CRC Staff

Dr. Joseph Wiebe, Interim Director

 photo of Joe Wiebe

Joe is an Associate Professor of Religion and Ecology in the Ethics and Global Studies at University of Alberta, Augustana. My Book The Place of Imagination: Wendell Berry and the Poetics of Community, Affection, and Identity has received academic praise in Reading Religion, ISLE, Anglican Theological Review, Christianity and Literature, Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, and Christian Century. It is a critical reading of Berry's fiction that emphasizes the role of imagination in community and environmental ethics. My current project is researching the influence of settler colonialism on Mennonite environmental imagination and eco-theology.

As a close friend once said, "I don't have hobbies; I have friends." When I'm not building Lego or playing Switch with my family, I'm having a pint, rolling d20s, breaking down the Winnipeg Jets' myriad problems, or talking about books I haven't read with my kindred spirits.

Joe's Augustana faculty page

Kim Wiebe Program Coordinator/Administrative Assistant

Kim joined the Ronning Centre in April of 2020. She works alongside the director to coordinate public events, projects, and research initiatives. She is responsible for marketing, communications, digital media, office administration, and finance tracking at the Centre. Kim has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Film Studies from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, as well as a Certificate in Documentary Studies from Duke University, and a Certificate in Building Capacity for Reconciliation from the University of Alberta's Augustana Campus. Kim loves event planning and bringing people together. She has spent her career working in the University setting and has worked with Augustana since January of 2017.