Kim Penner holds a PhD in Theology from St. Michael's College with the Toronto School of Theology. Her doctoral research is in Christian Ethics. Specifically, it considers the potential of Mennonite peace theology and discipleship ethics for the construction of a theo-ethics of embodiment and sexuality that is committed to the well-being of the most vulnerable members of the community of faith (i.e. those with the least access to ecclesial and social power). Kim lives with her partner Dylan, child Jackson, and cat Max in Waterloo, ON. In addition to beginning new research projects, Kim works as a sessional instructor at Conrad Grebel University College and Emmanuel College of Victoria University in Toronto, ON.
PhD, St. Michael's College, Toronto School of Theology, 2017
MTS, Conrad Grebel University College, University of Waterloo, 2012
BA, Canadian Mennonite University, 2008
Context and Ministry
Ministry Integration Seminar (Teaching Fellow)
Contextual Education (Teaching Fellow)
Christian Ethics in Context (Teaching Assistant)
Guenther Loewen, Susanne and Kimberly L. Penner. "Foreword" in The Challenge is in the Naming: A Theological Journey, by Lydia Neufeld Harder. Winnipeg, MB: CMU Press, 2018.
“Mennonite Peace Theology and Violence Against Women,” in Conrad Grebel Review Vol. 35, No. 3 (Fall 2017): 280-292.
“Building Right Relationships,” in Anabaptist Witness. Vol. 3. No. 2 (Dec. 2016): 29-46.
“From Community to Consumers: The Wedding Industry’s Impact on the Ritual and Theological Meaning of Mennonite Weddings,” in Conrad Grebel Review. Vol. 34. No. 3 (Fall 2016): 266-283.
Selected Conference Presentations
“Peace Theology and Violence against Women,” presented at the Global Mennonite Peacebuilding Conference and Festival, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, ON, 06/9-12/2016.
“God with Skin on: An Embodied View of the Incarnation for Mennonite Ecclesiology and Ethics,” presented at the Mennonite Scholar’s and Friends Forum titled, “Human Sexuality and Theological Vocation in the Context of Personal, Institutional, and Ecclesial Practice,” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 11/12/2014.
“An Embodied View of the Incarnation for Mennonite Sexual Ethics,” Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre Graduate Student Conference, “Wading Deeper: Anabaptist-Mennonite Identities Engage Postmodernity,” Winnipeg, MB, 05/30/2014.
“Sacred Yet Insufficient: Use of Scripture for Mennonite-Feminist Sexual Ethics,” Mennonite Church USA Women’s Conference, “All you need is love: Honoring the Diversity of Women’s Voices in Theology,” Leesburg, VA, 02/15/2014.
“Use of the Bible in Christian Feminist Sexual Ethics,” Toronto School of Theology Advanced Degree Student Association Conference, Toronto, ON, 03/14/2014.
Scholarships and Awards
Teaching for Ministry Fellow, Emmanuel College, 2014-2016
A. James Reimer Award, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre, 2013
Research Fellowship, Emmanuel College, 2012–2016
Full-Time Tuition Scholarship, Conrad Grebel University College, 2008-2010
Karen Packull Anabaptist Studies Award, Conrad Grebel University College, 2009
Jane Plas Scholarship, Conrad Grebel University College, 2009
Research Fellowship with Professor Glen Klassen, D. F. Plett Historical Research Foundation, 2008