Conferences at AMBS

The AMBS learning community hosts regular and occassional conferences during the academic year. These events draw on the scholarly and spiritual resources among our faculty, students and staff, while bringing together voices from across the Anabaptist tradition and the church more broadly. These are opportunities for conversation and collaboration that expand our knowledge of our disciplines, and deepen our commitment to and witness for God's reconciling mission in the world.

2016–2017 Gatherings

Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, stained glass, Throne of St. Peter, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican). Wikimedia Commons

Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, stained glass, Throne of St. Peter, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican)

The (Un)Holy Mix: The Holy Spirit in Movements and Institutions

June 1–3, 2017

Hosted by the Institute of Mennonite Studies, The (Un)Holy Mix is an experiment in thought leadership for the church that emerges from Scribes for the Reign of God, an AMBS faculty collaborative project. Specific considerations include the Spirit’s encounter with our bodies and minds; in our broken cosmos we inhabit; and with the realities of creation in travail, of conflict and oppression, and migration. Instead of papers and workshops, attendees will work in a small group with a scholars who have contributed to the project, including Malinda Berry, PhD, Jamie Pitts, PhD, Daniel Schipani, PhD and Joe Sawatzky.

Find out more : Gathering invitation | Interest form

Rooted and Grounded: A Conference on Land and Christian Discipleship

April 20–22, 2017

As God’s people, the church is called to imagine and embody alternative ways of relating to the land that cultivate shalom between human beings, the rest of creation, and God. This three day event will weave together worship, theology, bliblical study and praxis. The third Rooted and Grounded Conference will build on the conversations held at the previous gatherings in September 2014 and October 2015.

Keynote speakers: Sarah Augustine, Dr. Stanley Saunders and Todd Wynward. Find out more

Deep Faith conference, 2016

Credit: Walt Wilschek

Deep Faith: Anabaptist Faith Formation for All Ages

October 6–8, 2016

Deep Faith was a practical conference designed to empower Anabaptist pastors, teachers, and lay leaders in the church to develop a robust understanding of life with Jesus and expand our imagination of faith formation for the 21st century. The event was co-sponsored by AMBS and several other Mennonite organizations in the US and Canada, including Mennonite Church USA, Mennonite Church Manitoba and Mennonite Church Eastern Canada, The Gathering Place, Mennonite Camping Association and Anabaptist Faith Formation Network.

Keynote speakers: John Roberto, Rachel Miller Jacobs and Brian Quan
Watch select presentations from the conferenceRead a news story about the event