The Canadian Evangelical Theological Association (CETA) seeks to provide a forum for scholarly contributions to the renewal of theology and the church in Canada.
The Association promotes theological work that seeks to be loyal to Jesus Christ and the gospel, faithful to the primacy of Scripture, and responsive to the guiding force of the Christian church.
Members include interested academics, pastors, and lay people (and you don’t have to be a Canadian to be involved; CETA has had American members, including some serving on the executive).
CETA is in currently in process of transitioning into the Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA), a bi-national organization serving the church in both Canada and the United States. This move was approved by the membership at the May 29, 2016 annual meeting, based on discussion of the proposal document found here.
We are in the process of setting up a new website, which will be announced when it is (nearly) complete.
Lectures on Lament with J. Richard Middleton (October 25-26, 2016)
The annual Theissen Lectures at Canadian Mennonite University, Winnipeg, MB will be given by J. Richard Middleton (president of CETA, 2011-2014).
The series of three lectures is entitled: “The Silence of Abraham, the Passion of Job: Explorations in the Theology of Lament.”
These lectures will explore what sort of prayer is appropriate in situations of difficulty and suffering. In contrast to simply bearing suffering in silence (which is the default spirituality of many), the Bible suggests that God desires vigorous dialogue partners, who will wrestle with God, baring their heart and soul, as they seek redress.
The lectures will begin with lament prayer in the Psalms, then address the counter-example of Abraham’s silence in Genesis 22, and conclude with the book of Job as a possible response to Abraham’s silence.
You can download a color poster of the lectures here.
►Lecture #1: Tuesday, October 25, 11:00 AM
“Voices from the Ragged Edge”
►Lecture #2: Tuesday, October 25, 7:30 PM
“Abraham’s Ominous Silence in Genesis 22: How the Patriarch of Israel Lost Both His Voice and His Son”
► Lecture #3: Wednesday, October 26, 11:00 AM
“How Job Found His Voice: Learning the Wisdom of Lament from a Gentile Patriarch”
All lectures are free and will be held at the CMU Chapel, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd., Winnipeg, MB.
Further information about the lectures can be found here.
Fall Conference with Iain Provan (October 15, 2016)
The Fall CETA theology conference (likely our last conference under the old name) will be held in conjunction with the Associated Canadian Theological Schools (ACTS seminaries), a consortium of theological schools located on the campus of Trinity Western University, in Langley, BC. The date for the Fall conference is Saturday, October 15, 2016, and the keynote speaker will be Iain Provan, Marshall Sheppard Professor of Biblical Studies at Regent College, in Vancouver, BC. Dr. Provan’s book Seriously Dangerous Religion: What the Old Testament Really Says and Why It Matters (Baylor, 2014) won the 2016 R.B.Y. Scott Book Award at the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies.
You may register online for the Fall conference by clicking this link. Early bird rates are in effect before September 20.
Annual Meeting at the Congress (May 28, 2017)
Our Annual Meeting is held each year in conjunction with the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences of Canada. By the time of the 2017 meeting we expect to participate in the Congress under our new name, the Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA).
In 2017 the Congress will be held at Ryerson University in Toronto and our Annual Meeting will take place on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Stay tuned for the Call for Papers.
Canadian-American Theological Review
The Canadian Theological Review was launched as a peer-reviewed journal in 2012. All articles since 2012 (prior to for the current issue) are being made accessible in PDF format from the journal page.
The journal is now being indexed by ATLA, and this will apply to all previous issues as well.
Although we are a bit behind in production, we are almost caught thanks to the excellent work of our editor-in-chief, Chris Zoccali. The next two issues are already in preparation. Any member who has not received the current issue (that issue immediately following the latest available for download on the journal page) should contact the editor and we will remedy the situation.
By the end of this year or the start of next year the production of the journal will be caught up and will be unveiled with its new name, the Canadian-American Theological Review.
Membership in the Association includes a subscription to the Journal. A membership form may be found here. You can pay membership dues by e-transfer from a Canadian bank account or through PayPal (helpful for those outside Canada). See the membership page for details.
You are also invited to participate in the CETA facebook Group.