Dorothy Peters & Christine Kampen
“How did we get here?” The newest publication of the MB Historical Commission, Daughters in the House of Jacob, explores both literal and metaphorical answers to this question. Daughters is authored by the first winners of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission’s Katie Funk Wiebe research grant, Christine Kampen and Dorothy Peters.
The grant’s purpose is to “promote research, creative productions and publication on the history and contributions of Mennonite Brethren women around the world.”
Cousins Kampen and Peters do history, theology and memoir in this project that traces their own journeys within a family history of serving the church, from grandfather pastor Jacob Doerksen through the generations to the authors themselves: Kampen, a pastor, and Peters, a professor of biblical studies.
Informed by honest wrestling with their own lives and choices, and hours of interviews with “the elders” – parents, aunts and uncles – and archival research, the book is both personal and historical. And, as a story of women in ministry leadership in the Mennonite Brethren church, a fitting project to bear the name Katie Funk Wiebe.
“Kampen and Peters’s research will encourage us to listen to and record the living history of men and women ‘elders’ in our families and the MB church. It honours the path Katie Funk Wiebe has taken in reminding us of the gifts both men and women can bring to the church,” says Don Isaac, Commission chair.
The winners of the 2016 grant were announced in June.