Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand
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Insert Archives and Libraries Here Anabaptist Association of Australia & New Zealand." Anabaptist Association of Australia & New Zealand. Accessed December 9, 2014. http://www.anabaptist.asn.au/index.php.
This is the website for the association. It includes information about anabaptism in general, specifics to this association, mailings, Christian Peacemaker Teams, archives of On The Road, contact information, and photos.
Glick, Kenton. "Subversive Element: Anabaptist Ideas Sread in Austrailia, Creating a New Concept of Church." Mennonite World Review, August 20, 2007. Accessed December 9, 2014. http://www.mennoworld.org/archived/2007/8/20/subversive-element/?print=1.
Kenton Glick explores the unique style of mission employed by the Hursts in Australia. The Australian people told the Hursts that they didn’t need a new denomination, so instead, the Hursts articulated Anabaptism through resources, seminars, and personal contact.
Huber, Tim. "Upside-down Kingdom down under." Mennonite World Review, April 30, 2012. Accessed December 9, 2014. http://www.mennoworld.org/archived/2012/4/30/upside-down-kingdom-down-under/.
In this article found in the Mennonite World Review, Tim Huber describes the AAANZ as a network of a diverse people journeying together, including Hutterites in Tasmania, Old Order pockets, the Beachy Amish fellowship in Queensland, Bruderhof, and numerous individuals. This article voices the benefits that technology yields to the association in allowing it to exist even through great geographic separation.
Hurst, Moriah. "Questions and Wise Elders." The Mennonite A Publication of Mennonite Church USA Providing Anabaptist Content Questions and Wise Elders Comments. November 17, 2009. Accessed December 8, 2014. https://themennonite.org/feature/questions-wise-elders/.
In this article, Moriah details her work with youth in the post-Christendom Australian context. She explores how youth want some direction, but don’t want to be controlled. She also details the “uncoolness” of working for the church, but also how it serves as a starting conversation where she can tell people about a God that is big enough to handle the questions that we have. She also tells some about the four women staying at Irene House through the Radical Journey program. Lastly, she tells of her work as coming from my longing to help other young adults find a place to discern their faith and their calling.
Hynd, Doug. Anabaptist Association of Australia and New Zealand Newsletter, March 1, 1998, Issue 1 ed. Accessed December 9, 2014. http://aaanz.mennonite.net/.cWtools/download.php/mnF=AAANZNewsletter1.pdf,mnOD=On the Road,mnOD=Newsletters,mnOD=My Documents,dc=aaanz,dc=mennonite,dc=net.
This was the first newsletter from AAANZ written by Doug Hynd in 1998. Eventually this turned into “On the Road”(Issue 6, November 1999) and in March of 2006 it took on the title of “Journal” to mark its maturation. It includes: association News, background to the association, how the association will function, purposes of the association, information about anabaptism, news, a newsletter mandate, information about John Howard Yoder’s death, the Mennonite World Church, an article on discipleship, a review section, and a resource section.
Langmead, Ross. Reimagining God and Mission: Perspectives from Australia. Hindmarsh, S. Aust: ATF Press, 2007.
Pages 99-112 include an article titled Walking in Resusrrection: An Anabaptist Approach to Mission in Australia by Mark Hurst, who, with his wife Mary, are the pastoral workers for AAANZ. His article contributes to a this larger work on a reimagining of mission. He focuses on mission with the statements that: Jesus is the center of our faith, community is the center of our life, and reconciliation is the center of our work. With those as the foundation, he details a desire to hold together evangelism, peacemaking, and reconciliation in mission work.
LaVeist, Wil. "Mentoring Youth Leaders a Fulfilling Ministry." Mennonite Mission Network: Network News. February 27, 2014. Accessed December 8, 2014. http://www.mennonitemission.net/Stories/News/Pages/Mentoringyouthleadersafulfillingministry.aspx.
Moriah Hurst coordinates Praxis, a network of youth workers in churches, mission organizations, schools and agencies, that helps people serve their communities. The organization runs an accredited youth and community development program for young adult students. Moriah has strong connections to and works with the AAANZ.
McKinnon, John. "President's Report." On the Road, no. 56 (2014): 4. Accessed December 9, 2014. http://www.anabaptist.asn.au/files/anabaptist/On The Road Journals/OTR56 - Community.pdf.
John McKinnon, president of the AAANZ, raises questions about the future and purpose of the AAANZ. He explores the idea of investing in younger, more passion-filled leadership. He questions how AAANZ’s purpose of creating community in the anabaptist tradition will manifest with a geographically separate people. This article appears in the most recently available “On the Road” journal from the AAANZ website.
Mennonite Mission Network Staff. "Second Generation Takes Leadership down under." Mennonite Mission Network: Network News. September 11, 2008. Accessed December 8, 2014. http://www.mennonitemission.net/Stories/News/Pages/Secondgenerationtakesleadershipdownunder.aspx.
This article from Mennonite Mission Network narrates the induction of Moriah Hurst, daughter to Mark and Mary Hurst, into pastoral ministry at Canberra Baptist Church. In addition to her half-time role as associate pastor, Moriah will be responsible for Irene’s Place: A House of Discipleship and Peace, a new young adult venture providing an experience of discipleship and peacemaking for Australian and international young adults. AAANZ is hoping to use the Canberra project as a model for discipleship programs in other cities around Australia and New Zealand.
Mennonite Mission Network Staff. "Peace People Seeking to Share, Teach." Mennonite Mission Network: Network News. April 2, 2009. Accessed December 8, 2014. http://www.mennonitemission.net/Stories/News/Pages/Peacepeopleseekingtoshare,teach.aspx.
March 22, 2009 marked the opening of Irene’s Place—a house of discipleship and peace in Canberra, Australia’s capital city. The AAANZ, one of the sponsoring groups for Irene’s Place, had several members attend the house opening. The association would like to start similar programs around the region, recognizing that young adults are the future of the Anabaptist movement in Australia and New Zealand.
Paulson, Rebekah. "Mission Workers in Australia Cultivating Community." Mennonite Mission Network: Network News. March 16, 2006. Accessed December 8, 2014. http://www.mennonitemission.net/Stories/News/Pages/MissionworkersinAustraliacultivatingcommunity.aspx. This article from Mennonite Mission Network details the ministry that Mark and Mary Hurst are engaged in as cultivating community. The article tells how they are trying to establish an Anabaptist community to be a place of hospitality and learning with space for retreats and small workshops.
Switzer, Bobby. Interview with John McKinnon. Email interview. November 30, 2014.
Switzer interviewed John McKinnon, president of AAANZ. He gave detailed responses to questions about: what it means for the association to identify as Anabaptist, the current identity of the association, the current and projected challenges, and membership.
Switzer, Bobby. Interview with Mark Hurst. Email interview. November 30, 2014.
Mark Hurst, pastoral worker for the association, provided Switzer with a detailed history of the AAANZ from their procedural handbook. It included a detailed timeline, information about the foundation’s inception and guiding principles.
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