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Conference: "Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Boundaries," at Eastern Mennonite University on June 22-25, 2017. For more information, please see:

Call for Papers: "Word, Spirit, and the Renewal of the Church: Believers' Church, Ecumenical, and Global Perspectives," 18th Believers Church Conference, Goshen College, Sept. 15-17, 2017. In the fall of 1517 Martin Luther's challenge to the authority of the papacy and church tradition--along with his appeal to Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone)--inspired various reformers to read scripture and to understand the liberating power of the Holy Spirit in new ways. But what started as a renewal movement within the Catholic Church soon led to a host of divisions, giving rise to Protestant, Anabaptist, and other traditions, including those groups known as the Believers' Church. This conference seeks to explore the gifts and tensions of the Reformation legacy for the Believers' Church tradition, with a view toward its ecumenical and global dimensions. We seek proposals from theologians, biblical scholars, ethicists, historians, pastors, and graduate students that address how the debates of the sixteenth century continue to find expression in contemporary understandings of Word, Spirit, and the renewal of the church. We are especially interested in papers that bring voices from the Believers' Church into conversation with other Christian traditions. Presentations should reflect a thoughtful engagement with scholarship, but be accessible to a broad audience, including interested lay people. A limited number of travel grants will be available, with highest priority going to presenters coming from the Global South and students. Please submit a one-page CV and a 250-word abstract for a paper or a complete panel/workshop session (with presenters indicated) by April 1, 2017, to John D. Roth ( Conference organizers will respond by May 1, 2017.

Call for Papers: "Remembering Muted Voices: Conscience, Dissent, Resistance and Civil Liberties in World War I through Today," October 19-22, 2017. This interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial (Kansas City, MO), will explore the experiences of those groups and individuals who raised their voices against the war, sometimes at great cost. A fuller conference description is available at: The program committee invites interested participants to send a one-page proposal focused on the theme of the conference by March 20, 2017, to John D. Roth at

Call for Papers: Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre at Trinity Western University invites submission of paper proposals for its upcoming theology conference, "Anabaptist Theology: Methods and Practices." The conference will be held at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, on June 7-9, 2017. The focus of this conference is to encourage scholarship and engaged conversation on the topic of theological method. We invite proposals that address theological method in general, and Anabaptist-Mennonite theological method in particular. Please submit your proposal as a single document (either Word or PDF attachment) that includes an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with your name, current academic affiliation (if applicable), and preferred email address to by January 15, 2017. Notice of acceptance will be sent by February 1, 2017. The program committee is composed of Jeremy Bergen (Conrad Grebel University), Karl Koop (Canadian Mennonite University), Paul Martens (Baylor University), Myron A. Penner (Trinity Western University), and Laura Schmidt Roberts (Fresno Pacific University).

Call for Papers: "Mennonites, Service, and the Humanitarian Impulse: MCC at 100," October 23-24, 2020. In 1920 Mennonites from different ethnic and church backgrounds formed Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) to collaboratively respond to the famine ravaging Mennonite communities in the Soviet Union (Ukraine). Over the ensuing century, MCC has grown to embrace disaster relief, development, and peacebuilding in over 60 countries around the world. MCC has been one of the most influential Mennonite organizations of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It has operated as a mechanism for cooperation among a wide variety of Mennonite groups, including Brethren in Christ and Amish, constructing a broad inter-Mennonite, Anabaptist identity. Yet it has also brought Mennonites into global ecumenical and interfaith partnerships. This centennial conference invites proposals for papers that examine the past, present, and future of MCC. The conference will be hosted by the Chair of Mennonite Studies, University of Winnipeg, in collaboration with Canadian Mennonite University. Send proposals or questions by December 1, 2019, to Royden Loewen, Chair in Mennonite Studies, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 2E9, Canada. Email: Limited research grants are available to help defray costs related to research in MCC's archives in Akron, Pennsylvania, or at other MCC sites. Queries, with a brief two-paragraph description of the proposed research, should be sent to Alain Epp Weaver (
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Date:Jan 1, 2017
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