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Sessional Instructors May 2020 - April 2021

Brian Clarke
Brian Clarke
BA, 1974, University of British Columbia    
AM, 1975, The Divinity School, The University of Chicago
PhD, 1986, The Divinity School, The University of Chicago

 

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Teaching and Research Interests

Brian Clarke is a social historian of Christianity. His previous research examined the role of gender and ethnicity in the creation of religious identities and in the formation of public religion in Victorian Canada.
More recently, in collaboration with Stuart Macdonald he is studying the growing trend of disaffiliation from organized Christianity in twenty-first century Canada and the implications of this trend for social identities and for Canadian civil society. He is currently serving as a Collaborator in the Non-Religion in a Complex Future project, University of Ottawa. In his teaching Brian is particularly interested in lived religion and popular religious practices. He has taught at York University, the University of Toronto, the University of St. Michael`s College, and Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the recipient of John Gilmary Shea Prize from the American Catholic Historical Association and Joseph Brant Award from the Ontario Historical Society among other awards.

Selected Publications

Co-author with Stuart Macdonald, Leaving Christianity: Changing Allegiances in Canada since 1945, McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017.

"English Canada, 1854 to the Present," in A Concise History of Christianity in Canada. eds. Terrence Murphy and Roberto Perin, Oxford University Press, 1996

Piety and Nationalism: Lay Voluntary Associations and the Creation of an Irish-Catholic Community in Victorian Toronto, 1850-1895, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1993.

 

Selected Courses
EMH 1010 History of Christianity I (to CE 843)
EMH 2010 History of Christianity II (843-1648)
EMH 2210 History of Christianity III (1648 to Present)
Philip Gardner
Philip Gardner

Philip Gardner

BA, 1977, McMaster University    

MA, 1978, McMaster University

PhD, 1985, University of Toronto

MDiv, 2007, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

ThD, 2018, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto

 

Contact

Email: philip.gardner@mail.utoronto.ca

 

Teaching and Research Interests

Philip Gardner was ordained to the ministry of Word, Sacrament, and Pastoral Care by Hamilton Conference of the United Church of Canada in 2008.  He has served congregations in St. Catharines, Hamilton, and Burlington. Prior to ordination, he enjoyed a lengthy career as a pastoral musician.  As a historian of Christianity, the focus of his research has been on the United Church of Canada, the denomination’s attempt to navigate the 1960s decade of ferment, and ways in which directions taken and choices made during the decade have moulded and shaped that church’s current reality. 

 

Selected Courses

EMH 2570 Issues in United Church History

 

Vinay Khetia
Vinay Khetia

Vinay Khetia

BA, 2008, University of Toronto
MA, 2013, Concordia University
PhD, (Fall 2020  expected), McMaster University

Contact

Email: vinay.khetia@utoronto.ca

Teaching and Research Interests

Vinay Khetia specializes in Islamic intellectual history with a particular interest in Shi'ism. His areas of immediate research span the fields of Islamic law, Qur'anic exegesis, and Islamic historiography and ethics. He has previously taught at McMaster University in the department of Religious Studies. He has just completed his PhD dissertation entitled "The History and Philosophy of Twelver Shi'i Liturgy" and is awaiting his thesis defense. In this work he examined the historical contours of this tradition including the nascent manuscript tradition along with its impending theological and philosophical motifs.  He is currently the academic director of the Shia Research Institute in Toronto which specializes in research dealing with Shi'i theology and Islamic law. He has been engaged in traditional Islamic seminary study for the past 15 years. During these years he has sought to develop a cognizance pertaining to the complexities of the intersection of liberalism and the Muslim diaspora specifically with regards to multivalent expressions of Islam and Muslims devotional life within a "Western" secular landscape.

Selected Publications

“The Night Journey and Ascension of Muhammad in Tafsir al-Tabari” al-Bayan Journal of Qur’an and Hadith Studies, Brill Publications 10:1 R (June, 2012), 39-63."

