Monday, 10 April 2017

Richard Middleton Speaking Tour

ICS Alumnus Richard Middleton will be in the UK from April 20 through May 4, speaking at a variety of venues (at least ten), all organized by the the reformational organization called Thinking Faith Network, in Leeds (previously known as WYSOCS). One of the venues (St. Andrews) will be hosted by Tom Wright, and one at the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge by Jonathan Chaplin. Richard's speaking schedule is available online.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Mark Novak Presenting Papers

Junior Member Mark Novak will be very busy presenting papers this spring!

On April 20 he will be presenting a paper titled "Metaxologizing Our God-Talk: Desmond, Kearney, and the Divine Between" at the Symposium on work of William Desmond at KU Leuven (Belgium).

On May 13 he will present a paper titled "Eschatological Erotic Enfleshment: Incarnation as Nuptial Nexus of Human and Divine"at the Graduate Conference on "Unravelling Religion" at Queens University (Kingston).

On May 30, he will present a paper titled: “‘Yes, yes’ with/out ‘No, no’: Understanding (apparent) Equivocation in Derrida” at the Canadian Theological Society annual meeting at Ryerson University (Toronto).

Friday, 31 March 2017

Opening Frames: Cinema and Transcendence

Opening Frames, our upcoming conference on spirituality and film (April 3-4 at the TIFF Lightbox), has garnered great media coverage, both locally and internationally! Toronto's Now Magazine published a story on the conference, and the Globe and Mail also published an extended piece in the Friday Film section of their March 31 edition. Here's a quote from John Semley's article in the Globe and Mail (p. R5):

"[Serious spiritual cinema is] a cinema of quietude; of slowness, stillness and devastating moments of subtle grace. It's the cinema of transcendence. And it's the subject of a two-day conference hosted in Toronto this weekend by the Institute for Christian Studies."

There are only a handful of spots left in this conference, so act fast and register if you want to attend!

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Bob Sweetman and Joshua Harris in Toronto

Senior Member Bob Sweetman will be presenting his paper "The Pastoral Uses and Limits of Mimesis: The Case of the Vita Lutgardis of Thomas of Cantimpré" on April 6 at The Medieval Academy of America's Annual Conference held this year at the University of Toronto.

Junior Member Joshua Lee Harris will be presenting his paper “Transcendentals in Medieval Philosophy: Worthless or Crucial?” at this conference on April 8.

For more information about this conference visit www.medievalacademy.org/?page=2017Meeting

Monday, 27 March 2017

Prayer Letter: April 2017

Monday, April 3:  Today and tomorrow we are holding our second CPRSE Art Talks! event this year: Opening Frames: Cinema and Transcendence (details on our main web page). Tonight, American film legend Paul Schrader is the keynote speaker. Pray that this conference will be a blessing to all those attending.

Tuesday, April 4:  Sadly, we have to report that Dianne Bergsma’s husband Jerry passed away on March 14, at the age of 80. Dianne thanks you for your prayerful support and acts of kindness during his illness. Please pray for her and her extended family in this time of grieving.

Wednesday, April 5:  
This afternoon the Educational Policy Committee meets, for what is the last scheduled meeting of the academic year, though other meetings will be convened if necessary. Please pray for this team as it conducts its important business.

Thursday, April 6:  The Medieval Academy of America is convening this year at the University of Toronto. Please pray for the success of this gathering, and for Bob Sweetman and Josh Harris as they present papers, today and Saturday respectively. (See News on our website.)

Friday, April 7:  It is hard to think how quickly the academic year passes! Another semester concluded this week. We give thanks for the wonderful Junior Members who are part of our community, and we pray for them as they wind up their course papers over the next few weeks. Tonight, as is customary, we gather to celebrate God’s goodness to all and God’s grace evidenced in one another. Praised be His Name!

Monday, April 10:  We give thanks for all those who have responded to our annual membership renewal mailing, for their continued faithfulness in support of Christian graduate education. Please also continue to pray for our new Board members as they take up their responsibilities in their various regions, and for our “at large” trustees also.

Tuesday, April 11:  We are anticipating the purchaser will close on the sale of our shares in 229 College Street next week. Please importune our gracious God that there will be no last minute impediments!

Wednesday, April 12:  Academic Council meets on a close to monthly basis. As with EPC, this is the last scheduled meeting of the academic year, and it will focus on finalising the agenda and supporting materials for the upcoming Senate meeting (May 11). Please pray that they will accomplish all that is needed in this busy time.

