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The College Theology Society holds its Sixty-Fifth Annual Convention from Thursday evening, May 30 through Sunday noon, June 2, 2019, at Holy Cross College at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.
NABPR Region at Large Call for Papers:
Can Christians Practices Deform Christians?
Can Christian practices damage Christian faith and life? Can Christian practices extend harm and violence rather than promoting healing? In her recent book, The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin (Yale University Press, 2018), historian Lauren Winner challenges the assumption that the church possesses a set of immaculate practices that will train Christians in virtue. This session invites papers from various methodological or disciplinary perspectives that address Winner’s argument that, while being gifts from God, practices are also blighted by sin.
Engagements with Pope Francis’ Theological and Moral Vision
This session invites papers that engage Pope Frances’ theological and moral vision from a baptist/free church perspective. Particular attention will be given to papers that consider (1) Pope Francis’ call for a church of and for the poor, (2) his vision of a dialogical church, (3) his particular vision of social justice, and (4) his encyclical Laudato Si’.
After Charlottesville: Christian Theology and White Supremacy
White supremacy is an enduring problem in America and its churches and theology. The alt-right Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, in 2017, once again, horrifically exposed the persistence of this racialized evil. This session invites papers that: (1) discuss and engage the voices in black and womanist theologies as well as African American religious studies that are contributing to prophetic advocacy and movement building and to a political, moral, and spiritual revolution after Charlottesville; and (2) what does it mean historically, theologically, and morally for white Christians to witness against white supremacy in light of the rise of the alt-right?
Hidden Figures and Missing Voices in Baptist/Free Church Life
The rise of “global Christianity” has not only seen the emergence of international figures – such as the late Billy Graham – but also the opening of space for theological personalities and perspectives from outside traditional enclaves. This session invites proposals that engage such hidden, missing, forgotten, or little-known theological personalities and perspectives from among the baptist/free church traditions. Papers focused on figures from outside of Europe and North America are especially encouraged.
Proposals should be 250-500 words in length and must include name, current email address, and current institutional affiliation. Please submit proposals of Jason Hentschel (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mark Medley (email@example.com) by December 31, 2018. Scholars will be notified of the status of their proposal by January 28, 2019.
Dear NABPR and AAR/SBL Attendees,
Please save the date for the NABPR annual meeting in Denver. Tentative Schedule thus far:
National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
2018 Annual Meeting at AAR/SBL in Denver, Colorado
17 November 2018, 9:00-11:30 AM Hilton Denver City Center, Penrose 2
- 9:40 President’s Address Steve Harmon, Gardner-Webb University NABPR President
- Dr. Harmon is Associate Professor of Historical Theology in the School of Divinity at Gardner-Webb University.
“Engaging James Wm. McClendon, Jr.’s Ecumenical Theology: Fifty Years after ‘What Is a Southern Baptist Ecumenism?’”
- 10:25 Keynote Address Paul Harvey, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
- Dr. Harvey is Professor and Presidential Teaching Scholar in the Department of history at UCCS.
“Howard Thurman, the Baptist Tradition, and Humanist Cosmopolitanism”
AAR Program Book Information:
“Howard Thurman, the Baptist Tradition, and Humanist Cosmopolitanism”
Hilton Denver City Center, Penrose 2
17 Nov 9:00am
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.
At the Annual Business Session held on May 22, 2018, the Association heard the 2nd reading of a proposed constitutional amendment. This amendment allows NABPR to make public statements, after being vetted by the Executive Committee and approved by the membership. The amendment passed 43 to 9. This amendment makes the first time that the Constitution has been changed since 2006, when the Dissertation Scholarship was added. The constitution has been emended.
During the business session at its May 2018 meeting, the NABPR unanimously approved a joint recommendation from the NABPR Executive Committee and PRSt Editorial Board to enter into a publishing agreement with Baylor University Press. Under the new arrangement BUP will assume all operations associated with the publication of the journal, including its printing and distribution. The PRSt Editors and Editorial Board will continue to exercise full control over the content of the journal. The new arrangement will commence with the publication of the fall issue of the journal and details of the agreement will be reviewed after seven years.
At its May 2018 meeting, the NABPR honored Dr. Scott Nash for twenty years of service as Senior Editor of Perspectives in Religious Studies. Nash, the Columbus Roberts Professor of New Testament at Mercer University, informed the PRSt editorial board last summer (2017) of his decision to step down from his role as Senior Editor, a position he has held since 1998. He was responsible for the operational side of the journal, and under his editorship the PRSt publications endowment grew from several hundred dollars to over $40,000. He was presented with a plaque and a check for $1000 in recognition for his service.
The 2018 Festschrift issue of Perspectives in Religious Studies has been published in honor of Mitchell G. Reddish, the O. L. Walker Professor of Christian Studies and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Stetson University, DeLand, Florida. The issue, entitled “Unveiling Revelation and Jesus of Nazareth: Essays in Honor of Mitchell Reddish,” was edited by Jaime Clark-Soles. After a brief biographical sketch of Reddish by department colleague Kandy Queen-Sutherland, eight articles focusing on different aspects of the book of Revelation follow. The authors contributing these studies are M. Eugene Boring, Richard B. Vinson, Jerry L. Sumney, David L. Barr, Tina Pippin, R. Scott Nash, and Greg Carey. The final article is an archaeologically-focused examination of the historical Jesus and the historical Galilee by R. Alan Culpepper. The issues concludes with a select bibliography of Reddish’s publications.
The paper copies should be shipping to NABPR members soon. Non-members or those who want a special copy Mikeal Parsons,Department of Religion, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97284, Waco, TX 76798 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion
21-23 May 2018
Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting
Boiling Springs, NC
11:50 Call to Order. Doug Weaver
11:55 Welcome from the Executive Secretary. Daniel Mynatt
12:00 Recognition of the Outgoing Senior Editor, PRSt.. Doug Weaver
12:05 Introduction of the Dissertation Scholarship Award . Doug Weaver
12:10 Recognition of Previous Dissertation Scholarship Award Recipients. Daniel Mynatt
12:15 Presentation of Mitchell Reddish Festschrift.. Scott Nash
12:25 Annual Business Session Doug Weaver, presiding
- Report of the Nominating Committee. Doug Weaver
- Election of Vice President
- PRSt New Publishing Arrangement. Mike Parsons
- Vote on the Constitutional Amendment.. Doug Weaver
- Report from the Executive Committee Daniel Mynatt
- Induction of New Members
- Upcoming Meetings
- Social Media Update. Adam D. J. Brett
- Miscellaneous business and announcements