Continuing your education
Huron's Faculty of Theology offers the MA (Theology) for students interested in pursuing a graduate Master's degree with an emphasis on the integration of theological vision and the theological disciplines. You may also be interested in the Faculty of Theology's undergraduate formational and academic degrees (MDiv and MTS), as well as a wide variety of continuing education, non-credit, and diploma offerings, such as the Licentiate in Theology.
Deepen your knowledge of faith with each course your complete in this pre-degree diploma program. Courses in the LTh program are also available individually to lay people and clergy, outside the LTh stream.
By entering into agreements with other theological educational institutions, Huron has ensured that students across Canada, and across denominational traditions, will have a full range of course options. This is a pre-degree diploma program intended for those who take seriously a call to Ministry while recognizing that "Ministry" is manifested in many diverse yet equal ways. For example, the LTh may be:
- for your personal development,
- to deepen your knowledge for discipleship, or
- for those contemplating Ordained Ministry, or
- for those preparing for Diaconal Ministry, or
- for those already engaged in Ministry who are seeking to complement their education.
A total of 16 courses, with an overall average of 65%, will be needed for successful completion of the LTh. The courses will usually run for 6 weeks at 2-3 contact hours per week; however, on-line and intensive courses will also be offered.
Of the 16 courses, you will need to complete:
- 2 in the core area of Theological Studies
- 2 in the core area of Sacred Texts
- 2 in the core area of History of Religion
- 10 Electives
Applicants must hold a secondary school graduation diploma or equivalent.
Upcoming Courses for 2018-19:
Pastoral Care of Lay Leaders with the Rev. Dr. Brad Morrison, November 17-18, 2018; $300 (audit $150)
An introduction to pastoral care for lay leaders. You'll explore the theological, psychological and ethical concepts and practices needed for effective approaches to ministry in your home congregation. An ideal course for congregations seeking to enable, equip an grow their outreach ministries.
Register by phone, 519.599.3047 or email firstname.lastname@example.org; part of our Saugeens Theology Series.
Theological Voices in the Wilderness: An Historical Conversation on Social Justice in Canada
Wednesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 13, 2019, 6-9 pm, (Ontario time) ONLINE COURSE
Instructor: Dr. Darlene Brewer
Are you passionate about social justice? Ever wondered about the relationship between the Church and Social Justice in Canada? This course will explore the early voices in the ecumenical movement from the 1970s to the present with focus on Refugee Life and Newcomers, Indigenous Rights, Economic Justice, Ecological Voices and women’s lives. There will also be an exploration of how ecumenical and interfaith dialogue has, and continues, to inform these topics.
An Introduction to His Life & Thought
Jan. 26, Feb. 23, Mar. 23, Apr. 27, 2019, 10 am – 3:30 pm, at Renison University College*
Master of Life & the Peacemaker:
Narrative & Reality in the Haudenosaunee Landscape
Feb. 9, Mar. 9, Apr. 13, May 11, 2019, 10 am – 3:30 pm, at Renison University College*
Religion and Place
Tuesday evenings, March 5 to April 30, 2019, 7pm – 9 pm (at Huron)
(Please note this course is being presented over nine weeks with 2 hr classes)
Instructor: John MacKenzie
What is space? What is place? What is the difference? What makes some places sacred? What happens when a sacred place is used for a different purpose? This course will look at the relationship between geography and religion by exploring both corporate and individual religious places. A site visit to a local place of worship will be included in the course.
Journeying through the Bible: A Guide to Leading Bible Studies
Monday Evenings, April 29 – June 3, 2019 (Excluding May 20) 6:30-9:30 pm (at Huron)
Instructor: Rev. Janet Anstead
Have you ever wanted to lead a Bible Study but felt overwhelmed by the prospect? Are you left unmoved by some of the prepared Study Series available to be used? This course will give you the tools necessary so that you will have confidence in creating a Bible Study which will speak to your context and your audience. Although the focus of the course will be on providing the necessary tools, opportunities will be created in which those tools will be used within the context of a mini-Bible Study. The best way to learn is often to do!
(*Register for Renison courses at Renison)
Complete this application form and send it to us at least two weeks before each class is to begin. (If this date has passed, contact the Faculty of Theology directly to see whether there is still space in the class.) If there is insufficient registration in a course, that course will be cancelled and your fees refunded.
