The Toronto School of Theology (TST) member schools contribute tremendous intellectual resources to their spiritual and religious communities and to the wider academic world. Much of this work is situated within centres and institutes within the colleges.
Centre for Asian Theology (Emmanuel College)
Emmanuel College, 75 Queen's Park Crescent, Room 107, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
The Centre contains theological works in Chinese and other Asian languages which are available for browsing, together with newsletters, pamphlets, and materials in English on Asian and Asian-North American Theology and Ministry. Please refer to lists available at the Centre.
Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry (Knox College)
Knox College, 59 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E6
The Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry has been established by Knox College to facilitate the theological education of leaders for the rapidly growing Asian-Canadian Church in Canada and to encourage their prophetic contribution to The Presbyterian Church in Canada.
Prof. Nam Soon Song, Director
In Soo Kong, Assistant to the Director
Centre for Research in Religion (Emmanuel College)
Emmanuel College, 75 Queen's Park Crescent, Room EC 107, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
The Centre for Research in Religion was created at Emmanuel College in 1986 with the assistance of a Lilly Endowment faculty development grant to promote and support the work of scholars in various disciplines in the general area of Canadian religious traditions, with a particular focus on the United Church. It has a close working relationship with the United Church Archives. Over the past twelve years the Centre's mandate has expanded to include international research and scholarship in religion. It continues to provide a setting in which visiting research associates and other interested persons can find stimulation and support for their projects. Through publications, conferences and workshops, the Centre contributes to the informed discussion of important public issues.
Michael Bourgeois, Director
Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology (St. Michael’s College, Faculty of Theology)
St. Michael's College, 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4
Through the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology, the Faculty of Theology at the University of St. Michael's College seeks to make a contribution to the healing of the Earth in all its life systems, and express its concern for the ecological crisis of the planet. The Institute is a collaborative teaching and research institute that functions at both the basic and advanced degree levels. Founded by Saint Michael's Faculty of Theology in 1991, it has granted the Certificate of Specialization in Theology and Ecology within the Master and Doctoral programs. Students complete the specialization while concurrently satisfying the requirements of their graduate program. Interdisciplinary by definition, the Institute facilitates serious contact between the theological disciplines and the scientific, cosmological and cultural paradigm shifts that are informing our times.
Dennis O'Hara, Director
Tel: 416-926-1300, ext. 3408
The Institute of Evangelism (Wycliffe College)
Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1H7
The Wycliffe College Institute of Evangelism is a service offered to the wider church. It provides a wealth of resources - teachers and practitioners of evangelism, printed and audio/visual materials, conferences and seminars - to help grow evangelizing congregations. The Institute’s Mission is to encourage and equip the church for the work of evangelism, empowering it to engage in this ministry confidently, joyfully and expectantly.
John Bowen, Director
Karl Barth Society of North America (Emmanuel College)
459 Briar Hill Avenue, Toronto, ON M5N 1M8
Under the auspices of TST, the society was founded in 1972. The Society promoted The Center for Karl Barth Studies founded at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1999 and continues to support and work in co-operation with it.
Kierkegaard Circle (Trinity College)
Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1H8
The Circle offers opportunity to present and critically discuss various aspects of Kierkegaard’s thought. It is interdisciplinary, drawing speakers and participants from religion, philosophy, theology, literature, history of ideas, drama, psychology, semiotics, computational linguistics, and other cognate areas. It meets twice in the academic year, preferably the end of October and the end of March, at Trinity College, University of Toronto; Friday evenings (7:15 – 10:30 p.m.). Speakers for October sessions are frequently from out-of-town, and for the March sessions from at home. Participants are associated with the University of Toronto and nearby institutions such as York, McMaster, Brock, Guelph, and Trent. Trinity College and the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto are the primary sponsors along with the Toronto School of Theology. Its operations are managed by a convener and a committee, with the generosity of financial donations.
