Religious Reason for Supporting Assisted Dying: Monday 20th May 2013

Anabaptist Network steering group member Karen Stallard has recently signposted this event which is being held at Union Chapel where she is minister. An opportunity to dialogue about a topic we often avoid.

Religious Reason for Supporting Assisted Dying

A seminar open to all, with leading religious figures discussing both the theological aspects of the issue, as well as pastoral reasons, for why assisted dying should be an option for those who are terminally ill and who specifically request it of their own free will.

Among the speakers will be the Most Reverend Lazar Puhalo, retired Archbishop of Ottawa, the Reverend Professor Paul Badham, Canon Rosie Harper and Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain.

The seminar will also be addressed by Lord Falconer QC, who will speak about his forthcoming Assisted Dying Bill.

The seminar will take place on Monday 20th May 2013 (from 11.00am till 3.30 pm) at Union Chapel, Compton Avenue, Islington, London, N1 2UN.

Transport: nearest tube is Highbury & Islington (Victoria line) while Angel (Northern line) is a 10 minute walk.

There is no charge, and the day will include a light lunch, but if you wish to attend you must book in advance. Please email Inter Faith leaders for Dignity in Dying (IFDID) at: giving your name, postal address and how many places you wish to book. Alternatively you can phone 0207 479 7730.

 To avoid disappointment please book your place well in advance, as we are expecting high levels of interest.


Multi-Voiced Church – Sat 14 September 2013

For those who like to organise their diaries, here is a little advance notice that Stuart & Sian Murray Williams will be participating in a day exploring themes from their book Multi-Voiced Worship which is reviewed well by Andy Goodliff here.

It will be held at Bloomsbury Baptist Church in central London on Saturday 14 September in a partnership between Bloomsbury, Wood Green Mennonite Church, the Anabaptist Network and the Mennonite Centre Trust.

More info to follow.

Crucible: The Rural Challenge – 2-3 Feb 2013

Whilst urbanisation affects everywhere, those in rural communities often feel left out on the margins.  What does rural poverty look like and how can we engage with it.  A pilot week-end for Crucible in partnership with Rural Ministries.

Crucible: The Urban Challenge / Becoming Human – 2-3 Feb 2013

The next Crucible week-end offers the opportunity to explore two topics:

With more than half the world now living in cities, The Urban Challenge investigates the impact of urbanisation on all of us and asks what unique challenges are faced in urban communities.

Becoming Human explores what discipleship means and potentially looks like in a post-Christendom environment where people are starting the journey of faith from different points and where many people are allergic to the term ‘Christian’.

For more info see

The Naked Anabaptist – Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre – 5 April 2013

Following a couple of successful events this year in which the Mennonite Centre Trust partnered with the Anabaptist Network to introduce people to the basics of Anabaptist thinking, here is some information about a week-end event being run by our Quaker friends at Woodbrooke.  This information also appears here on Woodbrooke’s website. Visit the site for more info and to book.

The Naked Anabaptist : the bare essentials of a radical faith

Friday 5 April 2013 – Sunday 7 April 2013

Additional Timing Informtion

The Saturday ‘day school’ option begins at 9.15am and ends at 6.15pm.

Places available – Ensuite Fee: £194.00 Standard Fee: £184.00

Additional price information

A ‘day school’ option is available on the Saturday for £50.

Course Details

The Quaker and Anabaptist traditions form the roots of the Historic Peace Churches. Based on Stuart Murray’s popular book The Naked Anabaptist, this is an interactive opportunity to explore the Anabaptist way, its relationship to Quakerism and its relevance in the 21st century. The course is perfect for those new to the tradition or intrigued by the little they have heard so far. Using story, discussion, conversation and presentations you may well come away looking at things quite differently.

Course Leader Information

Stuart Masters coordinates Woodbrooke’s on-site short course programme and leads courses exploring the roots and practices of Quakerism and how these relate to other traditions. His interests include understanding early Quaker experience, the relationship of Quakerism to other discipleship traditions such as Anabaptism and Methodism, the biblical vision of shalom, Quakerism as a creation spirituality and modern Quaker identity. He is inspired by those who seek to live like Jesus even though he fails to live up to this himself on a daily basis.

Karen Stallard is a trained actress and a Baptist minister. She worked for 8 years in Tower Hamlets as a church planter with Urban Expression. She is currently chair of Crossroads Counselling service in Tower Hamlets and a member of the Anabaptist Network Steering group. Since September 2010 she has been in post as the minister of Union Chapel Congregational Church in Islington

Stuart Murray spent 12 years as an urban church planter in Tower Hamlets and has continued to be involved in church planting since. He is chair of the Anabaptist Network and has a PhD in Anabaptist hermeneutics. He is the founder of Urban Expression, a pioneering urban church planting agency with teams in several cities in the UK and in The Netherlands. His publications include Post-Christendom: Church and Mission in a Strange New World (Paternoster 2004), Church after Christendom (Paternoster 2005), and The Naked Anabaptist (Herald 2010).


Saturday 1st December: Union Chapel, London
Tickets are now available for an inaugural one-day festival, ADVENTurous, to be held at the wonderful Union Chapel, Islington, (where Anabaptist Network steering group member Karen Stallard is the minister).
This much-anticipated festival of ideas, artistry, spoken word and live music will aim to help all those attending imagine how we got to where we are and how we might move on towards a ‘new place’ – all through three prisms: faith, ecology and the economy.
In the midst of struggling global economies, political transition and the apparent end of the world (according to the Mayan calendar at least!), the Christian season of Advent can be viewed as a sign of new arrivals, a world re-imagined, cultures disrupted and paradigms well and truly shifted.
Bringing together thinkers, activists and artists from different faith traditions (and none) for a day of exploration, debate and wonder, ADVENTurous is an event hosted jointly by Greenbelt and Union Chapel, drawing on a number of creative partners from a range of different networks (including Mennonite Centre Trust development worker Juliet Kilpin) – all with an interest in trying conspire hopefully towards a better tomorrow.
As well as contributions from renowned thinkers and speakers Mike Frost, Ann Pettifor, Ann Morisy, Abdul-Rehman Malik and Ruth Valerio, there will be artistry woven throughout the set-piece talks, panels and debate from Harry Baker by day, followed by an evening of great musicality with  Iain Archer and Hope & Social.
And as if that wasn’t enough to wow your senses, there will also be a great visual arts exhibition hung around the venue – curated for us by Engedi Arts, who had to narrow down submissions from nearly 100 artists for this exhibition.
For info & tickets visit
Follow at @adventurous2012