2016 Conference Program

Canadian Society of Church History
Conference Program 2016
University of Calgary

Wednesday June 1
8:30 – 10:00 Session 1 – CCHA keynote address Rosza building, Evans room
Prof. J.R. Miller, “Canada Confronts Its History: Residential Schools and Reconciliation.”
– a joint session with the Canadian Catholic Historical Association
and the Canadian Historical Association

10:00 – 10:30 – Break

10:30 – 11:00 Welcome from the President Social Sciences 105

11:00 – 12:00 – Session 2 – Pastors and Politics in post-war western Canada Social Sciences 105
Chair: Stuart Barnard
Brian Froese, “’Political Realignment’: Ernest Manning and Pastoral Politics”
Linda M. Ambrose, “Community Engagement and Christian Principles: Bernice Gerard as
Pentecostal Pastor and Politican in 1970s Vancouver”

12:00 –12:45 – Lunch

12:45 – 2:15 – Session 3 – New Religious Movements in Canada, 1960s – 1980s
– Joint Session with the CHA Science b-146
Chair: David Marshall
Catherine Gidney, “Breathe in … breathe out: The Appropriation of Eastern Religion and the creation of calm classrooms”
Bruce Douville, “’Tell Me the Old, Old Story’? Conversion Narratives in the Jesus People Movement of the 1970s”
Tina Loo, title to TBA

2:15-2:45 – Break

2:45-4:15 – Session 4 – Interiority and materiality: Protestant texts and readers in the eighteenth
and nineteenth centuries Social Sciences 105
Chair: Sylvia Brown
Cindy Aalders, “The reading lives of eighteenth-century religious children”
Stuart Barnard, “Evangelical Bible Distribution and Anti-Catholicism in Nineteenth-Century Canada”
Keith S. Grant, “Religious Texts and Emotional Community in Eighteenth-Century Nova Scotia”

4:15 – 5:00 Executive Meeting Social Sciences 105

Thursday June 2
8:30 – 10:00 Session 5 19th and 20th Century Missions and Transnational Influences
Social Sciences 105
Chair: Douglas Shantz
Alan M. Guenther, “Defining Muslims: Rev. T.P. Hughes and his Dictionary of Islam
Sheng-Ping Guo, “Pioneering Affordable Health Care Network in Rural China: Dr. Robert McClure and the Huaiqing Medical System, 1931-1937
Rebecca Faye Ralph, “’… where can the labourers be found?’: An Examination of the Role of Translatlantic Networks in the Building of Ecclesiastical Infrastructure in the First Anglican Labrador Missions, 1849-1876”

10:00 – 10:30 BREAK

10:30 – 11:30 Session 6 Personalities and Influence in 19th and early 20th century Canada
Social Sciences 105
Chair: Scott McLaren
Sharon Bowler, “Madame Mary Lore, A Lower Canada Baptist Beginning”
Eleanor J. Stebner, “Searching for Sara Libby Carson”

11:30-12:30 First Business Meeting Social Sciences 105
12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH

1:30-3:00 – Session 7 – Gender, Spirituality and Scholarship, with focus on the Reformation and
Counter Reformation Social Sciences 105

Chair: Lucille Marr

Douglas H. Shantz, “Agatha Streicher (d. 1581)” Schwenkfelder, radical networker, and physician in Ulm, Germany”

Laura Jurgens, “Scholarship on Women, Gender and Reformation: Developments in Recent Years”
Kimberly Main, “Spouses of Christ, or Marys and Marthas: Competing Images of Female Spirituality in the Ursuline Convent of Quebec”

3:00 – 3:30 – Break

3:30-4:30 – Session 8 – Contemporary Challenges in the Canadian Churches
Social Sciences 105
Chair: Sandra Beardsall
Aaron A. Mix-Ross, “Bill C- 43 and Evangelical Social Engagement in Canada”
Mary Louise Meadow, “Feminists Addressing Clergy Sexual Misconduct in the Anglican Church of Canada: A Submission to the Debates about Religion and Sexuality”

4:30 – 5:30 Second Business Meeting Social Sciences 105

6:30 – Banquet – Jameson’s Irish Pub, a very short walk from the University of Calgary campus.
The menu is available online.

Friday June 3
8:30-10:00 – Session 9 – Nineteenth – Century Non-Conformists: Schism, Scandal, and
Narrative Social Sciences 105
Chair: Robynne Healey
James Forbes, “’Spiritual Ancestors’ of Canadian Nonconformity: Canadian Congregationalists and Transatlantic Narrative Identity in the 1860s”
Todd Webb, “The Shooting at Yeadon: Methodists, Magistrates, and an Attempted Murder”
Sharon Bowler, “Mrs. John Gilmour, A Pastor’s Wife in the Canadas”

10:00-10:30 – Break

10:30-12:00 – Presidential Address Social Sciences 105

Scott McLaren, President
Lucille Marr, Program Chair
Stuart Barnard, Local Arrangements