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Registration Open for Lilly Fellows Program Regional Conference: Reason and Faith on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

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Registration Open for Lilly Fellows Program Regional Conference: Reason and Faith on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

October 13-14, 2017 at Central College in Pella, Iowa

Registration is now open for “Reason and Faith on the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation,” will take place October 13-14, 2017 on the Central College campus in Pella, Iowa. This conference brings together five keynote speakers from a variety of Christian denominations to discuss the relation of reason and faith as it is understood in both the academy and Church over the past five hundred years. Speakers include:

  • John Baxter (Dalhousie University — Halifax, Nova Scotia)
  • Christina Bieber Lake (Wheaton College — Wheaton, IL )
  • Jennifer Hockenberry Dragseth (Mt. Mary University — Milwaukee, WI)
  • Douglas Kries (Gonzaga University — Spokane, WA)
  • Albert Wolters (Redeemer University College — Ancaster, Ontario)

For registration and further information, visit the conference website at:  http://lillyfellows.central.edu/

The deadline for registration is Sept. 20.

 

Call for Papers: 2017 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture: The Bible and the Reformation

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2017 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture

The Bible and The Reformation

Co-sponsored by the Baylor Institute for Studies of Religion and Westminster Theological Seminary

Proposal Deadline Extended:

The deadline for proposal submissions has been extended to June 15, 2017

Quick Facts

  • Dates: Wednesday, October 25-Friday, October 27, 2017
  • Location: Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • Deadline for Proposals: April 1, 2017

Web Site: www.baylor.edu/ifl/BibleAndReformation

Conference Description and Call for Proposals

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the European Reformation, a time of incalculable significance for the history of Christianity. This was the decisive moment at which the Bible was translated into the leading European languages. Beyond its obvious religious implications, the Reformation’s Bible must be credited as the source and origin of so many aspects of life that we too often take for granted: for a sense of individualism, for the development of language and education, for national as much as religious identity. Did the new Bible indeed, as some have claimed, grant tongues of fire to those who had been voiceless in previous societies? To borrow the famous words of author John Buchan, just what was this new thing called the Gospel, which some called “a fetter to bind the poor” and others “a club to beat the rich”? How, in short, has it created the cultures we know today, both religious and secular? Above all, we must explore the issue of memory. How has the actual experience of the original Reformation been remembered in academic and popular culture? What are its legacies in literature and cinema, academic scholarship, and fiction? Which of its great moments and characters have we ignored or underplayed? Which elements have fallen into undeserved oblivion? What remains to be rediscovered?

Join us as we explore these questions during the 2017 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, “The Bible and The Reformation,” on October 25-27, 2017.

Proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, and responses to current books are welcome. Abstracts of no more than 750 words should be submitted by April 1, 2017 online at www.baylor.edu/ifl/BibleAndReformation.

Possible topics include:

  • The Reformation in Music and the Visual Arts
  • The Influence of the Radical Reformation
  • Literature and the Bible
  • Politics, the State, and the Reformation
  • Global Perspectives
  • Shifting Historiographies of the Reformation
  • Vocation in Catholic and Protestant Thought
  • The Rise of Ecumenism
  • The Bible and Language
  • Sociology, Economics, and Reformation Thought
  • The Bible and Marginalized Voices

To see videos of plenary lectures and panel sessions from previous conferences, please visit THE IFL VIMEO PAGE

Contact:

Institute for Faith and Learning
One Bear Place #97270
Waco, TX 76798-7270
254-710-4805
254-710-1725 (fax)
ifl@baylor.edu

 

Register for Upcoming Conference, Georgetown College: World Without End: The New Shape of World Christianity

World Without End:

The New Shape of World Christianity

The character of Christianity is changing rapidly as its center shifts to the Global South. African and Asian Christian communities are thriving in contexts of pluralism, immigration, and political repression. New theologies are also emerging in these communities, expanding and challenging traditions. This conference explores the dynamics of change in the Body of Christ with the waning cohesion of Western and North American Christianity and the emerging need for new practices for participating in the living and growing community of Christian faith.

