2020 Christian Left Conference


Date of Event: 
August 14, 2020 to August 15, 2020


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See online schedule (link below)


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2020 Christian Left Conference

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Emmanuel College’s Centre for Religion and Its Contexts, Trinity-St. Paul's United Church, Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre and EDGE: A Network for Ministry Development, are partnered to host the inaugural 2020 Christian Left Conference. This fully-online conference will feature an international roster of presenters on 11 panels over two days.

Registration is FREE. See the full schedule and how to register, here.

The keynote Crossley Hunter Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Dr. Joerg Rieger, the founding Director of the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice, Vanderbilt University.

In response to the pandemic and to acts of (and global movements against) anti-Black racism and other forms of systemic racism here in Canada, the United States and around the world, we have added two additional panels to the conference in recent weeks: “The Christian Left and the Pandemic” and “Anti-Racism.”

The panel addressing racism in the Canadian and North American contexts features:

  • Adele Halliday Emm 1T7, Team Leader of Discipleship and Witness for The United Church of Canada’s General Council Office. In early June of this year, Adele's article, "What I need from white people right now: It's way past time to address anti-Black racism," was published in Broadview magazine.
  • Kenji Marui, coordinating minister for worship and care at Calvary United Church in London, Ontario. Kenji's DMin work on reconciliation in a Canadian context questions whether reconciliation can happen if we do not understand the nature of sin.
  • Robin McGauley, full-time metalsmith and United Church minister. Robin works from her studio in Kitchener, Ontario, producing art from silver and words. She has made a life- long commitment to reconciliation and anti-racism, which is reflected in her person and in her work.