Sarah Kathleen Johnson, TMTC Visiting Fellow and doctoral candidate at the University of Notre Dame, will present "The Voices Together Worship Leader Book: How can 180 pages best support leaders in shaping intentional, contextual, and theologically Anabaptist worship?" Sarah is the worship resources editor for the new Mennonite hymnal, Voices Together, and the editor of a companion volume for worship leaders. Her presentation will invite scholars and teachers into the process of creating the Voices Together worship leader book. The leader book is intended to serve as a single, simple, accessible guide to support volunteers giving shape to worship in congregations committed to Anabaptist values by providing theological grounding, practical instruction, and words for worship. To celebrate the end of term, the forum will be followed by a pizza supper. Please plan to join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion and enjoyable time of fellowship! If you do plan to attend, please RSVP no later than Monday, December 3rd and let us know if you have any dietary requirements we need to be aware of.
For those of you attending the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature meetings this year please join us for a book panel discussion on the evening of Sunday, November 18th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm in the Mt. Oxford Room of the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Denver, CO.
Friday, November 16th, 2018, 6:30pm—8:30pm
Location: Sheraton Downtown, Silver Room (in the I.M. Pei Tower—Third Level)
- Jamie Pitts, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, presiding
Ryan R. Gladwin, Palm Beach Atlantic University, "Anabaptism as a Help and Hindrance to Latin American Protestant Theologies of Mission: Moving Towards a Trinitarian and Postcolonial Theology of Mission"
Melanie A. Howard, Fresno Pacific University, "Peaceful Pedagogy: Paul’s Areopagus Speech (Acts 17:16–34) as a Model for Education-Based Mennonite Missions"
Joe Sawatsky, Mennonite Mission Network, "Translation, Contextualization, and North American Mennonite Mission with African Initiated Churches"
- R. Bruce Yoder, Mennonite Mission Network, "Mennonite Missionary Contributions to the Emergence of ‘World Christianity’ as a Field of Study"
Please note that presenters will be given time for a brief introduction to their work before moving into a time of group discussion. You are therefore encouraged to read the papers in advance of attending the forum. Abstracts available here (PDF).
Friday, November 16th, 2018, 8:30pm—10:00pm
Location: Sheraton Downtown, Windows Room (in the I.M. Pei Tower—Second Level)
Michael Buttrey is a TMTC Associate and a doctoral candidate at Regis College, who previously graduated from Regent College and the University of Alberta. He is writing a dissertation tentatively titled "Faster, Stronger, More Ethical: Moral Enhancement and Christian Ethics" and his forum presentation, entitled "Is Virtue Elitist?", will draw on material from that larger project. Alongside his doctoral work Michael is the Theologian-in-Residence at St. Clement's Anglican Church and a representative on the Canadian Council of Churches Faith and Life Sciences Group.
Please join Gary Harder and TMTC Senior Fellow Lydia Neufeld Harder in a double book launch on Sunday, November 4th at 3pm at Toronto United Mennonite Church. Part memoir and part teaching, each book offers reflections on their life, journeys, and learnings. Both books, The Pastor-Congregation Duet and The Challenge is in the Naming, will be available for purchase and there will be a time for coffee/tea and dessert.
John D. Rempel is a Senior Fellow at TMTC and will be presenting a paper entitled ""An Impossible Task? Outlines of a Trinitarian Theology for [its Cultured Despisers] Today." Please plan to join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion!
Please join us for our annual welcome dinner, which is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19th at 6:00pm in the Jay Boardroom at the Toronto School of Theology. This is often one of the biggest events of the year and is an opportunity to learn a bit more about TMTC, reconnect with fellow students, meet new ones, and also to hear a bit about what has been happening over the summer months and about upcoming events. Partners and friends are welcome! Please RSVP by September 14th.
Texts, Experiences, Interpretations
Trent Voth, graduate student at Emmanuel College, will lead a forum based on his doctoral work entitled "Usurping the Cross: Mark's Peripeteia as Subversive Strategy," focusing specifically on Mark 8:27-9:1.
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!
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.
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.
PhD candidate at VU Amsterdam Jason Reimer Greig will lead a forum based on his doctoral work entitled "L'Arche, Time, and Being a Peace Church." Jason spent 11 years living in a L'Arche community and is particularly interested in accentuating its theological dimensions. He is a graduate of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary where he wrote a masters thesis that was subsequently expanded and published with Georgetown University Press as Reconsidering Intellectual Disability: L'Arche, Medical Ethics, and Christian Friendship. Please plan to join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion!
Isaac Friesen, TMTC Associate and University of Toronto PhD student in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, will lead a forum on "Bishops, not Pawns: The Roots and Reflexivity of Coptic Interfaith Programs in Provincial Egypt." His dissertation, titled “Navigating Tradition in Provincial Egypt: The Avenues and Ethics of Muslim Crossing into Coptic Spaces”, examines cultures of interfaith coexistence and conflict in Egypt since the 1960s. This anthropological and historical project is based in the town of Beni Suef, a friendly field site to which he was first introduced as a Mennonite Central Committee worker in 2011. Please plan to join us for what promises to be an engaging discussion!