International Brethren History Conferences
International Brethren History Conferences are open to all who are interested in the history of the movement.
The eighth biennial conference on the theme of the Brethren and the Church will be held at Maynooth University, Ireland, from 3-5 July 2017.
The Brethren movement saw itself as a return to the model of the New Testament church. There were those, such as J. N. Darby, who felt that the church could not be restored to its primitive form, but this did not stop others searching the Bible to determine how best to pattern themselves on the earliest and purest model. As a result, the radical implications which the Brethren saw in the New Testament led them to reject any division between members of the church, although gender still played a part in allocating roles. But this still left the relationship of both other assemblies and existing churches to be resolved. Some adopted a type of connexionalism, while others embraced independency. Some practised an early form of ecumenism, but soon there were those who wanted to exclude other Christians who were seen as less pure for one reason or another, giving rise to numerous schisms within the movement. Involvement in the missionary movement by the Brethren in the later nineteenth century also meant that the form of the church had to be translated into non-Western cultures. Inevitably culture influenced practices within the church. In taking the topic of the Brethren and the church, all these aspects and more will be examined.
Submissions at the conference relevant to the above theme are welcome.For a guide to submissions, e-mail bahnsecretary at hotmail.co.uk [substitute 'at' symbol for the e-mail address].
The programme is:
Monday 3 July
3.00 Prof. Crawford Gribben, ‘Brethren and the Legacy of the Reformation’
4.30 Breakout Session 1
8.00 Prof. Jean DeBernardi, ‘The Emplacement and Indigenization of the Brethren movement in Penang and Singapore’
Tuesday 4 July
8:00 Morning prayers
9.30 Dr Timothy Stunt, ‘John Nelson Darby’s ecclesiastical identity’
11.00 Breakout Session 2
2.00 Brethren Beginnings: Afternoon trip to Dublin
8.00 Prof. Donald Akenson, ‘Remembering Rodney King: Can Academic and Non-Academic Historians Get Along?’
Wednesday 5 July
8.00 Morning prayers
9.30 Dr Tim Grass, ‘Doing Church in a Hostile Environment: Translating Brethren Ecclesiology in Franco’s Spain’
11.00 Breakout Session 3
1.30 Closing discussion
2.00 Dr Neil Summerton, ‘Was George Müller Brethren?’
For a brochure, click here. For online booking form click here. (For a form which can be sent by email or by post, click here.)
Please note that due to early bookings all the en suite rooms have been allocated, and the rooms that remain are the non-en suite rooms, many of which are twin rooms, but which are available for single occupancy.
NB: Maynooth is easily reached from Dublin airport by a regular bus service at half-hourly intervals for c. 10 € - see https://www.rome2rio.com/s/Dublin-Airport-DUB/Maynooth-University for more details. Economical fares are currently available by Aer Lingus and Ryanair from many UK airports.
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For further information, contact Neil Dickson