The Rev. Dr. Andrew O'Neill

Sessional Instructor

Contact Me

Phone: 506-386-3335

Atlantic School of Theology
660 Francklyn Street
Halifax, NS  B3H 3B5

“There’s a thread you follow. It goes among things that change.  But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it you can’t get lost. Tragedies happen; people get hurt or die; and you suffer and get old. Nothing you do can stop time’s unfolding. You don’t ever let go of the thread.” The Way it Is, W. Stafford

B.A. Econ (King’s College, Dalhousie University)
M.Div. (Emmanuel College, University of Toronto)
M.Th. (New College, University of Edinburgh)
Ph.D. (New College, University of Edinburgh)

Personal statement

Critical reflection and clear communication are two of the greatest tools we can develop and use for learning. They not only help to assess and analyze texts and ideas, they are also the bedrock of compassionate leadership.

Research interests

Philosophy and theology, Christian identity and community, worship arts and music

Courses taught

United Church Worship, Ethics, Pastoral Ministry, Systematic Theology

Current Appointments

Minister, St. Paul's United Church (Riverview, NB)

Current projects

  • Members of One Body: disability, disease and medical technologies
  • Economies of Grace: a dialogue of theology and public policy

Representative publications

  • Tillich: a guide for the perplexed (London: Bloomsbury, 2008)
  • “Seeking Community in a Digital Age”, Three Ways of Grace: Drawing Closer to the Trinity Fennell & Lockhart, eds. (Toronto: UCPH, 2010)
  • “The Sacramental Life” Touchstone  Vol. 33(3)
  • “Christian Identity and Ecumenical Dialogue” Touchstone  Vol. 32(2)
  • “Tillich for today’s church: self-critique, self-transcendence, and the New Reality” Paul Tillich: Theology and Legacy: Proceedings of Tillich Conference, University of Oxford, July 14-15, 2014. R. Re Manning, ed. (Berlin: deGruyter, 2017)

Professional affiliations

  • Ordained Minister, The United Church of Canada
  • Member, American Academy of Religion


Carpentry, cycling, reading, brewing