This Friday and Saturday I was at the Reformational Colloquium in Leeds. It was organised by David Hanson of WYSOCS.
It was an excellent and action packed time. It as particulalry good to meet fellow bloggers Paul Robinson, Rudi Hayward and Jeremy Ive.
The event started at noon on Friday with two excellent presentations by David Hanson and Richard Russell on the origins of the Reformational movement in the UK. In Richard's case it was in the early 1960s when IVF were sent a set of the Unionville lectures, they didn't know what to do with them and so were given to Richard - who was studying at UCW Aberystwyth - by Geraint Fielder a Travelling Secretary.
David traced the roots back to the Soverign Grace Union and an ex-miner Henry Atherton who took a group over to the Netherlands in 1928 - a group that included David's parents (though they weren't an item at that time!). A series of subsequent meetings led to the formation of the International Association for Reformed Faith and Actuion in 1953. Also invoved in the IARFA were Lance and Hazel Bidewell who were also at the Leeds meeting.
The reminder of the weekend was split up into about 25 ten minute presentations. These included art, short stories, testimonies of how people came into contact with the reformational movement, presentations on eating, book supplies, creationism, health issues, information technology, websites, science, politics, philosophy and activities that people were involved with. It was an inspiring and moving time.
It is hoped that will be a bi-annual event.