Abrahim H. Khan, Director
Lonergan Research Institute (Regis College)
Regis College, 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 2Z5
The Lonergan Research Institute is dedicated to preserving, promoting, developing and implementing the work of philosopher-theologian-economist. Father Bernard Lonergan, SJ, a renowned former professor of Regis College. This research facility, set up to honour his memory and perpetuate his work, consists of an Archives which contains Lonergan's legacy of personal papers to which will be added, as they are collected, letters and documents pertaining to his life and work. The Library, successor to the previous Lonergan Centre, contains his published writings, tape recordings and CD ROMs of his lectures, critical studies of his thought, graduate dissertations done in different parts of the world, and various catalogues to facilitate the work of research. Currently, the Publications Office is concerned primarily with editing and publishing the Collected Works of Bernard Lonergan through the University of Toronto Press and preserving the audio archives on MP3 files. The Institute, through Regis College, offers graduate seminars and colloquia for faculty, students and visiting scholars.
Gordon Rixon, Director
Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre
47 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C3
The Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre is an officially recognized graduate and postgraduate teaching and research centre. It is an independent institution with its own budget and international board made up of representatives from a broad range of Canadian and American Mennonite church bodies and educational institutions. The Centre's intent is to raise the visibility of the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition within the TST through course instruction, thesis supervision, sponsorship of lectures, and promotion of ecumenical conversation. The Centre does not register its own students or grant degrees. All teaching of courses, approval of professors, and granting of degrees occur through normal TST channels. It is situated in the TST building.
John Rempel, Director
Kim Penner, Graduate Student Assistant
- Related Academic Institutions -
Pontifical Institute of Mediæval Studies
59 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C4
The Institute of Mediaeval Studies, the oldest humanities research institute in Canada, was founded in 1929 under the auspices of St. Michael's College and the Congregation of the Priests of St. Basil (CSB). Its original founders planned an institution that would provide the essential resources for scholarly research and publication, attract research scholars, and offer academic programmes for a limited number of students on the graduate level. Observing an increasing interest in the Middle Ages, the founders knew that the achievements of that complex era would not be truly understood until scholars were properly trained to read and to interpret documents and other primary sources of the period. The new technological developments of microfilming and photocopying made possible the implementation of the necessary programmes in an institution geographically remote from archives, libraries, museums, and other depositories of the primary materials.
The Institute progressed so well in its first ten years that, in 1939, it was honoured with pontifical status. As the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, it was to be regulated by pontifical Statutes and its governing Council empowered by charter to grant the pontifical Licence in Mediaeval Studies and Doctorate in Mediaeval Studies. Since 1939, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies has remained a relatively small, autonomous academic community with no departmental divisions. It continues primarily to conduct research along historical lines into the culture and institutions of the Middle Ages and to publish the fruits of that research. It also instructs and directs graduate students and fosters the work of post-graduate scholars in all areas of medieval studies. In 1979, the Institute's focus of research and teaching was formally acknowledged as a field of academic endeavour in itself by the papal constitution Sapientia Christiana. In 1998-1999 the new Post-Doctoral Licence in Mediaeval Studies was initiated.
Barbara North, Institute Secretary
- Theological Associations -
TST faculty members and students are members of and participants within too many academic societies to list here, but here is small sampling:
American Academy of Religion was founded in 1909 and is the world's largest association of academics who research or teach topics related to religion. As a learned society and professional association of teachers and research scholars, the American Academy of Religion has over 10,000 members who teach in some 1,500 colleges, universities, seminaries, and schools in North America and abroad. The Academy is dedicated to furthering knowledge of religion and religious institutions in all their forms and manifestations.
The Society of Biblical Literature is the oldest and largest international scholarly membership organization in the field of biblical studies. Founded in 1880, the Society has grown to over 8,500 international members including teachers, students, religious leaders and individuals from all walks of life who share a mutual interest in the critical investigation of the Bible.
The Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion is a consortium of academic societies in the field of Religious Studies. The Corporation was founded for the purpose of "publishing a journal and other materials to serve the needs of scholars working in both the French and English languages in Canada in all fields of the academic study of religion". Since its inception in 1971, the Corporation has published the journal Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses.
The corporation includes:
• Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
• Canadian Society of Church History
• Canadian Society of Patristic Studies
• Societé canadienne de théologie
• Societé québécoise pour l'étude de la religion