Centre for Asian Theology


To be a theological resource and support to Emmanuel College, the Toronto School of Theology, and the Asian United Churches of the Greater Toronto Area.


1. To raise awareness of theological developments in Asia.
2. To make available works in Asian theological thought in both English and the various Asian languages.
3. To encourage and enhance scholarship in Asian theology at the Toronto School of Theology by increasing library holdings in this area; holding public lectures, forums, and workshops.
4. To provide theological support to Asian and Asian Canadian ministry personnel and laity in the United Churches of the Greater Toronto Area .

How We Came to Be

The Centre for Asian Theology was offically launched at Emmanuel College in the fall semseter of 1996, following Professor Jong-Hwa Park's initiative in fall 1993, and later with the help of President Chai-Yong Choo of Hanshin University. Provision was made for an exchange of theological books between Emmanuel and Hanshin. The ensuing Agreement of Co-operation between Hanshin and Victoria/Emmanuel, begun in 1994-95, includes student and faculty exchanges between the two institutions.

Current Activities (2014-2015)

Study group "Exploring Faith through the Eyes of Culturally Diverse People"

The Lunar New Year Luncheon Celebration - Feb 4, 12:15 pm

P A S T  A C T I V I T I E S
Subaltern Challenges from Asia to the Ecumenical Movement: Through an Indian Feminist Lens (video)
A panel discussion with Emmanuelo’s 2014 Anne Duncan Gray Visiting Scholar, Dr. Aruna Gnanadason, Responders Professor Marilyn Legge and The Very Rev. Dr. Lois Wilson, October 2, 2014.
Transcript of Dr. Aruna Gnanadason's Paper 

When Confucianism Meets Christianity: A Renowned Scholar's Encounter (video)
A lecture by Professor Stanley Jiadong Zheng, Professor of Confucianism & Chinese Philosophy and Visiting Scholar at Emmanuel College, October 1, 2013

R E S O U R C E S  A V A I L A B L E  F O R  L O A N

Theological works in Korean, a series of generous gifts from Hanshin University, are catalogued and integrated into the Emmanuel Library. For recent additions in the area of Christianity in Asia (China, the Philippines, etc.), please consult the lists posted below from time to time. As of May 2014, titles on Asian North American biblical interpretation/Bible study and Christian Education from PAACCE (Pacific Asian American Canadian Christian Education Ministries) have been moved to the Centre for Asian Canadian Theology and Ministry at Knox College.

Recent Books Available at the Emmanuel College Library

CAT February 2015 Recent Book Acquisitions

The Oxford Handbook of Christianity in Asia
, edited by Felix Wilfred (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2014) Call #: BR1065 .O94 2014

Evangelization in China: Challenges and Prospects, by Kin Sheung Chiaretto Yan (Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 2014) Call #: BV3777 .C5 Y36 2014

Grassroots Asian Theology: Thinking the Faith From the Ground Up, by Simon Chan (Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2014) Call #: BT75.3 .C4245 2014

China, Christianity, and the Question of Culture, by Yang Huilin (Waco: Baylor University Press, 2014) Call #: BR115 .C8 Y35 2014

Reaping a Harvest from the Asian Soil: Towards an Asian Theology, edited & introduced by Vimal Tirimanna (Bangalore: Asian Trading Corp., 2011) Call #: BR1065 .R43 2011

Breaking the Glass Box: A Korean Woman’s Experiences of Conscientization and Spiritual Formation, by Jungja Joy Yu (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 2013) Call #: BL458 .Y85 201

Christianity in Chinese Public Life: Religion, Society, and the Rule of Law, edited by Joel A. Carpenter and Kevin R. den Dulk (Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) Call #: BR1288 .C495 2014

Encountering Modernity: Christianity in East Asia and Asian America, edited by Albert L. Park and David K. Yoo (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press in association with UCLA Asian American Studies Center, Los Angeles, 2014) Call #: BR1275 .E53 2014

Christianity and the State in Asia: Complicity and Conflict, edited by Julius Bautista and Francis Khek Gee Lim (London; New York: Routledge, 2009) Call #: BR1275 .C47 2009

Asian Politics and Ecumenical Vision: Selected Writings of Feliciano V. Carino, edited by Philip L. Wickeri and Marina True (Hong Kong: Christian Conference of Asia, 2013) Call #: BR1065 .C27 2013

Training to be Ministers in Asia: Contextualizing Theological Education in Multi-Faith Contexts: Historical, Contextual and Theological Perspectives from Different Asian Countries, edited by Dietrich Werner (Tainan, Taiwan: Programme for Theology and Cultures in Asia, 2012) Call #: BV4140 .A7842 T73 2012

Making Paper Cranes: Toward an Asian American Feminist Theology, by Mihee Kim-Kort (St. Louis, Missouri: Chalice Press, 2012) Call #: BR563 .A82 K56 2012

A Voluntary Exile: Chinese Christianity and Cultural Confluence since 1552, edited by Anthony E. Clark (Bethlehem: Lehigh University Press, 2014) Call #: BV3415.2 .V65 2014

Postcolonial Resistance and Asian Theology, by Simon Shui-Man Kwan (London: Routledge, 2014) Call #: BT30 .A8 K93 2014



An ecumenical and intercultural study group initiated and originally co-sponsored with the Ethnic Ministries Committee of The United Church’s Toronto Conference in 2006, this group meets monthly during the academic year and is open to anyone interested. In 2014-2015 sessions are held on the fourth Friday of each month (except for December and January) in the College in Room 105 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Topics for the next few months are: The meaning of Lent (March 27, Linda Cumming), Prayer workshop (April 24 in Room 205, Professor Swee Hong Lim), An Asian perspective of the universal presence of the Holy Spirit (May 22, Heejung Adele Cho). For further information and to visit, contact one of the Co-coordinators, Maria Ling or Karen Teasdale  


Foundation for Theological Education in South East Asia (FTESEA)

Pacific Asian North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM)

Asian Heritage Month Worship Resource (from 2013)

Staff Support:
Rev Dr. Mark Toulouse, Principal
Ms. Karen Wishart, Librarian

Co-Chairs of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Asian Theology:
The Rev. Richard Choe and Rev. Dr. Wenh-In Ng
Research Fellow: The Rev. Sung Ran Kim

Emmanuel College, Victoria University
75 Queen's Park Cres. Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
tel. 416-585-4539 fax. 416-585-4516

Hours by appointment

For special arrangement to view the collection or borrow resources, please contact the current Research Fellow YunJung Kim at 416-585-4542.

If you have books and resources in Asian languages or in English which you think could contribute to the development of the work of the Centre, please get in touch with any member of the Advisory Committee or with any staff support member [names below].

Centre for Asian Theology Students Gathering meets on campus during fall and spring semesters. Open to all students registered at T.S.T. and their friends.

Staff Support:
Rev Dr. Mark Toulouse, Principal
Ms. Karen Wishart, Librarian

Co-Chairs of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Asian Theology:
The Rev. Richard Choe and Rev. Dr. Wenh-In Ng
Research Fellow: The Rev. Sung Ran Kim
Emmanuel College, Victoria University
75 Queen's Park Cres. Toronto, ON M5S 1K7
tel. 416-585-4539   fax. 416-585-4516

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