Thursday, April 13:  The Finance Committee is hard at work on the coming year’s budget. Please pray for them in their deliberations, that these will be suffused with the wisdom the Holy Spirit graciously affords.

Good Friday, April 14:  Today we remember in a more focused way what we remember constantly, as we take up the cross daily and follow Jesus. We praise Almighty God: our Heavenly Father, Who sent His Son to die for us; Jesus, Who surrendered His life in loving obedience to His Father; and the Holy Spirit, Who fulfils the promise to be with us, our constant companion and counsellor. And we look forward in anticipation to Easter Sunday, when we commemorate and celebrate, also in a highly focused way, Christ risen from the dead, breaking the bonds of sin and death. Hallelujah!

Monday, April 17:  We pray for the Friends of ICS Board in the United States, under the leadership of Morris Greidanus and Peter Borgdorff. We also give thanks for board member Luke Seerveld, who has once again volunteered his time and expertise to produce a video for ICS. This will feature a series of interviews with people who have contributed significantly to our vision and mission, some from almost the beginning, with an eye on our upcoming Jubilee celebrations later this year. Please pray for him as he finalises his schedule and prepares to visit with people in Sioux Center, Grand Rapids and Toronto. The project, with all the preparation required, will be demanding. May the Lord give him strength, and may the product redound to the glory of God!

Tuesday, April 18:  We want to pray this month for all those who will be participating in our annual phone-a-thon. We ask particularly for God’s blessing on our students as they talk with our friends and supporters across Canada and the US, that it might be an enriching and encouraging time of fellowship for all.

Wednesday, April 19:
  Faculty will be regretting that classes have finished for the year, but they will continue to be busy mentoring Junior Members and evaluating course papers. We give thanks to our Saviour for bringing them here to serve Him in their teaching and research. May He continue to uphold them and guide them in their scholarly vocation.

Thursday, April 20:  
We ask for your prayers as we draw closer to our Undergraduate Workshop mid-May, when selected students from colleges across North America will come to Toronto to present papers and receive substantive feedback from ICS Junior and Senior Members. Please pray that this unique opportunity is spiritually and academically edifying for all involved, especially the undergraduates, many of whom have never done anything like this before.

Friday, April 21:  We covet your prayers for all those with administrative roles at ICS, whether full- or part-time: Kathy, Jeff, Harley, Vidya, Pat, Doug, Bob and Ron. May our Lord bless and keep them as they serve in their vital tasks.

Monday, April 24:  
The “Our Whole Society” conference is coming up on May 8-9 in Ottawa, with the themes of Solidarity in Diversity, Reconciliation, and Immigration and Refugees. Pray for the final stages of preparation of this event, in which Ron Kuipers is heavily involved, and that this conference will be a blessing to all those attending and that it will foster peace and mutual understanding in Canadian society.

Tuesday, April 25:
  These days we are looking forward to the celebration of our 50th Anniversary in October and the celebrations that will take place to commemorate this milestone. Please pray along with us that God will provide the necessary support, both financially and people, that will be necessary for the planning and execution of the events in different cities in Canada and the US.

Wednesday, April 26:
  We give thanks to our Lord Jesus, for the prospective merger with The King’s University. As we continue to explore and negotiate this, we ask for your steadfast prayer support. The merging of colleges and universities is a growing phenomenon in the United States and elsewhere, and there is always much to consider in melding two institutions, their heritages, faculty and staff.

Thursday, April 27:
  We invited you three weeks ago to pray for Junior Members as they write their class papers and urge you to do so again, as they work hard to bring these to a form with which they are satisfied.

Friday, April 28:
  In two weeks, the Senate and Board meet again in Toronto. We give thanks for their service, and pray for safety as they travel from near and far. We pray also for the final preparations for Convocation at that time, on May 12.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Isabella Guthrie-McNaughton, Director of Library and Information Services

It is with real sadness that we say goodbye to Isabella Guthrie-McNaughton from her role as ICS’s Director of Library and Information Services. Isabella joined us in August 2004, after working at the Royal Ontario Museum for 24 years and also at Redeemer University College.

Isabella has been a highly valued colleague, an integral member of our community, these more than twelve years. She has been, and remains, fully committed to the vision and mission of ICS, bringing her great expertise to her varied tasks, and regularly rising above the call to duty in her humble, self-sacrificial way.

We pray God’s richest blessings on Isabella as she takes on her new role as Public Services Librarian at Tyndale University College and Seminary. We will sorely miss you, Isabella!

