Douglas Todd

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Douglas George Todd
Born Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Journalist, Author
Nationality Canadian
Period 1980-present

Douglas George Todd (Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, Vancouver School of Theology[1]) is a Canadian journalist, speaker and author, who writes for the Vancouver Sun.


Todd was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, growing up first in east Vancouver, then his family moved to Lynn Valley in North Vancouver from 1962 to 1970. From 1972 to 1974 he was a member of the Creation 2 theatre ensemble in Toronto. He is a graduate in Religious Studies from the University of British Columbia, and attended Claremont School of Theology / Claremont Graduate University, in southern California, in 1977 and 1978.

From 1980 to 1983 he worked as a reporter for The Columbian, a newspaper formerly published in New Westminster, B.C. (not to be confused with The Columbian from Vancouver, Washington in The United States). When the New Westminster paper went bankrupt, he joined The Vancouver Sun where he has been a feature writer and regular columnist since.

He has three sons and was active in area youth soccer. He is also a bicycle advocate (How to end the bike-car wars) within the City of Vancouver.


Todd has twice taken first place in the Templeton Religion Reporter of the Year Award,[2] which goes to the top religion reporter in the secular media in North America. He received a National Newspaper Award in 2004[3] for a feature on his father’s struggle with mental illness, in Schizophrenia: A story of my father, The Search April 2009.

In April 2013 Todd was awarded a Doctor of Divinity, Honoris Causa, from the Vancouver School of Theology.,[1]


Todd has written two books: Brave Souls: Writers and Artists Wrestle With God, Love, Death and The Things That Matter (Stoddart)[4] which consists of spiritual profiles based on conversations with noted artists, including John Irving, Bruce Cockburn, Mordecai Richler, Robertson Davies and Carol Shields.

He also wrote The Soul-Searcher's Guide to the Galaxy (International Self-Counsel Press),[5] which guides readers through 28 ethical dilemmas, involving everything from housework to sex to global warming.

After Todd received the eight-month Jack Shadbolt Fellowship at Simon Fraser University,[6] he edited Cascadia: The Elusive Utopia - Exploring the Spirit of the Pacific Northwest, which was published in the fall of 2008 by Ronsdale Press.[7] The book explores how Cascadia is home to the least institutionally religious people on the continent and was recognized with a Silver Book of the Year Award for the year it was published.


His blog called The Search receives half a million hits per year, allowing interaction with his readers. These include topics and people covering spirituality, diversity, immigration and ethics. These include Tariq Ramadan, the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, Philip Yancey, John Cobb Jr., Mark Wexler, Bruce Sanguin, John Banmen, Rabbi Harold Kushner, George Bowering, Richard Dawkins, Jay McDaniels, Matthieu Ricard, Charles Taylor and Eckhart Tolle.

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