The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion is a community of teaching scholars. Most members teach at Baptist-affiliated schools, colleges, and seminaries, but members also hail from a wide range of institutions in the United States, Canada, and abroad, including church-related and state-supported schools.
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2018 NABPR Call for Papers

Call for Papers
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
Annual Meeting
Gardner-Webb University
Boiling Springs, NC
May 21 – 23, 2018

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) invites paper proposals in any area pertaining to scholarship in Religion.  In an effort to develop innovative conversations among scholars, papers which create integration between traditional disciplines or broaden the margins of disciplinary conversations are encouraged.   Although many NABPR members work primarily in the traditional disciplines of Biblical Studies, Church History, Theology, etc., proposals are encouraged from any field, including Ministry Studies.

Paper or panel proposals on any aspect of pedagogy related to the teaching of Religion are encouraged.

Proposals must be received by January 15, 2018.  Send a 300-word abstract to:

Doug Weaver
Department of Religion
Baylor University
One Bear Place # 97284
Waco, TX 76798-7284

  • Papers will be scheduled into a 30 minute time period, including discussion.
  • Proposals will be accepted or denied by March 1, 2018.
  • Graduate Students are encouraged to submit proposals.
  • The price of registration for Graduate Students is waived for the Annual Meeting.

Membership Requirement

Authors of accepted proposals must be members of NABPR in good standing by May 1. Authors must pay dues for the current year and be registered for the Annual meeting. Accepted Papers which have not met these criteria will be removed from the program. Inquires about dues and membership status should be directed to Joyce Swoveland:

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Announcing Dissertation Scholarship Awardee: João Chaves

Congratulations to NABPR Dissertation Scholarship Awardee: João Chaves! Best wishes to him on the journey of dissertation.

About João Chaves.

João Chaves is a PhD candidate in the Religion Department of Baylor University, where he also did an outside minor in sociology; he holds degree in theology, biblical and theological studies, and cross-cultural studies. Joao published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters on history of Christianity, theology, and education, and he is the author of Evangelicals and Liberation Revisited: An Inquiry Into the Possibility of an Evangelical-Liberationist Theology (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Joao’s dissertation focuses on the development of religious identity and practice across transnational contexts. More specifically, João is writing on how the work of the Foreign Mission Board in Brazil—which was heavily  informed by the Jim Crow imagination of Southern Baptist missionaries—was disseminated effectively through missionary control of denominational institutions of cultural production (e.g. seminaries, publication houses, and denominational periodicals) and is now being re-imagined in Brazilian Baptist churches in the United States, which are being challenged to re-negotiate aspects of their religious ideologies in the context of the ethnic communities of the new immigration. João lives in San Antonio with his wife, Paula, and his “little Americans,” Jonathan and Rebecca. He is a lecturer at the Baptist University of the Américas.

About the Scholarship

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) offers one dissertation scholarship a year to ABD scholars who carry out research on topics broadly related to Baptist Identity. The dissertation scholarship is designed to cultivate conversations about what it means to be a Baptist teach and scholar with relationship to the church and the academy. NABPR is commited to contributing to the formation of students in the Baptist tradition and supporting the important research by Baptist Ph.D. Students. To learn more see: Dissertation Scholarship.

Penultimate NABPR 2017 Program Draft

Dear Conference Participants,

We wish you safe travels as you make your way to Nashville. We look forward to welcoming you here. We have a great program lined up and important networking and conversation are always part of the meeting!

Monday, May 22

3:00-6:30       Registration Check-in

                       Foyer of Frist Lecture Hall

                       4th Floor, Inman Health Sciences Building

Those who requested Belmont housing will pay at registration
and then be directed to the residence hall for check-in

and key pick-up.

Parking

There should always be plenty of “Guest Parking” spaces in the garages beneath the Inman-McWhorter buildings and the Janet Ayers Academic Center.  You can get access to these garages off of Wedgewood Avenue or Acklen Avenue.

Dinner begins at 6:00pm ~ Frist Lecture Hall 

The full program is attached. And this link will help you with maps and parking locations: http://www.belmont.edu/campus-map/

Traveling mercies,

Eileen Campbell-Reed, NABPR President

and

Danny Mynatt, NABPR Executive Secretary-Treasurer

2017 NABPR Registration and Draft Program

AT&T Building Nashville
AT&T Building, Nashville aka the Bat building.

The Draft Program, Registration, and housing are now open for the 2017 National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) meeting hosted by Belmont University in Nashville, TN.

