Featuring faculty scholarship on pressing issues for the church

Published: February 22, 2022

By David Cramer, PhD, IMS Managing Editor

At the Institute of Mennonite Studies (IMS), the research and publishing wing of AMBS, we collaborate with Anabaptist scholars from across North America and around the world through our publishing partnerships.

David Cramer

We publish Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology in partnership with Canadian Mennonite University; the mission journal Anabaptist Witness in partnership with Mennonite Central Committee, Mennonite Church Canada and Mennonite Mission Network; and the book series Studies in Anabaptist Theology and Ethics in partnership with T&T Clark/Bloomsbury; to name a few.

A recent collaboration featured Anabaptist scholars close to home. Through a special arrangement with The Mennonite Quarterly Review (MQR) — a joint publication of Goshen (Indiana) College, the Mennonite Historical Society and AMBS — IMS co-edited the January 2022 issue of MQR, which features the cutting-edge scholarship of several AMBS faculty members.

Rachel Miller Jacobs, DMin, Associate Professor of Congregational Formation, opens the issue by reflecting on ordinary harm and how to atone for it. Jamie Pitts, PhD, Associate Professor of Anabaptist Studies and IMS Director, then explores the relationship between the Holy Spirit and institutions. Drew Strait, PhD, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins, deconstructs the ideology of White Christian nationalism and calls the church to resist political idolatry. Janna Hunter-Bowman, PhD, Associate Professor of Peace Studies and Christian Social Ethics, likewise proposes ways Christians can engage the state in peacebuilding without idolizing the state.

You can read these articles and more by purchasing a print or digital copy from The Mennonite Quarterly Review. To learn more about IMS’s other publishing partnerships, visit the IMS web page.

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