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 Papers, Studies in Anabaptist Theology and EthicsStudies 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.

New series from IMS and T&T Clark

The Institute of Mennonite Studies has launched a new series with historic publisher T&T Clark called Studies in Anabaptist and Theology and Ethics. The series, edited by AMBS's Malinda Elizabeth Berry and Baylor University's Paul Martens, is dedicated to displaying the vibrant global resurgence of theological reflection and praxis in and adjacent to the Anabaptist tradition. The first volume in the series, Recovering from the Anabaptist Vision: New Essays in Anabaptist Identity and Theological Methodis now available. The second volume, Liberating the Politics of Jesus:Renewing Peace Theology through the Wisdom of Women, is available in fall 2020. 

Copies can be purchased from the AMBS bookstore.

Vision: Encountering God

The latest issue of Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, on the topic "encountering God," is guest edited by Canadian Mennonite University's Andrew Dyck. 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 2019–20 collaborators were Andrew Brubacher Kaethler, PhD, David C. Cramer, PhD, Brent Graber, MATS, and Beverly Lapp, EdD, and their subject their subject was technology. Previous scribes include Safwat Marzouk, Mary H. Schertz, Katerina FriesenMalinda Berry, and Allan Rudy-Froese, among others.

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."

Coming events

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