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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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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,