Liberal Theologies Print

Call for Proposals

This Group seeks proposals exploring the articulation of new forms of “liberal” or “progressive” theology in specific social contexts. Possible contexts include: 

  • Ecological and social change movements
  • Interfaith seminaries
  • Global Pentecostal communities
  • The experience of multiple religious belonging
  • Organizations for dissenting Roman Catholics
  • The emerging church movement
  • Community organizing projects
  • European state churches
  • GLBTQ congregations and denominations
  • Engaged Buddhism
  • The theological legacy of Gordon Kaufman
  • For a possible cosponsored session with the Hinduism Group, we seek proposals considering how modern Hindus have translated, articulated, and in other ways seriously engaged with foundational categories of "liberalism," including rationalism, freedom, religious toleration, and racial, social, and gender equality.

Presenters will be asked to provide a full manuscript for precirculation by October 15, 2012.


Liberal theology in all its varieties has been a robust intellectual and religious presence in North America from the colonial era to the present. The theologians involved with this Group, who come from many different universities and religious schools in North America and from abroad, are committed to continuing this tradition. Our focus is plural — we look across religious traditions. It is interdisciplinary — we welcome the participation, among others, of historians, political scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, and philosophers engaged with questions of vital moment to liberal theologies. Our gaze is to the future — we are determined to develop new perspectives, new ways of speaking, and new combinations of ideas that will better address the intellectual and social circumstances in which we find ourselves. Participants in the Group are welcome to access the Liberal Theologies website.

Anonymity of Review Process

Proposer names are visible to Chairs but anonymous to steering committee members.


Krista Duttenhaver
University of Notre Dame
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Dan McKanan
Harvard University
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Method of Submission