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
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.

Forthcoming book on embracing healthy masculinity

Don Neufeld, Steve Thomas, and Hans Peters—representatives of the organization Mennonite Men—have published a statement, "A Time of Reckoning for Men and Masculinity," which calls for truth-telling about sexual abuse and invites men to embrace a healthy masculinity. Neufeld and Thomas are also editing a collection of essays, Peaceful at Heart: Embracing Healthy Masculinity, a project of Mennonite Men with support from Institute of Mennonite Studies. It will be published by Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf and Stock. The volume is a collaborative effort, by and for men, promoting an Anabaptist Christian perspective on masculinity.

IMS Book Catalog 2017–18

The IMS Book Catalog (PDF) contains annotated entries of all books published by the institute and details for purchasing. It also lists publications in each of the institute's major series including, Classics of the Radical Reformation seriesIntercultural Biblical Hermeneutics SeriesOccasional Papers, Studies 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% discount. Email us for more details.

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. Research on faith perspectives on migration conducted by Safwat Marzouk, Rachel Miller Jacobs, and Daniel Schipani, participants in the 2016–17 Scribes project, has been published in the book Where Are We? Pastoral Environments and Care for Migrants.

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."