We Need to Talk: Climate change and war
Posted in Faculty Profiles Wednesday, April 13, 2022 @ 10:51 AM
"When you are going through hell, keep on walking"
A wise friend of mine posted that quote recently, and I have been clinging to it, like a kind of psychological life raft.
Nonviolent resistance: we need to talk
Posted in Faculty Profiles Thursday, March 31, 2022 @ 1:42 PM
In my 20s, I supported the armed revolutionary movement in Nicaragua. At that time, I would have said that nonviolence was 'naïve', that it worked for Gandhi against the British in India because the British were so 'civilized' (if my former belief that the British were "civilized" colonizers leads you to guess that I'm basically a mix of Scottish/English/Irish settler stock, you'd be correct). I fully believed that to truly bring about revolutionary change, you'd need armed struggle.
Faculty: In Their Own Words - Dr. Jobb Arnold
Posted in Faculty Profiles Wednesday, June 2, 2021 @ 9:08 AM
Dr. Jobb Arnold, Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies, has taught at Menno Simons College and CMU since 2015.
What do you love about your work here?
An element I really like about CMU and working here is it's got a practice orientation; people care about what happens in the world. This is really close to my heart, having worked in places like Rwanda and Northern Ireland and indeed here in Winnipeg. There's a lot of people suffering and there's a lot of hurt, so working in the conflict resolution department, one of the things I've always really valued is seeing people's lives change for the better. I think that's something that's not just an intellectual exercise, but it's an applied question of implementation.
Faculty: In Their Own Words - Dr. Christine Kampen Robinson
Posted in Faculty Profiles Tuesday, March 23, 2021 @ 9:00 AM
Dr. Christine Kampen Robinson has worked at CMU part-time since 2018 and full-time since 2020. She is Director of the Centre for Career and Vocation, Director of Practicum, and Teaching Assistant Professor of Practicum and Social Science.
Practicing theology from the bottom-up
Posted in Faculty Profiles Friday, December 18, 2020 @ 9:00 AM
Assuming a new position teaching theology at Canadian Mennonite University (CMU), Rev. Dr. Sunder John Boopalan and his family arrived in Winnipeg in October 2020 after a move, during the pandemic, from their home in Boston, MA. Growing up in the religious context of Pondicherry, a former French colony in southeast India, Boopalan was raised by his mother, a nurse and Hindu convert to Christianity, and his father, a lab technician and preacher, who together attended the "Bakht Singh Assemblies," a multi-lingual and multi-ethnic indigenous (that is, without foreign missionary history) church movement. Describing the religious atmosphere of his upbringing, Boopalan states that "there was an interesting mix of theological influences that combined pietist, holiness, and charismatic movements. Services were four hours and included plenty of music played with indigenous Indian instruments and would always end in a love feast cooked by church members and shared sitting around mats on the floor."
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