Rebecca began her time at King’s working as Student Program Coordinator in 2009, and is delighted to be back after working for many years at the Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life at the University of Alberta’s Augustana campus. Besides her work as Director of Interdisciplinary Studies, Rebecca also serves as a sessional lecturer for the English Department where she has taught a variety of courses, including Introduction to Literature, North American Short Stories, and Literature and the Environment.
Rebecca also has an extensive background in communications, working as an editor for a variety of organizations including McGraw-Hill Children’s Publishing, Baker Book House, and the Christian Educators Journal. She also has a wide range of experience in the social service sector, including volunteering with women leaving the corrections system, leading workshops for under-resourced families in a variety of settings, and working for an agency of Christian Community Development Association.
Rebecca is active in the Christian Reformed Church, serving as the first female chair of the Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations Committee, co-chair of the Christian Reformed/Reformed Church in America task force (presenting to the joint synod in 2014), and occasional lay preacher in Classis Alberta North. She is currently serving as Vice President on the board of World Renew Canada, and was delighted to represent them on the 2016 Canadian Foodgrains Bank Faith Leaders’ Learning Tour to Kenya.
Publications and Presentations
“God Cries Out: Midwifing Justice in a Stable,” Christian Reformed Church Do Justice Blog, December 15, 2017, Web
“For Such a Time as This: Justice Meets Worship and the Arts in Turbulent Times,” conference co-sponsored by ICS, First CRC Toronto, Centre for Public Dialogue, and Christian Reformed Church in North America Worship Ministries, keynote speaker, October 21, 2017
“The Risk of Love in Turbulent Times,” Christian Courier, September 11, 2017, Print
“Baking My Way through Unemployment,” The Globe and Mail, April 12, 2017, Print
“Doing Justice in Ottawa,” World Renew Blog, January 3, 2017, Web
“Because We Are Together,” World Renew Blog, October 12, 2016, Web
“When Did We Become So Mean? The Trouble with Outrage,” The Banner, March 2015. Cover article, Print, Won 2016 Associated Church Press Award of Merit
“When It Comes to Matrimonial Beds, Make Mine a Double,” The Globe and Mail, July 24, 2014. Print
“Chaplains Build Bridges from Prison,” Edmonton Journal, May 10, 2014. Print
“Beyond Charity: Building Relationships,” Presentation, West End Christian Reformed Church, Edmonton, March 2, 2014
“The Art of Neighboring in the 21st Century,” Women’s Retreat. Camp Nakamun. September 15, 2012
“Caring for Language, Caring for Words,” Religion 272 guest lecture, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, September 10, 2012
“A Word at Ground Zero,” Religion 270 guest lecture, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, March 21, 2011