Concordia Institute of Christian Studies and Society

Housed in Concordia’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, the newly-formed Concordia Institute of Christian Studies and Society will facilitate research, study, and discussion of Christian Studies and societal issues across academic disciplines and to the public arena. The Institute will engage scholars, students, and community members in a variety of projects and presentations. 

Our mandate is to develop and enhance informed connections among the academic world, various branches of Christianity, other religions, local communities and society at large.  For a statement from Dr. Steven Muir (the Director), please see here

Concordia University of Edmonton is a community of learning which promotes freedom of research and open discussion.  We provide a welcoming and respectful environment where world views and perspectives are voiced and studied.  We affirm the value of what is often called a liberal education — a broadly-based system which prepares students to contribute meaningfully to society.

For a calendar and short description of upcoming presentations and events, please see here.

The Institute invites your participation.   Please see here for the terms of the various ways to interact with the Institute.  Please see here for a list of the Institute's participants.

  • Select Faculty from within Concordia will comprise Resident Academic Fellows of the Institute.  Some of these Faculty will serve on the Institute's Advisory Council and be responsible for its regular affairs.
  • Faculty from other institutions who deal with Christianity within any field of research are invited to join the Institute as Visiting Academic Fellows to facilitate their academic research. 
  • The Institute encourages sharing and collaborative projects with its Global Partners.
  • Students from any institution are invited to participate in upcoming discussion groups and projects as Student Members
  • Community members are invited to support the Institute as Community Members and participate in public presentations addressing the academic study and practical matters in Christianity and other religions, particularly in relation to ethics, societal affairs, and current events.

Please contact the department members below with any questions and interest in participating in this initiative.

Academics and Community members; please contact the Director of the Institute, Dr. Steven Muir at . Dr. Muir's webpage is here.

Students and Church groups; please contact Dr. Jonathan Strand at

The Institute is in the news!  See the Edmonton Journal article here.

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