Carol Penner

Assistant Professor of Theological Studies

Carol PennerContact:
(519) 885-0220 ext. 24241
Office:  CGUC 2112

BTh, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1983
BA,  University of Manitoba, 1983
MA, University of St. Michael’s College, 1987
PhD, University of St. Michael’s College, 1999

Clinical Pastoral Education
1 unit Chedoke-McMaster Hospitals, Hamilton, ON, 2001
3 units, St Joseph’s Hospital, Hamilton, ON 2001-2002

Research Areas:  

Practical Theology, Feminist Theology, Pastoral Theology


Courses Taught:

TS 678 – The Minister in the Church, Seminar I
TS 679 – The Minister in the Church, Seminar II
TS 681 – Personal Spirituality (Fall 2018)
TS 684 – Pastoral Care
TS 690 – Special Topics in Theological Studies: Theology in Everyday Life (Fall 2018)
TS 751 – Worship Ritual and Ministry
TS 783 – Integration Seminar



Carol Penner teaches and writes in the area of practical theology.  After many years as a pastor in various Mennonite congregations, she is joining the faculty of CGUC this year. Her research interests include feminist theology and Mennonite peace theology, and abuse issues. She has a popular blog of her worship resources at www.leadinginworship.

Selected Publications:

  • “Spirit of God! descend upon my heart:  a Mennonite Minister Reflects on the Holy Spirit”  Vision  13:1 (Spring 2012):14-21.
  • “After Sexual Violence:  What Happens Next in the Community of Grace?” Vision 9:2 (Fall 2008):58-66.
  • "I had a hammer: Reflections on Ministry in an Acute Schizophrenia Ward"  The Journal of Pastoral Care and Counseling 60:3 (Fall, 2006):241-246.
  • “Congregational Life after Abuse” in Spirituality and Health:  Multidisciplinary Explorations, edited by Augustine Meier, Thomas St. James O’Connor and Peter Loren VanKatwyk. (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005):73-84.
  • “Not Well Known, Used Little and Needed:  Canadian Chaplains’ Experiences of Published Spiritual Assessment Tools” with Thomas St. James O’Connor, Kathleen O’Neill, Grace Van Staalduinen, Elizabeth Meakes and Katherine David,  Journal of Pastoral Care and Counselling 59:1 (Spring 2005):97-107.
  • “How Inclusive is the Inclusive Church?”  At Peace and Unafraid:  Public Order, Security, and the Wisdom of the Cross, edited by Duane K. Friesen and Gerald W. Schlabach, (Scottdale, PA:  Herald Press, 2005):195-210.
  • Healing Waters: Churches Working to End Violence Against Women (Toronto:  Women's Inter-Church Council, 2003). 
  • Editor, Second Mile:  A Peace Journey for Congregations (Scottdale, PA & Waterloo, ON:  Faith & Life Publishing, 2002).
  • "Sexual Assault, Resurrection and the Healing Community" Consensus 28:2 (Fall 2002):49-60.
  • “The Suffering Church Built like an Ark” Conrad Grebel Review 18:2 (Spring 2000):74-79.
  • Editor, Women and Men:  Gender in the Church (Scottdale, PA:  Herald Press, 1998).
  • “Physical and Sexual Abuse:  Violence in Gender Relationships” in Women and Men: Gender in the Church (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1998):63-72.
  • “Mothering and Fathering: The Change in Us” with Wes Bergen, in Women and Men: Gender in the Church (Scottdale, PA: Herald Press, 1998):107-117.
  • "Content to Suffer? An Exploration of Mennonite Theology from the Context of Violence Against Women" Peace Theology and Violence Against Women, edited by Elizabeth G. Yoder, Occasional Papers No. 16, Institute of Mennonite Studies, (Elkhart, IN: 1992):99-111.
  • "Sowing Seeds of Peace" The Conrad Grebel Review 10:3 (Fall 92):319-323.
  • "Mennonite Women's History: A Survey" Journal of Mennonite Studies 9 (1991):122-135.

Fellowships and Awards:

  • Canadian Mennonite University, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2013
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship, 1988
University of Waterloo

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