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Knox Advanced Degree Student Wins SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship Grant

Never in his wildest dreams did Glenn McCullough imagine that he was going to be awarded a grant through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), but his work on dream interpretation did just that.

“I had applied before unsuccessfully and I had heard that students in my department never receive these grants,” said McCullough. He was thrilled to learn that his project The Christian Imaginary: Approaches to Dreams and Dream Interpretation in Christian Theology and Pastoral Counseling was awarded a $20,000 Doctoral Fellowship grant.

McCullough’s work is on dreams and dream interpretation in western history, focusing on both theological and psychological approaches.  “You have a spiritual experience every night when you dream,” said McCullough. “The unfortunate thing is that almost no one takes the time to understand what their dreams are saying, and I’m hoping that my work might be able to change that, in some small way.”

The grant will not only help McCullough in his research, but make life a little easier for his family as his wife Rachel is also a PhD student at the Toronto School of Theology, and together they have a two-year-old son, Colman.  “Financial support is so important for doctoral research today – more important than ever,” he said. “We are so grateful for the many individuals and groups who support scholarship in Canada.”

Congratulations, Glenn!

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The Robert Laidlaw Lecture - March 10-11, 2015 - with the Rev. Dr. Darrell Guder - Taking the Form of a Servant - Polity for the Missional Church - Knox College

March 10-11, 2015
Tuesday – 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Wednesday – 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. &  3:30 to 5 p.m.

Beginning with the apostolic mission in the first century, the Christian church has always been involved in organizing itself.  The realities of leadership, decision-making, discipline, and accountability have always required that the church develop and practice polities.  Over the centuries of western Christendom, the polities of the church have often been a dominant if not divisive issue.  Polities have become powerfully political realities.  As western Christendom declines, polity concerns assert themselves in diverse and unsettling ways.  How, in the rapidly changing context of western Christianity, should the church’s missional vocation translate into polities that truly serve that calling?  How do we deal with the inherited benefits and problems of the church’s institutional forms?  What might a “missional polity” look like for the church sent into the contemporary cultural context?


Darrell L. Guder is Henry Winters Luce Professor of Missional and Ecumenical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary where he also served as Dean of Academic Affairs from 2005 to 2010.  He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg, Germany, and has received honorary Doctorates of Divinity from Whitworth University and Jamestown College.  He was Professor of Mission and Evangelism at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (1991-1997) and Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Columbia Theological Seminary (1997-2001).

He has published numerous articles, especially in the field of missional theology and has lectured at numerous theological institutions in the United States.  He most recently addressed the Conference on Mission of the Church of Denmark (June 2006) and the Geelong Ecumenical Conference on Mission in Australia (July 2006),

Dr. Guder was the McClure Lecturer on Mission at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in the fall of 2011.  He has been active in the Gospel and Our Culture Network, focusing on the missional challenges to the churches in the cultures dominated by the earlier paradigms of Christendom

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