It recently came to the attention of Menno-lite administration that an upcoming anti-Israel, anti-Christian Zionist mini conference called Challenging Christian Zionism: Canadian Roots and Responses (Oct 24 & 25) is possibly being organized by a Mennonite. Further research has confirmed this… sort of.
Andrew Klager is on faculty at the University of the Fraser Valley (B.C., Canada) where he is a sessional instructor of Mennonite Studies. His research, which includes Anabaptist-Mennonite studies and interreligious peacebuilding, is widely published in a variety of journals, such as Mennonite Quarterly Review, Conrad Grebel Review, and Journal of Mennonite Studies, as well as some books (Stricken by God? Nonviolent Identification and the Victory of Christ and Canadian Christian Zionism: A Tangled Tale).
Klager is also a writer for the Huffington Post and Clarion Journal, where his bio is posted:
After growing up in a conservative Evangelical environment in BC and Ontario, Andrew began attending a Mennonite church when he was 15 years old and received his undergraduate education at a Mennonite institution (Columbia Bible College, Abbotsford, BC)… He is currently a member of Holy Nativity Orthodox Church in Langley, BC. Andrew is still strongly informed by the Mennonite peace tradition(s) and emphasis on social justice, simple living, peacebuilding, and conflict transformation—re-shaped and applied within an Orthodox theological, historical, and ascetic framework—resulting in his informal, somewhat tongue-in-cheek self-identification as ‘Mennodox.’
Klager’s upcoming book, From Suffering to Solidarity: The Historical Seeds of Mennonite Interreligious, Interethnic, and International Peacebuilding, will be released next year.
This weekend, it appears that the Mennodox Klager has organized a conference sponsored by Friends of Sabeel called CHALLENGING CHRISTIAN ZIONISM : CANADIAN ROOTS AND RESPONSES with Dr. Gary Burge and Dr. Ron Dart . It is a project of Necef Sabeel Canada, hosted by Canadian Friends of Sabeel BC (see PDF).
This is a mini lecture series (in two locations) in place of the larger Friends of Sabeel conference that has been postponed until next spring.
To find out more about these Canadian Friends of Sabeel conferences, see the research at Olive Press:
Anti-Zionist Lectures in Canada
More on the upcoming anti-Zionist mini conference . . .
Stephen Sizer and Friends Are No Friends of Israel
Canadian Friends of Sabeel or Enemies of Israel? (UPDATED)
***See related posts on Mennonites and Sabeel, here:
McLaren’s Palestinian Justice Speech, Part 1
McLaren’s Palestinian Justice Speech, Part 2
The Anti-Israel Movement and the Mennonites: Part 2 – In the Name of Christ
Sabeel, Merton, Mennonite Convergence