Christopher Hrynkow - On Sabbatical July 1, 2018 - July 1, 2019

    • Associate Professor, Religion and Culture
    • St. Thomas More College
    • 1437 College Drive Saskatoon, SK S7N 0W6
    • Phone: 306.966.8942
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    Education | Research Interests | Research Projects | Selected Publications
    Teaching Responsibilities | Administrative Responsibilities


    • ThD, Christian Ethics (Specialization in Ecological Ethics), awarded conjointly by the University of Toronto, University of St. Michael’s College, and Toronto School of Theology (2016)
    • PhD, Peace and Conflict Studies, Arthur V. Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice, St. Paul’s College, University of Manitoba (2013)
    • MTS, Systematic Theology, awarded jointly by the University of St. Michael’s College, the Toronto School of Theology, and the University of Toronto (2009)
    • STM, Historical and Contemporary Theology, University of Winnipeg (2009)
    • MEd, Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education, University of Manitoba (2006)
    • MA, Contemporary Theology in the Catholic Tradition, Heythrop College, University of London (2003)
    • BD (Honours), Heythrop College (International Programme), University of London (2017)
    • BSc (Honours), Politics and International Relations, London School of Economics and Political Science (External Programme), University of London (2008)
    • BA (Advanced), Religion and History, University of Manitoba (2002)
    • BEd, History and Geography, University of Manitoba (2000)

    Research Interests

    • Religion and Science
    • Cultural and Social Sustainability
    • Religion and Ecology
    • Ecojustice
    • Peace and Social Justice
    • Nonviolent Activism
    • Catholic Social Teaching
    • Ecological Ethics
    • Transformative Learning
    • Catholic Studies
    • Cross-Cultural Education
    • Religion and Politics
    • Green Living

    Research Projects

    • The People’s Priest, Politician, and Peace Activist: Revisiting the Life of “Father Bob” Ogle (book in process)
    • Toward a Fuller Embrace of JustPeace: The Popes and Peacebuilding Since 1846 with Maria C. Power (book in process)

    Selected Publications and Presentations

    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

    • “A True Ecological Approach Always Becomes A Social Approach”: A Green Theo-Ecoethical Lens, Pope Francis’ Teaching, and Integral Social Justice, Heythrop Journal, advanced published on line doi:10.1111/heyj.12350, 15 pages.
    • Transforming the Center: Inter-Religious Dialogue, Contemporary Popes, and a Faith-Inspired Path for Peacebuilding with Maria C. Power to appear in International Journal of Peace Studies, 39 pages.
    • Are the Popes Leaving Behind Just War and Embracing JustPeace? with Maria C. Power to appear in Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice, Vol. 31, No. 2 (March 2019), 13 pages.
    • “It Cannot be Emphasized Enough how Everything is Interconnected”: Ecological Wisdom, Cross-Cultural Insight, and Pope Francis’ Social Teaching to appear in The Trumpeter: Journal of Ecosophy, 32 pages.
    • A Critical Reading Christian Peacemaker Teams’ International Accompaniment and Solidarity Work through a Peace and Conflict Studies Lens, The Review of Faith & International Affairs, Vol. 16, No. 3 (2018), pp. 34-47.
    • Faith-Filled Visions for a Vital Earth Community: Deep Sustainability, Theo-Ecoethics, and Laudato Si’ to appear in Religious Studies and Theology, Vol. 37, No. 2 (June 2018), pp. 47-65.
    • “If You Want Peace, Work For Justice”: Assessing Pope Paul VI as a Peacebuilder on the Levels of Insight and Action to appear in Peace and Conflict Studies, Vol. 24, No. 2 (2017), Article 2 (35 pages). Available from
    • Educating Men-and-Women-for-Others: Jesuit and International Educational Identity Formation in Conversation to appear in Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and LearningVol. 3, No. 2 (2017), pp. 37-61. Available from
    • Situating Earth Democracy: Vandana Shiva on Agroecology, Contemporary Politics, and Resilience, Political Studies Review, Political Studies Review, Vol. 16, No.3 (August 2018), pp. 205-216.
    • Pope Francis and Respect for Diversity: A Mapping Employing a Green Theo-EcoethicalLens, New Blackfriars, Vol. 99, No. 1083 (September 2018), pp. 601-620.
    • “A True Ecological Approach Always Becomes A Social Approach”: A Green Theo-Ecoethical Lens, Pope Francis’ Teaching, and Integral Social Justice, Heythrop Journal, doi:10.1111/heyj.12350, 15 pages.
    • The Pope, The Planet, and Politics: A Mapping of How Francis is Calling for More Than the Paris Agreement, Journal of Church and State, Vol. 59, No. 3 (Summer 2017), pp. 377-408. Available from
    • Fostering Cultures of Encounter: Framing Papal Teaching on Dialogue as Multi-Track Peacebuilding equal co-author with Maria C. Power, Journal of Social Encounters, Vol. 1, No.1 (2017), pp. 24-36. Available from
    • Essential Recovery, Rural Resilience, and Energizing Communities from St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, Saskatchewan, lead author with Brigid Ward and Caitlin Ward, Historical Studies, Vol. 83 (2017), pp. 67-88. Available from 
    • Greening God? Christian Ecotheology, Environmental Justice, and Socio-Ecological Flourishing, Environmental Justice, Vol. 10, No. 3 (June 2017), pp. 81-87.  
    • In Search of an Authentic Pax Gaia: Connecting Wonder, the Moral Imagination and Socio-Ecological Flourishing equal co-author with Simon Appolloni, Worldviews: Global Religions, Culture and Ecology, Vol. 20, No. 2 (2016), pp. 103-124.
    • Wisdom Traditions, Ecology and Peace: Mapping Some Wellsprings of Integral Connectivity, lead author with Stephanie Westlund, Journal for the Study of Peace and Conflict (2015), pp. 26-48. Available from
    • Putting your Capital Where Your Mouth Is: Cultures of Peace, Fossil Fuel Divestment, and Post-Secondary Educational Institutions’ Ethical Investing Policies, Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, Vol. 47, Nos. 1-2 (2015), pp. 143-178.
    • Catholic Social Teaching Bearing Fruit in the Case of Sister Cyril Mooney and Loreto Day School Sealdah lead author with David Creamer, S.J., International Studies in Catholic Education, Vol. 7, No. 2 (October 2015), pp. 222-237.
    • Transformative Praxis at Work in Loreto Day School Sealdah: A Remarkable Fostering of Positive Peace lead author with David Creamer, S.J., In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2015), pp. 1-26. Available from
    • Transforming Cultures, Growing Substantive Peace: Pope Francis, St. Francis, and a Green Peace, Peace Studies Journal, Vol. 7, No.4 (December 2014), pp.25-38. Available from
    • Catholic Social Teaching and Climate Justice from a Peace Studies Perspective: Tensions, Current Practice and Promise, lead author with Dennis Patrick O’Hara, New Theology Review, Vol. 26, No. 2 (March 2014), pp. 23-32. Available from
    • Fruitful Naming? –A Case for Environmentalism as Vocation, Sciences Religieuses/Studies in Religion, Vol. 42, No. 3 (September 2013), pp. 303-308.
    • Earth Matters: Thomas Berry, The Pacifism of Religious Cosmology, and the Need for Ecojustice, lead author with Dennis Patrick O’Hara, Journal for Peace and Justice Studies, Vol. 22, No. 2 (2013), pp. 3-28. Available from OHara_Earth_Matters
    • The Vatican and Ecospirituality: Tensions, Promises, and Possibilities for Fostering an Emerging Green Catholic Spirituality, lead author with Dennis Patrick O’Hara, Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment, Vol. 2, No. 2 (Autumn 2011), pp. 177-197. Available from
    • Ecotheology and Inculturation: Implications for Theory and Practice in Peace and Conflict Studies, lead author with Sean Byrne and Matthew Hendzel, Peace and Change: A Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 35, No. 2 (April 2010), pp. 295-327.
    • Autonomy Reconsidered: Creation, God, and Relationships, The Canadian Journal of Orthodox Christianity, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Summer 2009), pp.73-86. Available from
    • Christian Peacemaker Teams, Solidarist Nonviolent Activism and the Politics of Peace: Peace Witness that Challenges Militarism and Destructive Violence, Peace Research: The Canadian Journal of Peace and Conflict Studies, Vol. 40, No. 1 (2009), pp.111-134.
    • Symbiotic Strength: The Value of an Ecological Metaphor for Ecumenical Theological Education, Ecumenism, No. 166 (June 2007), pp. 29-32.
    • Responding to the “New Story”: Catholic Social Teaching and the Ecological Crisis, feature article in Perspective: A Semi-Annual Examination and Application of Catholic and Ignatian Thought, Vol. 7, No. 2 (March 2005), pp. 4-17. (Reviewed by faculty at my college at the time)

    Peer-Reviewed Book Contributions

    • Players or Pawns? Protest, Participation, and Principled Nonviolence at the 1968 Summer Olympics to appear in Conflict Transformation, Storytelling and Peacebuilding: Research from the Mauro Centre for Peace and Justice. Edited by Laura Reimer, Katerina Standish and Chuck Thiessen. Lexington Press (2018), 195-219. 

    • An Integral Vision of Peace? Assessing Catholic Social Teaching’s Contribution to Contemporary Green Cultures of Peace from Vatican II to Benedict XVI to appear in Turning to the World: Social Justice and the Common Good since Vatican II. Edited by Gertrude Rompré and Carl Still. McGill-Queens Press (2019), proof is 23 pages.

