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!
Emma CW Ceruti is a PhD student in Theological Studies at Emmanuel College. Her research area is disability theology and her advisor is Professor Tom Reynolds. She received her MA in Systematic Theology from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with Dr. James Cone as her thesis advisor. Recently, she has published book reviews in the Toronto Journal of Theology, the Journal of Religion and Disability, and the Disability Studies Quarterly. She currently serves as Vice President Academic for the Toronto School of Theology Graduate Students' Association. Emma will be presenting a paper entitled "Atonement Theology in Disability Perspective." Please join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion!
The Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) is excited to announce that our public lecturer this year is Dr. John D. Rempel.
Jordan Duerrstein is a third-year M.Div. student at Wycliffe College and serves as the associate pastor at The Meeting House, downtown Toronto. Jordan grew up in the Mennonite Brethren Church in the Niagara region, completed his undergraduate degrees in music and education at the University of Toronto, lived in an intentional community in St. James Town (Toronto) as part of a MoveIn team for three years, and taught music and media studies in England for a year before returning to Wycliffe. Jordan is married to Danielle and they are both looking forward to their first child, expected in late February. He is working on an M.Div. thesis this year and will present a paper entitled “Peace theology among Evangelical Anabaptists: how much of a peace church are we really?” Please join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion! If you do plan to attend, please RSVP no later than Friday, March 29th and let us know if you have any dietary requirements we need to be aware of.