Affiliate professor, Concordia Department of Theological Studies, Montreal
Fellow, Loyola College for Diversity and Sustainability, Montreal
Research Associate, University of Nottingham, Nottingham UK
Current Research Interests
- Paul within Judaism, and ancient expressions of masculinity
- pilgrimage and walking, with particular focus on settler-Indigenous relations, the conception of “the commons”, and land acknowledgements in the context of aware-settler analyses
- changes to European pilgrimage during the Protestant Reformations
- the walking of, and research into, historic trails on Treaty Territories in Canada, especially as acts of ‘dark pilgrimage’ for descendants of settlers under the guidance of the Indigenous nations of those Lands
2022 Apocalypse et gin-tonic (Montreal: Novalis Press)
2022 Our Home and Treaty Land (Kelowna BC: WoodLake Books, forthcoming) Co-written with Dr Raymond Aldred
2022 The Good Walk: Unsettling Pilgrimages on the Prairies (in review).
2021 The Bible and Booze: Pairings (Toronto: Novalis Press)
Publications: Refereed Publications
2022 “The Historicity of Acts 20:16 and a Shavu’ot Setting for the Pauline Collection,” (under consideration).
2022 “’One of the Boys’: Jerome’s Fabulous Frontier Masculinity,” The Bible & Critical Theory 18, 1 (2022)
2021 “The Promise and Peril of Walking Indigenous Territorial Recognitions carried out by Settlers,” International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. 9,2 (2021): Article 7. Co-authored: Ken Wilson.
2019 “‘Aware-Settler’ Biblical Studies: Breaking Claims of Textual Ownership,” 42-68 in Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies 1,1 (2019): 42-68.
2019 “Strangers on the Land: What “Settler-Aware” Biblical Studies Learns from Indigenous Methodologies,” in Critical Theology 1:2 (Winter 2019): 10-14.
2019 “Walking to be Some Body: desire and diaspora on the St-Olaf Way,” in International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage 7:1
2019 “Luther’s Failed Pilgrimage and the Body of Christendom,” in International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage 7:1
2018 “Post-Reformation Christian Pilgrimage and the Globalization of Sentiment,” in Theoforum 48/1, 2018
2017 “The Tough Wedge: Reformation Now and Onward,” in Consensus 38:2, 5
2015 “The Curious Voyage of Christ: katábasis, anábasis, and the New Testament,” in Les Études Classiques. 83:1
2014 “De Vieux-Montréal à Kahnawa:ké : the story of an urban pilgrimage between settler and aboriginal cultures,” in Urban Pilgrimage, Room One Thousand, University of California (Berkeley). Co-authored: S. Terreault
2006 “Adaptation: The Self-Proclaiming Rhetoric of Charlie Kaufman and of Paul” in Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. Vol XIII.
2004 “In a Mirror Very Darkly: Pauline Argument and the Problem of History,” in the Lexington Theological Quarterly. Vol XXXIX, No.4: 225-242
Publications: Chapters in Books
2022 “’One of the Boys’: Jerome’s Fabulous Frontier Masculinity,” in Constructions of Gender in Late Antiquity, eds. Kathy Ehrensperger and Juni Hoppe, Lanham: Lexington Fortress, 2022, (forthcoming).
2022 “The Promise and Peril of Walking Indigenous Territorial Recognitions carried out by Settlers,” in Sacred Journeys: Global Direction in Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, eds. Ian S. McIntosh, Daniel Olson and Dane Munro, 98-120. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press (forthcoming).
2022 “Paul’s collection and his final pilgrimage to Jerusalem” in Comparativism and Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage, Århus: Århus University Press (invited, submitted, and forthcoming).
2021 « De Concordia à Kahnawà:ke en passant par l’Europe et la Saskatchewan. » 141-163, Éric Laliberté and Michel O’Neill, eds. Pèlerinage, marche pèlerine et marche de longue durée au Québec. Laval : Les Presses de l’Université Laval, 2021.
2020 “Settler-Aware” Pilgrimage and Reconciliation: The Treaty Four Canadian Context,” in Peace Journeys: A New Direction in Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Research, eds. Ian S. McIntosh, Nour Farra Haddad and Dane Munro, 98-120. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press.
