The eighth iteration of the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre’s (TMTC) biennial graduate student conference, which featured twenty-two student presenters from fifteen different institutions across North America, impressed with both the range and quality of the theological conversations it generated.
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Sarah K. Johnson as a Visiting Fellow at TMTC! Sarah is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Notre Dame and is writing a dissertation at the intersection of liturgical studies and sociology of religion investigating the ongoing roles of Christian ritual in increasingly nonreligious and religiously diverse social contexts. Sarah is also a member of the editorial team for the new worship and song collection, entitled Voices Together, that is intended to serve Mennonite congregations in Canada and the United States. We will have occasion to welcome Sarah formally at our annual Welcome Dinner in the Fall but, in the meantime, welcome to the TMTC community, Sarah!
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.