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Past Menno Simons Lectures: 2000s


Prophets, Poets & Pragmatists: The Historic Peace Churches and Public Theology

Scott Holland, Professor of Theology & Culture at Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Indiana

  • Public Theology as Seeking Cultures of Peace
  • Entering Whitman’s America: A Theopoetics of Public Life
  • The Poetics of Peace
  • Prophetic Vision, Poetic Voice and Pragmatic Solidarity


Anabaptist/Mennonite Pluralism

James Stayer, Emeritus Professor of History from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

  • Anabaptist Beginnings—July 1523–February 1527: Grebel and Hubmaier; Mantz and Sattler (text)
  • The Prophetic Political Dissent of the Anabaptists: Then and Now (text)
  • Pilgram Marpeck and the Austerlitz Brethren: A "Disappeared" Anabaptist Denomination (text)
  • Menno and Münster (text)


Tracking the Story as History

Rudy Wiebe, Novelist and Retired Professor from Edmonton, Alberta

  • Between the Stones and the Ocean
  • Flour and Yeast
  • Where the Truth Lies
  • Tracking Omniscience: the Story as Gift


Mennonites and Catholics Conversing on the Way

Helmut Harder, retired General Secretary of Mennonite Church Canada and former Professor of Theology at Canadian Mennonite Bible College, Winnipeg, Manitoba

  • Sharing Our Stories (audio)
  • Integrating Our Peace Witness (audio)
  • Comparing Our Theologies (audio)
  • Healing Our Divisions (audio)


Latin American Mennonite History

Jaime Prieto, Latin American Biblical University, San Jose, Costa Rica

  • El carácter poligenético de los Menonitas en América Latina—The Polygenetic Character of Mennonites in Latin America
  • La fecundidad de las tradiciones orales en la construcción de la Historia Anabautista—The Abundance of Oral Tradition in the Construction of Anabaptist History
  • Protagonismo de la mujer en la Historia Menonita de América Latina—The Participation of Women in the History of Mennonites in Latin America
  • Misionología y la eclesiologia anabautista: Desafíos a la construcción de la paz—Missiology and Anabaptist Ecclesiology: Challenges to Building Peace


Faith and Humanity: How Do We Tell the Story of the Reformation?

Lee Palmer Wandel, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Of Founding Fathers and Origins: Writing History from the Present
  • Textual Communities: Theologians and Evangelicals
  • The 1960s and Social Movements: Magistrates, Anabaptists, and Women
  • Incarnation: "True Christians" and the Diversity of Faith


Elements of Faithful Writing

Jean Janzen, Fresno, California

  • Mud: The Mound That Saves Us
  • Water: Wailing in the Shower
  • Fire and Air: Breathing the Light
  • Text: Marking the Stone


The Rich Legacy of Anabaptist Spirituality

C. Arnold Snyder, Conrad Grebel College

  • Anabaptism: A Protestant, Lay Monastic Renewal Movement (audio)
  • Praying the Anabaptist Bible: Lectio divina in an Anabaptist Mode (audio)
  • Not a Baptism of Adults, But a Baptism of the Reborn (audio)
  • From Spirit to Letter: Anabaptist Spirituality and Mennonite Piety (audio)


Listening to the Early Church: A Way Forward for Contemporary Anabaptists?

Alan Kreider, Mennonite Board of Missions/London Mennonite Center


Eighteenth Century Origins of Evangelicalism

Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College

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