Dr. Michael R. Wagenman <mwagenma[at]uwo.ca> is the Christian Reformed campus minister at Western. He completed his PhD at the University of Bristol (UK) on the philosophy and theology of power of civic institutions. He writes regularly in academic and popular journals and is a member of a number of learned societies. He is the chair of the international network of practical theology scholars, the Scripture and Church Seminar, which is part of the St. George's Centre for Biblical and Public Theology as well as the Institute for Biblical Research. His academic research addresses the philosophy and theology of power in the Modern and Postmodern periods (Max Weber to Michel Foucault), religious propaganda, the history and theology of Calvinism and Neo-Calvinism, the theological justifications of racism in North America and South Africa, and the theological roots of European democratic pluralism. He leads Western's Alternative Spring Break trip to Bristol, UK, teaches New Testament at Redeemer University College, and is a widely sought-out international teacher and speaker.
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Mike will be hosting the following activities during the 2017-2018 academic term:
Alpha, a weekly discussion group on the basics of Christianity. An excellent opportunity for non-Christians to learn about what Christians believe - and why.
Graduate Christian Fellowship, a weekly gathering of grad students who want to discuss together the joys and challenges of grad student life from a Christian perspective.
Student Book Club, a monthly discussion group focussed on our student "Book of the Year." The book for the 2017-2018 academic year is N. T. Wright's The Day the Revolution Began.
Faculty Book Club, a monthly discussion group of faculty on important and thought-provoking books.
Alternative Spring Break - Bristol, UK - Mike will be leading a trip to Bristol, UK, as part of Western's ASB program. This is a distinctly Christian trip around the UN's sustainability goal of "Sustainable Cities and Communities, Reduced Inequalities" within the framework of Christian activity within "A Secular Age."