Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology is published twice a year to encourage theological reflection on the identity, mission, and practices of the church from an Anabaptist-Mennonite perspective.

The journal is published by the Institute of Mennonite Studies at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary and by the Canadian Mennonite University Centre for Faith and Life (Winnipeg, MB). The AMBS editor is Andy Brubacher Kaethler, and the CMU editor is Abram Bergen. IMS's David Cramer serves as managing editor.

Vision is digital!

In addition to print copies for subscribers, current and back issues of Vision are all available free online. To read the current issue and any back issue, visit the official website.

Spring 2020: Encountering God

Guest edited by Andrew Dyck

From the editorial:

"The  first  disciples  heard,  gazed  at,  and  touched  Jesus  from  Nazareth. Through these physical human encounters, the disciples discovered that in Jesus God was displaying a life (zoe in Greek) that transcended biological existence (bios). This eternal life had existed as Creator and Word ever since  “the  beginning”  (cf.  Genesis  1:1,  John  1:1).  By  knowing  the  man  Jesus and being known by him, first century women and men discovered that they were entering into fellowship (i.e., communion) with the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The life they experienced thereby was so joy-filled that they felt compelled to talk and write about it to everyone they could, so that others too would enter the fellowship of God’s joy.

"Today, people continue to encounter God through the human means of physical senses, felt thoughts and intuitions, and interpersonal relationships.  To  put  things  more  concretely,  these  means  range  from  studying  Scripture to hearing prophetic words, from praying to living with mentally disabled  adults,  from  experiencing  the  silence  of  God  to  accompanying  refugees, from hearing an inner voice to watching butterflies, from surviving trauma to receiving spiritual direction, from tasting bread and wine to meeting strangers. It seems that every kind of human experience can become an occasion for encountering God."

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Forthcoming issues

  • Laughter (Fall 2020)
    Edited by Allan Rudy-Froese

  • Music and the arts (Spring 2021)
    Edited by Jonathan Dueck

  • Reading the Bible (Fall 2021)
    Edited by Michelle Christian Curtis and Scott Litwiller

Back issues

Originating sins 20:2 (Fall 2019)
"Be not afraid" 20:1 (Spring 2019)
Gifts of a global church 19:2 (Fall 2018)
The church and young adults 19:1 (Spring 2018)
Proclaiming Christ in a pluralistic context 18:2 (Fall 2017)
Faith and politics 18:1 (Spring 2017)
Body 17:2 (Fall 2016)
Discernment 17:1 (Spring 2016)
Technology 16:2 (Fall 2015)
Sabbath 16:1 (Spring 2015)
Joy 15:2 (Fall 2014)
Economics 15:1 (Spring 2014) 
Peace 14:2 (Fall 2013) 
Upside-down church 14:1 (Spring 2013)
Rethinking discipleship 13:2 (Fall 2012)
The Holy Spirit and the Christian life 13:1 (Spring 2012) 
Baptism into Christian vocation 12:2 (Fall 2011)
Idolatry 12:1 (Spring 2011)
Teaching the Bible in the congregation 11:2 (Fall 2010)
Unity and diversity 11: 1 (Spring 2010)
Testimony 10:2 (Fall 2009)
Preaching 10:1 (Spring 2009)
Sexuality 9:2 (Fall 2008)
Creation care 9:1 (Spring 2008)
Suffering 8:2 (Fall 2007)
Reconciling 8:1 (Spring 2007)
Prayer 7:2 (Fall 2006)
Salvation 7:1 (Spring 2006)
Worship 6:2 (Fall 2005)
Scripture 6:1 (Spring 2005)
Power and leadership 5:2 (Fall 2004)
End of life 5:1 (Spring 2004)
Catechesis 4:2 (Fall 2003)
Beginning of Life 4:1 (Spring 2003)
Confession 3:2 (Fall 2002)
Hospitality 3:1 (Spring 2002)
Transformation 2:2 Fall 2001)
Communion 2:1 (Spring 2001)
Spirituality 1:1 (Fall 2000)

Vision editorial council

Rick Neufeld (Mennonite Church Manitoba)
Michael Danner (Mennonite Church USA)
Irma Fast Dueck (CMU faculty)
Allan Rudy-Froese (AMBS faculty)
Jennifer Davis-Sensenig (MC USA pastor)
Susanne Guenther Loewen (MC Canada pastor)
Staff: Abram Bergen (CMU editor), Andy Brubacher Kaethler (AMBS editor), David Cramer (managing editor)

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