Searching for the centre and defining boundaries
The Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission (MBHC) is issuing a call for papers, on the theme “Searching for the Center and Defining Boundaries: Mennonite Brethren Experience as Anabaptists and Evangelicals,” for presentation at the upcoming Historical Commission symposium. This two-day event will precede the binational gathering of the U.S. and Canadian MB conferences taking place in B.C. in July 2010.
The MB movement has struggled to integrate Anabaptist, Pietist, and Baptist influences into a distinctive identity within the larger Mennonite church body since its beginnings in Ukraine in 1860, says Ken Reddig, MBHC executive secretary. Emigration and mission efforts moved the church to North and South America and expanded ethnic boundaries. Today, amidst the push and pull of religious movements and within diverse regional and cultural contexts, MBs continue to wrestle with their identity.
Interested writers may address the theme from theological, sociological, or historical angles, tackling the issue of what the MB movement is and is not. “The question is,” says Reddig, “who have we been throughout the past 150 years?”
Papers selected for presentation at the symposium will be published in a collection. The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2009. Send submissions to Abe Dueck/Ken Reddig, Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission, 1310 Taylor Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, R3M 3Z6.