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Vision

To be a leading theological school where students become more deeply rooted in their own religious or spiritual traditions while engaging the beliefs and practices of people of other traditions. 

Mission

Rooted in the ecumenical heritage of the United Church of Canada, shaped by its context in Victoria University and in relationship with Christian, Muslim, Buddhist and other religious communities, Emmanuel College equips leaders and scholars for rigorous theological inquiry and for inclusive practices of justice and care, contextual analysis, creative activity, and interfaith engagement.

Values

Emmanuel College values a collegial environment for

  • inclusive and respectful dialogue 
  • intellectual curiosity 
  • academic excellence 
  • public engagement
  • artistic, musical, and liturgical creativity
  • innovation in interfaith learning 
  • the search for justice and right relations

Strategic Plan

Emmanuel College seeks to provide a theological education critically informed by the heritage and tradition of faith. Through theological and ethical reflection, historical awareness, critical study of sacred texts, and attention to matters of both practical and contextual experience in congregations and other settings, the College provides important resources for the education of leadership for the church and other public settings and for the provision of spiritual care. Given its significant and longstanding relationship with the United Church, Emmanuel educates between one-quarter and one-third of the church’s ministers. The United Church funds a portion of Emmanuel’s annual budget (currently around 7%). For more than nine decades, individuals and congregations in the United Church have provided scholarships, bursaries, and endowments supporting the work of the College.

In addition, since its founding, Emmanuel College has been a constituent school within Victoria University and has maintained close relationship with the University of Toronto. This university context has enhanced the quality of theological education at Emmanuel. Further, in 1944, Emmanuel associated with a few other theological colleges, and by 1970, this federation had emerged as the Toronto School of Theology (TST). This federation places all Emmanuel’s activities firmly in an ecumenical context. In 2010, Emmanuel launched its new Canadian Certificate of Muslim Studies program, which became the Muslim focus in the Master of Pastoral Studies program. In 2015, Emmanuel introduced the Diploma in Buddhist Mindfulness and Mental Health and then the Buddhist focus in the Master of Pastoral Studies program. Both initiatives provide a new and important multifaith dimension to theological education in Toronto.

These relationships, both the historical and the more contemporary, provide the backdrop for this strategic plan. The work they have enriched will continue. Alongside these historic commitments, the fulfillment of these strategic objectives will benefit church, university, social justice agencies, and other publics, and improve the quality of theological education offered at Emmanuel College.

Strategic Directions

  • Enhance academic excellence
  • Deepen connections to Emmanuel’s contexts and the pluralism they represent
  • Recruit and educate leaders, attuned to the changing context of spiritual and religious leadership in Canada
  • Strengthen financial sustainability
  • Monitor effectiveness of governance and the planning process in relation to the mission

See the rubrics below listing major action items for each of the strategic directions.

Emmanuel College Strategic Plan Rubrics

Approved by EC Council, May 5, 2020

Rubric 1

1.  Enhance educational excellence

Where We Are Now?

Where Do We Want To Be After One Year?

Where Do We Want To Be After Five Years?

 Who Is Responsible?

Use the ATS self-study process to advance the mission of the college.

Self-study director and committees in place; writing the initial draft of the self-study.

Approving final ATS self-study report for submission; phasing out this priority and adding a priority to focus on student experience.

Reaccredited by UTQAP, ATS, and CRPO; incorporating recommendations from external reviews

Principal

Faculty

ATS Steering Committee

 

Undertake searches to renew the faculty complement at a rank appropriate to curricular needs.

Hiring and regularizing the appointments of Buddhist and Muslim faculty; new appointment in Instructional Design; assessing curricular needs for future searches.

Full faculty complement to staff and recruit for our BD and graduate programs.

Phasing out this priority to shift to support for faculty grant writing and research, excellence in graduate programs, ample supervisory support for doctoral students; an active Centre that fosters scholarly collegiality

Principal

Faculty Executive

Faculty search committees

 

Monitor existing and evolving program developments and institutional capacities, including implications of the changing religious landscape for the BD curricula and programmatic use of the Centre for Religion and Its Contexts.

Robust enrollment in MPS; two CASC-approved SPE units; consolidating our model for multireligious theological education (first-semester BD course, “Coloniality and Power” designated elective), reviewing non-conjoint programs; hiring in Instructional Design and Spiritual and Community Life

Training faculty for blended and online teaching; implement curricular connections with the DSR and other units to facilitate options in various traditions.

