Anabaptists and Postmodernity
August 6-8, 1998
Bluffton College
Tentative Program for the Conference
 
Thursday, August 6 Friday, August 7 Saturday, August 8
Thursday, August 6

10 a.m. -- Registration begins

1 p.m. PLENARY SESSION

Opening and Orientation to Postmodernity
"Welcome," Lee Snyder, President of Bluffton College
"A Defenseless Rhetoric for Anabaptists in Postmodernity: A Risky/Risque (Pro)position," Susan Biesecker-Mast, Bluffton College
--Presider: Susan Biesecker-Mast, Bluffton College

2 p.m. PLENARY SESSION

Culture and Technology
"Postmodern Experiments: Blips or New Revolution?" Leo Driedger, University of Manitoba
"Anabaptism, Postmodernism, and Communication Technologies," Daniel Liechty, Havertown, Pennsylvania
--Presider: Lynda Nyce, Bluffton College

3:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

A. Communication and Performance
"Postmodern Strategies in a Traditional Sphere: The Consequences of Arguing for Church Integration," Kerry Strayer, University of Tulsa
"Negotiating Community Identity Through Dramatic Writing and Performance," Robert Hostetter, North Park College
"Tour Guide Practices at Mennonite Historical Sites as Cultural Performance," Doug Liechty Caskey, Goshen College
--Presider: Wesley Richard, Bluffton College
 
 B. Europe and Anabaptist History
"Context, Conflict, and Community: South-German Mennonites on the Threshold of Modernity, 1750-1850," John D. Roth, Goshen College
"Anabaptists and Postmodernity: Perspectives from the French Mennonite Experience," Neal Blough, St. Maurice, France
"The Spirituality of Pilgram Marpeck," William Klassen, Kitchener, Ontario
--Presider: Bill Trollinger, University of Dayton

5 p.m. Dinner

7 p.m. PLENARY SESSION

Mennonites and Cultural Change
"Marilyn, H.S. Bender, and Me," Julia Kasdorf, Messiah College
--Presider: Jeff Gundy, Bluffton College

8 p.m. PLENARY SESSION

Postmodernism and John Howard Yoder's Legacy
"Parables of the Kingdom and Religious Plurality: Barth, Yoder, and a Postmodern Public Theology," Alain Epp Weaver, University of Chicago
"The War of the Lamb: The Eschatological Genealogy of Morals," P. Travis Kroeker, McMaster University
"Anabaptists as the Harbingers of Postmodernity?: A Comparison of Yoder and Kaufman," Daryl Culp, St. Michael's College
--Presider: J. Richard Burkholder, Goshen College

Friday, August 7

7 a.m. Breakfast

8 a.m. PLENARY SESSION

Should Anabaptist Theologians Seek to Articulate Universally Recognizable Truth Claims?
"Yes," Thomas Finger, Eastern Mennonite Seminary
"No," J. Denny Weaver, Bluffton College
--Presider: Gayle Gerber Koontz, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

9:30 a.m. Refreshments

10 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

A. Anabaptism Against Postmodernism
"The Poverty of Postmodern Subjectivism: An Anabaptist Critique," Caleb Miller, Messiah College
"The Vow of Stability: A Pre-Modern Way Through A Hyper-Modern World," Gerald Schlabach, Bluffton College
--Presider: Andrew Taylor, Bluffton College
 
B. Worship and the Congregation
"How Then Shall We Serve/Worship God? Leitourgia Beyond Altar and Sacrifice," J. Richard Burkholder, Goshen College
"The Lord is Still My Shepherd When I Sing: Experiencing God in Postmodern Anabaptist Worship," Marlene Kropf, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary
"Story and Eucharist: Postmodern Reflections on Nachfolge," Craig Hovey, Fuller Theological Seminary
--Presider: Steve Jacoby, Bluffton College

