Book launch for Katie Funk Wiebe April 24

Katie Funk Wiebe 2007

A reception and program honoring the life and work of Tabor College Emeritus Professor of English Katie Funk Wiebe will be held on Saturday, April 24, at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas.

That’s my mom, for those of you who don’t know!

The highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of a new “Festschrift” book, The Voice of a Writer: Honoring the Life of Katie Funk Wiebe, published by the Mennonite Brethren Historical Commission.

I wrote a chapter for the book, describing life with Katie Funk Wiebe as our mother. It’s a page-turner!

Mom, who is 85, began teaching at Tabor in 1966 and remained 24 years as professor of English and Journalism. Author of numerous books about the role of women in the church, she was named one of the 20 most influential Mennonites of the 20th century.

Aside from that, I love her just for being herself — questing, curious, perseverant, loyal, invitational, brave, true, a great story-teller, and always learning and growing. 

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3 thoughts on “Book launch for Katie Funk Wiebe April 24

  1. Wow!! Your mother has been one of the best “finds” of my life!! I was browsing through CMU bookstore (Winnipeg) and happened to come across “Bless Me Too, My Father” I recently turned 65 and am dealing with so many issues she describes. In addition, I am doing maintenance chemo after 3 different sets of chemo treatments. Her book is such an encouragaement to me! I am so happy to hear that she is still active and writing. Bless her ( and you for doing this for her!) We hope to read many more of her books. Please keep us updated. Many thanks!

  2. I recently found Katie’s fantastic book, You Never Gave Me a Name, in our church library. I grew up conservative Mennonite, married an “outsider,” and lived away from Mennonites for 40 years. After we recently moved near where I grew up we decided to again attend a Mennonite church. Katie’s book has brought back so many memories and helped me understand why I think the way I do. My dad had quietly insisted we kids go to college even though it was a hardship for him and our church was against higher education. Daddy helped all four of us acheive our dreams: two are teachers, one a librarian, and one a nurse. I was overjoyed when I read that Tabor recognized Katie’s incredible abilities and appointed her to a teaching position without all the paperwork in place. I doubt I could have accomplished what she did given the hardships she faced. I always wanted to write but I was in my 50s before I met the most positive creative writing teacher ever at a community college in Virginia. She encouraged me and I have written and self-published three books. A Mennonite Woman in Two Worlds tells my story of growing up conservative Mennonite and serving in MCC’s Teacher Abroad Program in Congo with my husband. Thank you Katie for your affirmation of women.

    • Hi Joanna,
      A blast from the past… How are you? I see your following in your moms footsteps. I’m still living in Ct (New Canaan) and doing my art, going to computer arts at NCC.
      Let me know how your doing and how’s married life.
      Norm Jensen…

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