Seeing robust enrollments in BD and graduate programs; successful certificate programs; plenty of field placements; implementing a plan for online/blended education

Principal

Faculty

BD and GD Directors

Program Directors

BD Committee

TST Governance Structures

 

 

Rubric 2

2.  Deepen connections to Emmanuel’s contexts and the pluralism they represent

Where We Are Now?

Where Do We Want To Be After the First Year?

Where Do We Want To Be After Five Years?

Who Is Responsible?

Broaden ways that courses, continuing education, and community life can implement the calls to action delineated by the TRC (especially number 60 that relates to theological schools).

Appointed J. Hamilton-Diabo to the faculty; annual trip to Woodland Cultural Centre in Context and Ministry; drumming and smudging ceremonies; new Coloniality and Power designated elective; participation in Victoria University’s Indigenous Advisory Circle

Offering regular courses and Centre events that address TRC calls to action; connecting with NAIITS and Department for the Study of Religions new indigenous studies courses and events; strategizing to increase Indigenous presence at Emmanuel; development of scholarship resources and supports

Response to TRC embedded in curriculum, community life and continuing education to support Emmanuel’s and Victoria University’s mission; continuing implementation of curricular developments re: intercultural, post-colonial, and decolonization theories; key relationships in place to support recruitment

Principal

Vic President’s Office

BD Director

Faculty

Centre Committee

TST Director

Foster the interreligious and intercultural learning of Emmanuel students and explore the interreligious dimensions of theological education (including pedagogy, practices, and student life).

New faculty appointments in Islam and Buddhism; piloted the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI); approved new required Intro to Multireligious Theological Education course; cooperating with the Department for the Study of Religion for course offerings; hiring a Spiritual and Community Life Program Manager.

Successful pilot of the new first-semester BD course that integrates the IDI; plan for assessing intercultural learning; finding a process to cross-register with other U of T departments (e.g., languages); supporting interfaith and tradition-specific spiritual and community life programming.

Recognized for cultivating a creative approach to theological education that values academic excellence and prepares students (and those who teach them) to thrive in a pluralistic world; integrated interfaith and intercultural dimensions to BD programs and student life; Ph.D. program that supports interreligious scholarship

Principal

BD Director

BD Committee

Faculty

Advisory Committee

Advancement Office

Spiritual and Community Life Program Director

Foster the local, national, and international connections that contribute to our mission, including scholarships for international students.

Launched EC Music Series, a peer-reviewed publication series with GIA Publishing; Created International Music Scholar award and graduate Excellence Award (doubling our international graduate applications); hosting international speakers.

Exploring national and international opportunities and partnerships that draw on faculty strengths and institutional priorities; developing international recruitment and scholarships; writing grants to support student travel experiences

Funded travel and study experiences for both faculty and students; full use of partnership agreements for both faculty and students; clarity about the relationship between globalization and local imperatives of TRC

Principal’s Office

Faculty

Advancement Office

 

 

Rubric 3

3.  Recruit and educate leaders, attuned to the changing mission and context of spiritual and religious leadership in Canada

Where We Are Now?

Where Do We Want To Be After the First Year?

Where Do We Want To Be After Five Years?

Who Is Responsible?

Cooperate with the United Church and Buddhist and Muslim communities in recruiting students and develop a communications strategy that effectively promotes Emmanuel to various constituencies.

Working with United Church GCO and new regional structures to develop effective recruitment strategies; updating web-based recruitment materials and video presence; researching integrated admissions portal systems

New recruitment videos and media presences in consultation with Victoria University Communications Office. Consulting with Muslim Advisory Committee on a new MTS stream.

Growing enrollments in all programs and an understanding of how our programs support religious leadership and spiritual care in the Canadian context; working cooperatively with United Church institutions

Principal’s Office

Advisory Committee

EC Recruitment and Admissions Office

Vic Communications Office

MDiv Director

 

Partner with the United Church, alumni/ae, interfaith agencies, and other partners through continuing education to create educational opportunities that emphasize leadership in diverse settings.

Co-sponsoring TUCC’s innovative ministry project onsite; implementing new guidelines for Centre use and funding; increasing the number of events offsite in the community for broader impact.

