For many years we have been an open group of people who have met twice yearly to enjoy the challenge of new theological ideas, great company, inspiring conversation, and good food. During the Covid pandemic we have replaced these physical gatherings with more regular online sessions. Although there’s no food, we have been pleased to welcome more people who might not otherwise have been able to attend.
Stuart Masters on The Two-Kingdoms’ After Christendom: A Quaker Case Study
Anabaptists and other radical Christian groups have tended to make a stark distinction between two kingdoms: the temporary and imperfect kingdoms of this world; and the eternal and perfect kingdom of Christ. These kingdoms are regarded as incompatible with one another, and fundamentally in conflict. In this session, Stuart Masters will draw on the experience of the early Quaker community, and the way the movement changed over time, to explore the relevance (or not) of two kingdoms theology today, particularly in a time of global pandemic. What does it mean to be individuals and communities who aspire to be ruled by Christ within a modern pluralist society?
Stuart Masters is a Learning and Research Team Leader at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, UK. He is the West Midlands Regional Representative for the Anabaptist Mennonite Network.
These meetings are all held via Zoom. Please download and read our Online Protocols document to understand how our meetings work.