The Wycliffe Blog - Vestigia Dei

Vestigia Dei  – is a Latin term meaning “traces of God.” As a theological term it is associated with natural theology – that is, the view that there are vestiges of God within creation. We’ve chosen this term as the title of the Wycliffe College blog because our hope is that through these writings, readers might glimpse evidences for God as our writers interact with the wider world. 

Scholars build bridges

Interview by Patricia Paddey 

The Building Bridges Seminar is an annual event that brings together prominent Christian and Muslim scholars for intensive discussion and study. It was developed as a direct response to the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States. According to the Berkley Centre“The annual seminars … have explored a number of the most significant themes in the interface between Islam and Christianity.” Last month, Wycliffe...

Thu, May 25, 2017

Raising children as a village effort

By Chantelle Scruggs

To mark the Global Day of Parents, the Wycliffe blog invited Chantelle Scruggs to write for us about what it's been like for her and her husband Lane - Wycliffe's residence don - to parent here. Chantelle and Lane, together with their three little ones are pictured at left. The children are, from left, Elise (11 months), Hudson (5) and Cadence (3).


We arrived...

Thu, May 25, 2017

What is it like to do a PhD?

By Ian Vaillancourt

What is it like to do a PhD? Perhaps the best person of whom to ask such a question is someone who is just wrapping up the long, sometimes stressful, always challenging process. Ian Vaillancourt (pictured at far left with his thesis supervisor, Glen Taylor) is one such person. As a Wycliffe student, he successfully completed his PhD thesis defence, titled The Multifaceted Portrayal of the Figure of Salvation in...

Tue, May 23, 2017

Making room for families

By Marion Taylor - with input from Glen and their kids

The world this week celebrated the International Day of Families. According to the United Nations, this year’s observance focused “on the role of families and family-oriented policies in promoting education and overall well-being of their members.” It seems appropriate, then, to share this story.  


Wycliffe College has always made room for families, and...

Tue, May 16, 2017

Truth as the anchor

By Bishop Jenny Andison 

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell.

In an age of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” telling the truth in clear and winsome ways has never been more important.  It is with this in mind that I am grateful for the education that I received at Wycliffe College.  I started studying for my Master of Divinity at Wycliffe—with boyfriend...

Mon, May 08, 2017

When past and present come together

By Patricia Paddey


Jane Hodgins (left) and Judy Anderson (right) stand beneath the portrait of their great-grandfather, Dyson Hague, in the Cody Library at Wycliffe College.



It’s not every day that one has the opportunity to hear history brought to life, or to see the past and the present come together in a deeply meaningful way. But I did.

It started with a remark left on a...

Tue, May 02, 2017

Walking the Unknown

By Christa Hesselink

I love the story in the Bible of when Peter decides to get out of the boat and walks to meet Jesus, who had walked out to the middle of a lake.

While we’re not entirely sure what got into Peter in the middle of that stormy night, we know he was desperate to join Jesus on the water.

Have you ever wondered why?

I’d like...

Mon, April 24, 2017

Karine White

What does "community" mean to you?

By Karine White

Karine White lives in residence at Wycliffe College, and blogs below on her experience of community here. She is a graduate of the Diploma in Operatic Performance Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where she is currently on faculty as a movement instructor. Karine can be seen and heard performing in various events and productions in the city, as well as in other parts of the world....

Tue, April 18, 2017

Fleming Rutledge

The “Living Significance” of Jesus’ Death

Interview by Patricia Paddey // Photo by Paul Patterson


Having spent twenty-two years in parish ministry, Fleming Rutledge travels internationally, preaching, teaching, and teaching preachers. An award-winning author, her most recent book, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ, has been acclaimed by Christianity Today as the 2017 Book of the Year. In February, she delivered the keynote address at Wycliffe College’s Preaching Day. Below, she talks about...

Thu, April 13, 2017

Pursuing achievement that really matters

By Ken Shigematsu


I have always felt pressure to achieve. Even though I’ve been out of school for a long time now, I still have nightmares about being a student and being completely unprepared for a French or math exam. And I still feel pressure to perform during crucial moments, just as I did when I played competitive basketball.

That pressure followed me into my work for...

Thu, April 06, 2017