If you must withdraw from the course during the course or during the two weeks prior to the course beginning, then we will credit your account with the course fee, and you may use this amount toward a future LTh course at Huron.
$300 per course (unless otherwise indicated on course description). $150 for auditors.
Group discounts: Groups of 4-7, -$10 each; Groups of 8+, -$20 each
Holy Cross Lecture
Designated Lay Ministers Courses (UCC)
17th Annual Holy Cross Lecture
Monday, September 17, 2018, 7 pm, Great Hall, Huron
"The Limits of the State"
Dr. Gary Badcock
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Philosophy, Ethics, and Peache Professor of Divinity
The Holy Cross Lecture, for the wider theology community, is given each fall by a member of faculty.
Public Lecture, Free Admission
Free parking after 6 pm in Huron's student lot, south end of Huron (not in Pay & Display or Guest Parking)
47th Annual R. T Orr Lecture
Thursday, October 4, 2018, 7 pm, Great Hall, Huron
"Sermons at Paul's Cross & the Culture of Persuasion in Tudor London"
Torrance Kirby, MA, DPhil, FRHistS
Professor of Ecclesiastical History, McGill University
Free Parking in south (student) Huron lot after 6 pm--gates will be up
(do not park in "Pay & Display" without paying, or in "Guest Parking" spots)
About the Lecture
Dr. Kirby's current research focusses on the open-air pulpit at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, commonly known as "Paul's Cross," one of the most influential of all public venues of early-modern England. There were preached critically important hermeneutical and theological sermons that contributed to the transformation of England's religious and political identities.
About Dr. Kirby
A graduate of Dalhousie (BA and MA) and of Oxford (DPhil), Dr. Kirby is currently Professor of Ecclesiastical History at McGill, where he has been at the School of Religious Studies since 1997. In 2011, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of the United Kingdom. Dr. Kirby has been awarded several grants to further his research, principally in the area of Reformation thought, especially that of Richard Hooker and other 16th-century Protestant thinkers. (further details)
About the R. T Orr Lecture Series
Since November 25, 1970, the R. T Orr Public Lecture series has been held each year in memory of Mr. Robinson T Orr, the son of a prominent London and London Township family of five generations, a successful businessman, an active layman in the Anglican Church, a staunch supporter of Huron University College, and a man of outstanding qualities. Mr. Orr was a Lifetime Honorary Member of Huron's Corporation.
Through the R. T Orr Lecture, supported out of the legacy left to Huron by Mr. Orr, it has been possible for the College to bring to London scholars of international reputation and outstanding theological educators. Some past lecturers have been Premier Clyde K. Wells, Walter Wink, Michael Coogan, Adela Yarbro Collins, E. P. Sanders, John Dominic Crossan,Walter Brueggemann, and N.T. Wright.
Past Orr Lectures:
45th R. T Orr Lecture, November 2, 2016
A Spiritually-Infused Universe
Pushing Back on Deism & Flirting with Superstition
by the Very Rev. Ian Markham, PhD
(watch online on Youtube)
44th R. T Orr Lecture, November 25, 2015
The Challenge of Pauline Theology
by Rt. Rev. Dr. N.T. Wright
Research Professor of New Testament & Early Christianity, University of St. Andrews
(watch online on Youtube)
43rd R. T Orr Lecture, October 25, 2014
"Fidelity in a Culture of Certitude"
Rev. Dr. Walter Brueggemann
Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, GA
(watch online on Youtube)
The following courses are offered to those working toward DLM status in the United Church of Canada in a distance/online format. The instructor is Rev. Dr. Bradley Morrison. Details and applications are below (under construction):
United Church History Studies
Hebrew Bible & United Church Ministry
New Testament & United Church Ministry
United Church Polity Studies
Theological Studies and United Church Ministry
Come back to Huron and take a course for credit (or audit, with permission of Instructor & Dean)! Those with a prior university degree may register for one of our current theology courses as a Special Student.
Consider the graduate-level MA in Theology to enrich your current knowledge and your work in Theology. Those working 10 or more hours per week apply as part-time students and finish the degree in three years. Full-time students complete in two.