Institute of Mennonite Studies

Jamie Pitts, director of Institute of Mennonite Studies. Credit: Peter Ringenberg

About IMS

The Institute of Mennonite Studies is AMBS's primary avenue for research, conversation, and publication on topics vital to Mennonite and Anabaptist traditions, and of interest to the broader church.

A word from the Director

IMS fosters scholarship for the church: research and writing that serve the church's perennial need for bold and rigorous reflection on Scripture, theology, history, and mission. Our publications and events help orient Christian leaders to God's reconciling mission in the world. — Jamie Pitts, Associate Professor of Anabaptist Studies; Director, Institute of Mennonite Studies

Celebrating AMBS and IMS publications

For near four decades, IMS has annually celebrated publications of AMBS faculty, staff, and students, as well as IMS-supported publications, including publications in each of the institute's major series, Classics of the Radical Reformation seriesIntercultural Biblical Hermeneutics SeriesOccasional PapersStudies in Peace and Scripture series, and the Text Reader series.

IMS maintains a subscribers list, to whom announcements of publications and coming events are sent. Those who request standing order status receive a 20% discountEmail us for more details or see our annual publication Celebration for a list of our most recent offerings (see below).

Back row:  Jamie Pitts, IMS director; Barbara Nelson Gingerich, IMS managing editor and Andy Brubacher Kaethler, IMS associate director. Front seated: Retired IMS director, Mary Schertz and former IMS associate director, Lois Barrett.

New book on embracing healthy masculinity

Don Neufeld and Steve Thomas, coordinators of Mennonite Men Canada and Mennonite Men USA, respectively, have edited a collection of essays, Peaceful at Heart: Embracing Healthy Masculinity, with support from the Institute of Mennonite Studies. This project of Mennonite Men, published by Resource Publications (an imprint of Wipf and Stock), is a collaborative effort, by and for men, promoting an Anabaptist Christian perspective on masculinity. Contributors include IMS director, Jamie Pitts, and retired AMBS president Sara Wenger Shenk provides an afterword in which she writes that the "chorus of male voices represents . . . a breakthrough moment for Mennonite men in particular—provoking an urgently needed conversation about what it takes to form and be peaceful men." Order your copy today!

Celebration: AMBS & IMS publications

Celebration is an annual publication of the Institute of Mennonite Studies, released each spring in conjunction with the AMBS book celebration, co-sponsored by IMS and the AMBS dean’s office.

Celebration’s genesis was a memorandum by then IMS director Willard Swartley in fall 1982, requesting that each faculty member send a list of their publications from the prior year. Over time, what began as a simple memo and book ordering form developed into a full bibliography of and for the AMBS scholarly community. Referred to variously as “Faculty Tea,” “Celebration Tea,” “Book Celebration,” and “AMBS Faculty Publications,” Celebration expanded over time to include faculty, staff, and student publications and academic lectureships in addition to IMS publications.

Each extant volume prior to 2019 has been retroactively numbered, beginning with issue 1.1 in Spring 1983:

Vision: "Be not afraid"

The latest issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, on the topic "Be not afraid," is guest edited by Justin Neufeld of Canadian Mennonite University. For full text of current and past issues, available in print by subscription and for free online, visit the official site.

Scribes for the Reign of God faculty project

Scribes for the Reign of God is an annual project in which faculty participate in sustained conversation among selected scholars working on a particular topic. The 201819 collaborators were Safwat Marzouk, PhD, Mary Schertz, PhD, and Katerina Friesen, MDiv, and their subject was dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery. The 201718 collaborators were Malinda Berry, PhD, and Allan Rudy-Froese, PhD, and their subject was the body and embodiment.

Coming events

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Support IMS

IMS's work is financed by grants from foundations and church agencies, individual contributions, royalty payments from publications and a portion of the AMBS budget. To contribute, use our online giving form and designate your gift for "Institute of Mennonite Studies."