Gender Café: Presentation and Book launch for “Daughter’s in the House of Jacob”
Presented by The Gender Studies Institute and the Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre
“Matriarchs among the Patriarchs: Ancestral Mothers and the Call to Preach, Teach and Pastor.”
Dorothy M. Peters and Christine S. Kampen are two Canadian Mennonite women, one a Bible professor and the other a pastor. In this presentation, they will share insightful and sometimes humorous stories from their published memoir that traces the migration of their vocational calling across generations and gender. They will reflect on their teaching-preaching grandfather Jacob and the ways that women like Susie-the-cook and their “But Jacob!” grandmother Anna helped young Bible School women in 1939-1940 navigate the strict boundaries set by male religious leaders. They will introduce their great-grandmother Agatha, the unforgettable storytelling birth-mother of their vocation. In their research, funded by the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission, Peters and Kampen interviewed numerous elder-storytellers and investigated leads through a trail of letters, pictures and documents, while reflecting on their own spiritual journeys and solving a few mysteries along the way.
Dorothy M. Peters, Ph.D., is Associate Director of Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre and divides her time between writing on Mayne Island, BC, and teaching at ACTS Seminaries and Trinity Western University.
Christine S. Kampen, M.A., serves as a pastor at the Highland Community (Mennonite Brethren) Church in Abbotsford, BC.
All are welcome to attend.