Portrait by Ellen Marlello
My hope is that theological education will engage beyond texts and scholarship, and more and more with people on the margins. How do we serve the vulnerable, those rendered peripheral or invisible by church and society? There are many ways we can center our theology on the marginalized.
Another relationship to enhance builds upon the ecumenical environment in which Toronto School of Theology finds itself with increasingly multi-cultural and interfaith environments. TST is ecumenical but is also becoming more and more interfaith, with programs that reflect the context of Toronto, an abundantly multicultural and multi-faith community. The privilege that we have as established theological colleges can be shared and used to serve religious communities and traditions newer to North America, along with First Nations religious traditions.
A third important relationship to develop is with other disciplines. TST is privileged to be in a unique relationship with, and on the campus of, the University of Toronto – Canada’s largest public research institution. These affinities serve us well as theology becomes increasingly interdisciplinary, opening up theology to new fields of research, emerging methods, and exciting modalities of collaboration.