Newsletter (Call for Papers Extended Until February 7)

Happy solar and lunar New Year. This is the second of the occasional Newsletters to members and friends of the Canadian Theological Society.

1. The Deadline for Proposals for the CTS annual meeting at Western has been extended until February 7. Proposals for both 20/20 sessions and panels are welcome. All proposals should be submitted in a Word or pdf file by email attachment to:

For details, please see the full CFP, here.

2. Student essay contest. The deadline for the contest has also been extended to February 7. I strongly encourage student members to consider submitting a paper, and for faculty to encourage their students to do so. For more information, see

Send essays by e-mail to: Dr Jean-Pierre Fortin

3. I encourage members to be sure to renew their membership. (It takes only a few minutes!) It helps us greatly in organizing events and in the ordering of subscriptions to our journal, to know early in the year how many active members we have. (By the way, all those who present papers at the CTS annual meetings must be members.)

4. Our annual meeting will take place Monday, June 1 – Wednesday, June 3, 2020. Registration is now open. For information, please contact

Some (other) requests:
–> If you know of members of the Society who have died since June 2019, please let me know so that we can arrange a memorial obituary

–> A Committee will soon be established to accept nominations for several positions on the CTS executive. The Past-President of the CTS, Catherine MacLean, is the Chair of this Committee. Please consider proposing a colleague, or yourself, for one of the postions to be elected at the June meeting.

–> The CTS Equity Committee welcomes all those who wish to participate in the Committee. Please contact Jane Barter for further information:

–> The Canadian Theological Society, from time to time, appoints Honorary Members to the Society. Members who wish to make a nomination, should write a letter to the CTS Secretary, Nick Olkovich, outlining the reasons for the nomination, including such things as the candidate’s credentials, contributions to theology (especially theology in Canada), and participation in and service to the Society. The latter criterion is of particular importance. See

Finally, I have just returned from the Board meeting of the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion, of which the CTS is a member and a partner in the publication of the journal Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses (SR). SR welcomes submissions in any area of theology.

A new editorial team has recently taken on the journal. Article submissions are done electronically (see “Submit Paper” tab on SR’s SAGE webpage) but suggestions for Special Issues can be sent the co-editors, Jean-François Laniel (French articles) and Zeba Crook (English articles).

CCSR sponsors 3 book series: “Advancing Studies in Religion,” “Studies in Early Christianity and Judaism,” and “Matière à pensée” (PUM). These series are “for members of [CCSR] societies” – i.e., only members of CCSR societies (e.g., CTS) are eligible to publish in these book series. Approximately 3 books are published each year. For more information, see

Again, best wishes of the New Year(s). Looking forward to seeing you at our meetings at Western in June.

Will Sweet, FRSC
St Francis Xavier University
President, Canadian Theological Society