2018 “Pilgrimage and the Challenging of a Canadian Foundational Myth,” in Pilgrimage in Practice: Narration, Reclamation and Healing, eds. Ian S. McIntosh, E. Moore Quinn and Vivienne Keely. CABI Publishing.
2014 “The First Cut is the Deepest: Masculinity and Circumcision in the First Century,” in Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded, eds. Peter-Ben Smit and Oviudu Creanga. Sheffield-Phoenix Press. Co-authored: K.B. Neutel, Umeå universitet.
2008 “Albert Schweitzer and a Mystical Ecology for Paul” in Consensus: Festschrift in Honour of Erwin Buck. Vol 33.1: 9-22.
2006 “The Reluctant Biblical Historian: A Rhetorical Rationale,” in Festschrift: Essays in Honour of Frederik Wisse. ARC. The Journal of the Faculty Religious Studies: 342-357.
Publications: Dictionary and Encyclopedia Entries
2021 “Paul and Pauline Letters,” (solicited article) for the Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell.
2012 “Thorn in the Flesh,” (solicited article) for Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Eds. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis. Sheffield Phoenix Press
2012 “The Garden of Eden,” (solicited article; also used as template for call for submissions) for Dictionary of the Bible and Western Culture. Eds. Michael Gilmour and Mary Ann Beavis. Sheffield Phoenix Press
Recent Book Reviews
2022 Can We Trust the Bible on the Historical Jesus? (Ehrman, Evans, and R. Stewart) in Modern Believing: The Journal of Theological Liberalism (upcoming)
2020 Unsettling Spirit: A Journey into Decolonization (Denise M. Nadeau) for Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses. Sarah Rollens, ed. (upcoming)
2020 Cast Out of the Covenant (Adele Reinhartz) for Studies in Religion / Sciences Religieuses. Sarah Rollens, ed. https://doi.org/10.1177/0008429820911618
2020 Cast Out of the Covenant (Adele Reinhartz) for Critical Theology 2,2 (Winter 2020): 18-20. Christine Jamieson, ed.
Keynote and Invited Presentations (selected)
2021 “One of the Boys”: Jerome’s Fabulous ‘Frontier Masculinity.’ Nangaroni meeting, Enoch Seminar, July 2021.
2020 Strangers on the Textual Land: Aware-Settler Biblical Studies, University of Nottingham Theology and Religious Studies Research Seminar Series, Nottingham, UK. March 13 (online).
2019 The Pauline Collection in Light of Shavu’ot in Second Temple Judaism, The Biblical Seminar, March 29, University of Nottingham, UK.
2019 Strangers on the Land: What Biblical Studies in the Canadian Settler Context Can Learn from Indigenous Methodologies, Research Seminar for the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies, February 18, Sheffield University, UK.
2019 Unsettled Pilgrimages: Settlers Walking toward Reconciliation on the Great Plains, University of Nottingham Research Seminar Series, Nottingham, UK. February 13.
2018 Response to Sheinfeld, Gender and Second Temple Judaism: Challenges & Possibilities, 10th Nangeroni Meeting of the Enoch Seminar, June, Rome.
2017 Masculinity in the New Testament: a changing ideal. At University of Nottingham, UK, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies.
2017 Imagining Iceland: Pilgrimage. Invited panelist at the “Imagining Iceland: From Concordia to the North,” Concordia University, Visual Arts Building. Sept 20, 2017.
2017 Our Work, Our Walk. Invited keynote at the “Sustainability Across Disciplines Conference,” Concordia University, John Molson School of Business. March 17, 2017.
2017 Mapping with our Feet: Pilgrimage and Pedagogy in Montreal and Mohawk Spaces. Invited presentation at Concordia University Dept. of Applied Human Sciences, to faculty and grad students. Jan 12, 2017.
2016 Land and Meaning-Making: the Environmental Seminar Series. Presenting with Orenda Boucher-Curotte, Coordinator of First Peoples’ Studies, Dawson College, Montreal. Invited speaker.
