In November 2014, the American Academy of Religion meets in sunny San Diego, California, USA.

The Call for Papers goes live in late January 2014 – full details here.

For its sessions that year, the Ecclesiological Investigations Group welcomes paper proposals on the following topics:

(1) The Church’s Mission and the Poor.  In response to the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (2013) by Pope Francis, and new mission statement by the World Council of Churches, Together towards Life: Mission and Evangelism in Changing Landscapes (2013), there is clearly a renewed interest in the inter-relationship between mission, marginality, and material poverty. We invite contributions from theologians and practitioners who are engaged in research and practice throughout the world, both in countries in the northern hemisphere and in the global south. We would encourage new thinking about the legacy of liberation theology and theologies attentive to issues of gender and race, and their application in increasingly post-colonial and neo-colonial contexts. In addition we invite contributions from Evangelicals and others who are developing new approaches to mission among the poor.


(2) The Church in Times of War.  On the occasion of the centennial anniversary of the First World War, proposals are invited that explore the enormous impact of war on the churches, as on all aspects of twentieth-century history. We welcome contributions from theologians and practitioners who have engaged with the impact of war on the churches, both historically and in the present day, including proposals considering issues of gender and/or race. We do not intend to limit the time frame purely to the First World War and its impact, but to widen it to include other wars in the modern era (e.g. Revolutionary Wars, the US Civil War, WW2, Vietnam), including contemporary conflicts (e.g. Balkans, Afghanistan, Syria) and regional conflicts in the global south.


The Ecclesiological Investigations Group and the Vatican II Studies Group propose the follow session and welcome proposals on the following topics related to: The decree on ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council Unitatis Redintegratio (November 21, 1964):


1)      The genesis and development of the text, as well as the conciliar debates and behind the scenes maneuverings concerning the document itself.

2)      The text and particularly the theology of Unitatis Redintegratio, itself.

3)      The role played by the non-Catholic observers in shaping the final version of the text.

4)      The reception of Unitatis Redintegratio by non-Roman Catholic Churches and particularly in the ecumenical movement after Vatican II.

5)      Assessments of Roman Catholic contributions to the ecumenical movement and of the current state of the ecumenical movement fifty years after the conciliar decree on ecumenism.


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