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Congratulations to Dissertation Scholarship Awardees Kathryn House & Andrew Gardner

At the Annual Meeting on May 22, NABPR awarded two dissertation scholarships.

Kathryn House

Kathryn House, Portrait
Kathryn House is a PhD candidate in Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology. Her dissertation reconsiders theologies of salvation in light of intersections of race, gender, and sexuality in US-American evangelical campaigns for sexual purity. She examines the soteriological impulses of the Moral Reform movement, of racial terror lynchings related to allegations of sexual assault, and of abstinence-only sex education initiatives in the 1990s. Interrogating the wedding of whiteness and purity in these campaigns, Kathryn queries the possibility of baptism as a counter-practice to the implications of these intertwined symbolics. Her previous publications include “Torture and Lived Religion: Practices of Resistance” in Trauma and Lived Religion (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2018) and “Sometimes, the Minister is a Girl,” in Faithfully Feminist: Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Feminists on Why We Stay (White Cloud Press, 2015).

Kathryn is ordained in the Alliance of Baptists and American Baptist Churches USA, and is a member of the First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain. She is currently Assistant Director of the Center for Practical Theology at Boston University School of Theology. She is aunt to Tripp, Margaret Anne, and Charlie, and works diligently to secure their ACC loyalties for Duke despite her brother’s unfortunate UNC-Chapel Hill allegiances.

 

 

 

 


Andrew Gardner

Andrew Gardner, PortraitAndrew Gardner is from Yorktown, Virginia and is pursuing a PhD in American Religious History from Florida State University. His dissertation, tentatively titled, “To Awaken the Song of Transport: The Development of Theological Seminaries and Divinity Schools in Antebellum America” analyzes the role of institutions of theological higher learning in cultivating spatial perspectives among Protestant clergy. Gardner hopes to graduate in May 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

About the NABPR Dissertation Scholarship

The NABPR dissertation scholarship program is designed to assist Baptist scholars who are in the process of completing their dissertation. The program was founded in 2006 and is awarded annually.

New Book: Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective

Ryan Andrew Newson, Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective, Perspectives on Baptist Identities (Macon: Mercer University Press, 2018) ISBN: 9780881466492.

Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective by Ryan Andrew Newson, Cover
Inhabiting the World: Identity, Politics, and Theology in Radical Baptist Perspective by Ryan Andrew Newson, Cover

Announcing the first volume in the new NABPR series “Perspectives on Baptist Identities” edited by Alicia C. Myers and Adam English.

Description: In Inhabiting the World, Ryan Newson argues that resources contained in the “baptist vision” of Christian life are uniquely helpful in describing how Christians might transformatively and receptively inhabit the postmodern world. Newson unpacks the contours of a Christian identity centered around listening—to oneself, to others, and to the wild voice of God—and focuses his argument by engaging the work of theologian James Wm. McClendon, Jr. No mere “report” on McClendon’s thought, however, Newson pushes back on and creatively extends McClendon’s work, including into the fields of neuroscience, political theology, church practices, and ecclesial failure.
Blurbs: “From a rich store of learning and deep engagement with James Wm. McClendon, Jr.’s baptist vision, Ryan Newson offers a constructive path  for renewing our work as theologians. Listening—an embodied practice—is the key to his methodology, which surely summons a more humble posture in a world of competing views. Of most interest to me was his perceptive guidance for how to access the resources churches need to inhabit the world more fully, with compelling identity and witness as people of the resurrection. –Molly T. Marshall, president and professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Ryan Newson is uniquely qualified to carry on the task of articulating a baptist identity in the wake of what Stephen Toulmin called the structural timbers of modern thought. Newson is doing in this book exactly what James Wm. McClendon, Jr. would have wanted. I strongly endorse the work done here. –Nancey Claire Murphy, senior professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary

Ryan Newson thoughtfully explores and creatively extends the work of baptist (and Baptist) theologian James Wm. McClendon, Jr. This book shows how nuanced, challenging, and insightful this distinctive approach can be. Catholic, Protestant, Reformed, and Baptist theologians should read this text. They may not agree with all it says, but will come away from wrestling with it better able to articulate what it means to be a Christian today. A splendid contribution! –Terrence W. Tilley, Avery Cardinal Dulles, SJ Professor of Catholic Theology, Fordham University

Inhabiting the World is just the kind of reflection that progressive baptists need for inhabiting the postmodern condition. It is a masterful extension of James Wm. McClendon, Jr.’s important baptist theology that draws on the best of this tradition in being convictional but also open to the world, in valuing the power of Scripture but caring about the complexity of interpretation, in respecting the freedom of convictions but setting them within community and hospitality to others. Newson’s theology of listening skillfully navigates issues of identity and pluralism, practices and their abuses, and the individual and community. His is a voice to which we need to listen. –Dan R. Stiver, Cook-Derrick Professor of Theology, Logsdon School of Theology, Hardin-Simmons University

The book is available for purchase via: Mercer University Press, Amazon, and other online retailers.

 

College Theological Society and NABPR Region at Large Program

“You Say You Want a Revolution?” 1968-2018 in Theological Perspective. The Sixty-Fourth Annual Convention of the College Theological Society in conjunction with The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion (NABPR) at Saint Catherine University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Thursday, May 31 – Sunday, June 3, 2018. Hashtag: #CTS18MN.  The NABPR portion of the program features Amy L. Chilton’s presidential address “Why Worship Together? Muriel Lester, Dorothy Day, and Friendships Across Borders”; a panel on “Examining Recent Baptist Public Statements on Sexuality” with Merrill Hawkins, Kathryn House, and Mike Broadway; paper sessions with presentations by Steve Harmon, Michael Cox, Sean Martin, and Derek Hostetter; and a session of the Evangelical Catholics and Catholic Evangelicals Consultation addressing the question “Can Catholics and Baptists Share Communion Without Breaking the Rules?” with Baptist contributions from Curtis Freeman, Steve Harmon, Derek Hatch, and Philip E. Thompson. For more see the CTS 2018 Convention Program.

NABPR 2018 Meeting at Gardner-Webb Program

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.

Daniel Mynatt
Executive Secretary-Treasurer

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CFP: You say you want a revolution

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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