Reasoning God

Gravitas and Gratitude 2019 Canadian Theological Society Presidential Address


  • Catherine Faith MacLean St. Paul’s United Church



vocation of the theologian, service, calling, hope, vigilance, community


In this Presidential Address I consider the vocation of the theologian. In the busy-ness of teaching, research and especially administrative work, our calling to the discipline of theology is easily overlooked. I offer examples of theologians and artists who speak of their vocation as more than career or even profession. Teaching the essential hard work of hope and theological diligence sets up our students to make constructive difference in their own fields. Maintaining a robust, encouraging, professional association in the Canadian Theological Society ensures the enhancement of our vocation. The occasion of this address, the sixty-fourth Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Theological Society (CTS), is an opportunity to honour this vocation.

Author Biography

Catherine Faith MacLean, St. Paul’s United Church

immediate Past President, CTS


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How to Cite

MacLean, C. F. (2020). Reasoning God: Gravitas and Gratitude 2019 Canadian Theological Society Presidential Address. Religious Studies and Theology, 39(2), 241–248.



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