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At its 170th Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Knox College will confer the degree Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa) to The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy and The Rev. Mark Lewis. The Board of Governors have selected The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy and The Rev. Mark Lewis based on their effective, faithful creative leadership in mission and various levels of church life, as well as their scholarly contributions to the life of the Church and academic community.
The Rev. Dr. John de Gruchy
John de Gruchy is Emeritus Professor of Christian Studies at the University of Cape Town. He studied at the University of Cape Town, Rhodes University, Chicago Theological Seminary, the University of Chicago, and at the University of South Africa. An ordained minister in the United Congregational Church, he served two congregations before joining the staff of the South African Council of Churches in 1968, where he was director of Communications and Studies. In 1973 he was appointed to the faculty of the University of Cape Town where he eventually became the Robert Selby Taylor Professor of Christian Studies and during the last few years of his tenure, the Director of the Graduate School in Humanities. He retired in 2003 and was appointed a Senior Research Scholar at UCT and an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Stellenbosch, and remains active in both institutions engaged in research publishing and mentoring.
John has authored or edited more than thirty books on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the church in South Africa, contextual, public and Reformed theology, social history, Christianity and the arts, reconciliation and justice, and Christian humanism. Among his books are Christianity, Art and Social Transformation; Reconciliation: Restoring Justice; Being Human: Confessions of a Christian Humanist; John Calvin: Christian Humanist and Evangelical Reformed; and, most recently, Led Into Mystery: Faith Seeking Answers in Life and Death.
The Rev. J. Mark Lewis
J. Mark Lewis is the minister at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kitchener. Mark is a graduate of McMaster University and Knox College. He has served as a prison chaplain and a pastoral minister. During his ministry In Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunnville, he was elected “Citizen of the Year” in recognition of his volunteer service to the Fire Department, the Royal Canadian Legion, the Canadian Cancer Society and several other community organizations. Mark was elected Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Canada in 2002 and has served as Vice-Convener and Convener of the National Assembly Council, Convener of the National Long Range Planning Committee and the National Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee. He continues to serve the National Church as a member of the Canadian Christian-Jewish Consultation and the Joint Anglican-Lutheran Commission of Canada.READ MORE
The Ewart Centre for Lay Education is offering two courses thiswinter for those pursuing their Certificate in Christian Faith and Life.
Course: Can Christian Education revitalize and empower your congregation?
Date: Feb 3 – Mar 10, 2014
Instructor: Mary Jane Bisset
Details: All denominations in Canada are experiencing decline and transition. However, there are many examples of new life and energy giving hope and excitement that come from new ways of doing Christian Education. This six week course will introduce you to new and creative approaches to engaging children and adults in making the faith come alive.
Instructor: Mary Jane has been a diaconal minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada for 36 years. She has served in congregations and conducted many workshops and seminars for congregations. More recently she was Diaconal Minister of Knox Goderich for 12 years responsible for Christian Education. She has just finished work as Regional Staff for Education and Leadership in the Synod of Southwestern Ontario.
Course: The Gospel of Matthew
Date: March 17 – April 21, 2014
Instructor: The Rev. Tim Purvis
Details: Welcome to this online course on the Gospel According to Matthew. Many are familiar with Matthew’s version of the nativity story through Sunday School Christmas pageants and carols about the three wise men who followed the star. Matthew’s Gospel also contains some of the most famous parables like the Unmerciful Servant, the Wise and Foolish Bridesmaids, and the Sheep and the Goats. In this course we will take a closer look at these and other passages in light of Matthew’s particular theological interests and thematic emphases. The course will emphasize close reading of the text, comparison with Matthew’s known sources (Mark and Q), and attention to both the immediate context (the material before and after a passage) and overall context (the position of a passage within Matthew’s Gospel as a whole) as clues to understanding and interpreting the text as Scripture for the church. The key question is “so what?” What does this mean for us as Christians and how does it connect to our daily living?
Instructor: Rev. Tim Purvis has served as minister of Westview Presbyterian Church in Toronto for the past 9 years and a minister of the Presbyterian Church in Canada for 29 years. He has a deep interest in New Testament studies and has taught other lay ed courses.READ MORE