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CFP: College Theology Society and NABPR Region-at-Large

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.

  Full Call for Papers

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 () and Mark Medley () by December 31, 2018.  Scholars will be notified of the status of their proposal by January 28, 2019.

Save the Date For NABPR in Denver at the #SBLAAR18

Dear NABPR and AAR/SBL Attendees,

Please save the date for the NABPR annual meeting in Denver. Tentative Schedule thus far:

NABPR at the AAR/SBL 2018

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”
Paul Harvey
Hilton Denver City Center, Penrose 2
17 Nov 9:00am
M17-101

 

NABPR November Program

A Note from the NABPR Region-at-Large affirming women in Baptist Life

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.

NABPR Constitutional Amendment Update

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.

view the NABPR Constitution.

Announcing the new partnership between NABPR and Baylor University Press

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.