Theology

While not currently offering degree programs in theology, St. John’s College is pleased to partner with the Anglican Diocese of Rupert’s Land, Canadian Mennonite University, the Centre for Christian Studies, St. Margaret’s Ecclesial University Project, and other partners in offering opportunities for theological study in both formal and less formal ways.

During the 2020-21 academic year, St. John’s College will co-sponsor three theological courses with Canadian Mennonite University (who will be granting the course credit). Note that due to the uncertainty regarding COVID-19 pandemic measures, courses may be online, in person, or a hybrid of the two; for updated information, please contact the instructor or the Rev. Dr. Heather McCance, see below.

Fall 2020: Synthesizing “our”’ theology: between the local and the global, (Instructor: Donald Phillips, Tuesday evenings)
Drawing significantly on the work of Robert J. Schreiter, this one semester course explores how local theology is synthesized in and from its local context (including the recently-experienced ‘pandemic culture’ of COVID-19); and how that theology then impacts its cultural context. It will include the semiotic study of culture – determining effective ways to describe cultures and their resulting identity and potential for social change. The examples of culture and theology to be explored will not be limited to geographic or national identities. It will include ethnic (indigenous) culture and other social “cultures” representing minority groups in dominant societies beginning with the 20th century phenomenon of liberation theology. This global emphasis is important because of the interconnectedness of societies around the world and the plurality of Canada and the multi-faith context that accompanies it.

Winter 2021: Ministry Leadership: Skills, Tools, and Theology for Church Leaders (Instructor: Heather McCance, Monday evenings)
Change seems to be the only constant in today's culture, and this is true in the Church as well. Course participants will learn solid management tools including governance and polity through volunteer and disciple management. From there, we will engage with the latest writings on adaptive and transformative leadership theories and models and critically examine them in light of a Christian theology of leadership. The focus will remain on the practice of ministry and the person of the Christian leader.

Spring 2021: Indigenous Christian Theology (Instructors: Barbara Shoomski and Tanis Kolisnyk, week long, May 17 - 21)
This 35 hour intensive course will provide students with a foundation of understanding of the spiritual knowledge of Indigenous peoples, on the Land that we find ourselves today. Two Indigenous instructors will examine Indigenous wisdom within the context of Christian belief, while honouring Indigenous and Christian ways of knowing God. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their own theological understanding of Indigenous spiritual practice, while respectfully affirming Indigenous beliefs within God's creation and love manifest through the grace of Jesus Christ.

Each of the above courses can be taken for credit, or on a formal audit basis, or for your own personal formation. For information on how to register, please contact the Rev. Dr. Heather McCance, see below.

The Council for Theological Education, a joint council of the College and the Diocese, is chaired by St. John’s Warden, Dr. Christopher Trott (Christopher.trott@umanitoba.ca).

Inquiries about theological education at St. John’s College can be directed to the Rev. Dr. Heather McCance at mindev@rupertsland.ca. Dr. McCance’s position as Diocesan Ministry Developer for Rupert’s Land is jointly sponsored by the Diocese of Rupert’s Land and St. John’s College.