Annual Meeting

Canadian Society of Church History

Annual Meeting 2019   | June 4 – 6 2019

University of British Columbia | Vancouver, BC

Conference Program to come


Looking back on the 2018 Annual Meeting

Wednesday 30 June 2018

8:30 – 10:00 Session 1 – Classroom CL 130

 Canadian Catholic Historical Association Keynote Address and Joint Session with the Canadian Historical Association (CHA) and Canadian Society of Church History (CSCH)

 “Rome and Early North America: A Transatlantic Relationship of Love and Hate,      1783-1830

 Dr. Luca Codignola-Bo, Saint Mary’s University (Halifax) and University of Notre Dame,

Moderator: Peter Baltutis, St. Mary’s University (Calgary)

Financial support for this session was provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ Aid for Interdisciplinary Sessions Fund

10:00 – 10:30  Break

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

             Room ED 114

 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

            Room ED 114 | Session Chair:  Bruce Douville

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

Room ED 114 | Session Chair:  Tolly Bradford

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

            Room EA 106.2

Professor John Fea – Messiah College

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

Financial support for this session has been provided by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences’ International Keynote Speaker Support Fund

Thursday 31 May 2018    

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

Room ED 114 | Session Chair: William J. Pratt

Bronwyn Evans  | MA Student – University of Toronto

Ojibwe Responses to Christianity on Walpole Islands in the 1840s

 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

Room ED 114 | Session Chair: Ted Binnema

 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

Room ED 114

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

Room ED 114 | Session Chair: Todd Webb          

  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

Room ED 114 | Session Chair: Sandra Beardsall

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