Friday, 24 February 2017

Wednesday March 1: Scripture, Faith and Scholarship

Wednesday March 1, 2017

Scripture, Faith and Scholarship

Featuring:
Dr. Natasha Duquette
Associate Academic Dean and Professor of English
Tyndale University College

When: 1:45-4:30

Where: ICS Classroom on First Floor of 229 College St.

Who: The ICS Community of Junior and Senior Members

What Else: Tea Time as a Special Treat

Natasha Duquette is Associate Academic Dean of Tyndale University College.  She is a literary scholar whose area of speciality is 18th century women's writing.  She has contributed multiple chapters to the Handbook of Women Biblical Interpreters, and two monographs of interest: an earlier monograph using the notion of the sublime to explore the intersection of Literature, Aesthetics and Theology—Sublimer Aspects: Interfaces Between Literature, Aesthetics and Theology and a newer monograph called Veiled Intent: Dissenting Women' Aesthetic Approach to Biblical Interpretation.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Dan Jesse in South Carolina

Dan Jesse (MA, 2008) will be presenting a paper entitled "An Invitation to Sorrow -- Saturating our Liturgy With Sadness" at the 2017 Meeting of the Society for Continental Philosophy and Theology at Furman University (March 23-24).

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Prayer Letter: March 2017

Wednesday, March 1:   On Monday morning, former Senior Member Shannon Hoff (Memorial University) and Professor John Russon (University of Guelph), began teaching a course for ICS. Please pray for their leadership and for stimulating interaction among all involved. We are thankful indeed for their generosity in offering their time and expertise. You can find details of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit on our website. http://courses.icscanada.edu/2017/01/hegels-phenomenology-of-spirit.html.

Thursday, March 2:  On Tuesday, we sadly bade farewell to Isabella Guthrie-McNaughton. We praise God for leading her to serve ICS so faithfully and expertly over the past twelve years, and ask for blessings on her as she takes up a new position at Tyndale University College and Seminary in Toronto. [See News ]

Friday, March 3:  You will soon receive our annual membership renewal mailing. Let us give thanks for one another, members of the body of Christ at work in support of Christian graduate education. Please pray also for those confirmed as nominees to fill vacancies on the Board, as you vote in your various regions, and for “at large” trustees also.

Monday, March 6:   Dianne Bergsma wishes blessings to all and thanks everyone for the responses to the February Prayer Letter received for her husband Jerry. Your prayers were very much appreciated by Dianne, Jerry and their family. She asks for continued prayers for Jerry as he continues in palliative care due to spreading cancer of the spine at the Hotel Dieu Shaver hospital where they now try to balance the medication to manage the pain while trying to keep him awake and somewhat alert.

Tuesday, Match 7:  We give thanks for the successful MA thesis defences in recent weeks by Héctor Acero-Ferrer and TJ Skulstad-Brown. We pray they will find many ways in which to bring their insights to bear in their varied callings, in service of our Lord Jesus Christ and their neighbours, whoever and wherever they may be.

Wednesday, March 8:  This afternoon is the meeting of the Educational Policy Committee, one of our most active teams. Please pray for insight and discernment as they deliberate on curricular matters that are at the core of our mission.

Thursday, March 9:  Tomorrow morning at ICS the Board of Trustees will convene a special meeting with faculty, staff and Junior Members to discuss plans for the future, particularly with respect to a potential merger with The King’s University, Edmonton. The Board will reconvene in the afternoon and again on Saturday morning to continue its deliberations around this matter. We ask the Holy Spirit to hover over these conversations, gifting all involved with the wisdom promised if only we have the humility to entreat God for this.

Friday, March 10:  This evening we will celebrate the retirement of Lambert Zuidervaart after many years of faithful service to ICS, including a long period before he was appointed Senior Member in Philosophy in 2003. Please pray for a wonderful time of conversation and reflection, and of thankfulness to our Lord and to Lambert for his inestimable contribution. May he be blessed as he continues to follow Christ on the path which has been his lifelong vocation.

Monday, March 13:  The Finance Committee is busy preparing the 2017-18 budget proposal for consideration by the Board at its meeting on May 12. The goal is to achieve a balanced budget, obviously a crucial step in doing all we can to ensure ICS’s sustainability, knowing that throughout we depend utterly on the grace of God to uphold us in the task with which we are entrusted. We beseech our Father in Heaven to aid us in our calling to strive that His will be done on earth and praise Him in His power and glory.

Tuesday, March 14:  Bob Sweetman will be making a number of conference presentations over the next few months. Details of these will be announced in our News column as they come closer. Please pray in the meantime for the strenuous hours, days and weeks he will be putting in to bring his papers to their final form.

Wednesday, March 15:  Academic Council convenes this afternoon for its monthly meeting to consider proposals from its various sub-committees and the offices of the Academic Dean and President. May the hand of God guide each one, and the committee communally, to do what is pleasing to Him and to the honour of His name.

Thursday, March 16:  The anticipated sale of our shares in 229 College Street has been delayed by the requirement for an Environmental Assessment, a matter of course for buildings of its age, of which there are many in our vicinity. Please continue to uphold ICS before the throne of God, that there will be a positive and expeditious outcome

Friday, March 17:  As we prepare for the meeting of the Senate meeting on May 11, we pray for those diligently at work on the materials necessary for this event, noting especially Registrar Jeff Hocking and Academic Dean Bob Sweetman. We pray also for the Senate itself, as it oversees the academic program of ICS, and for Dr. John Kok in particular as he provides leadership as Senate Chair and Chancellor.

Monday, March 20:  The Leadership Team meets again this morning to update one another, review the various facets of the Institute’s operations and advise the President. Please pray for insight and discernment in their consultation.

Tuesday, March 21:  Junior Members will once again delight us with an issue of Perspective they are putting together. Please pray for them as they write, collaborate and edit. It’s sure to be a joy to read!

Wednesday, March 22:  Please bring our administrative staff before the Lord for His encouragement and blessing: Jeff Hocking, Kathy Lynch, Vidya Williams, Harley Dekker and Pat Webb.

Thursday, March 23:
 We pray for ICS’s discussions with The King’s University, that there may be a strengthening of a distinctively Christian witness in higher education in Canada that redounds to the glory of God.

Please pray for Dan Jesse as he presents his paper at Furman University (see News).

Friday, March 24:  It’s less than two weeks until the ICS Art Talks! event on April 3 and 4. This conference on film and spirituality, in collaboration with the Toronto International Film Festival, is overseen by Rebekah Smick and Ron Kuipers, working also with a number of other partners. Please pray for the final planning and successful conduct of this significant public outreach.

Monday, March 27:  Our faculty are at the heart of our mission, to help the next generation shape their thoughts and lives in service of the Kingdom of God, whose thumbprint is as broad as creation itself. Please pray for them: Nik Ansell, Ron Kuipers, Rebekah Smick, Gideon Strauss and Bob Sweetman, bringing their names before the one whose name is above all names.

Tuesday, March 28:  The task of graduate students -- also at the heart of our mission -- is demanding in many ways, the rigours of research itself, of course, but also the stresses and strains of being far from home in most cases and the financial burdens they carry. We invite you today to pray for our Junior Members and their families, some with young children, as they seek to honour the call of Jesus to serve Him in the field of Christian scholarship.

Wednesday, March 29:  Let us give thanks to Jesus for one another, ICS supporters in prayer and financially, for the wonderful response to our Advent Appeal. May God bless and keep you, in the various ways you serve in our Lord’s vineyard. Pray with us for bountiful fruit on the vine in the second half of this financial year.

Thursday, March 30:  The Undergraduate Workshop at Scarboro Missions is just over six weeks away (May 16-19). We are grateful for the Missions’ generous provision of this facility and travel support and pray for all those who have taken up this wonderful opportunity. Some of our “senior” Junior Members (who organised this event) and some Senior Members also will participate in this mentoring experience; we give thanks for those who took the lead in this initiative, especially PhD candidate Josh Harris. We continue to pray for further enrolments.

Friday, March 31:  The biennial “Our Whole Society” conference, under the auspices of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation, this year has the theme of “Religion and Citizenship at Canada’s 150th” (Ottawa May 8-9). CPRSE, represented by Director Ron Kuipers, is a “Conversation Partner” in this event. Please pray for this gathering, and for Ron in particular as he engages in its planning and execution.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Feb 8 2017 Mystical Landscapes Talk and Tour


Please join us for group tour of Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh and more at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The tour will be preceded by an introductory talk on the exhibition by ICS Senior Member Rebekah Smick. Professor Smick is a contributor to the book associated with the exhibition as well as a member of the exhibition’s advisory committee.

Wednesday, February 8, 6 pm
Institute for Christian Studies
100-229 College Street

All inclusive tickets for both tour and talk: $20
Limited availability. Please call or e-mail Kathy Lynch by Monday, January 30 to reserve tickets on a first come/first serve basis.
416-979-2331 x221
klynch@icscanada.edu

Dr Tricia Van Dyk: Not Just Cause and Effect

Dr. Tricia Van Dyk will have an essay published in the journal Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, in a special issue on the work of Martha Nussbaum, a well-known American philosopher. The essay, titled “Not Just Cause and Effect: Resituating Martha Nussbaum's Defense of Novels as Moral Philosophy in a Hermeneutical Framework,” stems from Tricia’s PhD dissertation at ICS and the VU University Amsterdam. Tricia and her husband Benjamin Groenewold and their two children live in Lithuania, where Tricia and Benjamin teach philosophy at LCC International University.

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Undergraduate Workshop: Creation: Interdisciplinary Perspectives

The Institute for Christian Studies in cooperation with Scarboro Missions is currently soliciting proposals for a four-day undergraduate workshop on the theme of Creation.

Questions we hope to consider include but are not limited to the following:

  • What is creation? What is implied in a relationship between creation and its creator?
  • How is creativity related to rationality or intelligence? In what sense, if any, is creativity a distinctively human phenomenon?
  • Do great works of art owe themselves to something like the “creative genius” of their creator? What is a properly artistic creation, if there is such a thing?
  • In what ways can traditional and/or contemporary creative enterprises serve as “common ground” for constructive dialogue and mutual recognition amongst diverse people groups?
  • Do human beings have an ethical obligation to be creative? Are there moral dangers associated with creativity?

Selected participants will have the opportunity to present their own work before peers and receive feedback from ICS Junior and Senior Members, making connections and “learning the ropes” of the scholarly enterprise at the graduate or professional level. The workshop is a great opportunity for outstanding undergraduate students who might be interested in deepening existing lines of research and pursuing new ones with guidance from budding and established scholars in disciplines such as philosophy, theology, religious studies, etc.

The workshop will be held May 16-19 and the call for papers deadline is February 1, 2017. Please follow the link below for further details.

Undergraduate Workshop

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Prayer Letter: February 2017

Wednesday, February 1:  Dianne Bergsma (PhD, 2014) asks for our prayers for her husband Jerry. “He is in much pain due to cancer which was diagnosed in early December, and which was a shock to the doctors and to all of us. It had already spread to the bones and nerves of his spine. They tried radiation treatments but they had no effect and they admitted him to the St. Catharines hospital. After two weeks there he was transferred Friday a week ago to the Hotel Dieu Shaver hospital here in St. Catharines, where he is receiving palliative care, and we can be with him day and night.
“Thank you for the love and care we have received throughout the years from the ICS community. Wishing you all continued blessings, Dianne.”

Thursday, February 2:  At time of writing, we are very close indeed to the sale of our share in 229 College Street. Please pray that soon all the “i’s” will be dotted and the “t’s” crossed. We give thanks to God for the excellent counsel our lawyers have provided and for finally being able to see the end in sight with this process. We are also looking forward to having the necessary funds to begin building an endowment that will sustain us into the future.

Friday, February 3:  We continue to explore how we might form a very close relationship with The King’s University, Edmonton. Such an undertaking is obviously complex and we ask the Lord to prepare the way to a positive conclusion.

Today, the research team for the SSHRC-funded partnered project, Faith and Settlement Partnerships: Setting Immigrants and Canada up for Success meets to report on the progress of case studies, including key informant interviews and focus groups. CPRSE Director Ron Kuipers and CPRSE RA Hector Acero Ferrer have been working with World Renew, The Interfaith Council of Peel, and the Peel Newcomers Strategy group, as part of this research project supervised by the Centre for Community-Based Research.

Monday, February 6:  The Leadership Team meets this morning at 11:00, as it does every two weeks. This is a vital means of helping to ensure we are addressing our mission in close collaboration across all departments and ventures. Please ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their deliberations.

Isabella Guthrie-McNaughton meets for a half-day today as a member of the Toronto School of Theology’s Library Committee. Please join in upholding her in this important meeting.

Tuesday, February 7:  Tomorrow evening, as you may have seen in our News column, Senior Member Rebekah Smick will host a tour of Mystical Landscapes at the Art Gallery of Ontario. This will be preceded by an introductory talk by Rebekah. We ask for God’s blessing as she speaks and for God’s presence in the time of reflection and engagement with this amazing art exhibition for students and other participants.

Wednesday, February 8:  The Educational Policy Committee is one the most active sub-committees of Academic Council. Chaired by Academic Dean Bob Sweetman, it comprises also SM Nik Ansell, JM Mark Novak and Librarian Isabella-Guthrie McNaughton. Please pray for a fruitful discussion of course proposals and other aspects of our programs.

Thursday, February 9:  We give thanks to God for a moving and successful Interdisciplinary Studies Conference, Glorious and Free: Generous Citizenship for the Next 150 at The King's University, Edmonton last month, where Ron Kuipers delivered a keynote address entitled From the Roots: Religion and the Public Life of Liberal Democracy.

Friday, February 10:  Thank you for the faithful support of our Junior Members in your prayers and financially. They are at the core of our mission as a graduate school. We praise God for bringing these young people to our community and ask you to continue to uphold them and the Senior Members who strive to nurture them in Biblically-grounded scholarship. May they be a blessing as they commit themselves to prepare for their call to teach, in wholehearted service of Jesus Christ.

Monday, February 13:  Junior Members are once again collaborating on our next issue of Perspective. Under the leadership of Hector Acero-Ferrer, they are busy writing and editing articles and preparing the layout of this magazine. They will be assisted on the production side by our own Daryl Kinsman and graphic artist Kevin van der Leek. Please pray for them as they labour joyfully on this task.

Tuesday, February 14:  This is the month where we ask our community to respond to the call to renew their membership at ICS. Our membership is the wellspring of our strength, the bedrock of our community. We thank God for our members who stand with us and resolve to continue to build on the work we are doing together. Please ask God for continued enthusiastic interest and support from these core people in our ICS community.

Wednesday, February 15:  Academic Council meets this afternoon; please pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in their discussion. Also remember in your prayers the preparations for the 7th Annual Aquinas Studium being organised by Bob Sweetman, with the help of Fr. Gilles Mongeau SJ of Regis College.

Thursday, February 16:  We ask for God’s blessings on the preparations for the March 10 evening reception in honour of Lambert Zuidervaart's completed tenure as Senior Member at ICS.

Friday, February 17:  We give thanks to God for our administrative staff, Kathy Lynch, Vidya Williams, Harley Dekker, Pat Webb and Jeffrey Hocking, for their meticulous and dedicated service. Please ask our Lord to sustain them in the many challenges they face and the ongoing routines that mark their work-days.

We pray that Hector Acero-Ferrer will have a clear mind and apt words today, when he defends his MA Thesis, Liberating Tradition: An Exploration of Liberation Theology Through the Lens of Paul Ricoeur's Hermeneutics.

Monday, February 20:  Today is Family Day in Ontario (and we realise this celebration of the significance of the family happens in other places and on other days elsewhere). We invite you to pray for the babies and infants in our community, children of our Junior Members and spouses, that they may be protected from illness and accidents and recover quickly and fully when difficulties beset them.

Tuesday, February 21:   Reading Week commences today. This is a welcome opportunity for Junior and Senior Members alike to bury their heads in their books, or digital equivalents, and to concentrate on their current research. May our Lord give them perseverance and insight.

Wednesday, February 22:  We pray our Lord’s blessings on the ongoing preparations for an ICS/CPRSE-TIFF-Imago sponsored exploration of Religion and Film with Calvin grad Paul Schrader as keynote speaker.

Thursday, February 23:  This regular meeting of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation (where ICS/CPRSE has a seat) will focus on interfaith dialogue and youth between the ages of 18-35. Please pray for ICS Ph.D. Candidate Hector Acero-Ferrer as he contributes to the discussion on how best to help young people approach interfaith dialogue.

Friday, February 24:  Doug Blomberg will be undergoing a medical procedure today. Please pray for the doctors involved, that all goes well and there is a healthful outcome.

We ask for blessings as the final planning touches added to the Building Our Whole Society: Religion and Citizenship at Canada's 150th Conference (May 8-9, Ottawa). Ron Kuipers serves on the Planning and Programming Committees for this conference, under the auspices of the Canadian Interfaith Conversation.

Monday, February 27:  Next month, March 10th and 11th, there will be a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees in Toronto to consider how to proceed in our ongoing negotiations with The King’s University. May our Lord grant wisdom to all who gather for this purpose, and protect them as they travel.

Tuesday, February 28:  Tomorrow there is a court hearing involving the Receiver overseeing our bankrupted Co-Tenant’s share in 229 College Street. Because of this relationship, ICS is a creditor. Doug Blomberg will be in attendance for these proceedings. Please pray that justice is served for ICS, and also for all those who have suffered over a long period from the actions of the previous partner.