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Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies

The Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies were established in 2000 through the generosity of Lester Bechtel. As a devoted churchman with an active interest in Mennonite history, Lester’s dream was to make the academic world of research and study accessible to a broader constituency and to build bridges of understanding between the academy and the church. This lecture series provides a forum through which the core meaning and values of the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith and heritage might be communicated to a diverse audience and be kept relevant and connected to the rapidly changing world of our day.

The Bechtel Lectures provide the opportunity for representatives of a variety of disciplines and professions to explore topics that reflect the breadth and depth of Mennonite history, identity, faith and culture. Conrad Grebel University College is pleased to host this annual event.

2019 Lectures

Photo of Erma Fast DuekIn early February 2019, the Bechtel Lectures in Anabaptist-Mennonite Studies will host Professor Irma Fast Dueck from Canadian Mennonite University (CMU) in Winnipeg. Fast Dueck is a practical theologian who will explore the topic of young people in the Mennonite church today.

Irma was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was a university chaplain and a pastor before beginning her teaching career at CMBC (a predecessor college of CMU) in 1991. She received her Doctorate of Theology from Victoria University at the University of Toronto, a Master of Divinity from the University of Winnipeg, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo.

Irma's teaching and research interests frequently lead her to themes connected to the practices of the church and the theology purveyed/conveyed by those practices. In the past few years she has given more sustained focus on the rituals of the church such as worship and baptism and on themes related to power. More recently, Irma's commitment to peacemaking has led her to participate in a number of reconciliation endeavours, including Muslim-Christian dialogue (sponsored by Mennonite Central Committee); she also continues to be involved with Mennonite-Catholic dialogue groups around Winnipeg.

Past Lectures

  1. 2019 (4)
    1. May (2)
    2. March (2)
  2. 2018 (86)
    1. December (2)
    2. November (10)
    3. October (9)
    4. September (10)
    5. August (1)
    6. July (5)
    7. June (7)
    8. May (4)
    9. April (4)
    10. March (21)
    11. February (9)
    12. January (7)
  3. 2017 (78)
    1. December (7)
    2. November (15)
    3. October (8)
    4. September (9)
    5. August (2)
    6. July (6)
    7. June (2)
    8. May (2)
    9. April (5)
    10. March (9)
    11. February (11)
    12. January (5)
  4. 2016 (67)
  5. 2015 (71)
  6. 2014 (78)
  7. 2013 (66)
  8. 2012 (29)
  9. 2011 (2)
  10. 2010 (1)

Multimedia Videos

watch past lectures

Watch our special event videos: the Bechtel LecturesMennonite Literature series, the Eby Lecture, and the Sawatsky Lecture.