Like so many other things this year’s Baptist Assembly is taking place virtually. It runs from Thursday the 13th of May until Sunday the 16th. Below you will find a full programme of events including, by following this link what looks to be some brilliant activities for children.
To show MBC’s support for the Baptist Union, and also by way of a change we thought that on Sunday May 16th, and following a 10am Zoom Communion in place of Church at Home we could as a whole church join with congregations and assembly delegates from all over the world for a very special online service. The Service for All begins at 10.30am, lasts for just over an hour and can be accessed by either clicking HERE or by going direct to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6h5vVaPfjM
Not just for Service for All, but throughout the entire 2021 gathering the keynote speaker will be Shane Claiborne (see video and then the text below*) who will be exploring the theme: Heal our hearts – heal our streets – heal our world.
Besides Sunday morning’s Service for All the four day event will feature seminars, times for reflection and prayer, BU elections and presentations from a number of affiliates. THE FULL ASSEMBLY PROGRAMME IS AVAILABLE EITHER HERE OR AT The Baptist Union of Great Britain : The Baptist Assembly Please note that to take part in some of the sessions (but not the Sunday Service) you may be required to register.
* Shane worked with Mother Teresa in Calcutta, and founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia. He heads up Red Letter Christians, a movement of folks who are committed to living ‘as if Jesus meant the things he said’. Shane is a champion for grace which has led him to jail advocating for the homeless, and to places like Iraq and Afghanistan to stand against war. Now grace fuels his passion to end the death penalty and help stop gun violence.
Shane’s books include Jesus for President, Red Letter Revolution, Common Prayer, Follow Me to Freedom, Jesus, Bombs and Ice Cream, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers, Executing Grace, his classic The Irresistible Revolution, and his newest book, Beating Guns. He has been featured in a number of films including ‘Another World Is Possible’ and ‘Ordinary Radicals’. His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shane speaks over one hundred times a year, both in the USA and internationally. His work has appeared in Esquire, SPIN, Christianity Today, TIME, and The Wall Street Journal, and he has been on everything from Fox News and Al Jazeera to CNN and NPR. He’s given academic lectures at Harvard, Princeton, Liberty, Duke, and Notre Dame.