What We Learned – Studies

What We Learned - Studies

Over the years the scholarships provided by The United Church of Canada and The United Church of Canada Foundation  have provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of the work of United Church researchers and academics.  This page is a sampling of some of that work.

McGeachy Senior Scholars

The McGeachy Senior Scholarship is designed:

  • To foster the development of those who will provide The United Church of Canada with discernment and direction that inspire and challenge the church towards creative and faithful mission.
  • To enhance the work of a church leader at a creative moment in her or his life.
  • To provide not only for the person’s growth, but also for an impact on the broader church.
  • To provide income to allow a major portion of time to be used on a project of enduring value to the United Church.

This award is offered in even years (e.g. 2016, 2018, 2020).

Select Papers from McGeachy Scholars from 2008-2011

The Story of Howland House –Betsy Anderson

Inviting Wonder-barb janes

Sharing the Feast and Hearing Complex Calling – HyeRan Kim-Cragg

You can also see interviews with:

Loraine MacKenzie Shepherd a 2012 McGeachy Senior Scholar


HyeRan Kim-Cragg a 2011 McGeachy Senior Scholar

In 2011, McGeachy Senior Scholar Meg Jordan gave a talk about her award to work on developing children and youth ministry curriculum.

The 2013 McGeachy Senior Scholars produced books as a result of their awards:

  • Bob Haverluck has a compilation of biblical stories told in a new light.  Here is a video with Bob reading an except from his book;Details and the opportunity to purchase these works are available on the Centre for Christian Studies website.
  • Nancy Hardy‘s work Worship in the City is available from the UCRD in print or e-book

2010 McGeachy Senior Scholar Carolyn Whitney Brown’s exploration of the relationship between The United Church of Canada and Jean Vanier’s L’Arche communities will soon be published by McGill Queen’s University Press under the title Tender to the World: Jean Vanier, L’Arche and the United Church of Canada.

The Rowntree Scholarship

The Rowntree Scholarship provides grants for research that explores, draws together, and reflects on fresh expressions of The United Church of Canada in our changing social context.  It assists the United Church of Canada in benefiting from research that explores and draws out implications from the experiences of ministers and ministries that will help the church of the future effectively minister within the new and emerging Canadian reality. Grants are made in support of individuals working in United Church–related institutions.  This award is offered every year.

Rowntree Papers

Towards Understanding the Immigrant Cultural Diversity – Basil Coward


Roy M. Davidson Trust Award

The purpose of the Davidson Award is to attract and retain outstanding people in the service of the theological colleges within Canada, associated with The United Church of Canada, by acknowledging and promoting excellence in teaching and scholarship.  The award is available to any faculty member teaching in a United Church-related theological school through application or nomination.  The award is made in even years (e.g. 2016, 2018, 2020)

A 2011 recipient of this award was the Rev. Dr. Fred Graham.  At an event in the fall of 2011 Dr. Graham offered a reflection on his teaching and life.