2013 The Heroic Journey, 2013 Symposium on Pilgrimage Studies. College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA, USA (keynote address)
Other Presentations (selected)
2018 “The Secrets of/Les secrets de Pompeii,” At Jardins Heritage Gardens, St-Lambert QC, Wed Sept 19, 2018.
2018 What Happened to Mary Magdalene? At St. Michael’s Finnish Church/ Pyhän Mikaelin Kirkko, Montreal. May 2018.
2017 Paul’s collection and his final pilgrimage to Jerusalem, Comparativism and the Study of Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage, University of Århus, Denmark. May 17-19.
2017 A History of Post-Reformation Pilgrimage and the Globalization of Sentiment, The Reformation and Globalization, St. Paul University and University of Ottawa, Ottawa
2016 Indigeneity, Journey, and Historical Recollection on the Northern Great Plains, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX
2016 Mapping with our Feet: Pilgrimage as Pedagogy in Mohawk and Montreal Spaces, American Academy of Religion, Annual Meeting, San Antonio TX
2016 Horror and the Hidden: Luther, Paul, and Tracy on the hiddenness of God, paper at the Hiddenness of God conference, King’s College, Western University, London ON
2014 The Pilgrimage that Ended Pilgrimages, (Reformation effects on European pilgrimage) 2014 Symposium, College of William & Mary, Williamsburg VA
2014 The Curious Journey of Christ: Katabasis in 1 Peter, at the interdisciplinary, interuniversity Katabasis colloquium, Concordia
University and Community Engagement Leadership (selected)
2020 FAS Dean’s Funds for Special Projects and Events (Principal) for Spirituality as Land, Story, and Relation Indigenous Speakers Series at the Dept of Theological Studies; moderator and interviewer. https://www.concordia.ca/cuevents//artsci/theology/2020/09/24/spirituality-as-land-story-and-relation.html
2020 CBC Radio One one-hour interview (2 segments) “All in a Weekend with Ainslee MacLellan,” here: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-78/clip/15801433
2017 Kahnawà:ke. Invited to be one of the facilitators and community liaisons for meetings between Concordia upper academic administration and Mohawk community representatives, in Kahnawà:ke, Aug 31-Sept 1, 2017.
2017, 2015 Presenter and participant in local community meetings in southern Saskatchewan on Indigenous-Settler walking trails, history and future
European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS)
Society of Biblical Literature (SBL)
American Academy of Religion (AAR)
Canadian Society of Biblical Studies (CSBS)
Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society (SHFS)
McGill Centre for Research on Religion (CREOR)
The Montreal Biblical Colloquium
Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS)
Selected Media Appearances
2021 CTV Montreal News https://webapps.9c9media.com/vidi-player/1.9.24/share/iframe.html?currentId=2351786&config=ctvnews/share.json&kruxId=&rsid=bellmedianewsprod,bellmediaglobalprod&siteName=CTVNews&cid=%5B%7B%22contentId%22%3A2351786%2C%22ad%22%3A%7B%22adsite%22%3A%22ctv.ctvnews%22%2C%22adzone%22%3A%22embed%22%7D%7D%5D
2021 “Apocalypse, Booze, and Christmas: An Ancient ABC,” in The Tyee https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2021/12/22/Apocalypse-Booze-Christmas-Ancient-ABC/
2021 Winnipeg Free Press “Drinking in Scripture” (feature religion article) https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/life/faith/drinking-in-scripture-57581876
Article “Why Canadians Need the Right to Roam” in Narwhal
Article about the movie “Paul, Apostle of Christ” in The National Post online: http://nationalpost.com/pmn/news-pmn/paul-apostle-of-christ-owes-more-to-coca-cola-than-to-the-bible
Article about Charles Dickens and the Gospels in The Toronto Star online: https://www.thestar.com/opinion/contributors/2017/12/12/charles-dickens-the-man-who-invented-christmas-plagiarized-jesus.html
Heritage Saskatchewan video for Canada 150: https://somethinggrand.ca/2017/10/19/walking-the-land-a-canada-150-post/
Featured in CBC Montreal one-hour interview as a ‘Montreal creative’