CMBS adds archival intern for summer

MBS Director Peggy Goertzen with summer intern Jordan Duerrstein.  His focus will be Mennonite communal life, both theologically and practically.Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies at Tabor College welcomed archival intern Jordan Duerrstein as the recipient of the Menno­nite Brethren His­torical Commission’s summer archival internship for 2017.

Duerrstein, who has spent a week in Hillsboro, is a seminary student at Wycliffe College at the University of Toronto.

He was selected from several strong candidates at various universities and colleges in U.S. and Canada as part of the five-week binational archival internship program during May and June.

Duerrstein came to Hillsboro after spending the first leg of the internship in Fresno, Calif., and he will head next to Abbotsford, B.C. The final stop in the internship is Winnipeg, Man.

“We are delighted with this opportunity to showcase our unique Mennonite culture and history here through our record collections, artifacts and historic sites,” said Peggy Goertzen, CMBS director.

Duerrstein’s focus of study is Mennonite communal life, the theology that shaped it initially, the ways it has changed over time, and the prospects for forming intentional communities of faith today.

Prior to this internship, Duerrstein was a pastoral intern at FreeChurch in downtown Toronto, Ont. This year he will continue part-time seminary studies while serving as an associate pastor for The Meeting Place in Toronto.

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