In winter 2016, Principal Wendy Fletcher will be teaching RS 391 Special Topics: Conflicts, Controversies, and Change in Canadian Christianity. In her course, Conflicts in Canadian Xianity, students will encounter themes and texts which frame defining aspects of Christian life in Canada/North America during the past two centuries. The paradoxical tensions between fission and fusion, between revival (including Wesleyism) and recession as repeated motifs in that period will be explored. Sub-texts such as regionalism, leadership, defining conflicts and the relationship between church and state will weave themselves through the discussion of Christian life in Canada at the time of Confederation, both world wars, the depression and the broader context of social Christianity, through various events of Church union and the larger context of ecumenism, the fundamentalist/modernist controversy, secularism, the changing place of women, and First Nations peoples with specific reference to missiology, residential schools, and the indigenization of Christianity. Attention will be paid to Canada´s self-designation as a multicultural society with particular reference to race, ethnicity and the shaping of Canadian Christianity. The impact of popular culture and class location as factors in the drama of the Church/culture negotiation will be explored. The class will meet on Wednesdays 11:30am to 2:20pm at Renison.
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Tuesday, December 8, 2015