University description (as per official university website)
In 1994-95 Knox College celebrated its sesquicentennial with the publication of Church, College, and Clergy: a History of Theological Education at Knox College Toronto 1844-1994 by Brian Fraser.
This is the story of modest beginnings, years of financial struggle, changing locations, internationally known professors, and theological controversies. These stories identify the resiliency and strength of the College for facing the challenge of the years ahead.
Knox College was chartered to grant degrees by the Government of Ontario in 1858. Its prominent location at 1 Spadina Crescent from 1875 - 1915 continues to be remembered through an historical plaque. The present building located at the heart of the University of Toronto (next to Convocation Hall) was dedicated in 1915. Its perpendicular Gothic style modelled on the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge, England is considered one of the finest examples of this architecture in Canada.
Although all of the Knox faculty and most of the student body joined the United Church of Canada in 1925, the Knox building was awarded to The Presbyterian Church in Canada. The College has continued to provide a focus for maintaining the distinctiveness of Presbyterian heritage within an ecumenical theological environment.
From 1969 Knox has been a member institution of the Toronto School of Theology (TST), a federation of seven colleges within the University of Toronto. Under an agreement with the University, the degrees Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Theology are awarded conjointly with the University. The Doctor of Ministry degree is offered through TST. Knox also registers students for the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy programs in theology with the actual degrees being awarded by St. Michael's University. Knox independently retains the right to award the degree, Doctor of Divinity (honoris causa). Knox College is a fully accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
VISION AND VALUES
IDENTITY, MISSION AND VALUES
KNOX COLLEGE, TORONTO
Knox College is a theological school of The Presbyterian Church in Canada, a federated College of the University of Toronto, and a founding member of The Toronto School of Theology. As a seminary of the Reformed tradition, it has ecumenical relationships with the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, the World Council of Churches, The Canadian Council of Churches, as well as partnerships with various seminaries in the global community. Knox holds its accreditation through the Association of Theological Schools.
Knox College educates women and men for faithful and creative Christian ministries and scholarship through its teaching, research and global partnerships.
In light of our identity and statement of mission, trusting in God, sustained by the Spirit, with Jesus Christ as our helper, Knox College will:
1. demonstrate the following practices in the exercise of its vocation:
Leadership that serves
Relationships of trust and respect
Learning as reflective practice
Honoring a prophetic voice
2. through its Faculty,
prepare ordained and lay congregational and pastoral leaders who will improve the quality of religious and public life through their work in communities of faith, both within Canada and globally.
be an effective resource by making its research available to The Presbyterian Church in Canada and the broader public of Canadian society.
individually, and through membership in the Toronto School of Theology continue a strong commitment to critical reflection and scholarly research on the Christian ministry, faith, history and tradition
3. value excellence in its academic programs and centres, and focus its resources accordingly.
4. be an active partner within the Toronto School of Theology and the University of Toronto, providing a reformed voice for ecumenical and Christian theological education.
5. promote effective partnerships with The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Canadian public life, and global partners as integral to the strengthening of its mission.
6. live deeply into the challenges and opportunities of what it means to be a multicultural community of faith.
7. through its residence, offer hospitality to students who are Presbyterian and those who are part of the diversity of the University of Toronto.
8. commit itself to ongoing and comprehensive evaluation of all aspects of its work and witness.