Faculty & Alumni News
Jeffrey Greenman, formerly Regent’s Executive Vice President and Academic Dean, was appointed the fifth president of Regent College in February 2015. Prior to joining Regent in 2013, he served at Wheaton College in Illinois as Associate Dean of Biblical and Theological Studies and Professor of Christian Ethics. Before that, he held a number of prominent administrative and teaching positions at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. Jeff Greenman's Presidential Installation takes place on October 24, 2015.
Regent alumna and current research librarian Dr. Cindy Aalders has published a peer-reviewed article in The Journal of Religious History: “‘Your Journal, My Love’: Constructing Personal and Religious Bonds in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Diaries.” It comes out of work she did for her Oxford DPhil thesis, which she is revising for publication with Oxford University Press. The article and research are breaking new ground in understanding women’s religious experience and transcending some stereotypes of public and private life.
In August 2015, Dr. Paul Spilsbury became the new Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament. Dr. Spilsbury, who holds a PhD in early Christian and Jewish history and literature from the University of Cambridge, is a graduate of Regent College (Master of Christian Studies, 1990). Most recently, he was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of New Testament at Ambrose University in Calgary.
July 2015 saw the second year of the Abbey Summer School in Edinburgh, Scotland. This is an event inspired by the idea of the Regent College Summer Programs, designed to offer Christian teaching and nourishment to all who like to think about their faith. The organizing committee includes Regent College Professor Iain Provan, frequent Summer Programs Visiting Professor Sharon Jebb Smith, and alumni Julie and Matt Canlis, Darin Dueck, and David Robinson.
Dr. Yonghua Ge joined Regent College in August 2015 as Post-Doctoral Fellow in Theology for the period 2015-2018. Most recently, Dr. Ge has been engaged in a postdoctoral research project on the relationship between the Christian doctrine of creation and ancient Chinese ontology at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at Cambridge University in England.
Edwin Hui will present a lecture on Saturday, October 10 at the Harvard University Asia Center in Shanghai, China, entitled "The Current Trust Crisis in the Patient-Physician Relationship in China: An Ethical Response."
Hans Boersma will deliver the Danforth Lecture at Saint Louis University on October 27, 2015, entitled “Reading under the Oak of Mamre: Theophany as Divine Hospitality in Origen and Chrysostom.” Hans Boersma has been invited to spend the 2015–2016 academic year as the Danforth Chair at the Department of Theological Studies at Saint Louis University.
Hans Boersma has been appointed as a member of the Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) project, and will be attending his first meeting in December, 2015. ECT is a project started by Richard John Neuhaus (Catholic) and Charles Colson (evangelical) in 1992, in hopes of overcoming some of the unfortunate tensions between the two theological traditions. The dialogue partners of ECT meet twice a year in New York as they discuss topics of mutual significance, leading to public statements. The next topic of discussion at ECT meetings concerns “What Christianity is.”
In June 2015, Iwan Russell-Jones spent two weeks in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Macedonia, teaching about documentary film, meeting local artists, preaching, and being interviewed by various media outlets about the value of public broadcasting. We asked him a few questions about how the arts in these former Yugoslav republics are transforming public dialogue and inspiring a new generation of filmmakers. Read our interview with Iwan.
This past June, Dr. Bruce Hindmarsh spent two intensive weeks teaching, preaching, and connecting with Christian leaders and Regent alumni in Singapore. Dr. Hindmarsh stayed with Regent alumnus Stanley Tay, and was based at St. John’s and St. Margarets (SJSM), a leading evangelical Anglican church where several Regent alumni are members and serve. He taught two well attended courses for the Biblical Graduate School of Theology (BGST), one on C.S. Lewis and the Christian Life, and the other on Traditions and Practices of Prayer. He also gave two public lectures that drew over 500 people in total, and preached on the final Sunday at SJSM. And as if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, he also organized an alumni reunion, and found time to enjoy fellowship with leading Singaporean Christian leaders such as Rennis Ponniah, the Anglican Bishop of Singapore, and Dr. Quek Swee Hwa, the founding principal of BGST.
Each year, one Regent student travels to the Holy Land courtesy of the Conway Holy Land Travel Bursary. The purpose of the bursary, generously endowed by Dr. John Conway, is to enable that student to engage in inter-religious dialogue and explore issues of peace and justice. Amy Anderson, who left a law practice in Saskatchewan to study Old Testament at Regent College, was thrilled to be this year’s recipient, and reflects on her experience in this article.
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College News & Upcoming Events
Redux: Me, My Stuff, and God: Making Space in a Culture of Want
Joshua Becker, Sarah Bessey, and Skye Jethani discuss with moderator Iwan Russell-Jones how our identities are shaped by the things that we own. Join us for this live online broadcast here.
Housing: The Greatest Issue Facing Vancouver
On September 24, Regent College hosted the first ever Q Commons event in Vancouver. The highlight of the evening was three presentations by local leaders and thinkers on the topic of housing, home, community, and belonging in the city of Vancouver. David Ley, one of the three presenters, is Professor of Geography at UBC and has been studying international housing market bubbles. This interview with David captures some of the key ideas of the evening.
Summer 2016 Preview
Choose from over 25 courses, including: Reconciliation (Mark Buchanan), Old Testament Foundations (Iain Provan), Preaching the Parables of Jesus (Darrell Johnson), Cultural Discipleship in a Secular Age (Richard Mouw & Clay Cooke), and Leading Well: Christian Concepts that Enrich Leaders (Peter Shaw). View the full lineup
Introducing January Intensive Courses
In the first week of January, before the official start of the Winter term, we will offer two intensive one-week courses. The courses will take place from Monday January 4 to Friday January 8, 2016. The two courses are Leading Well: Taking on Bigger Leadership Responsibilities (Peter Shaw) and Vocation, Work, and Ministry (Paul Stevens). Find out more
Regent College Now Offers Arts Internships
In February 2015, Regent College announced a new Arts Internship Program, enabling emerging artists at Regent College to integrate their faith with their art. Andy Stromberg spent January to June, 2015 at the Grünewald Guild, an ecumenical Christian organization committed to exploring the transformative power of art and the sacred within the context of community. Enoch Daniel completed an arts internship with the St. James Music Academy (SJMA), which provides music education to children from some of the lowest income neighbourhoods in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver.
Reframe Stories: The First 6 Months
Since its launch in October 2014, the ReFrame video course has been used by small groups, marketplace ministries, and entire churches across the globe—in North and South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia. It's changing individual lives and entire communities. We've collected some of the stories of how ReFrame is reshaping the way people look at the world on a new Stories page on the ReFrame website.
“ReFrame has lit a fire in a group that thought it was going to be put out to pasture.” Gerry and Shirley Malnis, Small Group Leaders
Read the stories