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Call for Proposals: World Without End: The New Shape of World Christianity

Call for Proposals

World Without End:

The New Shape of World Christianity

The character of Christianity is changing rapidly as its center shifts to the Global South. African and Asian Christian communities are thriving in contexts of pluralism, immigration, and political repression. New theologies are  also emerging in these communities, expanding and challenging traditions. This conference explores the dynamics of change in the Body of Christ with the waning cohesion of Western and North American Christianity and the emerging need for new practices for participating in the living and growing community of Christian faith.


Suggested topics for 
paper or panel proposals:

  • How does the rise of Global South Christianity affect leadership in Protestant denominations and Catholics?
  • What challenges and opportunities for theological and pastoral education attend the next Christendom?
  • What historical precursors provide guidance or insight to this time of change in Christianity?
  • How might an emerging understanding of Christian missions, evangelism, and theology enrich Western and Northern Christianity, especially in terms of pluralism and multi-faith communities?
  • What political/religious conditions are most threatening or promising in this changing religious landscape?
  • How can Christians navigate the wealth divide between North and South, especially considering the impact of immigration and travel?
  • How can local churches best educate their members on the thriving areas of Christianity in order to support and encourage their global neighbors?
  • What can local congregations learn from Christians in the Global South?
  • What practices will build Christian unity in the global community?

 

We invite proposals for presentations and panels, 750 words maximum with author(s) contact information and institutional affiliation, from all interested ministers, scholars, community organizers of all faiths and traditions.

Proposals are due
September 15, 2016. Decisions by October 1, 2016.

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Conference Website: http://www.georgetowncollege.edu/cdal/conferences/world-without-end/ 

To submit a proposal or ask questions, email:
 CDALConference17@georgetowncollege.edu

Call For Papers: 2016 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, “Higher Learning”

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Quick Facts
Dates: Thursday, October 27-Saturday, October 29
Location: Baylor University, Waco, Texas
Deadline for Proposals: July 31, 2016
Web Site: www.baylor.edu/ifl/higherlearning 

Conference Description and Call for Proposals

Higher education in America is in the midst of profound challenge and transformation. The cost of a college education continues to rise. Disagreements persist about what constitutes the core curriculum. Technological advances confront traditional assumptions about how instruction and research are conducted. Political conflict and social unrest have been especially visible on many college campuses. And these are only some of the signs of change and stress.

Amid these challenges, it is not clear what people expect colleges and universities to do in the first place. Should they primarily be devoted to job placement for their graduates? Should they at the same time advance research across the disciplines in ways that expand the frontiers of knowledge? Should they seek to form their students intellectually, morally, and even spiritually while preparing them for responsible citizenship and civic engagement? Should they also be the places where enthusiastic sports fans gather in grand arenas and stadiums to watch athletes pursue victory? With so many competing expectations, it is no wonder that so many institutions seem to be suffering something akin to an identity crisis.

Perhaps some of these challenges and expectations might be better navigated by considering anew the goal of higher learning.

How might the ideal of higher learning be articulated to meet the challenges of the present age? How can colleges and universities cultivate a richer conception and practice of teaching and learning across the disciplines? In what ways might the goals of intellectual, moral, and spiritual formation be advanced in order to serve the needs of students and the common good? What are the possibilities for colleges and universities—especially those with a religious identity and mission—to exemplify a winsome and faithful presence to the larger culture?

Join us as we explore these questions during the 2016 Baylor Symposium on Faith and Culture, “Higher Learning,” on October 27-29.

Proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, and responses to current books are welcome. We seek reflection from a broad range of disciplinary perspectives. Abstracts of no more than 750 words should be submitted by July 31, 2016 online at www.baylor.edu/ifl/higherlearning.

Possible topics include:

  • The past, present, and future of Christian higher education
  • STEM, humanities, and liberal learning
  • Opportunities and challenges of online learning
  • Research, teaching, and the scholarly vocation
  • Global perspectives on higher learning
  • The future of the humanities
  • Ancient practices in modern classrooms
  • Pedagogy as formation

We have a great video archive available that includes the plenary lectures and panels from last year’s conference.

You can view these videos here: THE IFL VIMEO PAGE

Contact:

Institute for Faith and Learning
One Bear Place #97270
Waco, TX 76798-7270
254-710-4805
254-710-1725 (fax)
ifl@baylor.edu

 

 

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