“Anne Duncan Gray” Visiting Scholar – Winter 2013

The United Church of Canada – Emmanuel College

Rev H Bernard

REV. HENLEY BERNARD

We are pleased to announce that Rev. Henley Bernard will be The Anne Duncan Gray Visiting Scholar from January through April 2013. Rev. Bernard has been named by United Church of Canada global partner, The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. Both denominations are members of the Caribbean North America Council for Mission*. The Rev. Bernard will be hosted by Emmanuel College, Victoria University at the University of Toronto and will be joined by his wife Patricia for a short period of his time in Canada. A summary of the Anne Duncan Gray Visiting Scholar Program is below.

Rev. Henley Bernard is a trained teacher and a minister with The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands (UCJCI). He holds a Masters in Biblical Studies and Theology, with academic interests in Pastoral Care, Systematic Theology, and Social Outreach. From 2007 to 2011, Rev. Bernard stood as Moderator for the UCJCI. His last visit to Canada was in 1997, where he participated as a Farm Pastor with the Caribbean Workers Outreach Programme, in Niagara, Ontario.

Rev. Bernard is currently the warden to UCJCI students at the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI). He lectures in the areas of theology and biblical languages and is also the coordinator for the UCJCI’s ministerial formation programme. Rev. Bernard is currently in the final stages of his PhD studies, which is exploring Interfaith Religions, with a focus on the collaboration between Christians and Muslims. Bernard’s academic and ecclesiastical leadership offers a valuable link between African and American theological traditions.

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* The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands
(as part of the Caribbean North America Council for Mission).

The roots of The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands go back to 1800 in Jamaica and 1846 in the Cayman Islands. The Church under its present name was the result of the union in 1992 of the then United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman and the Disciples of Christ in Jamaica. The United Church of Jamaica and Grand Cayman was itself the product of the union in 1965 of the Presbyterian Church, in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, and the Congregational Church in Jamaica. Their logo contains symbols representative of these denominations.

The United Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands is part of the Caribbean North America Council for Mission (CANACOM) is a roundtable of 10 Caribbean member churches, together with The United Church of Canada, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, and the Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
CANACOM was founded in 1986 to challenge the historic predominance of one-sided North-to-South mission flow that often resulted in dependency and domination. CANACOM partner churches are seeking "to grow out of traditional mission mentalities" into a model emphasizing justice in relationship, mutuality, equality, and interdependence. Member churches share ideas, personnel, skills, finances, and material resources, allowing all to be receiving and giving.

As the United Church's capacity to maintain grants to churches in the English-speaking Caribbean has diminished, CANACOM has become an effective way for the United Church to maintain relationships with churches. The United Church of Canada joined CANACOM in 1994.

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Contact person at the Partners in Mission Unit for her itinerary, resume or practical arrangements:

Heather Spares, Program Assistant – People in Partnership
Partners in Mission Unit - The United Church of Canada
3250 Bloor St. West, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario M8X 2Y4
Tel. 416-231-7680, ext. 4017, hspares@united-church.ca

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The Anne Duncan Gray Visiting Scholar Program

Background

The Anne Duncan Gray "World Outreach Teaching Fellowship" was established in 1978, after The United Church of Canada received a bequest from the estate of George L. Gray in memory of his wife, Anne. These funds were used to set up an endowment that would give financial assistance for an annual "study/teaching Scholar/lecturer programme involving a Christian scholar from the two-thirds world". Each year, the United Church of Canada-General Council Partners in Mission Unit consults with global partner churches and agencies and recommends a scholar to Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

Emmanuel College, located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, is the largest theological school associated with The United Church of Canada. Since its founding in 1928, Emmanuel has been integrally connected to both Victoria University and the University of Toronto. It is one of seven seminaries that form the Toronto School of Theology.

Programme

The Anne Duncan Gray programme allows visiting scholars access to the University of Toronto library and research system, and involves them in the community life of the Emmanuel College students and faculty. The visiting scholar often participates in teaching a semester course (approximately 4 months long) at the theological school, usually in a "team" situation with a permanent faculty member. Emmanuel College works out the details of the programme for each scholar, in consultation with the Scholar. Scholars may come to Canada for either the “fall” academic term (beginning of September through mid-December) or the “winter” academic term (beginning of January through mid-April).

The United Church of Canada, through the General Council’s Partners in Mission Unit, looks forward to interaction with visiting scholar as an occasional resource person to the broader church. This has taken the form of participation and/or leadership in United Church gatherings, participation and/or leadership in relevant workshops or conferences, sometimes in different parts of the country. These opportunities are worked out in advance in consultation with Emmanuel College and the Scholar.

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