“The General Ziyarat (Pilgrimage) to Imam al-Husayn and its Role in the Promulgation of Shi’i Piety in Mourning for Imam al-Husayn ed. Sayyid Amjad Shah Naqavi” London: Shiah Institute Press  R (in press, 2020)

“Guardians of the Islamic marriage contract and the search for Agency in Twelver Shī‘ī Jurisprudence” in Contemporary Approaches to Fatāwa’ ed. Zulfikar Shah. Washington D.C.: International Institute of Islamic Thought, 2015 

David Latimore
David Latimore
Contact
Email: phd@davidlatimore.com

Rev. Dr. Latimore serves as Pastor of the Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He has over 20 years of senior pastoral experience.  Rev. Dr. Latimore graduated from Harvard University with a BA in Economics in 1990 and received his Master’s of Divinity degree from Duke University in 2008. He received his Doctorate of Ministry degree in Homiletics from McCormick Theological Seminary in May 2015 and his Ph.D. in Theology in August 2020 from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Dr. Latimore teaching and research focuses African American religious history and the effects of neoliberalism on the theology and homiletics of the black church.

Ian Manson
Ian Manson

Ian Manson

BA, 1979, University of Manitoba

MA, 1986, University of Manitoba

M.Div, 1988, Emmanuel College, Victoria University

ThD, 1999, Emmanuel College

 

Contact

Email: ian.manson@utoronto.ca

 

Teaching and Research Interests

Ian Manson holds a Th.D. in the History of Christianity and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Canada.  In addition to his work as a Sessional Lecturer at Emmanuel, he has taught at the University of Winnipeg, served several congregations in Manitoba and Ontario, and supported the work of various Toronto-area churches as Presbytery staff.  His research has focused on the social gospel tradition in Canada, and on the history of the United Church. 

 

Tom O'Connor
Tom O'Connor

Tom O’Connor

MTh, 1990,  Wilfrid Laurier University/Waterloo Lutheran Seminary

ThD, 1995, University of Toronto

Contact

Email: toconnor@luther.wlu.ca

 

Teaching and Research Interests

I love research and have published more than 50 research articles in peer reviewed journals and authored five books. I love spirituality, religion and well-being. Now in retirement, I am still writing, focusing on articles on competency in spiritual care and psychotherapy, addressing clients' spiritual needs and pastoral research as art.

Research / Areas of Expertise

  • spirituality and well-being
  • spiritual care and psychotherapy
  • narrative therapy
Jane Smith-Eivemark
Jane Smith-Eivemark
Jane Smith-Eivemark
BA, 1982, King’s College, The University of Western Ontario    
M.Div., BST, 1985 Regis College, The Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto
Voluntary Sector Management, 1987, York University
D.Min., 1998, St. Stephen’s College, The University of Alberta
CASC Teaching Certification, SPE Stream, 2002
Dipl. Analyt., 2015, Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts, Toronto

Contact

Email: jane.smith.eivemark@utoronto.ca 

Jane Smith-Eivemark is a Registered Psychotherapist (Jungian Analyst) and has trained as a Clinical Pastoral Educator within CASC. Her Doctor of Ministry focused on the arts as a vehicle of learning within the church – her specific focus was on the development of a theological reflection method for feature film.  Jane is engaged in private practice as a registered psychotherapist and serves Trillium Health Partners (Mississauga, Ontario) as the Professional Practice Leader within the Spiritual and Supportive Care Department.  Jane has served as a practitioner and educator in three health systems, as a director of mission, values, and spirituality within a Roman Catholic Health System and as a manager of spiritual care within a healthcare system.  Her work in depth psychology began as a result of the overarching theme within CASC training – to integrate one’s psychology with one’s theology. Her research is currently expanding within depth psychology as she approaches the questions of soul through her involvement within the work of Wolfgang Giegerich and others within the International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority.

In her teaching Jane is particularly interested in helping students learn more of the depths of soul’s expressions. In her course on dreams and psychotherapy Jane’s teaching engages dreams as expressions of the soul within a Jungian psychological framework. Students have the opportunity to learn more of interface of depth psychology with their religious tradition/spiritualty. During her doctoral studies Jane taught Sexuality and Spirituality as well as Modern Makers of Theology: The Theology of Film at St. Stephen’s College within the University of Alberta.