Registration

Click here to Register
Conference Fee: Before May 1: $95. After May 1: $120
All graduate student registration is compliments of NABPR. Students please note your status in the registration comment field.

Housing

Click here to register for housing.
A list of local hotels appears on the last page of the program. Belmont is providing on-campus housing to any registrant for $27 per night. You must register for the conference and housing separately. In order to take advantage of on campus housing, please fill out the housing form.

Linens are NOT provided.

Payment for housing will be made directly to Belmont when you arrive. NABPR will not collect housing payments at registration.

Meals

The registration fee covers the conference meetings, the banquet on Monday, lunch on Tuesday, light breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday, and coffee breaks.

If you wish to bring a guest to Monday’s banquet, there is a cost. If you have questions email Danny Mynatt at

Parking

TBA

Questions

If you have questions or concerns, email Danny Mynatt at Danny will forward your question to the appropriate person.

NABPR Executive Committee Statement

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) Logo

February 27, 2017

From the undersigned members of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion:

As scholars who are committed to studying and understanding texts, religious groups and faith commitments, which take many forms, it seems worthy and right to respond to recent actions, which have such important implications for religion and the study of religion. We believe it is crucial to be on record stating our concern and opposition to actions taken recently by executive orders from the office of the president of the United States of America, Donald J. Trump. We express our concern and urge membership of the NABPR to consider the following statements offered by the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature. These statements demonstrate the seriousness of the recent restrictions and exclusion of people from visiting, living or traveling in the U.S. based on their religious commitments.

As professors of religion we recognize, acknowledge and uphold the benefits of the longstanding Baptist commitment to religious freedom and toleration of other faith groups. Our religious freedom depends on the religious freedom of all individuals of faith groups.

Eileen Campbell-Reed
Doug Weaver
Mikeal C. Parsons
Philip E. Thompson
R. Scott Nash
Adam D.J. Brett

 


From the American Academy of Religion 

AAR Board Statement on U.S. Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”

Statement Issued by the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Religion on January 30, 2017

President Trump’s recent executive order limiting and banning Muslim immigration to the United States from seven countries strikes at the heart of the mission and values of the American Academy of Religion, a learned society of some 8,500 members.

Our organization is committed to excellence in the academic study of religion and to making our scholarship freely available in order to foster the larger public understanding of religion.

The ban impedes that mission. Faculty members, students, and independent scholars who study religion depend on the freedom of travel to pursue their work. Already we have received reports of scholars who have been prevented from returning home to the United States from research trips abroad. The ban will also impede international students who hope to study in the United States and to American students who plan to study abroad.

At a more fundamental level, the ban conflicts with our values. We hold dear diversity, mutual respect, inclusion, and free inquiry, all of which the immigration ban jeopardizes. The ban erodes our hope that these values will serve as the foundation for all governmental decisions regarding our members as well as our colleagues around the globe.

Finally, the ban poisons the public’s understanding of Islam in particular and religion in general. It blatantly and explicitly discriminates against Islam and Muslims, and appears to provide special treatment of Christianity. It violates our national commitment to welcome persons of all religions.

With learned societies, colleges and universities, and educational leaders across the nation, we call on the President and Congress to retract the Muslim immigration ban and to denounce religious intolerance in all its forms.

 

From the Society for Biblical Literature

Statement on the 27 January 2017 U.S. Executive Order “Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States”

The Society of Biblical Literature’s mission is to foster biblical scholarship in accordance with our core values, which include scholarly integrity, critical inquiry, respect for diversity, inclusivity, and tolerance. This mission of fostering biblical scholarship rests on the firm belief that the study of sacred texts and traditions involves unhindered intellectual exchange among scholars. Such open, scholarly exchange serves the common good by contributing to a broad public understanding of religious texts, traditions, and practices in the modern world. It is for these reasons, for example, that SBL does not endorse academic boycotts.

In 2012, SBL received a grant to explore the establishment of an international and independent network of scholars of the Qur’an. That grant led to the formation of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) in 2014, now an independent affiliate of the SBL and an invaluable partner in the study of sacred texts. As a learned society, IQSA, like SBL, seeks to promote peace through understanding. We thereby stand with our colleagues in Qur’anic and Islamic studies to protest the ban on immigrants and refugees from Muslim countries.

Moreover, the ban encourages discrimination and promotes misleading and sometimes dangerous caricatures of religious people, practices, and texts. It also places obstacles to the travel of Muslim scholars in and out of the United States, and threatens the free exchange of ideas among the Society and partnering and affiliating organizations that advance learning and help make peace and understanding possible. Thus, the Society strongly opposes the ban and its implementation.