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I have experience on-line responding to questions primarily in history: Modern England; Modern Europe: North America (Canada and the United States); as well as Europe in the Middle Ages. Despite, or actually perhaps because of, my profession as a Clergy of The United Church of Canada, I have tended to steer away from questions in the realm of Religion and Spirituality. I have also responded to some questions regarding the preparation and presentation of scholarly papers in terms of the use of such style sheets as The Chicago Manual of Style and that published by The Modern Language Association of America.

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My interest in history was sparked by the black sheep of the staff at the Secondary School I attended in Ottawa, Canada. He pressed us to prepare polished papers of a style not normally anticipated by others on staff at this educational site. I have purposely worked at being a 'generalist' rather than a 'specialist' in education and attended Sheridan College in Brampton, Ontario with current location in Oakville, Ontario. From there I attended Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario which is an 'essay' university. My Master of Divinity comes from Queen's Theological College which was part of Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario at the time. While I have responded to questions in history on-line, primarily, I have experience in fielding some theoretical questions in the realm of sociology.


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Matriculation (equivalent) - Humber College, Toronto, Ontario, 1979. Diploma in General Arts - Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario, 1971. Bachelor of Arts Degree - Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, 1975 - Double Major in History and Sociology. Master of Divinity Degree - Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, 1977.

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Honour Roll of the College President, Sheridan College, 1971

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Full-time Clergy at Emmanuel United Church, Foxboro (part of the City of Belleville), Ontario since 2007.

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Recent Answers from Rev. Bob Matheson

2016-11-14 Churchyard memorials:

Unfortunately, I have more knowledge of the current way of doing such in Canada today than historically.  That said, stones here are usually placed on some kind of a foundation block to keep the stone

2016-05-15 Court Trial for Genghis Khan:

My apologies, Tiffany, but one day is too short notice for me to have handled the question.  Unfortunately Sunday, when I received it, is my busiest day of the week.  I had read your question but did not

2015-11-28 Mississippi River:

Apologies for the time frame.  I think the question may possibly be argued either way.  I used two Geographical dictionaries for research, such as it was and then recalled there are both a 'Mississippi

2014-11-26 brother's quote?:

Hi Jr:  Sorry, about the wait, I did not receive the original notice.  All I can offer are guesses, some from personal experience rather than academic.  My suggestion is there is probably a 50% chance


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