Annual Meeting

This year’s Annual Meeting will take place from Wednesday 30 May – Friday 1 June 2018 at University of Regina in Saskatchewan.

Annual Meeting 2018 

University of Regina | Regina Saskatchewan

Conference Program (PDF)

Wednesday 30 May 2018

8:30 – 10:00 Session 1Joint Session with CSCH, CCHA, and CHA

Dr. Luca Codignola-Bo, senior fellow, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism, University of Notre Dame (Rome Global Gateway)

“Rome in Canada: Transnational Approaches to Canadian Religious History”

10:00 – 10:30  Break

10:30 – 10:45 Welcome to Annual Meeting of the CSCH

  • Welcome and opening remarks from the CSCH President
  • Program notes from Program Chair
  • Notes about facilities and local considerations from Local Arrangements Coordinator


10:45 – 12:15  Session 2: Denominational Experiences in Modern Canada

Jonathan S. Lofft, ThD   | University of Toronto / Toronto School of Theology.

‘To My Dear “St. Chad”’: Anglican devotion to an Anglo-Saxon saint in late Edwardian Toronto

Patricia Janzen Loewen | Providence College University

As an immigrant one must make allowances:” Church, Denomination and the Female Experience of Immigration to Canada in the 1920s

Mark McGowan  | University of Toronto

The Churches and the Famine Orphans: Catholic and Protestants and the Irish Famine Orphans in British North America, 1847-1848


12:15 – 1:30 Lunch   (1:00 – 1:30 Executive Meeting)


1: 30 – 3:00 Session 3:  Connections in Canadian and Asian Religious Developments

Sheng-Ping Guo  | PhD Candidate – University of Toronto

Identity Negotiating in Cultural Accommodation and Spiritual Practice: A Case Study of the Chinese Diasporic Christians in Four Toronto-based Ling Liang Churches

 Cindy Lin  | University of Toronto

First Christian Missionaries in the Sixteenth Century in Japan

 David Kim-Cragg | University of Saskatchewan

 Korean Democracy and the Saskatchewan Mosaic: Missionary Involvement in East Asian Modern History and Repercussions of Saskatchewan Settler Society


3:00 – 3:30  Break


3:30 – 5:00 Session 4 – Plenary Speaker

 Professor John Fea – Messiah College

“Fear, Power, and Nostalgia: The Evangelical Road to Donald Trump”


Thursday 31 May 2018

8:30 – 10:00 Session 5: Indigenous Expressions of Christianity in Canada

Bronwyn Evans  | MA Student – University of Toronto

Ojibwe Responses to Christianity on Walpole Islands in the 1840s

Laura Robinson |  MA History, Laurentian University

Fifty Bucks a Buck: William G. Walton’s Reindeer Plan to Return Sustainability to the Indigenous Communities of Northern Quebec, 1913-1935”

Carling Beninger | University of Saskatchewan, Department of History

“The Development of Indigenous Leadership in the Anglican, Presbyterian, and United Churches of Canada, 1970-1990”


10:00 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – 12:00 – First Business Meeting

12:00 – 1:00  Lunch


1:30 – 3:00 – Session 6: Religion, Missionaries and the Numbered Treaties

Will J. Pratt | University of Calgary

War and Peace: missionary ideas in Treaty 7 Territory, 1877-1918

Tolly Bradford | Concordia University of Edmonton

Denominational Divergence in Missionary Visions of Treaty Six

Amanda Fehr | University of Saskatchewan

 Remembering Willow Heart: Negotiating Catholicism and Indigeneity in Treaty Ten


3:00 – 3:15 Break


3:15 – 4:30 Session 7Presidential Address

Dr. James T. Robertson – Tyndale University College & Seminary

For Whom the Bard Tells: The Role of the Society in the Shaping of Historiography


6:00 pm – Evening Banquet

Greko’s, 4424 Albert Street

Details about menu and RSVP to come.

Friday June 01 2018

8:30 – 10:00 – Session 8: Church Policy and Leadership in the Twentieth Century

Bruce Guenther | Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary

Navigating Tradition: The Life and Leadership of Ältester Herman D.W. Friesen

Sandra Beardsall  | St. Andrew’s College

“‘Getting their Story into the South:’ Project North and The United Church of Canada, 1975-1988”

Bruce Douville | Algoma University

From “The Destruction of a Human Life” to a “A Private Matter”:

The United Church of Canada and the Debate over Abortion Law Reform, 1960-1980


10:00 – 10:15  Break


10:15 – 11:45  Session 9: Anglo-American Expressions of Christian Faith

 Warren James Johnston | Algoma University

‘Promising Tidings of a happy Project … to become one People’: Thanksgivings, Britons and others in the long eighteenth century 

Todd Webb | Laurentian University

Mabel Loomis Todd and the Will of God: Three Crises of Faith in Late-Nineteenth Century America


11:45 – 1:00 Lunch


1:00 pm Walking Tour

First Nations University | Located on the uRegina campus


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