2020 Annual Meeting Draft Program






2 – 4 JUNE

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

            1.         8:30 – 10:00 – Church and Empire: Canadian Christian Responses to War

  1. Gordon Heath, McMaster Divinity College, “‘England had drawn the sword, and justice should be done to humanity’: The Rise of Imperialism among Canadian Protestant during the Sudan Expedition, 1884-1885”
  • Melissa Davidson, Independent Scholar, “Opposition, Apathy, or Support?  Re-evaluating Attitudes Toward the Great War Amongst French Canadian Catholic Clergy”
  • Adam D. Rudy, McMaster Divinity College, “Canadian Denominational Newspapers and the Second World War”

10:00 – 10:15 – Break

            2.         10:15 – 11:45 – Church and Society in Modern Canada

  1. Wendy Fletcher, Renison University College, “Race, Religion and the Contest for Public Space in 21st Century Canada”
  • Laureen Harder-Gissing, Conrad Grebel University College, “‘White, Mennonite readers are asking questions about Indian people’: Indigenous peoples and issues in the pages of Mennonite Reporter, 1972-1997 and Canadian Mennonite, 1997-2020”
  • Bruce L. Guenther, Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary, “Counting Christians: The Changing Landscapes of Canadian Christianity”

11:45 – 13:00 – lunch – Executive meeting

            3.         13:00 – 14:30 – Indigenous Christianity in Canada

  1. Aaron M. Ross, Masters College and Seminary, “‘They Will Soar on Wings Like Eagles’: The History of Pentecostalism among Indigenous People in Canada”
  • Micheline Hughes, University of Manitoba, “Confronting colonial myths through the study Mi’kmaw Catholicism and Oral History”
  • Alan Hayes, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, “Public History Post-TRC: Developing a Website on Indigenous and Settler Christianities in Canada”

14:30 – 14:45 – Break

4.         14:45 – 16:15 – Churches and Indigenous Peoples in 19th Century


  • Jonathan S. Lofft, Trinity College, University of Toronto, “‘Inoculated With The Ways of Anglicans’: Representing Indigenous Participation in the 1866 Electoral Synod of the Diocese of Toronto”

16:15 – 16:30 – Break

16:30 – 17:30 – First Business Meeting

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

            5.         8:30 – 10:00 – Religion and Culture (High Culture and Pop Culture)

  1. Kyle Joudry, Queen’s University, “T.S. Eliot and The Great God Wux”
  • Robert Revington, Knox College, University of Toronto, “From Humiliation to Honour: The Cross of Christ as a Symbol in the Modern Western World”
  • Natasha Walsh, York University, “Chronicles and Connectedness of Canadian Church Music Composers”

10:00 – 10:15 – Break

            6.         10:15 – 11:45 – Influential Individuals: Jean Vanier, Katharine Hockin, and Leslie                                         Earl Maxwell

  1. Carolyn Whitney-Brown, St. Jerome’s University, “‘It’s a slow process becoming a bridge’: Jean Vanier, L’Arche and the United Church of Canada”
  • Sheng Ping Guo, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto, “Building an Intercultural United Church of Canada by Equal Partners: Katharine B. Hockin’s Missiology and Missional Practice Revisited”
  • Brian Froese, Canadian Mennonite University, “’Born Crucified’: Exploring the Mystical Fundamentalism of Leslie Earl Maxwell”

11:45 – 12:30 – Lunch

12:30 – 13:30 – Second Business Meeting

13:30 – 13:45 – Break

            7.         13:45 – 15:15 – Black and Christian in Canada

  1. Dudley A. Brown, McMaster Divinity College at McMaster University, “The Creation and Expansion of the African-Canadian Church”
  • David Danner, University of Toronto/Toronto School of Theology, “A Critical Review of Archival Sources Relating to the Intersection of West Indian Immigrants and the Anglican Church in Toronto, 1960-1985”
  • David Clements, Clarington Museum and Archives, “Equality, Education and Good Morals make Model Citizens: The roles of Canadian-born siblings Charles S. Smith and Lucy Smith Thurman in promoting middle-class values in the Black communities”

15:15 – 15:30 – Break

            8.         15:30 – 17:00 – International Guest Speaker, Dr. Angela Dillard,

 University of Michigan

            “Preaching Reparations: Afro-Christianity and the Legacies of the Black Manifesto

18:00 — CSCH Banquet

Thursday, 4 June 2020

            9.         9:00 – 10:00 – Intersections between Gender Studies and Religious Studies

  1. Che-Wen Cindy Lin, York University, “Bridging Divides between Gender Studies and Theological Studies”
  • Linda M. Ambrose, Laurentian University, “Religion, Feminism, and Canadian Pentecostals: Where Church History Meets Gender Theory”

10:00 – 10:15 – break

            10.       10:15 – 11:45 – Pedagogy Session: Teaching Faith, Teaching Feminism

“Teaching Faith, Teaching Feminism: Shaping Approaches for Analysis of Gender in Religious History at Public University, Private University, and Seminary Environments”

Panel Members: Sandra Beardsall, St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon; Lucille Marr, McGill University; Robynne Rogers Healey, Trinity Western University

11:45 – 13:00 – Lunch

            11.       13:00 – 14:30 – Women in the Church: Ministers, Missionaries, and Theological

                                                  College Faculty Members

  1. Melody Maxwell, Acadia Divinity College, “Called to Service: Ordained Baptist Women Ministers in Atlantic Canada, 1954-1987”
  • Lucille Marr, McGill University, “Mysticism and Evangelical Protestantism: The Spiritual Awakening of H. Frances Davidson”
  • Mary Louise Meadow, University of Victoria, “Anglican Women Responding to Clergy Sexual Misconduct: The Women of Trinity”

14:30 – 14:45 – break

            12.       14:45 – 16:15 – Faith Communities in National and Transnational Contexts

  1. Clara A. B. Joseph, University of Calgary, “Bridging Divides or Dividing Bridges: Colonization and the First Schism of the Thomas Christians of India”
  • Thomas P. Power, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, “The Apocalypse in Ireland: Trauma, Sectarianism, and the Creation of a Spiritual Diaspora”
  • James Robertson, Tyndale University and Seminary, “The Decline and Fall of the Canadian Jerusalem: Exploring the Influence and Demise of an Independent Canadian Pentecostal Movement”

16:15 – 16:30 – break

            13.       16:30 – 17:30

Presidential Address, Robynne Rogers Healey, Trinity                                                                                Western University