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Call for Proposals

The general theme this year for this Section is practices of the Christian life. We invite constructive — not merely descriptive or historical — proposals for individual papers, papers sessions or roundtables that explore the practices of the Christian life from a theological perspective. We seek proposals for the following themes:

  • Practices, virtues, sanctification, and deification

  • Practices, sacraments, marks, and lex orandi/lex credenda

  • Theological reflection on ethnographic research on practices

  • Pilgrimage

  • Enactments of prayer and liturgical practices, whether traditional or emerging

  • Preaching

  • Feasting, fasting, and food

  • Hospitality

  • Rules of life

  • Interfaith practices, such as dialogue, scriptural reasoning, and comparative theology

  • For a possible cosponsored session with the Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Group, practices of the Christian life in Paul Tillich’s thought. Address theoretical and practical reflections about the practices of the Christian life from a theological perspective informed by Tillich, in particular with reference to Systematic Theology volume 3 (first published in two parts: Life and the Spirit and History and the Kingdom of God fifty years ago in 1963)

  • For a possible cosponsored session with the Animals and Religion Group, systematic theology and the question of the animal, especially engagements with David L. Clough’s On Animals: Systematic Theology (Bloomsbury Press, 2012)

For planning purposes, our theme for 2014 will be “Human, Nonhuman, Inhuman.”


This Section promotes new constructive work in Christian systematic theology that is in dialogue with the historical theological traditions on the one hand and with all aspects of the contemporary context on the other — intellectual movements, methodologies, multiple theological and religious perspectives, and ethical/social/political contexts.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are anonymous to Chairs and Steering Committee members during review, but visible to Chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection.


Holly Taylor Coolman
Providence College
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David Stubbs
Western Theological Seminary
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Method of Submission


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