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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.
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 ().