LECTURER

Joel Thiessen, PhD, MA, BA

Professor, Sociology
Director, Flourishing Congregations Institute

I am a sociologist passionate about learning and excellence, from the classroom instructing students to the research field gathering data to consulting settings bridging sociological knowledge with ‘real world’ concerns. Since joining the Ambrose faculty in 2008 I have used teaching, research, and speaking opportunities to demonstrate how the sociological perspective enables us to think carefully, critically, and scientifically about human attitudes and behaviours, often challenging ‘common sense’ myths with sound empirical data. In the classroom, I stress the sociological imagination, critical thinking and communication skills, various teaching and assessment methods, and the integration of faith and learning. As a researcher, I actively gather new data and publish research in my main area of interest, the sociology of religion and especially religion and culture in Canada.

I am married to Helen and we have a dog, Shadow. I am an avid sports fan, a drummer, and I enjoy reading biographies and exercising.

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SCHEDULE

Date Event Time Location Information
Monday, Feb 11, 2019 Lecture #1
“None of the Above: Having No Religion in Canada”
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(AST)
Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons
Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 Lecture #2
“Evangelism in Canada: From the Pulpit to the Pew”
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(AST)
Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2019 Worship Service 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
(AST)
Manning Memorial Chapel Community Lunch following service ($4 suggested donation)
Lecture #3
“Flourishing Congregations in Canada: Signs of Life and Vitality”
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
(AST)
Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons

 

Additional Sessions: Dr.Thiessen will provide two informal public conversations regarding recent research on religion in Canada. Topics and Times to be determined.