Lydia has been passionate about the church and its ministry throughout her life. She has expressed this in her commitment to theological scholarship as well as through various kinds of ministry in the congregation and broader church. She advocates for an “embodied” theology in which elements of one’s identity such as social location, gender and sexuality, ethnic background and economic standing are acknowledged within the theological conversation. She directed the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) from 1994-1999 and taught as an adjunct faculty member at Conrad Grebel University College (CGUC) and Toronto School of Theology (TST). Her other teaching experience includes a number of years of elementary school teaching as well as short term assignments in seminaries in Paraguay and Egypt as well as Elkhart, Indiana and Winnipeg, MB. Her area of teaching and research has been in biblical hermeneutics with a focus on feminist dialogue. More recently she has co-taught courses in the area of the church and its ministry with her husband Gary. She fully retired from teaching in 2013 but continues her interest in theology by participating in TMTC forums and the TMTC Women Scholars group. Lydia participated in the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) International Peace Committee and was deeply involved in the theological dialogues between the Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute and TMTC, visiting Iran two times. She has also been a board Member of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (eight years), a member of the Faith and Life Committee of Mennonite World Conference (2 years) and was on the editorial committee of the Believers Church Commentary Series (ten years). Her latest book, The Challenge is in the Naming: A Theological Journey (CMU Press) is forthcoming in 2018.
ThD, Toronto School of Theology, 1993
MTh, Newman College, 1984
BA, Goshen Gollege, 1969
BCEd, Canadian Mennonite Bible College, 1964
Bible, Authority, and Postmodernity
Biblical Authority and Hermeneutical Practice
Church as Polis
Church and Ministry
New Testament Theology
Pastoral Ministry and Leadership
Womens’ Voices in Mennonite Theology
The Challenge is in the Naming: A Theological Journey. Winnipeg: CMU Press, 2018.
“The Perils and Delights of Leading Congregational Discernment.” Vision Vol. 8, No. 1 (Spring 2016): 54-62.
“Loved, Blessed and Freed to Hear God’s Call.” Vision Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 2011): 28-35.
“Sexuality in the Wedding.” Vision Vol. 9, No.2 (Fall 2008): 33-40.
"Theological Conversations about Same Sex Marriage: An Opportunity for the Church to be Scriptural in its Discernment." In Creed and Conscience: Essays in Honour of A. James Reimer, ed. Karl Koop, 27–45. Kitchener: Pandora Press, 2007.
“Seeking Wisdom in the Face of Foolishness: Toward a Robust Peace Theology.” In At Peace and Unafraid, ed. Duane Friesen and Gerald W. Schlabach, 117–152. Scottdale: Herald Press, 2005.
“Naming Myself a Theological Scholar in the Anabaptist Tradition.” In Minding the Church, ed. David L Weaver-Zercher, 193–207. Kitchener: Pandora Press, 2002.
Obedience, Suspicion and the Gospel of Mark: A Mennonite Feminist Exploration of Biblical Authority. Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier Press, 1998.
“Postmodern Suspicion and Imagination: Therapy for Mennonite Hermeneutic Communities.” Mennonite Quarterly Review LXXI, No. 2 (April 1997): 267-283.
“The Mutuality of Ministry: A Dialogue with Mark.” In Understanding Ministerial Leadership: Essays Contributing to a Developing Theology of Ministry, ed. John H. Esau, 70–81. Elkhart: Institute of Mennonite Studies.
“Becoming a Welcoming Church: Recipes, Stories, Brokenness and Healing (Seen Through a Biblical Lens)." A Four-Part Workshop at the Montreal Mennonite Fellowship, co-led with Gary Harder, 2017.
“Called, Blessed and Empowered.” Ordination sermon for Michele Rizoli, Toronto United Mennonite Church, 2016.
“Wrestling with God through the 'Messy' Process of Discernment: A Case Study.” Presented to a group of Toronto United Mennonite Church members for further discernment, 2016.
“The Embodied Church: Identity, Anxiety and Empowerment.” A three-part workshop at Waters Mennonite Church, co-led with Gary Harder, 2016.