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Laidlaw Lecture – March 7


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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. Live stream participants may ask questions of Dr. Sebastian Kim by emailing dongha.kim@utoronto.ca.


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! Live stream participants may ask questions of Dr. Sebastian Kim by emailing dongha.kim@utoronto.ca.

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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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Dr. Margaret Webster passes away; Knox College expresses condolences

Dr. Clara Margaret Webster passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Highview Residences, London, Ont. Daughter of the late Reverend G. Carlyle and Mrs. Clara Webster. Dr. Webster was Principal of Ewart College, Toronto, from 1958-1983. Ewart College, initially begun as a women’s college of the Presbyterian Church, was merged with Knox College in 1991.

Knox College Principal John Vissers gratefully recognizes Dr. Webster’s significant contributions to the Church. He said, “As a student, I had the privilege of studying Christian education with Dr. Webster. She played a vitally important role in shaping an entire generation of deaconesses and ministers for the Presbyterian Church in Canada. Since Ewart College was amalgamated with Knox College in 1991, Dr. Webster’s legacy of teaching and leadership lives on, in the students she taught, and in the passion for education and formation that she instilled in us all. We remember with gratitude this servant of the Church.” 

In response to Dr. Webster’s resignation as principal, the 109th General Assembly noted: “While Principal at Ewart, Dr. Webster has initiated many significant developments in the life of the College. During these years, the name was changed from The Presbyterian Missionary and Deaconess Training School to Ewart College . . . . Ewart College became co-educational during the years 1965-1970. The faculty grew in number from two people to four. New Degree-Diploma programmes were introduced in 1970. Commencing in 1963, Continuing and Lay Education programmes were instituted on an annual basis.

“All the time that Dr. Webster was providing the impetus for these changes, she continued to further hew own education. Dr. Webster earned a Master of Education Degree in 1965 and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in 1975, both from the University of Toronto. The Presbyterian College, Montreal, conferred on her a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) in 1970. . . . Nor has Dr. Webster’s involvement been limited to Ewart College and our own Church. She has been involved in the Christian Education scene on the North American continent, serving recently as President of the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education. She has been Seminary Liaison of Joint Educational Development and Chairperson of the Seminary Task Force for JED. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Religious Education Association. In February 1983, The Association of Presbyterian Church Educators presented Dr. Webster with the award of Church Educator of the Year.“

In 1983, contributions were made to Ewart College to honour Dr. Margaret Webster for her faithful contribution to the Presbyterian Church through her 25-year service as Principal of Ewart. In this way,  the Board established a scholarship for graduates undertaking study in Christian Education outside of Canada. In 1985, the Board of the College named Dr. Webster as Principal and Professor of Christian Education Emeritus.

A memorial service will be conducted at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. at Richmond, London, on Thursday, November 23, at 11 am. Reception to follow. Committal at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, London. Memorial contributions may be made to Presbyterian World Service and Development, 50 Wynford Drive, Toronto, ON M3C 1J7.



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