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Glenna Schroeder-Lein has complete work on THE PAPERSOF

ANDREW JOHNSON at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with the

publication of thefinal volume (vol. 16). She is now an assistant editor for

THE LINCOLN LEGAL PAPERS in Springfield, IL

BLUFFTON (OHIO) COLLEGE

launched the C. Henry Smith Series, a

book series focused on issues ofconcern to Anabaptists and Mennonite

churches, witha reception in February 2001. C. Henry Smith was professor

of historyat BC from 1913-48, and is reputed to be the first Mennonite in

North America to earn a Ph.D. and remain inthe Mennonite church. The

premier, and mostprolific, Mennonite historian of his day, he published five

major works over a 35-year period. Series editor and author J. Denny

Weaver (Bluffton College) gave a presentation on the vision for the series

and on works in progress. The series addresses theological, cultural,social

and historical issues at a time in history when"Anabaptists and Mennonites

face a greater variety of influences and challenges that at any previous time in

their sojourn in North America."

The first volume in the series was released in2000. ANABAPTISTS &

POSTMODERNITY presentsdiffering perspectives on postmodernity in the

context of the Anabaptist peace church tradition, as presentedat a conference

held at Bluffton College in 1998. Dr. GeraldBiesecker-Mast and Dr. Susan

Biesecker-Mast, associate professors of communicationat Bluffton, organized

the conference andselected and co-edited presentations from the conference

into volume 1 of the series. Weaver is the author of volume 2 in the series,

ANABAPTIST THEOLOGY IN FACE OF POSTMODERNITY: A PROPOSAL

FOR THE THIRD MILLENIUM, released in 2000. Thebook questions the

common Mennonite assumption that theology forMennonites is founded on

supposed "general"theology located outside the Anabaptist-Mennonite

tradition. Drawing on postmodern insights, Weaverdemonstrates that

Mennonite theology itself contains seeds ofa theology that is biblical but

poses an alternative to rather thanbuilds on the theology of Christendom,

which has long accommodated violence.

The C. Henry Smith Series is sponsoredby Bluffton College,

Mennonite Historical Society and PandoraPress U.S. The books are available

from Pandora Press U.S. atwww.PandoraPressUS.com.

(information provided by Cheryl Zehr Walker, Bluffton College)

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