Posts Tagged ‘BUGB’

British Baptist Assembly

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

I have been “watching” and reading about the Assembly in Plymouth at a distance. For many years I chaired the planning committee which organised the Assembly so I know both the joys and sorrows of gathering so many people together and trying to get a good “mix” of celebration, inspiration and debate in which as many people as possible can participate, so the organisers always start with my sympathy.

Observing from a distance it was great to see three Master of Theology alumni of IBTS on the main stage. Lina AndronovienÄ— presenting her father’s excellent history of Baptists in Lithuania; Helle Liht and Beth Jackson taking part in leading the worship.

Do you notice something about the list? Yes, three younger women! Glen Marshall’s blog has a worrying comment on the night when minister’s were accepted onto the list of BUGB covenanted ministers – that the majority looked old and male! Well, clearly, IBTS bucks the trend providing a European alternative to the apprarently prevailing male-focused UK scene.

– Keith

Assembling of British Baptists

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Well, even though still on study leave, I felt it difficult to keep quiet and at least want to say ‘hello’ from the annual Assembly of the Baptist Union of Great Britain. It’s been a very good occasion to have conversations with various people interested in what we are doing in Prague, and to meet more friends I already know from Prague than I would have expected! The motto of the Assembly is ‘One World, One Mission’, and has been reflected on from different angles.

On Saturday, we had an enjoyable meeting of IBTS friends – a warm gathering of people who had been on our campus as students, teachers, tourists, on their sabbatical, for a conference or for some other purposes, as well as some who have never been but continue to keep us in their prayers and are raising questions how friends of IBTS in Britain could provide a more active support and promotion of IBTS (something we would be delighted to see happening). (more…)