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From the Human Condition to Environmental Governance: Christianity in its Contexts

May 29, 2019

On May 11, St. Joseph’s College held its second annual Christianity in its Contexts undergraduate conference. Students from five local post-secondary institutions, including The King’s University, participated.

This year’s conference featured papers in psychology, sociology, history, political studies, bioethics, and philosophy focusing on Christianity in each of these areas of study.

The purpose of the conference was to give undergraduate students the opportunity to share their own scholarship in the context of a real, refereed academic conference and to foster conversations about how the Christian faith can be found in all disciplines.

Kendra Benterud (B.A. ‘21), one of two presenters from King’s, presented on “Considering the Human Condition: The Necessity of Theological Discourse in Modern Psychology.”

“Theology provides a framework for human nature relevant to modern psychology, by providing a powerful understanding of humans as God’s creatures, as bearing God’s image, and as created by the divine Word of God,” says Benterud.

Claire Brandenbarg (B.A. ‘19) presented on “Unique Strengths of Faith Communities for Environmental Governance in Canada.” When it comes to environmental governance, Brandenbarg says, “Faith communities provide capacity to shape and reshape world views; aptitude to mobilize and facilitate action; expertise in applying ethical frameworks; and model leadership and political social critique.”

Believing that the study of Christianity is enriched by interdisciplinary dialogue and a diversity of voices, the first Christianity in its Contexts conference took place in 2018.

The conference was organized by representatives of St. Joseph’s College, the University of Alberta, MacEwan University, Concordia University of Edmonton, Athabasca University, and The King’s University.

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