OSTS Courses for the year 2020/2021

Fall Term 2020 (September 21 – November 30, 2020)

First half - Sep 21-Oct 26  (7:30-9:30 p.m.)

Course A:  Reading Scripture in a Contemplative Manner  -  Rev. Martin Malina
Rev. Martin Malina is currently the Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Ottawa, a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and is National Coordinator for the Canadian Christian Meditation Community. He received his M. Div. at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, and undergraduate degrees in political science, sociology and history at the University of Ottawa.

We will consider and explore how we can disagree with one another in the church and still be a Christian. We will review some central doctrines/creeds of the church and consider how a contemplative approach can help bridge the gaps between disbelief and faith, right and wrong, truth and heresy.


Course B:  Exploring the Implications of Jesus’ Life, Death and Resurrection  -  Rev. Frank Emanuel, PhD
Rev. Dr. Frank Emmanuel is an ordained minister with the Vineyard denomination who has served both inner city and suburban congregations. Currently he is a part-time professor at both St. Paul University and Algonquin College here in Ottawa. His passions include the political dimension of contemporary evangelical Christian theologies, spirituality, and systemic theology.

Over our five weeks together we will explore the rich field of Christology: how we understand the story of Jesus and how that story shapes our life in this world. We will look at the Christian gospel stories through the themes of expectation, incarnation, passion, resurrection, and hope.


Course C:  Sexuality: the Sacred, the Secular, and the Church  -  Fr. Maxime Allard O.P.
Reverend Maxime Allard is a Catholic priest in the Dominican Order and past president of the Dominican College in Ottawa. Father Allard is long-time supporter of the OSTS and a popular lecturer.

Sexuality, as fundamental to one’s identity is a recent way of thinking and speaking; however its history as a turning point in churches and in society is lengthy. It continues to have major impacts on current issues. Join us in exploring some historical highlights of this central and multi-faceted aspect of our humanity.

Second half - Nov 2-Nov 30  (7:30-9:30 p.m.)

Course D:   J. R. R. Tolkien: A Perspective of Good and Evil  -  Rev. Stanley Hanna
Rev. Stanley Hanna has served in ordained ministry for over forty years. He started lecturing at OSTS in 2004. His specialty is Biblical Studies and Theology. He is currently the Stated Pulpit Supply for St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Aylmer QC.

Tolkien’s mythopoeia includes a rich and deep survey of the problem of good and evil. Informed by his deep personal faith and shaped by his incredible imagination. The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, and Silmarillion, provide a window to seeing our own world. “The road goes ever on. . .” .


Course E:  (Rescheduled as course K)

This course has been rescheduled to the second half of the winter, and is now course K.


Course F:  The Bible in the 21st Century: What is it and how do we read it now?  -  Prof. Jane Dawson
Dr. Jane Dawson is a writer, spiritual director and adult educator. She currently works for the United Church of Canada supporting congregations in their response to transition and change. The two previous courses she taught for OSTS were very much enjoyed and appreciated.

The Bible in the 21st century often gets lost between the extremes of literalism and scientific dismissal. This course is for anyone who wants to brush up on Bible basics (structure, language, historical context) and explore approaches to reading the Bible with eyes open to both its challenges and possibilities.


Winter Term 2021 (January 4 – March 15, 2021)

First half - Jan 4-Feb 1  (7:30-9:30 p.m.)

Course G:  The Rocky Road  -  Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka C.M.
A long-standing lecturer at OSTS, Rabbi Dr. Bulka is a widely respected writer, broadcaster, and religious leader in Ottawa.

this course examines the somewhat turbulent history of the Israelites following the Exodus, through studying problematic incidents such as the golden calf episode, the scouts endeavour, and the Korah rebellion. The meanings of these, and other espisodes, and their implications for the people's relationship with God is explored.


Course H:  Indigenous Peoples and Contemporary Christianity in Canada  -  Rev. Daryold Winkler
Rev. Daryold Winkler is the pastor of St Basil’s Catholic Parish in Ottawa. He is a member of M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island in northern Ontario. He holds graduate degrees in Theology from the University of St Michael’s College in Toronto and from St Paul’s University, Ottawa.

The course will explore the contributions of Indigenous spiritualities within Christianity. It will examine the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Christian churches in both past and present-day Canada. Themes will include Indigenous Christian Theology, Truth and Reconciliation, and movements of communal healing.


Course I:  Christian Ethics  -  Rev. Mark Slatter, PhD
Reverend Mark Slater is a Catholic priest and Associate Professor at St. Paul University where he teaches ethics.  Fr. Mark is a Nepean native who worked for 15 years in Ottawa with homeless persons and persons with addictions.  He is presently a resident at Waupoos Family Farm, a ministry that provides vacations for low income families.

This course introduces some of the essential areas of Christian theological ethics. Classes will explore some of the current context and tensions within Christian theological ethics: feeling and value, conscience, moral development, the role of Scripture in ethics, and discipleship.


Second half - Feb 8-Mar 15  (7:30-9:30 p.m.)

Course J:  Living Well in the Last Journeys of Life  -  Rev. Canon Hilary Murray and Dr. Charles Barrett
Rev. Canon Hilary Murray is an ordained minister and a member of the clergy team at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. Dr. Charles Barrett is an active United Church layperson, committed to social justice and is Chair of the Social Justice Network of the Ontario Regions. He is Treasurer and a Member of the Board of Directors of Compassionate Ottawa.

Our fear of aging, and its impact on the spiritual growth of those in the autumn of their lives will be explored. We will discuss gaps in support resources for seniors and their caregivers and examine emerging community models to help those dealing with issues of dying, death, loss and grieving.


Course K:  Christian Virtues  -  Peter Scotchmer
Peter Scotchmer taught English and ESL for thirty-three years at High School, retiring in 2010. He is a voracious reader and writes for an on-line magazine and is involved with Christian education at St. Barnabas Church in Ottawa. Peter has also previously lectured at OSTS.

Following Professor Prior's method in her book On Reading Well, this course applies a particular Christian virtue to specific literary works of substance, as in the application of Temperance to Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, or Patience to Austen's Persuasion. No advance knowledge of each text is assumed.


Course L:  Our Challenge: To Live a Credible Contemporary Action Spirituality  -  David Lee
David Lee has been involved with Ottawa’s Lay School for many years and has worked with intra- and inter-church, and interfaith bodies in Canada and abroad. He has grappled with the question of how to speak about God in a way that resonates in the 21st century and looks forward to exchanging ideas on this multi-faceted subject.

We face radical change. How, while respecting our heritage, do we actively express fears and aspirations in spiritual terms that resonate in a 21st century paradigm? Some explorations: What God is (not); a contemporary understanding of prayer; Jesus and "The Human"; worship and action. Ideas and discussion invited.