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.
The Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) is excited to announce that our 2019 Public Lecture will be held on Thursday, March 14th at 7pm in the Jay Boardroom at the Toronto School of Theology.
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!
On Monday, March 4th at 2pm TMTC Associate and Emmanuel PhD candidate Melanie Kampen will be defending her doctoral thesis, which is entitled "The Spectre of Reconciliation: Mennonite Theology and Indigenous Cultural Genocide in Canada."
The defence will take place at the Toronto School of Theology on Monday, March 4th from 2–4pm in Boardroom 2. Current TST students and faculty may attend the defence itself and TMTC will be hosting a reception, to which all are invited, immediately afterwards. Please join us if you can!
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!
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.
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!