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Chair of Christian Thought

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Chair of Christian ThoughtWe bridge the academy and faith communities. The Chair of Christian Thought brings the academic study of religion into the wider community through community events such as lectures and symposia. The Chairholder also undertakes all the normal activities of a university professor: teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, research, and publication.

Annual sponsored events include four endowed lectures:

  • The Bentall Lecture on Education and Theology
  • The Iwaasa Lecture on Urban Theology
  • The Lebel Lecture in Christian Ethics
  • The Swanson Lecture in Spirituality


The Chair of Christian Thought was initiated in 1980. The original vision was to bring renowned scholars in the field of Christian thought to the University of Calgary and surrounding community. Thanks to leadership from J. Louis Lebel, President of Dome Petroleum and Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, the project reached its goal in June 1985.

Past chairs and instructors

  • Chair Gordon Harland: Sept. 1986 – April 1987
  • Chair Alan Sell: Jan. 1988 – Dec. 1992
  • Seminar instructors Grace Jantzen (University of Manchester), Janice Soskice (Cambridge University), Julius Lipner (Cambridge University), and Ursula King (Bristol University): 1993 – 1998
  • Chair Douglas Shantz: Sept. 1999 – August 2016


Upcoming events will be listed here.