

  Hanspeter Jecker  Leiter der Fachstelle für täuferische Geschichte und Theologie sowie Dozent für Historische Theologie und Ethik am Bildungszentrum Bienenberg  hanspeter.jecker{at}bienenberg.ch

Hanspeter Jecker
Leiter der Fachstelle für täuferische Geschichte und Theologie sowie Dozent für Historische Theologie und Ethik am Bildungszentrum Bienenberg
hanspeter.jecker{at}bienenberg.ch

  Denis Kennel  Directeur du département francophone CeFor Bienenberg et enseignant. Directeur francophone du centre pour la théologie et l’histoire anababptistes  denis.kennel{at}bienenberg.ch

Denis Kennel
Directeur du département francophone CeFor Bienenberg et enseignant. Directeur francophone du centre pour la théologie et l’histoire anababptistes
denis.kennel{at}bienenberg.ch

  Lukas Amstutz  ist Leiter des Bildungszentrums Bienenberg. Er ist Co-Präsident der Konferenz der Mennoniten in der Schweiz

Lukas Amstutz
ist Leiter des Bildungszentrums Bienenberg. Er ist Co-Präsident der Konferenz der Mennoniten in der Schweiz

 
 

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

Bildungszentrum Bienenberg
Bienenbergstrasse 85a, 4410 Liestal (Switzerland), near by Basel
bildungszentrum@bienenberg.ch, +41 61 906 78 11


Registring

Deadline for registration: March 15, 2019
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