As active in the church as in the academy, Torrance has diligently served the ecumenical movement, especially in relations and discussions with the Anglican and the Orthodox communions. His many honours include appointment as moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1976 and being awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion in 1979.
Newell, Roger, "Torrance, Thomas Forsyth (b. 1913)" (2000). Faculty Publications - College of Christian Studies. 123.