“Mennonites and International Religious Freedom” Andrew Bennett (the Ambassador of the Office of Religious Freedom) and John Redekop Presentation, Dr. John H. Redekop, “How the Mennonite Experience can Inform our Understanding of Religious Freedom” Response, Dr. Andrew Bennett, Canadian Ambassador for International Religious FreedomFind out more »
Benjamin Corey, “Evangelicals and Anabaptism.” A theology café hosted by TWU’s Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre for Faith and Learning This is an amazing opportunity to connect with the provocative speaker and author, Benjamin Corey. Ben will be talking about his journey out of fundamentalism and speak to some larger issues connecting evangelicalism with Anabaptist theology. Ben blogs at the Patheos site, “Formerly Fundie,” and his bio describes him as “an author and speaker with a passion for dissecting the overlap between faith and culture, and exploring the mission of the Church. His articles are read by millions each year between his personal blog at Patheos and contributions for TIME, Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, Evangelicals for Social Action, Mennonite World Review, and The Good Men Project. He has also been featured as a guest on HuffPost Live, the Drew Marshall Show, Up For Debate, and is a regular guest on Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang. Ben is also a syndicated author with MennoNerds, a collective of some of the top Anabaptist/Mennonite voices today.”Find out more »
Following a reading from Wiebe’s recent book, Come Back, the award-winning Canadian and Mennonite author will engage themes related to faith, death, and writing in a discussion lead by Lynn Szabo, former Professor of English at Trinity Western University.Find out more »
An evening of poetry & prose, photography & art about the refugee and refuge, longing and belonging. Experiences from the shared Mennonite migration story are brought into poetic and artistic conversation with the Canadian newcomer story today. On exhibition will be a collection of photographs by Erik Braun (BFA): “Survivors of a Violent History (WWII)” and a collection of artwork by refugees: “Stories in Art from Iraqi Kurdistan.”Find out more »
Early in 2016, Canada made a promise to allow thousands of refugees from war-torn areas to settle in Canada. Now, nearing the end of the year, it is appropriate to take stock: how has this process gone so far? How have the refugees been treated by Canadians upon their arrival in Canada? Can we speak of “success” when referring to refugee integration into Canadian society?
This event focuses on local work in refugee settlement and integration, particularly by highlighting the work of local non-profit organizations. The presenters: Palwinder Kelay (Abbotsford Community Services); Jennifer Mpungu (MCCBC); and, Donna and Jake Stelpstra (Local Refugee Sponsorship Team). Attendees will learn about the experiences of refugees: their journey from far-off war-torn lands to Abbotsford; their experiences upon arrival in Canada, particularly their encounters with Canadian government personnel and civilians; and their experiences in the integration process in the Fraser Valley.
Connie Braun will be offering poetry readings between each of the respective presentations. There will be time for a question period at the end of the presentations.
The event is free, and open to the public – all are welcome!Find out more »
Dorothy M. Peters and Christine S. Kampen are two Canadian Mennonite women, one a Bible professor and the other a pastor. In this presentation, they will share insightful and sometimes humorous stories from their published memoir that traces the migration of their vocational calling across generations and gender. They will reflect on their teaching-preaching grandfather Jacob and the ways that women like Susie-the-cook and their “But Jacob!” grandmother Anna helped young Bible School women in 1939-1940 navigate the strict boundaries set by male religious leaders. They will introduce their great-grandmother Agatha, the unforgettable storytelling birth-mother of their vocation. In their research, funded by the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission, Peters and Kampen interviewed elder-storyteller and investigated leads through a trail of letters, pictures, and documents, while reflecting on their own spiritual journeys and solving a few mysteries along the way.Find out more »
Guerrillas said, “Your kids are yours until they’re 10. Then they’re ours.”
They had a 9-year-old son.
Is any sacrifice too great to protect your family? A brand new production, created by theatre artists at Trinity Western University, shares the real-life experiences of refugees to Canada. A diverse cast of actors, each transforming into multiple characters, weave together an unforgettable journey using verbatim testimony and original music.
Discover the personal, human experience hidden beneath the headlines. From the Mennonite immigrants who fled Europe after World War II, to the current global refugee crisis, the stories brought to life in disPLACE offer a unique glimpse into the bonds that tie all of us together.
Each performance is followed by an optional talkback with the cast, moderated by an expert in refugee issues.Find out more »
2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther led the Protestant Reformation, out of which sprang the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith. All are invited to a free lecture, “Menno Simons’ Role in the Reformation,” co-sponsored by Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre (TWU) and the Mennonite Faith and Learning Society.Find out more »
The focus of this conference is to encourage scholarship and engaged conversation on theological method, in general, and Anabaptist-Mennonite theological method, in particular.Find out more »