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 “Early Anabaptists and the Pauline Tradition,” in Reformatorische Paulusauslegungen, ed. Stefan Krauter and Manuel Nägele. History of Biblical Exegesis 5. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2023, 383-98.

JEREMY BERGEN published “Papal Apologies for Residential Schools and the Stories They Tell,” Journal of Moral Theology 12, no. 2 (2023): 48-62, available online.

NATHAN FUNK’s book Abdul Aziz Said: A Pioneer in Peace, Intercultural Dialogue, and Cooperative Global Politics (co-edited with Meena Sharify-Funk) was published by Springer in 2022. He also co-presented a paper on peace professionalism with Philip Onguny at the March 2023 International

PAUL HEIDEBRECHT delivered a University Colloquium entitled Engineering Peace? at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA, in January 2023.

JANE KUEPFER was a recent guest on the #ElderWisdom – Stories from the Green Bench podcast, and fielded questions for a webinar hosted by the Ottawa Renfrew Dementia Society. She will be convening the 10th International Conference on Ageing & Spirituality at Grebel in June.

ERIC LEPP curated the exhibition “Your Wall Can(not) Divide Us” on display in the Grebel Gallery from February 1 to May 31. This photography exhibition showcases his research on graffiti in conflict-affected societies.

DAVID Y. NEUFELD published “‘Under the Guise of Christian Generosity’: Anabaptist Responses to Poverty in Reformed Zurich, 1600-1650,” in ‘Do Good unto All’: Charity and Poor Relief across Christian Europe, 1400-1800, ed. Timothy Fehler and Jared Thomley (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2023), 108-29.

REINA NEUFELDT presented a paper on Civil Society and Peacebuilding: Emancipation, Domination and the Difficult Spaces Between at the International Studies Association Convention in March 2023.

KATE KENNEDY STEINER presented a performance-lecture titled Music, Liturgy, and the Making of Medieval Scotland for the annual Benjamin Eby Lecture at Grebel. She also presented a paper, The Mass According to W1: Tropes at St Andrews, at the North American Academy of Liturgy in January 2023.

DEREK SUDERMAN led two 3-hour workshops in the winter term: Rediscovering the Doctrine of Discovery for Waterloo Region Mennonite churches in January with 100+ participants, and The Gospel According to Jesus for the MCEC Church Planters’ Gathering in April with approx. 80 participants.

MAISIE SUM was invited as a panelist for the organized session on Music Theory and Ethnomusicology: Towards Methodological Synergy at the 2022 Joint Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society (AMS), Society for Music Theory (SMT), and Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM). She gave a talk titled Paving Pathways and Respecting Ritual Practice: The Value of Multiple Methodologies in Gnawa Music Research.

KAREN SUNABACKA’s composition Never to Return (2013) for string orchestra was performed by orchestras in Toronto, New York, Winnipeg, and Ottawa between January and April 2023. Her piece Born by the River was performed by the Nova Scotia Symphony (and also was recorded and later broadcast on CBC) and by Sinfonia Toronto.

MARK VUORINEN received a 2023 JUNO nomination in the Classical Album of the Year (Large Ensemble) category for his recording with The Elora Singers, Radiant Dawn: Music for Advent and Christmas.