Centres & Institutes

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.

Committee on Asian/North American Asian Theologies (formerly the Centre for Asian Theology)

Emmanuel College, 75 Queen's Park Crescent, Room 107, Toronto, ON M5S 1K7 | 416-585-4539 | website

A theological resource and support to Emmanuel College, the Toronto School of Theology and the United Church Faith Communities in Toronto and beyond.

Centre for Asian-Canadian Theology and Ministry

Knox College, 59 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5S 2E6 | 416-978-0371 | website

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.

Nam Soon Song, Director
knoxasian.centre@utoronto.ca

Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology 

St. Michael's College, 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 | 416-926-1300, ext. 3408 | website

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 graduate 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
dennis.ohara@utoronto.ca

The Institute of Evangelism

Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1H7 | website

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.

Judy Paulsen, Director

Karl Barth Society of North America

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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 cooperation with it.

Kierkegaard Circle

Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue, Toronto, ON M5S 1H8 | 416-978-3039 | website

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
khanah@chass.utoronto.ca

Lonergan Research Institute

Regis College, 100 Wellesley Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 2Z5 | 416-922-5474, ext. 240 | website

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.

Jeremy Wilkins, Director
jeremy.wilkins@lonerganresearch.org

Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre

47 Queen's Park Crescent East, Toronto, ON M5S 2C3 | 416-978-6078 | website

Founded in 1990, the Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre (TMTC) is a graduate teaching and research centre administered by Conrad Grebel University College on behalf of a binational Mennonite constituency. Through its affiliation with the Toronto School of Theology (TST) TMTC seeks to foster interdisciplinary reflection on the Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition, as well as other traditions, by graduate students and scholars working across the breadth of the theological disciplines and those working outside the discipline of theology proper. TMTC is also devoted to creating an awareness of the Anabaptist/Mennonite tradition among scholars, teachers and students from other traditions and is often described as the Anabaptist/Mennonite “hub” at TST. TMTC regularly offers courses in Anabaptist history and theology in Toronto and cross-listed faculty serve on doctoral thesis committees and in other capacities at TST. TMTC also hosts a monthly Scholars Forum and a number of special events throughout the year as well as a Fellows Program that contributes immensely to its porous community of collegiality and mutual mentoring. In service to a wider Anabaptist/Mennonite constituency across North America and beyond, TMTC also organizes the annual Mennonite Scholars and Friends forum at the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature meetings as well as a biennial graduate student conference.

Kyle Gingerich Hiebert, Director
Pablo Kim Sun, Administrative Assistant
mennonite.centre@utoronto.ca