Dr. Alyda Faber

Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics


Alyda Faber
Mystical theology, sexual and theological ethics

Tel: 902-423-2242
United Church of Canada


Dr. Faber earned a BA in English and French Literature (University of Guelph); an MA in English and Creative Writing (University of New Brunswick); a BTh (McGill University); an MDiv (United Theological College); and a PhD in Theology and Ethics (McGill). She is an Adjunct of the Faculty of Graduate Studies at Dalhousie University, and an Associate Editor of the Dalhousie Review. Her research interests include forms of theological writing; poetics; literature, film, and theology; violence and theological ethics. Among others, she teaches courses on mystical theology, sexual ethics, theological ethics and the climate crisis, the doctrine of sin, theological foundations, and research methods in Theology and Religious Studies.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Poisonous If Eaten Raw (Goose Lane Editions/icehouse poetry, 2021)
  • “Court, Four Witnesses.” CrossCurrents (December 2021)
  • Dust or Fire (Goose Lane Editions/icehouse poetry, 2016)
  • “Film, Parable, Reciprocity: Frederick Wiseman’s ‘Reality Fictions’ and Social Change.” Journal of Religion, Film and Media (2016)
  • “Silence-effects: Frederick Wiseman’s Films as Parables.” In Silence and Religion and Film (2015)
  • “Helplessness as Sacred Human Calling: David Adams Richards’ God Is and Mercy Among the Children.” In Recognizing the Sacred in the Modern Secular: How the Sacred is to be discovered in Today’s World (2012)
  • “Ethical Solicitations and the Film Poetics of Michael Haneke’s Caché.” In Fascinatingly Disturbing: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Michael Haneke’s Cinema (2010)
  • “The Postsecular Poetics and Ethics of Exposure in J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace.” Literature & Theology (2009)
  • “‘The shock of love’ and the visibility of ‘indecent’ pain: Reading the Woolf-Raverat Correspondence.” Woolfian Boundaries: Selected Papers from the Sixteen Annual International Conference on Virginia Woolf (2007)