On Thursday, September 14th TMTC Associate Layton Friesen successfully defended his doctoral thesis entitled "Unity in Difference: Hans Urs von Balthasar's Christology as a Resource for a Mennonite Theology of Peace." As is our tradition, TMTC hosted a reception following the defence. Layton had this to say about the role TMTC played during the course of his doctoral work in Toronto and about what he is going to be spending his time doing in the immediate future:
TMTC has been a huge part of my doctoral experience. It began with John Rempel who became a friend, pastor and academic advisor to me. I loved the regular scholars forums, graduate student conferences, and fall suppers; this was a big part of my community at the U of T. More recently Kyle generously planned a reception to follow my thesis defense. It was just the thing we needed to unwind, and celebrate a rather intense couple of hours on the stand. It gave my wife Glenda and I a chance to converse with each of the examiners and debrief with friends who came to the occasion. Thanks Kyle! I am now moving into two positions—the major being conference pastor for the Evangelical Mennonite Conference, and the minor being chair of the Anabaptist Studies Track at Providence Seminary.
Many congratulations, Layton, and best wishes as you begin a new adventure!