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NABPR Region at Large – 2012

NABPR RAL 2012 Call for Papers

The NABPR Region-at-Large
welcomes proposals from NABPR and CTS members on topics related to the
conference theme,
“Found
in Translation:  Living Faith in Other Contexts.”  
Possibilities
for paper proposals include, but are not limited to, themes such as:

1. Immigration/Migration

Paper
proposals might consider the following:
the interconnections between race, immigration/migration, religion and
politics; the interconnections between immigration/migration and the Eucharist;
the interconnections between immigration/migration and eschatology; how the
Christian tradition has addressed the duty to welcome the stranger and
cultivated the virtue of hospitality; how immigration/migration affect the use
of such terms as “aliens” and “exiles” in contemporary ecclesiology;
the theological significance of the fact
that the Holy Family were immigrants to Egypt shortly after the first Christmas;

and, in a 21st century globalized world, can migration be considered
a fifth mark of the church?

2.  Missio
Dei
and Missiology in
Postcolonial Perspective

In
the last decade or so, theologians and missiologists have constructed various
theologies of mission.  According to John
Flett, the deeply ingrained Christendom habits of thought have often remained
unchallenged in contemporary rethinking of the relationship between church and
mission.  And Willie Jennings has
challenged Christian theology (and mission) to take seriously its colonial
history and its colonial sites for grasping the full range of its
identity.  How can Christian theologians
and missiologists construct a theology of mission in a postcolonial
perspective? Why is it important for Christian theology and a Christian
theology of mission to take seriously its colonial history?  What would it mean to refract the concept of
the missio Dei through a postcolonial
lens?  How might a postcolonial
perspective reshape and transforms missional ecclesiologies in North America?

3.  The Theology and Ethics of John Howard Yoder

Paper
proposals might consider the following:
interconnections between history and eschatology in Yoder’s work; the
significance of memory in Yoder’s theology and politics; engagements with
Yoder’s The Jewish-Christian Schism
Revisited
; conversations between Yoder and continental philosophy;
engagements with recent, new readings of Yoder’s work.

4.  Baptists and the Communion of Saints

Paper
proposals might consider the following:
Baptists and the communion of saints; Baptists’ scholarly engagements
with particular saints of the church; Baptists and Mariology; theological
reflection on Baptist commemoration of the saints;  the possibility of a Baptist sanctoral cycle;
who are Baptist saints, and why?

5.  Responses to David Bebbington’s Baptists through the Centuries:  A History of a Global People (Baylor
University Press, 2010)

    Paper proposals should be critical
engagements with and responses to Bebbington’s book.

Proposals on other topics not
listed are also welcome. Please email your proposal of 250-500 words to Mark Medley
() and Scott Bullard () by December 1,
2011 for full consideration.