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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

2019 Dissertation Scholarship Announcement

NABPR is now accepting applications for the 2019 Dissertation Scholarship. Some recent recipients of the scholarship are: João Chaves (2017), Kathryn H. House (2018), Andrew Gardner (2018). The deadline is January 15.

 

 Learn More about the Dissertation Scholarship

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.

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.

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.