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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!

Register now for Winter 2015 Lay Education Courses

The Ewart Centre for Lay Education is offering two courses this winter for those pursuing their Certificate in Christian Faith and Life.

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The Rev. Tim Purvis
Dates: January 19 –  February 23,  2015

Details: Welcome to this online course on the Gospel According to Luke.  Many are familiar with Luke’s version of the nativity story through Sunday School Christmas pageants and Linus’ famous recitation in A Charlie Brown Christmas (“An there were in the same country shepherds.)  Luke’s Gospel also contains some of the most famous and beloved parables, like the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son, and the Pharisee and the Tax Collector.  In this course we will take a closer look at these and other passages in light of Luke’s particular theological interests and thematic emphases.

The course will emphasize close reading of the text, comparison with Luke’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 Luke’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: Tim  is currently the minister at Westview Presbyterian Church in Toronto.  He has a lifelong interest in New Testament studies.  His Th.M. thesis was in the area of New Testament textual criticism, in particular the methodology used to reconstruct the original text of New Testament from the  thousands of differing manuscript copies.


Instructor: Dr. Brian Irwin
Dates: March 16 – April 20,  2015

Details: This online course uses the book of Amos as a means of introducing the covenantal values that lay beneath Israel’s approach to social justice.  Students will reflect on the Church’s call to social justice and the way in which this can be realized in the lives of individuals and congregations.  Additional emphasis will be placed on the content and shape of the book of Amos and the task of interpreting it as Scripture of the Church.

Instructor: Brian is Associate Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Scriptures at Knox College.  He enjoys assisting students achieve a better understanding of the culture and setting of the Bible, and helping them acquire the tools to exegete and apply it in a responsible and life-changing way.  Dr. Irwin is frequently invited as a guest lecturer and preacher in a variety of denominational settings. He is an active member of Glenbrook Presbyterian Church, Mississauga.


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