Welcome to the Department of Theological Studies website. Our department is dynamically committed to outstanding scholarship and in-depth exploration of theological questions. I invite you to explore the various dimensions of our programs and course offerings as they are intentionally directed to the rich, diverse background of the student population at Concordia University and in the larger Montreal community.
Our accomplished faculty mirrors this diversity in the span of the theological questions explored which is amply demonstrated in their publications and research projects.
Our department encourages students to pursue their own theological quest and goals through the six areas within Theological Studies: Biblical Studies, History of Christianity, Ethics, Systematic Theology, Spirituality, as well as Religion and Politics. Students gain not only the ability to critically reflect on their own religions tradition and to interact with those from other religious traditions, they also are given concrete tools and skills to engage in many different professions: teaching, research, pastoral ministry, government or non-government positions (for example in areas related to ethics), and graduate or post-doctoral work.
You are welcome to contact our department and we will be pleased to discuss with you the exciting and rewarding possibilities of engaging in theological studies.
Our MA student, Cristina Plamadeala, received a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship for 2014-15.
Dr. Matthew Anderson published "The First Cut is the Deepest: Masculinity and Circumcision in the First Century" in Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded, eds. Ovidiu Creanga andPeter-Ben Smit (Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014).
Dr. Roessli has co-organized a series of workshops (the final one on March 20, 2014 at Concordia) and a major SSHRC-sponsored conference on Katabasis (or "descent to the netherworld" in Greek Literary Tradition and Religious Thought) (May 3-5, 2014).
Dr. Roessli published an article on Antonio Orbe in the central Vatican newspaperL'Osservatore Romano (p. 4).
Several of our colleagues organized a major and successful conference entitled "Beyond Dream-Catchers: Aboriginal Theology and Spirituality in the Canadian Context" (Jan. 31-Feb 1, 2014).
See poster and detailed program.
Listen to CBC interview here and read a Concordia's NOW article on the conference.
You can check our Facebook page below for some photos from the event.
Dr. Jean-Michel Roessli organized two lectures by Belgian scholar Danny Praet (Ghent University, Belgium) on November 28 and 29, 2013.
Visit The Montreal Review, an online cultural magazine edited by our MA student, Tsoncho Tsonchev.
Prof. Martha (Matte) Downey (INDI Ph.D. candidate) has been awarded an FQRSC grant for her doctoral project entitled "The Third Yes: Invitationn, Response, and Radiance in Theo-drama."
Dr. André Gagné received a large 2013-17 team research grant with five other scholars from the Univ Laval (CLARG / GRECAT) from the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC).
Dr. Matthew Anderson and Prof. Sara Terreault organized a conference entitled "The Ecstatic Journey: Pilgrimage Communed, Contested, and Confounded" (3-4 May 2013). Check out the poster, the conference program, and a special art event.
View some photos here and a short video clip here.
Dr. Jean-Michel Roessli has been elected by the scientific committee of the "Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales" (EHESS) in Paris, France, as a "Directeur d'études invité" for three years in the broad interdisciplinary project on Historiography of Ecclesiology (IVth-XXIst c.) directed by the French medievalist Dominique Iogna-Prat. Dr. Roessli will be giving four lectures at the EHESS every year in May from 2014 to 2016. His first topic will focus on the ecclesiological debates in Europe during the modernist crisis (Harnack, Loisy, Duchesne, etc.).