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conventicle

1. a secret or unauthorized assembly for worship
2. a small meeting house or chapel for a religious assembly, esp of Nonconformists or Dissenters
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In July 1600 the provincial Synod of Steenwijk decided to press their case once again in the provincial States, urging that the civil authorities should be made to prohibit Anabaptist conventicles from being held either in cities or in the countryside.
This is not just an abandoned chapel but a dead faith, yet the symbols of permanent closure point back at the souls of non-dissenters, excluded from the fervent faith expressed in the various conventicles of Hungerford Green.
Albert Reyersz, for example, had lived among Anabaptists for years, organized conventicles in his own house, denied the holy sacrament, and was executed, even though he apparently had never been rebaptized.
In 1619, just after the synod ended, the States General published an edict prohibiting holding separate religious gatherings or conventicles outside the official Reformed Church or supporting dissenting clergy.
The nucleus consisted of regular conventicles, with prayer, singing, Bible reading, and exegesis, each of which was interrupted if a prophet was seized "by inspiration", (122) adding that the presumably most important socio-political contribution of radical Pietism was its demand for religious, social and literary tolerance (207).
In pursuing this agenda, he attempts to link early apocalyptic conventicles of the Persian period with the known sects of Greco-Roman times, reviving some older theories and approaches of scholars such as Max Weber, Otto Ploger, and Paul Hanson.
The pressure was increased by polemic against groups outside: the heretics who passed from being recurring conventicles to founding alternate churches.
For Grabau it was the threat of conventicles that would circumvent the ministerial office.
Mori argues that these conventicles, which paid close attention to individual spiritual development and an active faith, represent an important shift in religion away from the institutional church toward the individual.
We should not work in secret conventicles, but in mighty mass demonstrations, and it is not by dagger and poison or pistol that the road can be cleared for the movement but by the conquest of the streets.
Is there any in your parish that doth hold or frequent any conventicles, or private congregations .