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2021 Instructors

Jobb Arnold

Jobb Arnold is an Assistant Professor of Conflict Resolution Studies at Menno Simons College, a college of Canadian Mennonite University, in affiliation with University of Winnipeg. He holds an MA in Social Psychology from the University of British Columbia as well as a PhD in Cultural Studies from Queen’s University. Dr. Arnold’s work in conflict transformation, genocide prevention and peacebuilding and has work in Rwanda, Northern Ireland and across Canada. Land-based experiential learning has always been a passion and Jobb has spent over nine-years summers developing programming and running leadership training for land-based youth employment programs in northwestern Ontario on the traditional territories of the Indigenous Cree and Anishinaabe Peoples.



Adrian Jacobs

Adrian Jacobs is Ganosono of the Turtle Clan, Cayuga Nation of the Six Nations Haudenosaunee Confederacy at Grand River Territory, ON. He is the father of five and grandfather of two. He lives as guest on Anishinaabe Treaty One territory as Keeper of the Circle of Sandy-Saulteaux Spiritual Centre. He teaches in the areas of Indigenous history, culture and contemporary issues.


Rich Janzen

Rich Janzen is Co-Executive Director of the Centre for Community Based Research. Rich sees research as a tool for social innovation and change – to find new ways of bringing people who are on the edge of society to live within community as full and equal members. He has been involved in over 130 community-based research and knowledge mobilization projects. Rich has an academic background in community psychology and religious studies. He is associate professor adjunct at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo.


Monika Maria Kalcsics

Monika Maria Kalcsics is a journalist with 20 years of experience in public service media, print, TV and film. Reporter, producer and commissioning editor of award-winning documentaries and reports. Currently employed by the feature, fiction and literature department at Austria 1, the culture and news channel of ORF (Austrian Public Broadcasting Corporation) with a focus on cross-genre and multimedia productions. Founding member of the production company name>it positive media, covering underrepresented areas in the media. Across this time, she also made emergency aid missions, establishing communication lines. Her combined career as a journalist and emergency aid worker has allowed her to understand the challenges we face when confronted with a humanitarian disaster and the need to report it. She was granted a fellowship at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University to research the relationship between aid organizations and the media in a "competitive compassion market".


Mary Jo Leddy

Mary Jo Leddy, CM is a Canadian writer, speaker, theologian and social activist. Leddy is widely recognized for her work with refugees at Toronto’s Romero House. She began working for the centre as a night manager in 1991 and has been its director since then. In 1973, she was the founding editor of the Catholic New Times. She is author of the books “Say to the Darkness We Beg to Differ” (Lester and Orpen Denys, finalist City of Toronto Book Award), Reweaving Religious Life: Beyond the Liberal Model (Twenty Third Publications, 1990), At the Border Called Hope: Where Refugees are Neighbours (HarperCollins, 1997 and finalist for the Trillium Award, Radical Gratitude (Orbis Books, 2002), “Our Friendly Local Terrorist” (Between the Lines 2010) and “The Other Face of God: When the Stranger Calls Us Home” (Orbis 2011). Leddy was the recipient of a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto with a thesis titled “The Event of the Holocaust and the Philosophical Reflections of Hannah Arendt.” She studied under the direction of Emil Fackenheim, and she is currently a Senior Fellow at Massey College, University of Toronto, and a board member of PEN Canada and Massey College. After thirty years as a member of the Roman Catholic Sisters of Our Lady of Sion, she left the congregation in 1994. Leddy received the Human Relations Award of the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews (1987), the Ontario Citizenship Award (1993), and the Order of Canada (1996).


Shelly Rambo

Shelly Rambo is Associate Professor of Theology at Boston University School of Theology. Her research and teaching interests focus on religious responses to suffering, trauma, and violence.  Her work in providing theological responses to trauma and moral injury has led to rich partnerships with military, health-care, and higher-education chaplains. She is author of Spirit and Trauma: A Theology of Remaining (Westminster John Knox, 2010), Resurrecting Wounds: Living in the Afterlife of Trauma (Baylor University Press, 2017), and a co-edited volume with Stephanie Arel, Post-Traumatic Public Theology (Palgrave MacMillan, 2016).

She received masters’ degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary and Yale Divinity School, as well as a Ph.D. from Emory University. She is currently working on a book exploring theological dimensions of spiritual care and bridging contemporary movements in mindfulness and embodied practices with Christian theologies of the Spirit.


Danny Zacharias

Danny Zacharias is Associate Professor of New Testament Studies at Acadia Divinity College (ADC) in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where he teaches in the area of New Testament and Advanced Greek. He is also ordained with the Canadian Baptists of Atlantic Canada. Previous to completing both his Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Theology) at ADC and his Ph.D. in New Testament studies through the University of Aberdeen at Highland Theological College, Danny resided in Winnipeg where he earned his Bachelor of Arts at Providence College. Danny also carries administrative responsibilities relating to distance education and the Hayward lectures at ADC. In addition to his role at ADC, Danny is a faculty member of the NAIITS Learning Community.


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