2012 Recipient, The Rev. Dr. C. Douglas Jay, C.M., M.A., M.Div., Ph.D., D.D.
Douglas Jay Vic 4T6, Emm 5T0 is one of Canada’s most respected theological educators, one of the few appointed to the Order of Canada. His contributions to teaching, social justice, intellectual inquiry and interfaith cooperation have all been invaluable.
Jay was born shortly after the birth of the United Church itself. His father, a Methodist minister, had been educated at Vic and it seemed natural for the younger Jay to follow in his father’s footsteps, earning a degree in philosophy and history during the war years.
In 1955, Jay joined the Emmanuel faculty as a professor of religious philosophy and ethics. There he stayed until his retirement twenty years ago.
Jay is known as the Founding Director of the Toronto School of Theology. The school persists to this day, and is remarkable not only for the breadth of its ecumenical spectrum, but also for its association with the University of Toronto.
Jay returned to Emmanuel to serve as Principal from 1981 to 1990 and was named Principal Emeritus in 2010. Jay was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his continued devotion to providing interfaith understanding and cooperation.