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Call for Papers “The Church’s Public Witness”
A Scholarly Conference held in conjunction with the ABC/USA Biennial Mission Summit
Portland Convention Center, Portland, Oregon
June 29th, 2017
The Office of the General Secretary of ABC-USA and the Theologians Commission will host the fourth pre-biennial theology conference around the theme The Church’s Public Witness in an effort to foster ongoing, vigorous theological conversations among American Baptist theologians, pastor-theologians, and theological educators throughout the denomination.
The Theologians Commission invites proposals of presentations that address (American) Baptist notions of The Church’s Public Witness. Scholars in social ethics, systematic theology, biblical studies, church history, missiology, and practical theology are invited to offer proposals for a 20-minute presentation. Additionally, panels of three participants may be proposed. Presentations that explore the views and perspectives of under-represented groups are encouraged.
Proposals should be 750-1,000 words, and make explicit the paper’s connection to the conference theme. Proposals must include: the author’s full name, paper title, institutional affiliation, email and telephone contact. These proposals, due March 15, 2017, should include a brief summary of the argument to be made and beginning bibliography.
Full papers may then be submitted for publication consideration to the American Baptist Quarterly. Authors should attend to the audience as readers rather than listeners. Papers submitted for publication should be approximately 20 pages long (12-point font, double-spaced) and must be fully footnoted. The deadline for submission to ABQ editors is August 1, 2017. Guidelines for authors will be distributed to conference presenters.
Submit paper proposals before March 15, 2017 to Dr. Donald Brash – . Notification of acceptance will be given by April 15, 2017.
The Theologians Conference will take place in conjunction with the 2017 Biennial Mission Summit of American Baptist Churches, USA. Conferees will gather at the Portland Convention Center on Thursday, June 29th, 2017,8:00am – 5:30pm.
The conveners regret that we are not able to pay honoraria or expenses. Presenters must register for the Conference.
NABPR Region-at-Large (CTS 2017)
June 1– 4, Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island
The NABPR Region-at-Large welcomes proposals from NABPR and CTS members on topics related to the conference theme, “American Catholicism in the 21st Century.” Possibilities for paper proposals include, but are not limited to, themes such as:
- Contemporary Baptist/Catholic Engagement
With the European Reformations five hundred years in the past, is Baptist/Catholic ecumenical engagement the next radical Baptist reformation? Paper proposals for this section may address: varieties of Baptist dialogue and engagement with American Catholicism, including: Southern Baptist-Catholic alliances on social issues; Baptist/Catholic dialogue on doctrinal theology; community organizing alliances; and Baptist receptions of Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and Francis.
- Baptist Social Resistance
From its earliest days, the Baptist family has actively engaged resistance against ruling political, clerical, and social powers, from the early European radical reformers, to Roger Williams, to Walter Rauschenbusch, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Paper proposals for this section may address: “baptist” reexaminations of American exceptionalism and manifest destiny; supersessionist theologies; beloved community; and Baptist appropriations of shared Catholic heritage for social resistances.
- Baptists in 21st Century America
Shifting cultural dynamics, refugee resettlement, and the wars in the Middle East have all contributed to the changing face of Baptist identity in America. Paper proposals for this section may address: Baptist responses to current social crises, expanding Baptist cultural identities, 21st century manifestations of early Baptist mission efforts (e.g., the growth of Burmese Baptist churches in America); expanded views of Baptist political engagement; ecclesial engagements of gender, sexuality, race, and class; and Baptist liturgy and worship.
Please submit paper proposals of 500 words, including one’s current institutional affiliation and position, to Amy Chilton Thompson or Mike Broadway by Friday, December 16, 2016.
- Amy L. Chilton Thompson, Fuller Theological Seminary,
- Mike Broadway, Shaw University Divinity School,