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!
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