    • A Sustainable City Upon a Hill? A Green Berryite Perspective on Transforming Socio-Ecologically Problematic US Cultural Examples and American Innocences to appear in Natural Communions: Reflections on Ecospirituality. Edited by Gabriel Ricci. Routledge (2019), 29 pages.
    • “Let us Not Leave in Our Wake a Swath of Destruction and Death”: Evangelii Gaudium and Socio-Ecological Flourishing to appear in Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, and the Renewal of the Church. Edited by Duncan Dormor and Alana Harris. Paulist Press (2017), pp. 274-307.
    • No to War and Yes to So Much More: Pope Francis, Principled Nonviolence, and Positive Peace in Advancing Nonviolence and Social Transformation: New Perspectives on Nonviolence Theories. Edited by Heather Eaton and Lauren Michelle Levesque. Equinox (October 2016), pp. 135-152.
    • Catholics, Socio-Ecological Ethics and Global Climate Change: Incarnations of Green Praxis, lead author with Dennis Patrick O’Hara in Emergent Possibilities for Global Sustainability Intersections of Race, Class and Gender. Edited by Phoebe Godfrey and Denise Torres. Routledge (2016), pp. 221-233.
    • Holistic Christian Ecojustice and Peace: Considerations for a Green Political Theology in Towards A Global, Christian Movement for Eco-Justice: Young Voices from North America (Prepared by World Student Christian Federation). Edited by Shantha Ready Alonso. Indian Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (2015), pp. 24-46.
    • The New Story, Transformative Learning and Socio-Ecological Flourishing: Education at Crucial Juncture in Planetary History in Sustainable Well-being: Concepts, Issues, and Educational Practices. Edited by Frank Deer, Thomas Falkenberg, Barbara McMillan, and Laura Sims Education for Sustainable Well-Being Press (2014), pp.105-120. Available from
    • Conscientious Objection in Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present, M.E. Sharpe (2011), pp. 206-212.
    • Rene Girard, Theories of Mimetic Violence and Scapegoating in Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present. Edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross. M.E. Sharpe (2011), pp. 310-316.
    • Redemptive Violence in Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present. Edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross. M.E. Sharpe (2011), pp. 609-614.
    • Spiral of Violence in Religion and Violence: An Encyclopedia of Faith and Conflict from Antiquity to the Present. Edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross. M.E. Sharpe (2011), pp. 709-714.
    • Inculturation and Intervention in Afghanistan: A Contextual Theological Perspective in War, Human Dignity and Nation Building: Theological Perspectives on Canada’s Role in Afghanistan. Edited by Gary D. Badcock and Darren C. Marks. Cambridge Scholars Publishing (2010), pp. 117-139.

    Teaching Responsibilities


    • CTST 200 Introduction to Catholic Studies
    • INTS 400 Critical Perspectives on Social Justice and the Common Good
    • RLST 112 Western Religions in Society and Culture
    • RLST 210 Religion and Ecology
    • RLST 225 Perspectives on Jesus
    • RLST 229 Religion and Sport
    • RLST 277 Community, Solidarity, and Social Change
    • RLST 284 Religions and Nonviolence
    • RLST 314 Issues in Contemporary Catholicism
    • RLST 377 Living Community, Solidarity, and Social Change
    • RLST413/805 Approaches to Religion 

    Administrative Responsibilities


    • STM Committee for Catholic Studies, Member (2016-2018)
    • STM Committee for Conference Planning (Integral Ecology for the Common Good: Catholic Perspectives on Science, Sustainability, and Justice), Chair (2017-2018)
    • STM Committee for the Dubé Chair for Catholic Studies Lecture Series, Member (2016-2018)
    • STM Academic Working Group for Indigenous Engagement, Chair (2016-2018)
    • STM Committee for Tenure and Promotion, Faculty Union Observer (2016-2018)
    • STM Faculty Union Executive Committee, Member (elected April 2016)
    • Muslim-Christian Dialogue (hosted in rotation by STM and the Islamic Society of Saskatchewan), Co-Organizer and Member (2015-2018)
    • Saskatoon Jewish-Christian Dialogue (Weekly Lunch and Learn Group - Hosted by Congregation Agudas Isreal Saskatoon, Member (2014-2018)
    • UofS Faith Leaders' Council, Faculty Representative (2017-2018)
    • UofS Religion and Culture Colloquium and Seminar Series, Organizer (2016-2018)
    • UofS Graduate Committee for the Department of Religion and Culture, Member (2015-2018)
    • UofS Department of Religion and Culture, Graduate Program Chair (start date July 1, 2016)
    • UofS Program and Undergraduate Committee, Member (2011-2018)
    • Saskatchewan Center for Religion and Science, Vice President and Secretary (elected July 2017)
    • Saskatchewan Center for Religion and Science Conference Planning Committee (Artificial Intelligence and Human Evolution), Chair (2017-2018)
    • Canadian Pugwash Group (Conference on Science and World Affairs), Member (elected 2017)