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Past Menno Simons Lectures: 2000s


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

Scott Holland, Slabaugh Professor of Theology and Culture, Bethany Theological Seminary, Richmond, Ind. (Ph.D., Duquesne University)

  • 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, professor emeritus of history, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario (B.A., Juniata College; M.A., University of Virginia; Ph.D., Cornell University)

  • 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, professor emeritus of English, University of Alberta, Edmonton (B.A., University of Alberta; B.A. in theology, Canadian Mennonite University; M.A., creative writing, University of 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, general secretary (ret.), Mennonite Church Canada, professor of theology (ret.), Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, Manitoba (B.A., McMaster University; B.D., Mennonite Biblical Seminary; M.Th., St. John's College of the University of Manitoba; Th.D., Emmanuel College of Victoria University)

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


Latin American Mennonite History

Jaime Prieto, professor of theology, Latin American Biblical University, San Jose, Costa Rica (Ph.D., University of Hamburg)

  • 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, Warf Michael Baxandall and Linda and Stanley Sher Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A., University of California-Santa Cruz; M.A., Brown University; Ph.D., University of Michigan)

  • 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, poet, Fresno, Calif. (B.A., Fresno Pacific University; M.A., California State University)

  • 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, professor emeritus of history, Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ontario (B.A., McMaster University; M.A., McMaster University; Ph.D., University of Waterloo)

  • 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 Centre, professor emeritus of church history and mission, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Ind. (B.A., Goshen College; M.A., Harvard University; Ph.D., Harvard University)


Eighteenth-Century Origins of Evangelicalism

Mark A. Noll, professor emeritus of history, Wheaton (Ill.) College (B.A., English, Wheaton College; M.A., English, University of Iowa; M.A., church history and theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D., history of Christianity, Vanderbilt University)

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