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Knox receives Louisville Institute project grant

Dr. Nam Soon Song

Principal John Vissers is pleased to announce that Knox College, in collaboration with the Asian-Canadian Centre for Theology and Ministry, has received a grant of $30,000 USD from the Louisville Institute to conduct a research project on “Challenges and Opportunities for Asian Canadian Immigrant Churches with First and Second Generation Congregants.” Knox’s Ewart Professor of Christian Education and Youth Ministry Dr. Nam Soon Song will be the lead investigator; Rev. In Kee Kim (St. Timothy Korean Presbyterian Church), Dr. Dong Ha Kim (Knox College’s Interim Director of Academic Programs and Director of the Asian-Canadian Centre for Theology and Ministry), and Prof. Ben Kuo (University of Windsor) will also serve as researchers. The duration of the grant and study will be January 2018 to December 2019.

Through its Project Grants for Researchers Program, the Louisville Institute supports initiative strategies for investigating adaptive challenges faced by North American Christianity. Grants up to $30,000 support a diverse range of projects that may involve independent study, short-term research, consultation, or collaborative inquiry. The Project Grant for Researchers program is open to both academic and pastoral leaders in the United States and Canada.

Louisville Institute is funded by the Religion Division of Lilly Endowment and based at Louisville Presbyterian Seminary (Louisville, Kentucky). The Institute’s fundamental mission is to enrich the religious life of North American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions and those who study them, so that the work of each might inform and strengthen the other. Learn more at louisville-institute.org.

Knox College is a theological seminary of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, a founding member of the Toronto School of Theology, affiliated with the University of Toronto, and accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.

Laidlaw Lecture – March 7

The event is free, but registration is required. Register by completing the short form at the bottom of this page.

Live streaming also available during the event. After registering (bottom of page), click here for the live stream.


The Robert Laidlaw Memorial Lecture series presents:

Public Theology and Social Justice

Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 1:30pm


A lecture by Sebastian Chang Hwan Kim, Executive Director of the Korean Studies Centre, Professor of Theology and Public Life at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Public Theology.

The lecture will be followed by a question and answer time with Dr. Kim and a panel discussion; Prof. Charles Fensham (Knox College) will chair the panel, and Prof. Rebekah Smick (Institute for Christian Studies), Prof. Natalie Wigg-Stevenson (Emmanuel College), and Prof. Nam Soon Song (Knox College) will respond.

Join us for a fascinating presentation on public theology as a critical, reflective, and reasoned engagement of theology with academy, church, and society — for the sake of justice for the marginalized in our society.

The event is free, but registration is required. Register by completing the short form below. Can’t attend in person? Watch the live stream!

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Dr. Sebastian Kim is Professor of Theology and Public Life and the Executive Director of Korean Studies Center at Fuller Theological Seminary, USA. He held the Chair in Theology and Public Life at York St John University, UK, for 12 years. He has authored Theology in the Public Sphere (SCM, 2011), In Search of Identity: Debates on Religious Conversion in India (OUP, 2005), and co-authored A History of Korean Christianity (CUP, 2015) and Christianity as a World Religion (2nd edition, Bloomsbury, 2016). He has also edited 15 books, including A Companion to Public Theology (Brill, 2017), Cosmopolitanism, Religion, and the Public Sphere (Routledge, 2014); and Christian Theology in Asia (CUP, 2008). Kim is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, and former Editor of the International Journal of Public Theology. Learn more about Dr. Kim on the Fuller Seminary website.

On Tuesday, March 6, Dr. Kim will speak at Community Worship at Knox College at 4:15 p.m. Also on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. Dr. Kim will speak in Korean on ‘A History of Korean Christianity: an integrated perspective’ (한국 기독교 역사: 통합적 접근) at an event geared specifically for Korean pastors. Contact the Rev. Dr. Dong-Ha Kim, interim director of Academic Programs, for more information about these events.

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