May 16th, 2014 at 901 Dixon Road, Toronto Airport Mariott

Stanley Hauerwas, William Willimon & more

In this bold and visionary book, two leading Christian thinkers explore the “alien” status of Christians in today’s world and offer a compelling new vision of how the Christian church can regain its vitality, battle its malaise, reclaim its capacity to nourish souls, and stand firmly against the illusions, pretensions, and eroding values of today’s world. Hauerwas and Willimon call for a radical new understanding of the church. By renouncing the emphasis on personal psychological categories, they offer a vision of the church as a colony, a holy nation, a people, a family standing for sharply focused values in a devalued world.

This book was written twenty-five years ago. The authors will be joining us for a day of conversation about this topic and what’s changed.

May 16th, 2014 at 901 Dixon Road, Toronto Airport Mariott

9:30AM -4:00PM


Speakers (more to come)

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Stanley Hauerwas

Professor Hauerwas has sought to recover the significance of the virtues for understanding the nature of the Christian life. This search has led him to emphasize the importance of the church, as well as narrative for understanding Christian existence. His work cuts across disciplinary lines as he is in conversation with systematic theology, philosophical theology and ethics, political theory, as well as the philosophy of social science and medical ethics. He was named “America’s Best Theologian” by Time magazine in 2001. Dr. Hauerwas, who holds a joint appointment in Duke Law School, delivered the prestigious Gifford Lectureship at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2001.

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William Willimon

An elder in the United Methodist Church, Professor Willimon served as the dean of Duke Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University for 20 years. He returned to Duke after serving as the UMC Bishop of the North Alabama Conference from 2004 to 2012. Willimon is the author of 60 books. More than a million copies of his books have been sold. His articles have appeared in many publications including Theology Today, Interpretation, Liturgy, Worship, and Christianity Today.


Sylvia Keesmaat

Dr. Sylvia C. Keesmaat taught Biblical Studies and Hermeneutics at the Institute for Christian Studies for ten years. In 2004 she left full-time academia to pursue her interests in sustainable living. Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the Institute for Christian Studies and at the Toronto School of Theology. She is also an instructor in the Creation Care Studies Program in Belize. Dr. Keesmaat is the author of Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (with Brian Walsh, [2004]), Paul and His Story: (Re)Interpreting the Exodus Tradition (1999), and editor of The Advent of Justice (1994). Dr. Keesmaat lives on an organic solar-powered farm in Cameron, Ontario.


Gary Nelson

Gary serves as the President of Tyndale University College & Seminary. He is also a recognized missiologist who understands that ministry complexity in any context can become overwhelming and he is passionate about the importance of nourishing a healthy awareness of God, self and culture. He has authored and presented numerous papers that focus on theological and missiological ecclesiology. His writings include Borderland Churches (2008), and Going Global: A Congregation’s Introduction to Mission Beyond Our Borders (2011).


Aileen VanGinkel

Aileen Van Ginkel, D. Min. has served the EFC in various capacities since 1989, when she acted as co-chair of the Social Action Commission. She served as director of the Education Commission and later directed the EFC’s Ministry Partnerships program. She is currently serving the World Evangelical Alliance as program director for the WEA General Assembly (Seoul, October 2014). She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from Tyndale Seminary (2012), where she conducted research on communal discernment practices in Christian churches and organizations. She lives with her husband and three children in King City, Ont.


Brian Walsh

Dr. Brian J. Walsh is a Christian Reformed campus minister at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Professor of Theology of Culture at Wycliffe College, Toronto School of Theology. He completed his B.A. in philosophy and religious studies at the University of Toronto, M.Phil. at the Institute for Christian Studies, and Ph.D. at McGill University in Montreal. He has authored The Transforming Vision: Shaping a Christian Worldview with Richard Middleton (1984), Truth is Stranger Than It Used to Be: Biblical Faith in a Postmodern Age (1995), and Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire with Sylvia Keesmaat (2004). Dr. Walsh has been writing on the theological significance of the art of Bruce Cockburn for many years. Cockburn seems bemused by his interest.


Joseph Mangina

Joseph, Professor of Systematic Theology, has taught at Wycliffe since 1998. Born and raised in New Jersey, he began his theological studies at Yale Divinity School. Two years of church work in the divided city of Berlin were followed by a return to Yale, where he completed a Ph.D. in systematic theology in 1994. His theological interests run the gamut from ecclesiology, biblical interpretation, Christianity and culture, to ecumenical theology. He serves on the Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue commission for Canada. Joseph has written two books on the thought of Karl Barth and has recently published a theological commentary on the book of Revelation. He is the editor of Pro Ecclesia: A Journal of Catholic and Evangelical Theology. He and his wife, Dr. Elisa Mangina, attend the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields in Toronto, where she serves as assistant organist and choir director. They are the parents of two children.


Dan Sheffield

Dan Sheffield is the International Urban Ministry Facilitator for The Free Methodist Church internationally. Dan’s work involves researching, training leaders and developing resources that encourage the emergence of effective urban outreach and holistic ministry in Canada and around the world in cities like Mumbai, Budapest, Manila and Mexico City. He works internationally alongside both missionaries and national leaders, as well as with Canadian churches developing local church-based global involvement. Dan and his wife, Kathy, served as missionaries in South Africa, working in multicultural church planting and community development from 1994 to 1999. Dan and Kathy are part of a new church community, The UnCrowded House, in Hamilton, Ontario.


Rachel McCullough

Rachel McCullough works, worships and hangs out at Sanctuary, a downtown church whose purpose is to become a community in which those who are homeless, poor, and otherwise socially marginalized are the central and most valued members. Her main focus at Sanctuary is street outreach, community pastoral care, and theological reflection. Rachel is also a doctoral student at Wycliffe College studying the relationship between the Eucharist and social justice. She lives in downtown Toronto with her husband Glenn and their one year old son, Cole.

Event Info


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  • Toronto Airport Marriott Hotel
  • Toronto, ON
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  • $45

  • Early Registration

  • $60

  • At the Door



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