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
- Nov. 26, 2018
Allison Murray is the winner of the 2018 A. James Remier Award. She is a PhD Candidate at Emmanuel College within the University of Toronto currently working on her dissertation entitled "Making, Marking, and Mandating Gender Roles: A History of Complementarian Theology, 1970-2010." This research looks at the interplay of theology and cultural identity markers amongst anti-feminist evangelicals in the US and Canada.
- Aug. 7, 2018
TMTC Senior Fellow, Lydia Neufeld Harder, has recently published The Challenge is in the Naming: A Theological Journey, which is now available from CMU Press and/or Wipf and Stock. The volume is built around a collection of previously published essays over the course of thirty years and is supplemented by current reflections and personal narratives that place these essays into a broader and engaging theological journey. Former TMTC PhD graduates, Suzanne Guenther Loewen and Kimberly Penner, describe this collection as "a rich blending of personal, church, and academic narratives and contexts. . . . [that] has the potential to become a pivotal resource for the next generation of Mennonite theologians, scholars, and pastors."
- July 18, 2018
The eighth iteration of the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre’s (TMTC) biennial graduate student conference, which featured twenty-two student presenters from fifteen different institutions across North America, impressed with both the range and quality of the theological conversations it generated.
- Jan. 15, 2019
Jordan Balint is a Ph.D. student in theology at Emmanuel College. A former L'Arche London assistant, his research focuses on eschatology and disability theology as mutually beneficial critical discourses that open faith to hope in action for the transformation of the world. He is also interested in food issues and agrarian readings of the Bible--farming, cooking, security and justice. A friend of numerous microbial cultures, fermentation experiments can be found in cupboards, corners of bookshelves, and under the sink, waiting to become your friend also. Jordan will be presenting a paper entitled "The Future of Disability: Critical Eschatology and Disability in Constructive Theology." Please Join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion!
- Jan. 26, 2019
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, 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. The workshop will include a focused activity on the preparation of a “teaching portfolio” (this is useful even if you have not yet been a teacher). This workshop is for grad students, professors, pastors, Sunday School teachers, and others who want to explore the vocation of teaching.
- Feb. 12, 2019
Gerald Ens is a 2nd year PhD student in the department of religious studies at McMaster University, studying under Professor P. Travis Kroeker. His interests include ecclesiology, ethnography, and theological ethics. Gerald's undergraduate thesis was a theoretical study of ecclesial boundaries that drew on the work of John Howard Yoder, Romand Coles, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. His Master's thesis investigated the thought of Simone Weil, in dialogue with Jean Vanier, on the theme of others and otherness. Gerald has also worked closely with and presented papers on the thought of Augustine. Gerald's current work will employ ethnographic research to do a theological accounting for the experiences and practices of lay and professional in the Canadian Mennonite church. The broader concerns animating this are the possibilities and practices of theological community in an age of mobility and alienation. Gerald holds a BA (hons) from Canadian Mennonite University in Biblical and Theological Studies and Philosophy and an MA in Western Religious Thought and Religion and Politics from McMaster University. Gerald will be presenting a paper entitled "Good Deaths in Wendell Berry's Short Stories." Please join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion!