Allison Murray is the winner of the 2018 A. James Remier Award. She is a PhD Candidate at Emmanuel College within the University of Toronto currently working on her dissertation entitled "Making, Marking, and Mandating Gender Roles: A History of Complementarian Theology, 1970-2010." This research looks at the interplay of theology and cultural identity markers amongst anti-feminist evangelicals in the US and Canada.
Throughout her years at Emmanuel Allison has been an active participant in the TMTC community. She has presented at two scholars forums and has been on the planning committee for the 2016 and 2018 TMTC Graduate Student Conferences. Responding to the news that she would receive this award, Allison says:
I am so thankful to receive the support of TMTC. At this stage of my program the encouragement from this community is very much appreciated. As well, the extra financial space the award provides me will allow me to give full-time focus to completing my dissertation. I hope that my research will be of help to those of us in the church looking to further gender equality and justice. I look forward to sharing it with the TMTC community.
The A. James Reimer award is given annually to a student completing an advanced degree program at the Toronto School of Theology or another local university who actively participates in TMTC programming. The award was established to recognize the work of A. James Reimer in establishing the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre. TMTC provides a Mennonite presence at the Toronto School of Theology in order to engage in theological conversation at an advanced degree level as well as to support Anabaptist students pursuing advanced degrees.