Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre
The Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) helps form theological leadership for the church by providing and supporting graduate theological education, particularly at the doctoral level, from a Mennonite perspective in an ecumenical context.
TMTC encourages scholars to grow toward wise theological discernment, spiritual depth and maturity, excellent scholarship, mutual respect and dialogue, ecumenical and global awareness.
Founded in 1990, TMTC is now administered by Conrad Grebel University College on behalf of a binational Mennonite constituency represented by an Advisory Council. It operates within the ecumenical and academic environment of the Toronto School of Theology, at the University of Toronto.
- Graduate teaching and advising
- Structured ecumenical dialogue forums
- Special lectures and forums
- Scholars forums
- Women’s group
- Academic conferences
Across North America
- Graduate student conferences
- Support for American Academy of Religion (AAR)/Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) academic
- Muslim-Christian dialogue
- Sabbatical residence for visiting
- Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network
- Feb. 5, 2018
Isaac Friesen is the 2017 winner of the A. James Reimer Award. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. Isaac’s interdisciplinary research examines cultures of interfaith coexistence and everyday ethics in provincial Egypt. He is currently in the process of writing his dissertation which is titled “Navigating Tradition in Provincial Egypt: The Avenues and Ethics of Muslim Crossing into Coptic Spaces”.
Isaac became passionate about the Middle East during his three-year service term with Mennonite Central Committee in Egypt. He is a member at his hometown Waterloo North Mennonite Church, and now attends Toronto United Mennonite Church. Isaac is an associate at TMTC and has presented at two TMTC Scholars Forums in recent years. He looks forward to a lifelong collaboration between his academic work and the institutions of the Mennonite Church.
- Jan. 26, 2018
The Mennonite Scholars and Friends (MSF) at the AAR/SBL Program Committee invites proposals for papers on the theme of mission. Accepted papers will be circulated in advance of the forum and presenters will be given time for a brief (~10 min) introduction to their work before moving to a time of small and large group conversation. Proposals from biblical scholars, theologians, ethicists, historians, church leaders, practitioners, and others involved in mission work broadly conceived are welcome.
- Jan. 8, 2018
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Reimer Greig as a Visiting Fellow at TMTC! Jason is currently completing a PhD in theology and ethics at the Free University of Amsterdam. His main research interests center around how the perspective and experience of (intellectual) disability might inform the Christian theological imagination. Jason spent 11 years living in a L'Arche community and will be sharing part of his doctoral work with us at a Scholars Forum in February. Welcome to the TMTC community, Jason!
- Mar. 3, 2018
We are excited to be partnering with the Anabaptist Learning Workshop (ALW) to offer a workshop designed to facilitate reflection on current and/or future teaching practice. Lead by Matthew Bailey-Dick, coordinator of the ALW and PhD candidate in Adult Education at the U of T, this interactive workshop will give you a chance to reflect on who you are as a teacher OR who you will be as a teacher. Through the two lenses of Anabaptist-Mennonite faith and non-faith-based pedagogy, we will explore some of the heights and depths of teaching, we will identify a variety of tools for facilitating good education, and we will reflect on how the roles of scholar, teacher, and Christian disciple interact. This workshop is for grad students, professors, pastors, Sunday School teachers, and others who want to explore the vocation of teaching.
- Mar. 6, 2018
Please join us for a special ecumenical book launch for The Architectonics of Hope: Violence, Apocalyptic, and the Transformation of Political Theology, written by TMTC's Director, Kyle Gingerich Hiebert. The event is designed to bring together a wide range of people from across the Toronto School of Theology and beyond.
- Mar. 13, 2018
Allison Murray is a TMTC Associate and a PhD candidate at Emmanuel College, with previous degrees from Conrad Grebel University College and Wilfrid Laurier University. She is working on a dissertation entitled "Making, Marking, and Mandating Gender Roles: A History of Complementarian Theology, 1970-2010." Her scholars forum, entitled "Gender Performance as a Mark of Faith: Historical Parallels in Evangelical and Mennonite Communities," will draw on material from her thesis project. In addition to her doctoral work Allison has been a Teaching Fellow with Emmanuel College's Teaching for Ministry program and writes for the collaborative academic blog Women in Theology. Please plan to join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion!