Schedule for the 2023 Spring Congress

CATA Conference Schedule

May 28, 2023

Plenary Session (Remote Live) – 9:00–9:25 in Vanier College-VC 001
Welcome, introduction, prayer

Panel (Remote Live) – 9:30–11:30 in Vanier College-VC 001
“Reckoning with and Reimagining ‘the God of the Bible’: A Conversation about ‘Classical Theism’”
Moderator: Stephen W. Martin, The King’s University
Patrick Franklin, Tyndale University: “God is not a ‘Thing’ in our Universe! Rowan
Williams on the Classic Doctrine of Divine Simplicity.”
Charles Meeks, Northeastern Seminary: “The God of True Conversation: Robert W.
Jenson’s Narrative Metaphysics”
Joshua Harris, The King’s University: “Sub similitudine corporalium: Scripture,
metaphor, and the “classical” synthesis in Thomas Aquinas”
J. Richard Middleton, Northeastern Seminary: “Response”
Open Discussion

Lunch Break – 11:30–1:00

Plenary Session (Remote Live) – 1:00–1:25 in Vanier College-VC 001
CATA Business Session

Break – 1:25–1:45

Parallel Session One (Remote Live) – Preaching – 1:45–3:15 in Vanier College-VC 001
Moderator: Cynthia Westfall
Jeremy McClung, Wycliffe College: “Cultivating Gratitude in Preaching”
Hye Lim Yoon, Emmanuel College: “Other-wise Preachers: Preaching as the Other in
Cross-Racial and Multi-Ethnic Congregations”
Robert Dean, Providence Theological Seminary: “Re-imagining Ethical Preaching”

Parallel Session Two – Practical Theology & Ministry – 1:45–3:15 in Vanier College 115
Moderator: Patrick Franklin
Lee Beach, McMaster Divinity College, “Learning the Language of Exile”
J. Greg Sinclair, McMaster Divinity College, “Welcoming the Other at Willowdale
Christian Reformed Church”
Michael Anderson, Toronto School of Theology, “A Bridge Over Troubled Water:
Accommodating Diverse Baptismal Practices in a Catholic Church”

Parallel Session Three – Biblical Theology and Theology – 1:45–3:15 in Vanier College 116
Moderator: Dustin Burlet
J. Richard Middleton, Northeastern Seminary: “Herod as Pharaoh? Jesus as David?: A
Political Reading of the Prophets in Matthew’s Infancy Narrative.”
Jonathan N. Cleland, Knox College: “The Suffering of Christ in the Suffering of the Church: Peter Martyr Vermigli in Dialogue with Kōsuke Koyama”
Jeff Yaneff, Wycliffe College, “Optimism and Pessimism: The Theological Implications
of Overpopulation and Natural Resource Scarcity in Paul R. Ehrlich and Julian L.

Break 3:15–3:30

Parallel Session One (Remote Live) – Theology and Culture – 3:30–5:00 in Vanier College-VC 001

Moderator: Robert Dean
Joshua L.W. Heath, Trinity College: “Cruciformity and Settler Colonialism: Orienting
Non-Indigenous Participation in Decolonization and Reconciliation in Canada”
Christian Clement-Schlimm, Wycliffe College: “‘Between Hopes and Fears’: Identity
and Argument in Olaudah Equiano’s Autobiography”
Dudley Brown, McMaster Divinity College, “On a Foundation of Faith: Andrew White
and Black Uplift”

Parallel Session Two- Practical Theology and Ministry – 3:30–4:30 in Vanier College 115
Moderator: Lee Beach
Andrew Barron, Wycliffe College: “Depression & Anxiety in the Intellectually Disabled:
God’s Response”

Michael Buttrey, Regis College, “Reckoning with the Protestant Abuse Apocalypse: Re-
imagining Church without Moral Externalism, Missional Exceptionalism, and Disembodied Logocentrism”

Parallel Session Three- Old Testament – 3:30–5:00 in Vanier College 116
Moderator: Richard Middleton
Josef Sykora, Northeastern Seminary: “Between the Dead and the Living: Numbers 16–
18 and the Role of Priesthood”
Sungshin Kim, McMaster Divinity College: “Translation Technique and Theology of the
Dustin Burlet, Millar College of the Bible: “Waddya Mean it’s Just Hyperbole! You
Gotta Be Kidding Me! Zeph 1:2–3 and the Genesis Flood”