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    A People of Diversity: Mennonites in Canada since 1970

    November 15, 16 and 17, 2018

    The Mennonite Historical Society of Canada’s

    50th. Anniversary Conference

    Hosted by the Center for Transnational Mennonite Studies

    University of Winnipeg



    This conference marks the Mennonite Historical Society (MHSC) of Canada’s 50th anniversary. We welcome you to consider it in the context of two possible sets of books published by MHSC. First, the three-volume Mennonites in Canada series with the sub-titles of: 1) A History of a Separate People, 1789-1920; 2) A People’s Struggle for Survival, 1920-1940; 3) A People in Transition, 1939-1970. This conference, with the title, ‘A People of Diversity, 1970-2018,’ can be considered as a virtual fourth volume of this series. Two more recent MHSC-sponsored volumes were titled: 1) Mennonite Women in Canada; and 2) MCC in Canada’. This conference may also be considered in this vein, focused as it is on ‘Mennonite Diversity in Canada.’ In any case, this diversity can be seen in new ethnic identities, new forms of crossing old boundaries, and new ways of thinking about faith, culture and socio-political issues. This conference explores the significance of these changes since 1970 and considers the implications on being “Mennonite” in the 21st century.


    MHSC 50th Annual General Meeting
    Open to the public.

    5:30 p.m.-6:30 pm: UW FACULTY CLUB
    Reception for Presenters, Session Chairs and MHSC Board Members
    Faculty Club, 4th Floor Wesley Hall, University of Winnipeg

    Keynote Address
    – Conference Introduction, Royden Loewen, Chair in Mennonite Studies
    – Greetings: Annette Trimbee, President, University of Winnipeg
    – 50th Year Retrospective: Ted Regehr, University of Calgary
    – Keynote: Marlene Epp, Conrad Grebel University College, “The Intersectional
    Mennonite in the Quest of an Inclusive Canadian Mennonite History”


    8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Indigeneity, Mission and Colonialism
    Daniel Sims, University of Alberta, “’Accrued Many Rights:’ The Ingenika Tsay
    Keh Nay and Mennonite and Catholic Missionaries”
    Melanie Kampen, Toronto School of Theology, “They Shout “Peace! Peace!” When
    there is No Peace: Colonialism and a Trauma Informed Theology”
    Brian Froese, Canadian Mennonite University, “Evolving Conceptions of Service:
    Mennonites and Missions in Post-1960s British Columbia”

    10:00-10:30 a.m. Coffee

    10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    An Anabaptist Agriculture
    Jake Buhler, MHS Sask, and Nettie Wiebe, National Farmers Union, “Eldorado
    Nuclear and the Farmers of Warman, Saskatchewan”
    Jodey Nurse-Gupta, University of Waterloo, “Mennonites vs Red tape: The Milk
    Marketing Board and Old Order Mennonites in Ontario”
    Royden Loewen, University of Winnipeg, “Chemical Champions and Biotic
    Believers: Divergence on Manitoba’s Earth”

    12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch

    1:00-3:00 p.m.
    Gender and Sexuality
    Lucille Marr, McGill University, “Movement and Dance: Women from the
    Anabaptist/Mennonite Communities in Quebec”
    Irma Fast Dueck, Canadian Mennonite University, “Helping the Church be Church: Listening to LGBTQ Voices in MC Canada”
    Carol Penner, Conrad Grebel University College, “Women Moving Into Ministry: A Canadian Mennonite Press Survey”

    3:00-3:30 p.m. Coffee

    3:30-5:00 pm
    Re-imagining Education
    Bruce Guenther, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, “From Bible School to
    University: A Changing Educational Tradition”
    Robyn Sneath, University of Oxford, “Citizenship, Religion, and Minority Education:
    The Old Colony Mennonites of Southern Manitoba”
    Janice Harper, University of Waterloo, “The Elmira Life and Work School:
    Collaborating with a Publicly Funded School Board”

    5:15-7:00 p.m. Dinner break

    7:00-9:00 p.m.
    Cultural Diversity
    Stephanie Phetsamay Stobbe, Menno Simons College, “The Role of Mennonites in
    the Lives of Southeast Asian Refugees”
    Zacharie Leclair, Universite de Montreal, “From Radical Revival to Slow
    Gentrification: the MB Church at Sainte-Thérèse, Quebec”
    Rich Janzen, Centre for Community Based Research, “Pathways to Cultural
    Diversity in Canadian Mennonite Congregations”

    8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Preserving a Past
    Sam Steiner, GAMEO, “From Separation to Diversity: the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada, 1968-2018”
    Conrad Stoesz, Mennonite Heritage Archives, “Corporate Memory and the Mennonite Archives: A Retrospective since 1967”
    Jenna Klassen, University of Winnipeg/Mennonite Heritage Village, “Artifacts of Migration in the Memory of Immigrant Children”

    10:00-10:30 a.m. Coffee

    10:30-12:00 p.m.
    Contesting Convention
    Paul Doerksen, Canadian Mennonite University, “Developing a ‘More Honest
    Anabaptist Political Theology’?”
    Laureen Harder-Gissing, Conrad Grebel University College, “Canadian
    Mennonites at the Edges of Activism, 1970-1990s”
    Janis Thiessen, University of Winnipeg, “John Braun and the Radical Mennonite

