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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.
The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR)
Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, NC
May 21-23, 2018
Greetings from the Executive Secretary-Treasurer
Welcome to the Annual May Meeting of NABPR.
Save the date for 2019: Campbell University School of Law has committed to host our meeting on May 20 – 22, 2019. The 2019 meeting will be a joint meeting with the Baptist History and Heritage Society.
The November meeting in Boston was successful. Mark your calendar for November 17. Dr. Nancy Ammerman did a wonderful job as our plenary speaker. We plan to keep the Saturday morning tradition alive in Denver.
Many thanks go to Doug Weaver, our President, and the Gardner-Webb University faculty and staff who have worked hard to bring about another successful meeting. The online registration and payment portal made the logistics much easier.
I look forward to seeing you in Boiling Springs.
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.
- Mike Broadway, Shaw University Divinity School,
- Jason Hentschel, University of Dayton,
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Call for Papers
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR)
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:
Department of Religion
One Bear Place # 97284
Waco, TX 76798-7284
- 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.
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 .
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:
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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.
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/
Eileen Campbell-Reed, NABPR President
Danny Mynatt, NABPR Executive Secretary-Treasurer