2017 Conference Program

Canadian Society of Church History

Conference Program 2017 

Ryerson University

Download the program as a Word file


Wednesday May 31

8:30 – 10:00  Session 1 – CSCH/CCHA/CHA combined address    ILLC Room A/B

Prof. John T. McGreevy (University of Notre Dame): “American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global”

                        – 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                       Room: Jorgensen 1402  


11:00 – 12:00 –  Session 2 –  The Lion, A Switch and the Black Robe: Colonialism, Imperialism & Evangelization in the Nineteenth Century

Chair: James Tyler Robertson (Tyndale Seminary)

Jonathan Lofft (Trinity College):“X Marks the Spot: Hagiotoponymy and the translocal spread of the British Imperialist cult of St. Alban the Martyr in Canadian Anglicanism, 1856-1921”

Keith Hyde (University College of the North):“Rescue the Parishing:  Henry Budd— Constructive Transformer or Colonial Tool?”

                Emily Turner (University of Edinburgh): “Evangelism and the Land: Mission Networks and the Growth of Nineteenth-Century Missionary Activity in the Canadian North”

12:00 –12:45 – Lunch


12:45 – 2:15 – Session 3  – Empire from the Margins: Religious Minorities in Canada and the South African War, 1899-1902 (forthcoming book)

Chair: Gordon L. Heath (McMaster Divinity College)

Carman Miller (McGill University): “Writing Religious Minorities Into Canada’s South African War”

Mark McGowan (St. Michael’s): “Canada’s Non-Francophone Catholics and the South African War”

Robynne Rogers Healey  (Trinity Western University): “Canadian Quakers and the South African War”

            Evan Habkirk (Western University): “Canada’s First Nations in the Anglo-Boer War”

2:15-2:45 – Break

2:45- 4:15 – Session 4 –  Nevertheless, They Persisted: Women in Ordination, Immigration and Policies

    Chair: Julia Rady-Shaw (University of Toronto)

Betsy Anderson (Emmanuel College): The Farmers of London Conference will make up their own minds”: The United Church and the Ordination of Women

            Cindy Lin (Emmanuel College): “A History of the Oriental Home (1888-1942)”

Mary Louise Meadow (University of Victoria):“Confronting Sexual Abuse in Anglican Canada: Second Wave Feminists”

4:15  – 5:00       EXECUTIVE MEETING  

Thursday June 1 

8:30 – 10:00  Session 5 –  Captained Kirks: Leadership Issues & Struggles in Presbyterianism

Chair: Robynne Rogers Healey (Trinity Western University)

Carling Beninger (University of Saskatchewan): “The Presbyterian and United Churches of Canada Indigenous Urban Outreach Initiatives, 1959-1969”

Osanna Deelstra (Trinity Western University):“Plympton-Wyoming’s Presbyterians: A Lost Heritage.”

Stuart Macdonald (Knox College): “Forty Shades of Blue: Why Presbyterians say negative things about themselves (especially when they’re not true?)”

10:00 – 10:15  BREAK

10:15 – 11:45  Session 6  – Peripheries, Centres, and Religion in the Atlantic World 

Chair:  Todd Webb (Laurentian University)

Robynne Rogers Healey (Trinity Western University):“Quakers on the Margins:

Migration and Minorities in Late-eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Transatlantic Quakerism”

Sydney Harker (Trinity Western University): “The Ties that Bind:

Cross-border Marriage Strategies Among the Quakers and Methodists of Upper Canada, 1790-1820”
Amanda Slater (Trinity Western University):“Christianity, Gender, and Racism in the Fur-Trade: Exploring How Women in Fur-Trade Society reshaped Atlantic World Ideas”


12:30 – 1:30  LUNCH


1:30-3:00 – Session 7: The Family Circus: Tracing a Path to Connection Through Ecumenism, Immigration & Theology

Chair:  TBD

Jim Honeyford (Academic Learning Centre, University of Manitoba):“A Case for Continuity: Religious Societies from Puritanism to Methodism”

Phyllis Airhart (Emmanuel College & University of Toronto): The Eclipse of Civic Ecumenism and the Crisis of Faith in Fellowship”

Aaron Mix-Ross (Wycliffe College): “Ethnicity and Pentecostalism in Canada”

3:00 – 3:30 – Break


3:30-4:30 – Session 8 –   “Have we not heard enough on this subject?” Revisiting the Life and Career of Egerton Ryerson in Transcontinental and Transatlantic Perspectives

Chair: James Tyler Robertson (Tyndale Seminary)

Scott McLaren (York University), “His style was diffuse and feeble”: American Methodist responses to Egerton Ryerson

Todd Webb (Laurentian University), “His teachings are in want of faith”: British Wesleyan responses to Egerton Ryerson

4:30 –  4:45 – Break

4:45 – 5:45  Session 9 – “I see a red door and I want to paint it…”: Communism and Canadian Christianity in the Cold War Period

Chair: Scott McLaren (York University)

Julia Rady-Shaw (University of Toronto):“Why Can’t We Just Get Along? Ecumenism and the Early Cold War in Canada”

Gordon L. Heath (McMaster Divinity College):“Watson Kirkconnell’s Covert War against Communism”

7:00 Banquet –   Donatello on Elm Street

Menu details will be confirmed closer to the date

Friday June 2

8:30-10:00 – Session 10 –  The Church and (Counter) Culture in the 1960s & 1970s: Reaching Out, Dropping In, and Shaping Policy

Chair:  Bruce Douville (Algoma University)

Linda M. Ambrose (Laurentian University): “Seeking the Transcendent: The Radio and Media Ministry of Vancouver’s Bernice Gerard”

Ben Bradley (University of Alberta): “I was to ban the bare feet, sandals, and long hair crowd”: Transient Youth and Banff’s Unsquare Cellar Drop-In Centre, 1965-1971”

Michael Wilkinson (Trinity Western University): “Social Concerns Among Canadian Pentecostals: Responding to the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1968-69.”

10:00-10:30 – Break


10:30-12:00 – Presidential Address   

Lucille Marr, President

James Robertson, Program Chair

Julia Rady-Shaw, Local Arrangements

12:00-12:30-Second Business Meeting  

12:30-1:15 – Lunch

1:30-2:30 Session 11- Birds and Bards in the Sixteenth Century

Chair:  TBD

Donald Hogarth (University of Ottawa)-“The First Protestant Thanksgiving in North America”

Wendy Porter (McMaster Divinity College): “From Polyphony to Hymns to Worship Songs:

A Byrd’s Perspective on English Reformation Church Music and Its Influence on Worship Music Today”

2:30-3:30pm – Walking Tour of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery