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The NABPR Region-at-Large adopted the following resolution during their annual business meeting at the College Theology Society Annual Convention at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, 2 June 2018:
The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, Region-at-Large, wishes to reaffirm on public record its strong support for the role of women in Baptist life in the full range of ministry, life, and witness, ordained and unordained, historically and in the present time. We repudiate any words and actions that denigrate women and the theologies that justify this denigration. We further affirm the action of the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, who on 30 May 2018 severed all ties with former president Paige Patterson in light of his handling of multiple allegations of the abuse and violation of women at schools of which he was president. We express our hope that there will be due process and justice for the women who have been harmed.
Moved by Curtis Freeman, Seconded by Amy L. Chilton, and affirmed unanimously.
“You Say You Want a Revolution?” 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective. The Sixty-Fourth Annual Convention of the College Theological Society in conjunction with The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) at Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Thursday, May 31 – Sunday, June 3, 2018. Hashtag: #CTS18MN. The NABPR portion of the program features Amy L. Chilton’s presidential address “Why Worship Together? Muriel Lester, Dorothy Day, and Friendships Across Borders”; a panel on “Examining Recent Baptist Public Statements on Sexuality” with Merrill Hawkins, Kathryn House, and Mike Broadway; paper sessions with presentations by Steve Harmon, Michael Cox, Sean Martin, and Derek Hostetter; and a session of the Evangelical Catholics and Catholic Evangelicals Consultation addressing the question “Can Catholics and Baptists Share Communion Without Breaking the Rules?” with Baptist contributions from Curtis Freeman, Steve Harmon, Derek Hatch, and Philip E. Thompson. For more see the CTS 2018 Convention Program.
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
2017 Annual Meeting
at AAR/SBL in Boston, Massachussets
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
- Introduction of the Nominating Committee Steve Harmon
- 11:25 Invitation to the National Meeting Steve Harmon
- 11:30 Adjournment Steve Harmon
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
|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|
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,