The Society organises a study conference each year, usually a day conference one year, and a residential conference the other year. In July 2017 we held a residential conference at the University of Manchester, in 2018 a day conference on Saturday 8 September 2018 at The Church at Carrs Lane in Birmingham, and on 26-27 June 2019 we met at Westminster College in Cambridge.
This year Barrhead United Reformed Church celebrates its 175th Anniversary. Founded as a congregation of the Evangelical Union it has been part of the fabric of Barrhead since 1844. Its roots were radical but, over the years it became more like the Church of Scotland (moving from weekly to quarterly Holy Communion and even using Communion Tokens). However, the church has never lost its radical edge – calling a pacifist minister to serve it in the war, being the first Protestant Church in Barrhead to have a Christmas Eve midnight service, working hard to make ecumenism a reality and being one of the first United Reformed Churches in Scotland to vote to allow marriages for same sex couples. You can read their history booklet here:
Here is a blog post about some material relating to the Waldensians from our 2019 conference:
We are planning our next conference for September 2020, perhaps considering aspects of the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower.