Empire Remixed started with Wine Before Breakfast, coffee-soaked conversation and a couple of pints in a Baptist Church-turned nightclub with N.T. Wright. Shaped by common worship, our imaginations continue to wrestle with the cultural, economic, ecclesial and political implications of a Saviour broken and bruised.
Together, we blog, write liturgies, craft sermons, and organize events.
COURSES OFFERED THROUGH TST
Dr. Brian Walsh’s teaching at UofT is integral to our vision of campus ministry. For an academic profile of Dr. Walsh, together with a list of some of his publications click here.
Dr. Sylvia Keesmaat has been a part of the Wine Before Breakfast community just as long as Dr. Walsh, and offers classes that reflect the heart of the campus ministry. For an academic profile of Dr. Keesmaat, together with a list of some of her publications click here.
Beyond Homelessness (Fall 2017 – Brian Walsh)
A discussion of homelessness as a cultural, socio-economic, ecological and spiritual condition in light of a biblical theology of home.
Justice in the Biblical Story (Winter 2018 – Sylvia Keesmaat)
This course will trace the multi-faceted theme of justice as it unfolds throughout the biblical story. The way in which idolatry, economic justice, racial justice, justice for the land, food justice, justice for the stranger, justice for women, and peace and violence are interrelated will provide a biblical basis for reflecting on the issue of justice in our world today.
Biblical Theology in the Shadow of Empire (Winter 2015 – Brian Walsh)
The biblical narrative is shaped, lived and told anew in conflict with other grand narratives, overwhelmingly imperial in character. What does the reign of God look like when set in the context of other hegemonic claims to sovereignty?
Creation, Food and Land: Biblical Faith, Current Crisis (Fall 2016 – Sylvia Keesmaat)
This course will explore the biblical themes of land, food and justice in light of competing views of land, economics and justice both in biblical times and in our own context, locally and internationally. Interactions with indigenous views of land, land justice and food security for immigrants and the poor in our city, the transition movement, bioregionalism and watershed discipleship, will all contribute to a vision for land restoration locally and on a global level.
Music, Prophecy and Culture (Winter 2014 – Brian Walsh)
Engaging contemporary music in genres as diverse as rock, bluegrass, hip hop, folk and alternative rock, this course explores the prophetic, pastoral, liturgical and theological contribution of contemporary music to Christian reflection and praxis in a late modern socio-historical context.
Postmodernity and a Biblical Worldview (Winter 2016 – Brian Walsh)
What is postmodernity and what are the implications of this cultural shift for Christian faith? This course attempts to navigate the waters of postmodernity while plumbing the depths of biblical faith in such a cultural context.
Reading Romans in the Shadow of Empire (Summer 2016 – Sylvia Keesmaat)
We will read Romans as a thoroughly situational letter, written to communities shaped by the culture and beliefs of imperial Rome, struggling with what it means to be faithful in a context of slavery, poverty and violent distrust of the stranger.
Theology of the City (Fall 2013 – Brian Walsh)
In this course we will develop a theology of the city through biblical reflection and exegesis. Through interdisciplinary reading and reflection, together with on-the-street engagement, we will lay the foundations for an integral and transformative urban ministry.
Theology of Culture (Winter 2013 – Brian Walsh)
Rooted in biblical reflection the course takes a “worldview approach” to cultural analysis and theology. Engaging authors such as Wendell Berry, James K.A. Smith, Andy Crouch and others we seek to develop a spiritual discernment into our times.
Towards a Christian Political Economy (Fall 2011 – Brian Walsh and Bob Goudzwaard)
This course will engage in theological/biblical reflection on the nature of political economy by attending to themes of covenant, property, stewardship, justice and Kingdom in the context of the dynamics of globalization.
BOOKS BEFORE BREAKFAST
Habakkuk Before Breakfast
Jointly authored with the Wine Before Breakfast Community (Books Before Breakfast, 2016). Available at the Campus Ministry Office.
St. John Before Breakfast
Jointly authored with the Wine Before Breakfast Community (Books Before Breakfast, 2014). Available at the Campus Ministry Office.