A Sampling of Scholarship

In addition to classroom teaching, faculty and other academic personnel at Grebel accomplish a wide range of scholarship and service in the academy, church, and community. Here is a sampling of recent activities and achievements.

ALICIA BATTEN published “Reading Mark through the Lens of Class” in The Struggle over Class: Socioeconomic Interpretation of Ancient Jewish and Christian Texts, eds. G. Anthony Keddie, Michael Flexsenhar, III, Steven J. Friesen, 187-208. Greco-Roman World Supplement Series; Atlanta: SBL Press, 2021.

JEREMY BERGEN published “Stephen’s Dying Prayer (Acts 7:60) and the Challenge of Forgiveness,” Pro Ecclesia 31, no. 1 (2022): 9-19.

MARLENE EPP has a forthcoming book review, co-authored with her graduate student, in the Canadian Historical Review, of Being German Canadian: History, Memory, Generations, edited by Alexander Freund.

PAUL HEIDEBRECHT was the guest editor for an issue of The Conrad Grebel Review (39/2) focused on “Anabaptist-Mennonite Perspectives on Technology.”

JANE KUEPFER published two papers in the Journal of Pastoral Care and Counselling this winter: “Spiritual Care in Ontario Long-term Care: Current Staffing Realities and Recommendations,” and “Promise, Provision & Potential: A Hopeful Trajectory for Spiritual Care in Long-term Care”.

ERIC LEPP presented two papers, “Civil Sanctuaries: framing spaces of indifference in divided urban settings” and “When the walls call out: protest graffiti as a global tool of civil resistance” at the International Studies Association conference in Nashville, TN.

JOHONNA McCANTS-TURNER’s essay “Can Restorative Justice Make Young, Black Lives Matter in Schools?” appears in the book, Beyond Equity and Inclusion in Conflict Resolution: Recentering the Profession (Rowman and Littlefield, 2022). She presented her research on womanist anti-violence ethics at the Theology and Peacebuilding Consultation in Anabaptist Perspective II, which she co-convened, on April 12, and as part of a panel at the 2022 Canadian Theological Society Annual Meeting in May entitled, “Faith, Hope and Love as Embodied Disciplines and Practices within Liberatory Anti-Violence Movements.” 

DAVID Y. NEUFELD published “Early Swiss Anabaptism” in T&T Clark Companion to Anabaptism, edited by Brian C. Brewer, 33-50. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021. 

REINA NEUFELDT’s chapter “From Righteous to Responsive: Rethinking the Role of Moral Values of Peacebuilding” was published in the edited volume Wicked Problems: The Ethics of Action for Peace, Rights, and Justice (Oxford University Press, 2022).

TROY OSBORNE published “Anabaptists in the Netherlands” in T&T Clark Handbook of Anabaptism, edited by Brian C. Brewer, 133–50. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021.

CAROL PENNER published “Dear Tara” in On Holy Ground: Stories by and about Women in Ministry Leadership in the Mennonite Brethren Church, edited by Dora Dueck, pp. 109-123.  Winnipeg: Kindred Productions, 2022.

DEREK SUDERMAN presented two papers at the Society of Biblical Literature conference in November 2021, entitled: “‘Hear Me, O God’: Social Rhetoric in Individual Lament Psalms” and “‘May the Day Perish!’ Exploring Lament and Social Address at the Beginning of Job.”

KAREN SUNABACKA recently completed two trios: The Place Where the Creator Rests commissioned by The Andromeda Trio (violin, cello and piano) and A Reel Waltz commissioned by the Indigo Trio (violin, viola and cello). Both will premiere in the spring.

Mark Vuorinen directing the Grand Philharmonic ChoirMARK VUORINEN in collaboration with Canadian bass-clarinetist Jeff Reilly, TorQ Percussion Quartet, and The Elora Singers, is preparing for performances in which he will premiere new works by Leila Adu-Gilmore, Carmen Braden, Melody McKiver, and Peter Togni.

Mark Vuorinen directed the Grand Philharmonic Choir, accompanied by the K-W Symphony on Good Friday, as they performed the Brahms Requiem.