    Lunch 12:00-1:00

    1:00-2:45 p.m.
    Mennonite Identities
    Brian Cooper, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, “What’s in a Name?: The
    Canadian Mennonite Brethren and the Struggle for Direction”
    Jeremy Wiebe, University of Waterloo, “Official Multiculturalism and the Celebration
    of Ethnicity during the Manitoba Mennonite Centennial”
    Christine Kampen Robinson, Winnipeg, “The poetry of mensajes schriewen: Texting in the Construction of a Dietsche Space”
    Richard Lougheed, École de Théologie évangélique du Québec, “Mennonite Mission
    in Quebec since 1956: A Diversity within a Diversity”

    2:45-3:15 p.m. Coffee

    3:15-4:45 p.m.
    Youth and Generation
    Gil Dueck, Columbia Bible College, “Conceptualzing the Millennial: Questions of
    Theology and Identity.”
    Barb Draper, Canadian Mennonite, “Ontario Plain People’s Youth: Growth and
    Peter Epp, Canadian Mennonite University, “It’s Like Dating Around: Mennonite
    Young Adults, Baptism & the Church”

    Collecting the Voices and Thankyous

    Conference Details:

    Proceedings: Selected, peer-reviewed papers will be published in the Journal of Mennonite Studies 2019. To subscribe, email Subscription: $28/year

    Major Contributors: Special thanks to the H. Sanford Riley Fellowship in Canadian History, MCC Canada (via DVCM); the University of Winnipeg

    The Planning Committee: Marlene Epp, Brian Froese, Bruce Guenther, Laureen Harder-Gissing, Royden Loewen, Lucille Marr and Conrad Stoesz.

    Special Thanks: Andrea Dyck, and University of Winnipeg student volunteers

    Lodging: Suggested lodging is at Holiday Inn, Colony Street, Winnipeg. Phone 204-786-7011 and ask for special University of Winnipeg (Mennonite Studies Conference) rates.

    Parking: Impark parking lots around the University, the ANX Parkade off of Colony Street, or the Hudson’s Bay Parkade. Street parking also available.

    Food: Eat at one of the University’s seven restaurants: The Element, Riddell Hall Cafeteria, Centennial Hall Cafeteria, Starbucks, the U. of W. Faculty Club, Garbonzo’s, or at one of the dozen restaurants near the campus

    Future Mennonite Studies conferences: 2019, Mennonites and Anthropology: Faith, Ethnography, and Cultural Entanglements; 2020, MCC at 100: Mennonites, Service and the Humanitarian Impulse

    Past Mennonite Studies conferences: 2017, Mennonite/s Writing VIII; 2016, Mennonites, Land and the Environment; 2015, Mennonites, Medicine and the Body; 2014, Ex-Mennonite/Near Mennonite; 2013, MCC in Canada at 50; 2012, Mennonites, Human Rights and State Power; 2011, Anti-Modern ‘Horse and Buggy’ Pathways; 2010, Mennonites in Siberia; 2010, Mennonite/s Writing; 2009, Mennonites, Melancholy and Mental Health; 2008, Mennonites and Money; 2007, Family and Sexuality; 2006, War and the Conscientious Objector; 2005, North American Mennonite Historiography; 2004, Refugee Newcomers; 2003, Mennonite Studies: A 25th Anniversary Conference; 2002, Mennonites and the City; 2001, Mennonite-Aboriginal Relations; 2000, Return of the Kanadier; 1999, 1874 Revisited; 1998, EnGendering the Past; 1997, Mennonites and the Soviet Inferno; 1996, Mennonites as a People Transformed; 1995-1983, Various Themes.



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    Registration Fee – $20.00

    To register call the office @ 403-250-1121,send email to, or call Dave Jafares – 780-318-4186

    At Holyrood Mennonite Church, 9505- 79 St., Edmonton, AB

    for directions to the church call Dave Jafares , Home 780-438-0404 or Cell 780-318-4186

    Speakers are Roger Epp, Millie & Ike Glick & Chief Calvin Bruneau

    Roger Epp – Professor of Political Science at the University of Alberta and author of “We Are All Treaty People”, an exploration of what it means to live in the prairie West with a sense of memory, care, and obligation. He was an honorary witness at hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at Ermineskin First Nation.

    Millie Glick – Retired Co-Director of Mennonite Voluntary Service in Northern Alberta; mother of five, grandmother of eight; loves poetry, and is the author of “Bush Tales”.

    Ike Glick – Retired First Nations Community Development Specialist; He worked with Calling Lake residents to develop a local Health Centre, and with three other  communities (Sandy and Chipewyan Lakes and Anzac) to establish schools. He became instrumental in socio-economic initiatives based on local skills and resources.

    Calvin Bruneau – Chief of the Papaschase First Nation, he is the elected chief and a direct descendant of Chief Papaschase. He was instrumental in ensuring that the City of Edmonton acknowledge the Traditional Burial ground and Fort Edmonton Cemetery. He is re-establishing the Papaschase First Nation.

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