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June 24, 2013

Katie Funk Wiebe research grant awarded

Winnipeg, Manitoba—Christine Kampen and Dorothy Peters are this year’s recipients of the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission’s research grant. At the annual general meeting earlier this month, the Commission selected the project proposal co-authored by Kampen and Peters.

Christine Kampen, Dorothy Peters

Christine Kampen, Dorothy Peters

The Commission was impressed with the project design, the research question, and the potential for understanding better the particular story of Mennonite Brethren. The project title is: From Generation to Generation: The History and Transmission of the Spiritual Formation of Two Granddaughters.

Kampen and Peters’s project studies the history of the Christian spiritual formation of two Mennonite Brethren (MB) women, one serving as a co-pastor in an MB church (Kampen, Highland Community Church, Abbotsford, BC) and the other a writer and professor of Biblical Studies (Peters, Trinity Western University, Langley, BC).

Of special interest to Kampen and Peters is the “legacy of leadership” they received from their grandparents and parents. The study will combine oral interviews, analysis of contextual factors, and theological reflection on the process of writing a “history of spiritual formation” as MB women leaders.

“Kampen and Peters’s research will encourage us to listen to and record the living history of men and women ‘elders’ in our families and the MB Church. It honors the path Katie Funk Wiebe has taken in reminding us of the gifts both men and women can bring to the church,” says Don Isaac, Commission chair.

The $1,500 research grant is made possible with support from the Katie Funk Wiebe fund. For more information, see mbhistory.org.

—Jon Isaak, executive secretary