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Paul Heidebrecht

Ottawa Office Director, MCC Canada


Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2008)
M.A. in Theological Studies, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, Indiana (2000)
B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario (1994)

Recent international travel:

Egypt, Lebanon, and Jordan (January, 2013)
Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (October, 2012)
Haiti (August, 2010)
Guatemala (May, 2010)
Jordan, Iraq, West Bank and Gaza (January, 2010)


Recent publications and presentations:

Beyond the Cutting Edge? Yoder, Technology, and the Practices of the Church. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2014.

"Keeping the Faith? Tracing the Struggle to Amplify the Peace Witness of Canadian Churches." Paul Heidebrecht and Jenn Wiebe. Paper presented at the 2013 Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) conference: Peace studies Between Tradition and Innovation, Waterloo, ON, October 17-18, 2013.

"Advocacy and peacebuilding: making distinctions and connections.” Co-authored with Jenn Wiebe. Intersections: MCC Theory & Practice Quarterly 1/1 (Winter, 2013).

"Looking for the Right Words: Human Rights and MCC’s Advocacy Work." Paper presented at Mennonites and Human Rights: Grappling with State Power in the Past and Present conference, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Saturday, October 20, 2012.

"Christian Political Engagement in a New Key? Reading Ellul in Ottawa." Paper presented at Prophet in the Technological Wilderness: A Centenary Celebration and Critical Review of Jacques Ellul conference, Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, July 10, 2012.

"Kairos, KAIROS, and a moment of truth for Canadian churches.” MCC Peace Office Newsletter 42/3 (July-September, 2012): 12.

"Legislating Peace? Mennonite Political Engagement in a Post-Christendom and Post-Secular Era." Paper presented at the Society of Christian Ethics 53rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 7, 2012.

"Human rights and the quest for justice and peace.” MCC Peace Office Newsletter 41/2 (April-June, 2011).

Review of War, Peace, and Social Conscience: Guy F. Hershberger and Mennonite Ethics by Theron F. Schlabach. Mennonite Quarterly Review 85/2 (April, 2011): 336-38.

"Pacifist-Friendly Legislation in Canada: Can Bill C-390, C-440, and C-447 Contribute to a More Peaceful Society?” Public lecture sponsored by Conscience Canada, the Centre for the Study of Religion and Peace, and the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies at Conrad Grebel University College, Waterloo, Ontario, April 2, 2011. Published online by Peacemakers Trust.


Professional Memberships:

Society of Christian Ethics (since 2007)
Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network (since 2004)