On Tuesday March 6th 2018 people from across the Toronto School of Theology and beyond gathered for the launch of Kyle Gingerich Hiebert’s new book, The Architectonics of Hope: Violence, Apocalyptic, and the Transformation of Political Theology. Hosted at the newly arrived Sheptytsky Institute at St. Michael’s College, the event celebrated and launched the book by staging an ecumenical symposium that brought together leading voices from four Christian traditions: Eastern, Catholic, Anglican, and Mennonite. Reflecting the four traditions that Kyle brings together in The Architectonics of Hope, each respondent offered critical and appreciative assessments of the book.
Isaac Friesen is the 2017 winner of the A. James Reimer Award. He is a PhD candidate in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. Isaac’s interdisciplinary research examines cultures of interfaith coexistence and everyday ethics in provincial Egypt. He is currently in the process of writing his dissertation which is titled “Navigating Tradition in Provincial Egypt: The Avenues and Ethics of Muslim Crossing into Coptic Spaces”.
Isaac became passionate about the Middle East during his three-year service term with Mennonite Central Committee in Egypt. He is a member at his hometown Waterloo North Mennonite Church, and now attends Toronto United Mennonite Church. Isaac is an associate at TMTC and has presented at two TMTC Scholars Forums in recent years. He looks forward to a lifelong collaboration between his academic work and the institutions of the Mennonite Church.
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.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jason Reimer Greig as a Visiting Fellow at TMTC! Jason is currently completing a PhD in theology and ethics at the Free University of Amsterdam. His main research interests center around how the perspective and experience of (intellectual) disability might inform the Christian theological imagination. Jason spent 11 years living in a L'Arche community and will be sharing part of his doctoral work with us at a Scholars Forum in February. Welcome to the TMTC community, Jason!
TMTC Associate and doctoral student at Emmanuel College Pablo Kim Sun is a 2017 recipient of a Doctoral Fellowship from the Louisville Institute. The Doctoral Fellowship program offers up to ten fellowships of $2,000 a year for two years to Ph.D. or Th.D. students to consider theological education as their vocation. In addition, the cohort of ten Doctoral Fellows meets at the Louisville Institute three times during each fellowship year.
On a cold autumn morning in mid-October in the board room at the Toronto School of Theology (TST), students associated with the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) had the opportunity to converse with theologians Joan and Oliver O’Donovan. The topic of conversation was the legacy of TMTC’s founding director, A. James Reimer, and his posthumously published book Toward an Anabaptist Political Theology(Cascade, 2014).
On Thursday, September 14th TMTC Associate Layton Friesensuccessfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled "Unity in Difference: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Christology as a Resource for a Mennonite Theology of Peace."
The eighth biennial Graduate Student Conference hosted by the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre invites proposals for scholarly papers that explore texts, experiences, and/or interpretations. The primary purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for graduate students who work on Anabaptist/Mennonite related topics and/or who identify with Anabaptist/Mennonite traditions to present their ongoing academic research in an interdisciplinary context and engage with each other as colleagues and peers.