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Conference of the Canadian Theological Society (CTS)



Monday, May 30, 2016 to Wednesday, June 1, 2016


See pages 46-47 in the Congress Guide

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About the conference

This annual meeting of the Canadian Theological Society brings together scholars of Theology throughout Canada. The theme for the Canadian Theological Society for 2016 is “Energizing Communities.” This theme invites reflection on the relationship between local and global communities, or various kinds of communities. The potential for such reflections is manifold and may involve theological engagement on ecclesiology, communities within and beyond the church, what makes for vital churches, and charismatic theologies and pneumatologies. Do religious communities “energize” the wider society and vice-versa? In what way are religious communities’ energies circumscribed in the current political economy?

This conference theme will invite us to reflect on local and international movements to gauge whether there is evidence of “energized communities” emerging in Canada that are religious or may have something to say to religious communities. What might the energies of such movements as "Idle No More" bring to the religious landscape and theological inquiry in Canada? This theme—and Congress’s setting for 2016--also encourage reflection on sources of energy—oil and gas and renewable energy.  How does theology respond to calls for divestment in oil and gas, and how does it understand stewardship in a context in which the land and communities (particularly First Nations communities) have been destroyed by such sources of energy? How might theologies of providence, gift and creation respond to or critique an economy so heavily reliant on non-renewable forms of energy? 

  • Conference website: n/a
  • Subject areas: theology, theologies from a variety of religious traditions, political theology, theology in secular society
  • Final program (PDF): download it here (updated 2016-04-22)
  • President's reception: Monday, May 30, 2016



Only those people who are registered for Congress 2016 and have added the Canadian Theological Society (CTS, #65) to their Congress registration may attend this conference. Please note that conference registration fees are separate from the association's membership fees.

About the association

For more information about membership or this conference, please contact the association directly at the contacts listed below.

  • Program Chair: Jane Barter, University of Winnipeg
  • Local Arrangement Coordinator: Tim Harvie, St. Mary's University College
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