12 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. PLENARY SESSION

Literature and Community
"Mennonite Literature and Postmodernism: Writing the 'in-between' Space," Hildi Froese Tiessen, Conrad Grebel College
"Anabaptism, Postmodernity, and Mennonite Writing," Jeff Gundy, Bluffton College
--Presider: Levi Miller, Mennonite Publishing House

3 p.m. Refreshments

3:30 p.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

A. Faith and Fiction
"Heaven: Postmodern Creative Mennonite Writers in Winnipeg," Diane Driedger, University of Winnipeg
"Postmodern Practice and Parody: Faith in the Fictions of Dallas Wiebe," Paul Tiessen, Wilfred Laurier University
"Is Pynchon a Closet Anabaptist?: A Back Door Linking Anabaptists and Postmodernism," L. Lamar Nisly, Bluffton College
--Presider: Carroll Yoder, Eastern Mennonite University

B. Anabaptism For Postmodernism
"Valuing the Story of Power and Telling a Grander One: Anabaptism and Power Postmodernism in Mutually Enlarging Conversation," Michael King, Pandora Press
"Foucault as Anti-Theory; Anabaptism as Anti-Theology: Confessions of an Errant Postmodernist," Peter Blum, Hillsdale College
"Anabaptist Autonomy, Evangelical Engulfment and Mennonite Mestizaje: Three Postmodern Options," Douglas Jacobsen, Messiah College

5 p.m. Dinner

7 p.m. PLENARY SESSION

Keynote Address
"Negotiating the Fragments: How Yoder Helps," Stanley Hauerwas, Duke University
--Presider: Denny Weaver, Bluffton College

8:30 p.m. DRAMATIC PERFORMANCE

 "Preacher, Poet" directed by Doug Liechty Caskey, Goshen College

Saturday, August 8

8 a.m. PLENARY SESSION

Eschatology and Hope
"Anabaptists and Postmodernity: Two Visions of Hope," Thomas Heilke, University of Kansas
"When Bloch Pointed to the Cages Outside the Cathedral," Scott Holland, Monroeville Church of the Brethren, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
--Presider: Loren Johns, Bluffton College

9:30 a.m. Refreshments

10 a.m. CONCURRENT SESSIONS

A. Pacifism and Postmodern Philosophy
"A Pacifist Way of Knowing: Postmodern Epistemology and Peace Theology," Ted Grimsrud,  Eastern Mennonite University
"Christian Pacifism as Friendship with God: MacIntyre, Mennonites and the Genealogical Tradition," Chris Huebner, Duke University
"For and Against Millbank," Paul Doerksen, Winnipeg, Manitoba
--Presider: Rachel Reesor, Bluffton College
 
B. The Church and the College
"A One-Armed Embrace of Postmodernity: International Education and Church-Related Colleges," Keith Graber Miller, Goshen College
"C. Henry Smith, Bluffton College and a Progressive Anabaptist Vision," Perry Bush, Bluffton College
--Presider: James Juhnke, Bethel College

12 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. PLENARY SESSION

The Church and the World
"Following Christ in a Postmodern World," J. Lawrence Burkholder, Goshen College
"Recovering the Anabaptist Body (to separate it for the world)," Gerald J. Biesecker-Mast, Bluffton College
--Presider: Gerald Schlabach, Bluffton College

3 p.m. Refreshments

3:30 p.m. WORSHIP SERVICE

Hymn singing
Congregational Singing
Special Music, The Harvesters, Hartville, Ohio
Sermon
"Sticks and Stones, Words and Bones: a millennial meditation on Anabaptism's historic commitment to defenselessly proclaim and boldly enact the gospel of peace," John Stahl-Wert, Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
-- Worship leader: Joetta Schlabach, Bluffton College

7:30 p.m. MUSICAL CONCERT
The Harvesters, Hartville, Ohio



For more information on the Anabaptists and Postmodernity Conference contact: Susan L. Biesecker-Mast
For more detail on the issues addressed by this conference read the call for papers.
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