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Rev. Dr. William Harrison

“As a scholar, my current focus is on understanding and helping people to communicate the good news of Christ Jesus in today’s context.  This includes work on everything from the World Religions conversation to spending time with people in challenged rural and urban churches.  For me, this task is rooted in the Christian tradition, so that it connects directly to my other interests in the Reformation (with a focus on the English Reformation) and on Trinitarian and Christological theology.”


  • Ph.D. - Major in Systematic Theology, Minor in Social and Political Ethics
    Boston College
  • M.A. – English, University of British Columbia – Okanagan
  • B.Th. (magna cum laude)St. Paul University/University of Ottawa
  • B.A. (Honours) - Major in Political Science, Minor in History, Carleton University

Previous Appointments

  • Director for Mission and Ministry, Anglican Diocese of Huron, ON
  • Principal, Kootenay School of Ministry, Anglican Diocese of Kootenay, BC
  • Ministry Development Officer, Anglican Diocese of Kootenay
  • Vice-Principal, College of Emmanuel & St. Chad, Saskatoon, SK
  • Associate Professor, Theology and Anglican Studies, College of Emmanuel & St. Chad, Saskatoon, SK
  • Registrar, College of Emmanuel & St. Chad, Saskatoon, SK
  • Parish Clergy, St. James the Less, Lumby, BC

Other Appointments

  • Adjunct Faculty, University of Saskatchewan, Department of History and Department of Religion and Culture, CMRS fellow, 2006-

Selected Publications

Current Research

Spreading the News:  Evangelism for Mainstream Christians
Book-length discussion of Christian evangelism in a post-modern world for parishes with aging congregations and limited resources.


In Praise of Mixed Religion:  The Syncretism Solution in a Multifaith World.  Montreal and Kingston:  McGill-Queen's University Press, 2014.
An argument that all religions have been formed by other viewpoints and an invitation to move forward in a spirit of mutual learning.

Frequently-Asked Questions in Christian Theology.London/New York:  Mowbray/Continuum, 2008.
Accessible introduction to central issues in Theology for the educated beginner.


Harrison, William, Marcella Mugford, Rita Harrison, and Roger Cooper.  Curriculum for Licensed Lay Minister Training:  Instructor’s EditionKelowna:  Diocese of Kootenay, 2014.

Harrison, William, Marcella Mugford, Rita Harrison, and Roger Cooper.  Curriculum for Licensed Lay Minister Training:  Student Manual.  Kelowna:  Diocese of Kootenay, 2014.

Scholarly Articles

“Why Newman Is Not Enough:  Reflections on the Gospel and Development.”  Summer 2008,                                Web.

“The Church.”  In A Companion to Richard Hooker.  Edited by W. J. Torrance Kirby.  Leiden:  Brill, 2008, pp. 305-336.

“Custom and the National Church:  The Reason Why.”  Winter 2007.  Web.

“Loving the creation, Loving the Creator:  Dorothy L. Sayers’s Theology of Work.”  Anglican Theological Review 86.2.  Summer 2004, pp. 239-257.

“Powers of Nature and Influences of Grace in Hooker’s Lawes.”   In Richard Hooker and the English Reformation.  Edited by W. J. Torrance Kirby.  Dordrecht:  Kluwer, 2003, pp. 15-24.

“Prudence and Custom:  Revisiting Richard Hooker on Authority.”  Anglican Theological Review 84.4.  Winter, 2002, pp. 897-913.


Selected Conferences and Workshops

“Forming New Leadership for the Rural Churc, Alec R. Sim Symposium in Rural Ministr, Kingston, ON, November 2016

“Spreading the News:  An Evangelism Workshop for Clergy” Anglican Dioceses of Huron and Niagara, Mt. Carmel Spiritual Centre, Niagara Falls, Spring 2016

“Soteriology, Church, and Today’s Ministry in the Diocese of Kootenay”,   Diocese of Kootenay Clergy Conference,  Sorrento Centre, Autumn 2013

“Talking About Religion, Together”, Vernon Interfaith Bridging Project , St. James School, Vernon, Winter 2012

Ecumenical Activities

Co-chair, Canadian Anglican-United Dialogue (2003-2015)

Anglican Observer, United Church General Council (GC40, 2009 and GC38, 2003)