Developing informal and formal ways to listen to needs of religious communities and alums; redesigning the MDiv Ministry Integration Seminar to meet UCC leadership needs.

Commitment to the United Church ethos as the College lives into a multi-religious curriculum; strategic Centre programming that meets needs of various religious constituencies.

Principal’s Office

Events and Media Coordinator

Centre Committee

Advisory Committee

Alumni and Advancement

Alumni Association

Contribute theologically to the United Church of Canada and other communities of faith

 

Contributing to regional and national committees and events through the regular involvement of the faculty; providing resources through teaching and research

Continuing encouragement for renewed faculty complement to engage in a variety of United Church and other programs and endeavors

EC faculty and Canadian faith communities working together to think through emergent theological issues

 

Faculty

Advisory Committee

 

Rubric 4

4.  Strengthen financial sustainability

Where We Are Now?

Where Do We Want To Be After the First Year?

Where Do We Want To Be After Five Years?

Who Is Responsible?

Work with Alumni Affairs & Advancement to enhance connections with our constituencies, particularly to increase giving to the Annual Fund among our alumni/ae.

Working effectively with the advancement team with respect to growing Emmanuel’s Annual Fund.

Realize gifts for the annual fund related to the intercultural development inventory (IDI).

 

 

Well-coordinated fundraising activities that maximize the expertise of the advancement team to solicit gifts from alums and other supporters of programs at Emmanuel College.

Vic President’s Office

Principal’s Office

Advancement team

Fundraising to develop new Major Gift resources in areas compatible with this strategic plan

Working toward realizing major gifts relating to graduate scholarships, supervised pastoral education, a spiritual life position, online learning, and endowed professorships. Reallocating Billes funds for diverse student scholarships.

Making significant progress in raising money to support the priority areas, including the remaining monies needed to fulfill the Muslim and Buddhist MPS professorships, as well as scholarships for Indigenous and international students.

Priority positions endowed, bringing general relief to the operating budget.

Vic President’s Office

Principal’s Office

Advancement team

Develop an enhanced strategy for Legacy giving

Continue to execute LG mailing with brochure. A spring 2020 gift planning workshop is being organized to promote legacy giving to the Emmanuel community

Working to secure legacy gifts by maximizing resources. Regularly scheduled workshops on planned giving and a media campaign to support this work. Proactive rather than reactive focus.

A strong and growing roster of legacy gifts to provide endowment support in coming years.

Vic President’s Office

Principal’s Office        

Advancement team

 

Rubric 5

5.  Monitor effectiveness of governance and the planning process in relation to the mission.

 

 

Where We Are Now?

Where Do We Want To Be After the First Year?

Where Do We Want To Be After Five Years?

Who Is Responsible?

Continue to review governance structure of Emmanuel College for efficiency and effectiveness.  

Living into two governance revisions: the transfer of Academic Committee duties to the Faculty; the combination of the Academic Initiatives and Centre Committees.

Use the ATS self-study report to assess the effectiveness of relationships with other units within Victoria University.  

A smoothly operating planning and assessment process related to a rolling strategic plan.

Principal’s Office

Faculty Executive

Faculty

Continuing Ed and Events Coordinator

EC Council

 

Continue to monitor and improve the internal administration of Emmanuel College for the purpose of accomplishing the mission of the institution.

ATS self-study committees in place; redistributed student advising to involve all faculty; completed service workload audit to assign committee work equitably; clarified graduate student grievance policy.

Reviewing staff reporting and support relationships; reviewing the staff and executive committee meeting protocols to ensure effective and efficient communication; strategizing re: Board sub-committee representation

Efficient, equitable, and effective functioning of the administrative work of the College.

Faculty Executive

Principal’s Office

ATS Director

BD, GD, and Program Directors

Urge TST to enact strategies for meaningful and effective faculty involvement in planning and decision-making.

Working well with new TST director; supporting the TST governance review and new avenues for faculty governance and collaboration.  

Collaborating on academic planning with other TST faculty for BD and graduate course offerings; experiencing productive engagement with the faculty new governance structure.

A collaborative role for Emmanuel College and its faculty in the areas of governance and academic planning at TST.

Principal’s Office

Faculty

TST/GCTS Directors

TST Governance Structures