Selected Course

EMP3538HF

 

Lahouari Ramzi Taleb
Lahouari Ramzi Taleb

Lahouari Ramzi Taleb

BA, 2013, The University of Toronto 
MA, 2015, Department for the Study of Religion, The University of Toronto
PhD, Candidate, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, The University of Toronto

Contact

Email: ramzi.taleb@mail.utoronto.ca 

Teaching and Research Interests

 Ramzi is a PhD candidate in the Dept of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. He is presently completing his dissertation on the Sufi (mystical) exegesis and theology of Amir Abd al-Qādir al-Jazā’irī (d. 1883), the renown religious leader of the resistance against French colonial invasion of Algeria. His research interest broadly concerned with Sufi Qur'anic exegesis, theology and metaphysics from the classical era to the 19th century. Ramzi was a guest lecturer in Professor Yousef Casewit’s graduate seminar on  “Islamic Mystical Texts” University of Chicago, Divinity School, as well as in Professor Mohammed Rustom’s second ­year undergraduate course, on “Mysticism" and  fourth-year seminar on “The Philosophy of Avicenna," at Carelton University. 

Publications

"Sufi Qur’anic Exegesis.” In Routledge Companion to the Qur’an, edited by Maria Dakake, Daniel A. Madigan. London, Routledge, in press.

“The Sufi Doctrines and Practices of the Shadiliyya.” In The Routledge Handbook of Sufism, edited by Lloyd Ridgeon. London: Routledge, 2020.

Selected Courses

EMT3610HS Religious Thought and Spirituality in Islam (Winter 2021)
RS 5223B/ 2299G – Special Topics: Sufi Texts in Translation (Winter 2021, Huron at Western)
Chris Zeichmann
Chris Zeichmann

BA Valparaiso University
MA Claremont School of Theology
PhD St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

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Teaching and Research Interests

Christopher B. Zeichmann studies the New Testament, with his research clustering in two areas. The first is the role of the Roman military and related institutions in the social world of the New Testament, where he brings these matters into conversation with recent developments in critical theory. The second is the politics of biblical interpretation, where his work centres on intersectional reading practices in both popular and scholarly contexts – his publications on the topic have ranged from analysis of imperialist subtexts of New Testament scholarship to the role of left-wing Judaism in early Superman comic books.

He is presently working on a book that combines these two interests, examining the history of queer interpretation of the Healing of the Centurion’s Slave (Matt 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10). He also co-chairs the Ideological Criticism section of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Selected Publications

Books

The Roman Army and the New Testament (Fortress Academic 2018)

Essential Essays for the Study of the Military in First-Century Palestine (Pickwick 2019)

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

“Romans Go Home? The Military as a Site of Class Struggle in the Roman East and New Testament.” Pages 53–65 in Class Struggle in the New Testament. Edited by Robert J. Myles. Lanham: Fortress Academic/Lexington, 2019.

“Liberal Hermeneutics of the Spectacular in the Study of the New Testament and the Roman Empire.” Method and Theory in the Study of Religion 31 (2019): 152–183.

[with Fernando Bermejo-Rubio] “Where Were the Romans and What Did They Know? Military and Intelligence Networks as a Probable Factor in Jesus of Nazareth’s Fate.” Scripta Classica Israelica 38 (2019): 83–115.

“The Triumphal Entry and the Limits of Satire.” The Bible and Critical Theory 15/2 (2019): 128–140.

“Gender in Biblical Studies after the Forgery of The Gospel of Jesus’s Wife.Biblical Interpretation 26 (2018): 391–412.

“Gender Minorities In and Under Roman Power: Respectability Politics in Luke–Acts.” Pages 61–73 in Luke–Acts. Edited by James P. Grimshaw. Texts @ Contexts. London: T&T Clark, 2018.

Memberships
Canadian Society of Biblical Studies
North American Association for the Study of Religion
Society of Ancient Military Historians
Society of Biblical Literature (co-chair: Ideological Criticism section)
Toronto Mennonite Theological Centre
Selected Courses
EMB1501 – Introduction to the Christian Bible, Part I
EMB1506 – Introduction to the Christian Bible, Part II
EMB2801 – New Testament Responses to Violence
EMB2831 – Difficult Stories of Jesus: The Empty Tomb
EMB2951 – Jesus and the Games We Play