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We are pleased to have received a $10,000 grant to organize
the John Howard Yoder papers. The grant awarded by Schowalter
Foundation will be used to organize, preserve and index the first
128 boxes of the late John Howard Yoder papers in Mennonite Church
USA Archives--Goshen, Ind. Yoder began depositing his papers
here in 1971.
John Howard Yoder is recognized as one of the most influential
theologians of the 20th century. Yoder's impact on students,
scholars and ordinary Christians went beyond his own Mennonite
Church and his own nation. His Politics of Jesus (1972) opened
a theological discussion of the radical nature of Jesus' message
that continues to this day.
Yoder's message of biblical non-resistance, his wide-ranging
ecumenical engagement with other denominations and faith traditions
and his stature in the theological community make his collection
one of the most significant recent additions to the archives
in Goshen in the past decade. The collection is likely to bring
scholars from around the world for generations to come. When
completed, the detailed inventories, listing the many parts of
this collection, will be posted on the Web for broader visibility.