Diocese of Toronto | Anglican Church of Canada

Snell Lectures 2017

Beyond the Mustard Seed: God’s Incarnation & the Future of the Church

with The Right Rev’d Dr. Stephen Andrews,
Principal and Helliwell Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Wycliffe College
and The Rev’d Professor Christopher Brittain,
Dean of Divinity and Margaret E. Fleck Chair in Anglican Studies, Trinity College


Friday, October 27, 2017
7:00pm Public Lecture (Catheral Centre)

Saturday, October 28, 2017
9:30am Public Lecture (Cathedral Centre)

Sunday, October 29, 2017
9:00am and 11:00am sermon, Q+A (St. James Cathedral)


Our speakers will reflect on recent ecclesial narratives that suggest that the church in our time is meant to be small, quiet and largely unnoticed.


Stephen Andrews headshotThe Right Rev’d Dr. Stephen Andrews,
Principal and Helliwell Professor of Biblical Interpretation,
Wycliffe College

Bishop Stephen Andrews is the Principal of Wycliffe College. His academic interests lie in the area of Jewish biblical interpretation in the Second Temple period. He has taught courses on the Prophets of Israel, the Pauline Epistles, Christian Worship, Biblical Hermeneutics, Mark’s Gospel, and the Development of Christian Thought. Stephen has served as the former President of Thorneloe University in Sudbury, and as Bishop of the Diocese of Algoma. Besides administrative duties, travelling and preaching on behalf of the institution, he is an honorary assistant at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Toronto. Stephen and his wife, Fawna, a psychotherapist, have two children. He also enjoys birdwatching, travelling and woodworking.

Chris Brittain headshotThe Rev’d Professor Christopher Brittain,
Dean of Divinity and Margaret E. Fleck Chair in Anglican Studies,
Trinity College

An alumnus of the Faculty, Professor Brittain returned to Trinity College in 2017 after serving as Professor of Social and Political Theology at the University of Aberdeen Scotland (2007-2017), and Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax (2002-2006). In 2016-17, he was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Vienna, and he remains an Honourary member of staff in Divinity at the University of Aberdeen.

Prof. Brittain is engaged in research on the ongoing tensions within the global Anglican Communion, Interfaith Partnerships, and Theological Responses to Disaster and Terrorism. In addition he continues to work on articles on Political Theology and on the writings of the early Frankfurt School on religion and theology. He is currently developing a theological study of the concept of power, entitled Power and Powerlessness.

Prof. Brittain is an expert in the use of qualitative field research in theology. As such, he is a member of the Ecclesiology and Ethnography network, and an alumnus of the Engaged Scholars Studying Congregations fellowship programme. He is also on the editorial boards of the book series Studies in Critical Research on Religion (Brill) and of the journal Critical Research on Religion (Sage).

He is interested in supervising doctoral research projects on topics such as: Political Theology, Social Ethics, Church Conflict, Congregational Studies, Continental Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Disaster, and Anglican Theology.

Prof. Brittain is an ordained priest in the Anglican tradition with parish ministry experience, having served in three dioceses of the Anglican Church of Canada, in the Episcopal Church of Scotland, and the Diocese of Europe. He is particularly interested in church outreach work with marginalised peoples, and in Christian Education.

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