Bryan Hillis

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Bryan Hillis

Dr. Bryan Hillis
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Bryan Hillis CV

Dr. Bryan Hillis is a graduate of Luther College at the University of Regina, having received his bachelor degree at Luther before going on to the University of Manitoba, Oxford University (Masters of Theology) and finally the University of Chicago, where he received his doctorate in the history of Christianity. He has taught Religious Studies at Luther College at the University of Regina since 1989. Dr. Hillis has written a book Can Two Walk Together unless they be Agreed: American Religious Schisms in the 1970’s (1992), edited the religion entries of The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan and most recently contributed a chapter to the book Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada. He continues to contribute to works on Lutheran history and Canadian religious history. Dr. Hillis has also coordinated the IDS101 "Current Themes in Global Citizenship" course. Since July 1, 2010, Bryan assumed the presidency of Luther College, both High School and University Campuses. He hopes to continue teaching in the near future. Bryan is married with four daughters, coaches and rows regularly, sits on numerous volunteer boards and enjoys Rider games, especially when they win!


Courses Taught

RLST 100 – Introduction to Religious Studies
RLST 228 – Introduction to Christianity
RLST 229 – Themes of the Christian Bible
RLST 267 – Religion in Canada
IDS 101 – Global Citizenship:  Current Issues
IDS 200 – Food Sovereignty in Mexico


Current Research and Community Work

  • Religion in Canada
  • Religion in Saskatchewan
  • Lutheran history and historiography.
  • Co-researcher on project funded by HSURC regarding medical ethics in different cultural contexts entitled "Culture, Moral Development, Philosophy, and Religion: A Cross-cultural Study of Health Care Decision-Making"
  • Global citizenship and issues of food sovereignty
  • Expert witness for Human Rights Hearing regarding marriage commissioner who refused to marry same-sex marriages. Testimony related to Christian traditions and practices regarding homosexuality, past and present. February 1, 2007 at Holiday Inn, Regina.


Selected Recent Academic Publications

“Outsiders becoming mainstream: the theology, history and ethnicity of being Lutheran in Canada”, Christianity and Ethnicity in Canada ed. by Paul Bramadat and David Seljak, University of Toronto Press, 2008.

“Getting Our Hand(s) Dirty: The 'Thali Approach' to Studying India’s Cultures and Religions,” a paper presented with Dorothy Lane to the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion (CSSR), Studies in India in Canada section, Panel #2:  Study in India Programs from the Perspectives of Administrator, Professor and Student, June 3, 2008 at Congress for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Vancouver, British Columbia.

“The Creator, the Administrator and Administrating: can theology inform the decision-making of higher education?”  Paper co-presented with Dr. Murray Knuttila at AGM of American Academy of Religion, November 20, 2006, in Washington, DC.