PAF is currently hard at work making preparations for the Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand’s 2007 Conference. It will be held from 15 to 19th January at Fairbridge near Pinjarra. Brad, Matthew and Don have set up a website : www.members.iinet.net.au/~donmari/aaanz . Here’s an extract from the brochure:
We invite you to live in worshipping community for a weekend to explore this vision in a series of discussions and interactions.
The main talks are structured around the practices of the church identified by Anabaptist theologian John Yoder in his book, Body Politics. Yoder recovers the Lord’s Supper and baptism as essential parts of the church’s common life, practices with political and social importance. He adds to them the ministry of all believers, admonishment and discernment, and the open worship meeting to give us an exciting picture of living Anabaptism together.
You may wish to read this book ahead of the conference; a study guide and summary will be available online by December 2006. Follow the link from http://www.iinet.net.au/~donmari/aaanz.
You will also be asked to choose small group electives exploring other aspects of living Anabaptism. Potential topics include caring for creation through permaculture; Anabaptist house churches and small groups; Anabaptism and art; living in community; and Anabaptist worship.