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Sessional Instructors May 2019 - April 2020

Samantha Cavanagh
BAH University of King’s College, Dalhousie University
MDiv Emmanuel College, Toronto School of Theology
PhD (Theological Ethics) St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto



Teaching and Research Interests

Samantha Cavanagh studies theo-ethical issues arising within urban contexts (with explicit attention to moral problems for urban life in Toronto), and her work focuses on cultivating moral-spiritual responses to these problems from a feminist theo-ethical lens. Among her research interests are contextual theologies (including feminist, liberative and critical perspectives), the relationship between aesthetics and theological ethics, discourses around urbanization, spatiality and urban economic injustice. Sam has taught in the Contextual Education department at Emmanuel College for the past five years.

Sam is involved in bridging these academic interests in her work with various communities, including: the neighbourhood of Parkdale (and the Anglican Parish of Epiphany St. Mark’s) and L’Arche Toronto.

Sam is a yoga teacher and community-engaged artist.


Selected Articles and Chapters

“A Feminist Theo-Ethic of Justice-Seeking-Love for Smart Urbanites,” Handbook of Religion and Cities, Routeledge, forthcoming.

“A Sensuous Pursuit of Justice: An Examination of the Erotically Pleasurable and Morally Formative Practice of Yoga,” in Canadian Theological Review. Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2014), 44-54.


Memberships & Ecclesial Affiliations
Member, Epiphany St. Mark’s Anglican Church
Aspirant, Diocese of Toronto, Anglican Church of Canada


American Academy of Religion
Canadian Theological Society
Society of Christian Ethics


EMF 3020 Contextual Education and Integration
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



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)
Farah Islam
HBSc University of Toronto at Scarborough
MSc York University
PhD York University
Postdoctoral fellowship University of Toronto and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health




Teaching and Research Interests

Farah Islam explores mental health and service access in Canada's racialized and migrant populations using both epidemiology and mixed methods research, with a particular focus on both South Asian and Muslim populations and the mental health impacts of migration. Farah has taught youth and adolescent mental health courses at the Islamic Institute of Toronto (IIT) and Islamic Online University (IOU).

Farah strongly believes that conversations about mental health need to happen within community spaces and places of worship. Farah is involved in various Muslim community initiatives, such as serving on the expert advisory panel for Nisa Homes (a Muslim women’s transitional home) and developing the program for Being ME (the largest annual Muslim women’s conference in North America). Farah regularly conducts mental health workshops with children, youth, and parents, bridging topics of resilience and mental wellness with Islam. Farah orients her research and community work around breaking down the barriers of mental health stigma. On the creative side, Farah is a Screenwriter and Mental Health Specialist for Adam's World, a Muslim children's TV puppet show, which combines children's mental health and spiritual health.  


Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Original article: ““Children are going on a Different Path”: Youth Identity from the Bangladeshi Immigrant Parents’ Perspective” (2019), International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction(F. Islam, A. Sultana, S. Qasim, M. Kozak, H. Tamim, & N. Khanlou)


Original article: “Mental Health Consultation Among Ontario's Immigrant Populations” (2018), Community Mental Health Journal, 54(5)(F. Islam, N. Khanlou, A. Macpherson & H. Tamim)


Book chapter: “Exploring Youth Mental Health and Addictions at the Intersection of Food Insecurity and Gender” (2018) In book: Today’s Youth and Mental Health, eds. Soheila Pashang, Nazilla Khanlou & Jennifer Clarke (F. Islam & K. Kazim)


Original article: “Mental health of South Asian youth in Peel Region, Toronto, Canada: a qualitative study of determinants, coping strategies and service access” (2017), British Medical Journal (BMJ) Open, 7(11) (F. Islam, A. Multani, M. Hynie, Y. Shakya & K. McKenzie)


Original article: “Immigrating to Canada during Early Childhood Associated with Increased Risk for Mood Disorders” (2015), Community Mental Health Journal, epub ahead of date (F. Islam)


Original article: “South Asian Populations in Canada: Migration and Mental Health”
BioMed Central (BMC) Psychiatry, (2014). 14(154)(F. Islam, N. Khanlou & H. Tamim)


Review article: “Mixed Methods Immigrant Mental Health Research in Canada: A Systematic Review” (2014), Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, epub ahead of date (F. Islam & M. Oremus)


Original article: ““Satan has afflicted me!” Jinn-possession and mental illness in the Qur’an” (2012), Journal of Religion and Health, 53(1), 229-243 (F. Islam & R.A. Campbell)



EMP2522HF Muslim Mental Health: Research, Policy & Practice

Ian Manson
Lynette Monteiro
Henry Shiu
Anne Simmonds
D.Min, Emmanuel College, Victoria University, University of Toronto
M.Div Trinity College, University of Toronto
B.ScN Western University, London Ontario.
1987: Ordained, United Church of Canada.
1987: Specialist in Institutional Ministry, Canadian Association for Spiritual Care



Teaching and Research Interests

Anne’s D.Min thesis, carried out during her time as Director of Chaplaincy Services at the Wellesley Hospital, Toronto, is titled: “Reflections on Life and Death in a Technological Society: Experiences of Doctors and Nurses with Dying Patients in Intensive Care.” Anne’s extensive experience as both a hospital Spiritual Care provider and nurse is brought to bear on her teaching style which is very experientially and practically based. She has been teaching Spiritual Care with Dying and Grieving Persons since 2007. EMP3559HS. Anne has extensive experience offering spiritual direction, counselling, workshops, and retreats, locally and internationally. She has an interest in recognizing the oneness of body, mind, and heart and the integration of these in spiritual practices. She taught Ministry Without Prayer? from 2009 – 2018. EMP 2206 HF. She earned a diploma at the Toronto School of Art and continues to play with paint, colour and canvas.

Selected Publications

“The Healing Power of a Good Cry.” Spirit Story, The United Church Observer, Page
44, September 2018.

Art Piece “Transforming Fire” in Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, Vol 20, No1, March 2018.

“Remembrance Revisited” Spirit Story, The United Church Observer, Page 50, November 2017.

“Inspired by Spirit: Teaching Theological Students to Pray” Presence Journal of Spiritual
Directors International, Vol.24, No 1., March 2015, page 19-24.

Cover Art Piece for Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction, Vol 20, No1, March 2014.

“The Heart of Matter: Body as Blessing.” Chapter in Encounter in Pastoral Care and Spiritual Healing; Towards and Integrative and Intercultural Approach, Eds. D Louw, Takaaki D Ito, U. Elsdorfer, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, 2012, pages 112-122.

Trent Voth
Joan Wyatt

The Reverend Joan Wyatt, R.N., B.A., M.Div

The Rev. Joan C. Wyatt retired from Emmanuel College in 2011 after five years as Assistant Professor and Director of Contextual Education. Before Emmanuel, for seven years, she was Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Theological Field Education at Vancouver School of Theology. Prior to teaching, she served for ten years as pastor of Trinity St Paul’s UCC Toronto. 

In retirement Joan has continued to practise her love of creative worship and preaching by serving several short and longer term appointments in the United Church of Canada and through two privileged opportunities as coordinator of worship and chaplain with the Global Institute of Theology of the World Communion of Reformed Churches. 

Stimulated by the “Me Too” movement and the present populist distaste for various forms of human difference, Joan has returned with new motivation, after a significant hiatus, to complete a Th.D.thesis on the rise of feminist practices in the United Church of Canada.

Chris Zeichmann

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


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


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.

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