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Professor Tom Reynolds

Graduate Degree Director
Associate Professor of Theology

BA Taylor University, Upland, IN, 1985
MTS, PhD, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2001


Tel.: (416) 585-4544

Teaching & Research Interests

Tom Reynolds is Associate Professor of Theology at Emmanuel College.  Committed to an interdisciplinary and relational vision of theology, Tom’s teaching and research explore a range of topics related to Christian engagements with difference in a global context. While especially interested in interreligious dialogue and disability studies, he also teaches and writes on a range of topics related to constructive theology (particularly the doctrine of God and theological anthropology), theological method, intercultural engagements, contextual theologies, philosophical theology, and the thought and influence of Friedrich Schleiermacher.

Tom enjoys spending time with his family, playing jazz piano, listening to music of all kinds, biking, exercise, and nature in whatever way possible. Music runs deep in his life: while finishing his graduate degree he played music professionally in Nashville, TN, and continues to perform locally and at times nationally and internationally.


Currently Teaching:

EMT 3451/6451: Mission and Religious Pluralism

EMT 3672/6672: Theology, Violence and Peace

EMT 1102: Introduction to Theology I

EMT 5605: Theological Method and Hermeneutics

EMT 3542/6542: 20th Century Protestant Theologies


Selected Publications


Vulnerable Communion: A Theology of Disability and Hospitality (Brazos Press, 2008).

The Broken Whole: Philosophical Steps Toward a Theology of Global Solidarity (SUNY Press, 2006)

Articles and Chapters

“Beyond Hospitality?  Unsettling Theology and Migration in Canada,” in Migration and Religion: Negotiating Sites of Hospitality, Resistance, and Vulnerability, eds., Andrea Bieler, Isolde Karle, HyeRan Kim-Cragg, and Ilona Nord (Leipzig:  Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, 2019)

“Two Ears, One Mouth: Theological Education and Respecting Indigenous Spiritualities,” co-author with Jonathan Hamilton-Diabo, in Intotemak on Call to Action #60 – Respecting Indigenous Spiritualities, from the Mennonite Church Canada, eds. Steve Heinrichs and Jeff Friesen (2017)

“Theology and Religious Others: Love of God and Neighbour as an Interreligious Hermeneutic,” Science et Esprit, 68/2-3 (2016): 257-274

“Vulnerably Human within God’s Grace: Protestantism and Disability,” in World Religions and Disability, eds., Darla Y Schumm and Michael J Stoltzfus (2016, Baylor University Press), 137-166

“Migration and Theology in Canada,” in Christianities in Migration: The Global Perspective, eds. Peter C. Phan and Elaine Padilla (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2016), 193-220

 “Thinking With Disability in the Christian Tradition,” Journal of Religion, Disability and Health 17 (2013): 287-294

“The Cult of Normalcy,” in Disability: Christian Reflection, ed. Robert B. Kruschwitz (Waco: Baylor University Press), Fall/2012, 25-33

“Invoking Deep Access: Disability Beyond Inclusion in the Church,” Dialog 51/3 (Fall, 2012): 212-223

 “Theology and Disability: Changing the Conversation,” Journal for Religion, Health and Disability 16 (2012): 33-48

“Beyond Extremism: Muslim-Christian Dialogue in a Post 9/11 Era,” Théologiques 19/2 (2011): 41-64

"Toward a Wider Hospitality: Rethinking Love of Neighbour in Religions of the Book," Irish Theological Quarterly, 75/2 (2010)

"Beyond Secularism: Rethinking the Secular in a Religiously Plural Context," Toronto Journal of Theology, 25/2 (2009)

“Jazz Spirituality: Human Transformation in a Musical Key,” Touchstone (May 2009)

“Beyond Violence in Monotheism: Interfaith Possibilities in René Girard's Theory of Mimetic Rivalry,” Studies in Interreligious Dialogue, 19/1 (2009)

“A Rooted Openness: Hospitality as Christian ‘Conversion to the Other,’” The Ecumenist, 46/2 (Spring 2009)

“Muslim-Christian Relations and the Challenge of Islamism,” Interreligious Insight (January 2008): 6/1.

“Improvising Together from our Differences: Christian Solidarity and Hospitality as Jazz Performance,” The Journal of Ecumenical Studies (Winter 2008): 43/1.

“Vulnerable Humanity: Disability and Community Beyond ‘Normalcy’,” Faith Seeking Understanding, Journal of Vocation (Summer 2007), published by Hastings College.

“Welcoming Without Reserve? A Case in Christian Hospitality,” Theology Today (July 2006): 63/2.

“Love Without Boundaries: Theological Reflections on Parenting a Child with Disabilities, Theology Today (July 2005): 62/2.

“Rethinking Schleiermacher and the Problem of Religious Diversity: Toward a Dialectical Pluralism,” Journal of the American Academy of Religion (March 2005): 73/1.

“Toward the Other: Christianity and Buddhism on Desire,” The Journal of Ecumenical Studies (Summer-Fall 2002): 39/3-4.

“Religion Within the Limits of History: Schleiermacher and the Study of Religion--A Reappraisal,” Religion (January 2002): 32.