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2021 Instructors

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.


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).


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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