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Blessed Among Women? Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament

Alicia D. Myers’ Blessed Among Women? Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament (OUP, 2017)

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CFP: You say you want a revolution

NABPR Region-at-Large Call for Papers
Meeting Jointly with the College Theology Society
Saint Catherine University, Saint Paul, Minnesota, Thursday, May 31, to Sunday, June 3, 2018

The NABPR Region-at-Large invites proposals for the 2018 College Theology Society/NABPR joint meeting around the theme of this year’s CTS Conference: “You Say You Want a Revolution? 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective.”  The following are some suggested topics, but other proposals are also welcome, especially in the area of biblical studies.

 

Prospects for the Third Reconstruction

Some scholars of race have identified the First Reconstruction (1865-1877) and the Second Reconstruction (1945-1968) as crucial eras of change in racial politics in the United States, with global implications.  Churches played important roles in these eras of change, and renewals of theological reflection emerged from each era. Also following each of these eras came periods of consolidation, backlash, and regression. In recent decades, leaders have called for a Third Reconstruction.  What are the prospects of another era of theological ferment and political change in racial politics?

 

Sexual Revolution and Baptists

The variety of Baptist bodies continue to struggle and disagree about the acceptance and status of LGBTQ persons in the church. Self-selected groups of Baptists and baptists have recently published statements in the UK, The Courage to be Baptist: A Statement on Baptist Ecclesiology and Human Sexuality, and the US, The Nashville Statement. What do these statements reveal about current theological and biblical discourse on sexuality, or about broad patterns of political and cultural change?

 

Nonviolence and Baptists

Nonviolence has a long tradition in Baptist life that neither began nor ended in 1968 with the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the 20th-century’s foremost promoters of nonviolence. However, recent Baptist elisions with certain Reformed and evangelical theologies over the past half century, coupled with a renewed American militarism, have significantly muddied this picture of Baptists as a nonviolent people. We invite papers that address the history of Baptist pacifism and nonviolence and its possibility as a resource for an age becoming quickly known for its guns and its wars.

 

Topics in Baptist History, 1968-2018

It may be true of every fifty-year period since the first baptists appeared in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, but many new groups and directions have emerged among Baptists in the past half-century.  We invite papers exploring a wide range of historical topics.

 

Baptists and Ecumenism since 1968

Though Baptists historically have been linked to separatism, the revolutionary fervor of 1968 and beyond spurred on various ecumenical and cooperative efforts even among Baptists, whether in terms of theological conversation or political cooperation. We invite papers that explore these new ecumenical impulses in Baptist life.

 

Please submit paper proposals of 500 words or less, including one’s current institutional affiliation and position, to both Mike Broadway and Jason Hentschel by Friday, January 19, 2018.

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NABPR-SE Regional Meeting Program March 2018

Update: There has been a venue change for SECSOR. The meeting will now be taking place at: Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center.

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Southeast

2018 Southeast Regional Meeting

Friday, March 2, 2018

Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel and Conference Center.

2:30-3:00pm Registration and Refreshments

3:00-3:05 Welcome

  • Welcome from the President— Alicia Myers, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Greek, Campbell University Divinity School
  • Announcement of Program— Andrew Gardner, Florida State University

3:05-3:40 Presidential Address:

  • Blessed Among Women? Mothers and Motherhood in the New Testament Alicia Myers

3:40-4:30 Panelist Responses and Discussion:

  • Diane Lipsett, Salem College
  • Mimi Walker, Druid Hills Baptist Church, McAfee School of Theology
  • Thomas Dixon, Campbell University

4:30-4:35 Break

4:35-5:00 Business Meeting

  • 2019 SECSOR meeting
    • NABPR-SE meeting Action Items
    • Location
    • Election of officers
    • Miscellaneous business

5:00 Adjournment

 

Download a PDF of the Flyer

Program for the 2017 Annual Meeting of NABPR at AAR/SBL in Boston

National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion

2017 Annual Meeting at AAR/SBL in Boston, Massachusetts

18 November 2017, 9:00-11:30 AM Westin Copley Place—Essex North (Third Level)

  • 9:00 Gathering for Coffee and Conversation
  • 9:30 Greetings and Program Overview Steve Harmon, Gardner-Webb University NABPR Vice President
  • 9:35 Introduction of President’s Address
  • 9:40 President’s Address Doug Weaver, Baylor University and NABPR President

Baptists and the Interplay of Word/Spirit/Experience By Doug Weaver

  • 10:05 Responses from the Association Moderated by Steve Harmon
  • 10:20 Introduction of Keynote Address Rady Roldan-Figueroa, Boston University
  • 10:25 Keynote Address Nancy Ammerman, Boston University
    • Dr. Ammerman is  Professor of Sociology of Religion, Sociology Department and School of Theology; Associate Dean of the Faculty for the Social Sciences.

Being Baptist in this Moment By Nancy Ammerman

 

  • 11:00 Responses from the Association Moderated by Rady Roldan-Figueroa
  • 11:15 Fall Business Meeting Danny Mynatt, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, and NABPR Executive Secretary-Treasurer
    • Introduction of the Nominating Committee Steve Harmon
      • Bill Pitts, Baylor University (chair)
      • Mel Hawkins, Carson-Newman University
      • Meredith Stone, Hardin-Simmons University
      • Election of the Dissertation Scholarship Committee
    • Update on Change to the NABPR Constitution Danny Mynatt
    • Update on NABPR Social Media Adam DJ Brett
  • 11:25 Invitation to the National Meeting Steve Harmon

May 21-23, 2018, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC

  • 11:30 Adjournment Steve Harmon

2018 NABPR Call for Papers

  The Call for Papers is now closed. Please see the 2018 Program. 

Call for Papers
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR)
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
Doug_Weaver@baylor.edu

  • 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.

Update:

John Inscore Essick (Baptist Seminary of Kentucky) invites NABPR members interested in presenting on a panel or in a session addressing migration and/or pedagogy and migration for the May 2018 meeting at Gardner-Webb to contact him at john.essick@bsk.edu.

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: joyce_swoveland@baylor.edu

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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 committed 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 dmynatt@umhb.edu

Parking

TBA

Questions

If you have questions or concerns, email Danny Mynatt at dmynatt@umhb.edu. 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.

Call for Papers “The Church’s Public Witness”

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 – dbrash@eastern.edu. 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.