Marilyn J. Legge

Marilyn Legge 

Director of Master of Divinity
Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

B.A., Victoria College, Victoria University, Toronto, 1976
M.Div., Emmanuel College, Victoria University, Toronto, 1981
S.T.M., M.Phil., Ph.D.(Christian Social Ethics), Union Theological Seminary, New York, 1990

Office:  Room 210
Tel.: (416) 585-4537
Fax: (416) 585-4516

Teaching & Research Interests

Marilyn Legge teaches and does research in Christian social ethics and the ways communities are morally and theologically imagined and produced in relation to justice-love, care and responsibility. Her scholarly and teaching interests include methods and decolonizing practices for Christian ethics; feminist, liberation, and postcolonial theological ethics; public vocation of Christian social ethics; Canadian narratives and moral wisdom.

Her publications include The Grace of Difference: A Canadian Feminist Theological Ethic (1992) and three co-edited books. Most of her chapters and articles can be found on the T-Space link below. Her current project is “Christian Ethics at Crowded Crossroads.”

She inaugurated the June Callwood Professorship in Social Justice at Victoria College, received the United Church of Canada’s 2010 Davidson Award of Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship, and served as President of the Canadian Theological Society. She is a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto. She enjoys doing collage, dancing, swimming, walking and otherwise being outside.

She retires on 30 June 2019.

Courses Taught
EMT 2902HF Christian Ethics in Context
EMPT3604HS Becoming Intercultural Communities
EMT 3967HS Public Vocation of Christian Ethics
EMT 5943HF Women’s Work in Theologies and Ethics
EMT 3934 Good Sex: Sexualities in Ethical Perspective
EMT 5912 Methods in Theological Ethics
EMT 5931 Postcolonial and Critical Social Theories for Christian Ethics and Theology

Selected Publications

"In the company of God and one another': feminist theo-ethics, heterogeneous publics and intercultural churches," in Stephen Burns and Anita Munro, eds., Public Theology and the Challenge of Feminism (Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge, 2015): 47-62.

"Theological Education at Crowded Crossroads," Toronto Journal of Theology 25 Supplement 1, 2009 (Fall 2009): 65 - 76

“Beyond Borders: Diversity as Moral and Spiritual Resource,” The Ecumenist: A Journal of Theology, Culture and Society 42/3 (Summer 2005): 11 – 15

Beverly Wildung Harrison with co-editors Elizabeth Bounds, Pamela Brubaker, Jane Hicks, Marilyn J. Legge, Rebecca Todd Peters and Traci West, Justice in the Making: Feminist Social Ethics (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2004).

“Building Inclusive Communities of Life” in Donald Schweitzer and Derek Simon, eds., Intersecting Voices: Critical Theologies in a Land of Diversity (Ottawa: Novalis, 2004): 285-304

“Negotiating Mission: a Canadian Stance” International Review of Mission, 95/368 (January 2004): 119-130.

“Seeking ‘Right Relations’:” How Should Churches Respond to Aboriginal Voices?” in The Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (vol.22. Fall 2002): 27-48.

Phyllis Airhart, Marilyn J. Legge, and Gary Redcliffe, eds. Doing Ethics in a Pluralistic World: Essays in Honour of Roger C. Hutchinson (Waterloo: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2002)

“Inside Communities, Outside Conventions: What's at Stake in Doing Theology?” Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses, 29/1 (2000): 1-16.

Marvin M. Ellison and Marilyn J. Legge, editors, Union Seminary Quarterly Review Festschrift for Beverly Harrison, “Wild Geese and Solidarity: Conjunctural Praxis for A Spirit-Filled Ethic,” 53, nos. 3-4 (1999):165-186

Bricoleurs–in–Community: Reframing Theologies of Culture,” Religious Studies and Theology, 16/1 (June 1997): 5-22.

“Multidialogical Spiraling: Healing and Justice in Feminist Theology and Ethics,” in Gender, Genre and Religion: Feminist Reflections, eds. Morny Joy and Eva Neumaier–Dargyay (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier Press for Calgary Institute for the Humanities, 1995): 225-238

“Colourful Differences: ‘Otherness’ and Image of God for Canadian Feminist Theologies,” Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses, 21/1 (1992): 67–80.

"The Grace of Difference: A Canadian Feminist Theological Ethic" (AAR Scholars Press, 1992- reprinted Oxford University Press)

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