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NABPR Executive Committee Statement

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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.

NABPR Schedule for Meeting with AAR-SBL 2016

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion at the AAR-SBL
19 November 2016
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM
San Antonio, Texas
Hilton Palacio del Rio-La Vista BC (Conference Center – 22nd Level)

 

9:00 Gathering for Coffee and Conversation
9:30  Greetings and Program Overview  Doug Weaver, Baylor University, NABPR Vice President
9:35  Introduction of President’s Address
9:40  President’s Address
 “New Intersections in Baptist Studies”
 Eileen Campbell-Reed, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, NABPR President
10:05  Responses from the Association  Moderated by Doug Weaver
10:20  Introduction of Keynote Address  Kent Blevins, Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Gardner-Webb University
10:25  Key Note Address:
 “Embracing the Hopelessness”
 Miguel A. De La Torre, Iliff School of Theology, Denver Professor of Social Ethics and Latinx Studies
11:00  Responses from the Association  Moderated by Kent Blevins
11:15 Fall Business Meeting

  • Introduction of the Nominating Committee – Doug Weaver
  • Election of the Dissertation Scholarship Committee
  • Update on NABPR Social Media – Adam DJ Brett and Danny Mynatt

 

 Danny Mynatt, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, NABPR Executive Secretary-Treasurer
11:25  Invitation to the NABPR National Meeting:  May 22-24, 2016 Belmont University, Nashville, TN  Mark McEntire, Belmont University
11:30  Adjournment  Doug Weaver

 

NABPR at the 2016 AAR-SBL

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Presidential Address:

New Intersections in Baptist Studies by Dr. Eileen R. Campbell-Reed

Keynote Address:

Embracing the Hopelessness by Dr. Miguel De La Torre

Saturday, November 19, 2016 from 9:00-11:30AM in the Hilton Palacio del Rio-La Vista BC (Conference Center – 22nd Level)

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CFP: 2017 NABPR Annual Meeting

Call for Papers
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
Annual Meeting
Belmont University
Nashville, TN
May 22 – 24, 2017

Belmont University
Belmont University

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, 2017.  Send a 300-word abstract to:

Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed
6210 Bresslyn Road 
Nashville, TN 37205 
 

Papers will be scheduled into a 30 minute time period, including discussion.
Proposals will be accepted or denied by March 1, 2017.

Graduate Students are encouraged to submit proposals.

Authors of accepted proposals must be members of NABPR in good standing by May 1.  Inquiries about dues and membership status should be directed to Joyce Swoveland: 

CFP: AAR Southeast Region 2017 (SECSOR)

The 2017 AAR–SE Region Constructive Theologies Call for Papers is now available. See link following the section CFP below for new submission instructions this year (online form plus e-mail to section chairs).

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