The Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) has been designated to coordinate the Mennonite Scholars and Friends (MSF) events at the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature (AAR/SBL), which meets every November. We do this on behalf of Mennonite and Anabaptist-affiliated post-secondary institutions, and the many individual scholars who participate in these events. The reception and forum are open to any who wish to attend.
2018 – Denver
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. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- biblical foundations of mission
- theological and historical missiological engagements
- colonial legacies of mission
- changing mission practice and its implications
- mission and the church including relationships to parachurch organizations
- challenges to/from mission including issues of gender, sexuality, (im)migration, postsecularism, etc.
The committee hopes to generate lively discussion on what these issues mean for Anabaptists/Mennonites in the 21st century. Proposals of not more than 300 words should be submitted by April 1, 2018 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The 2018 forum will be held in Denver, Colorado on Friday, November 16th from 6:30–8:30pm.
A program committee oversees the annual forum. Current members include Kyle Gingerich Hiebert (coordinator), Melanie Howard, Chris Huebner, Kimberly Penner, Jamie Pitts, and Laura Schmidt Roberts. Questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome at any time and can be directed to Kyle Gingerich Hiebert.
The following institutions have committed to paying an annual amount towards the cost of these events: Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Bethel College, Bluffton University, Canadian Mennonite University, Columbia Bible College, Conrad Grebel University College, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Eastern Mennonite University, Fresno Pacific University, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary, Goshen College, Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre (Trinity Western University), Mennonite Mission Network, Messiah College, Tabor College, and the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre.