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AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

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Ecclesiological Investigations Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit is a part of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network, which seeks to serve as a hub for national and international collaboration in ecclesiology, drawing together other groups and networks, initiating research ventures, providing administrative support, as well as acting as a facilitator to support conversations, research, and education in this field. Hence the Network exists to promote collaborative ecclesiology. The Network’s five fundamental aims are as follows:
• The establishment of partnerships between scholars, research projects, and research centers across the world
• The development of virtual, textual, and actual conversation between the many persons and groups involved in research and debate about ecclesiology
• Organizing and sharing in colloquia, symposia, and conferences
• Encouraging joint teaching and exchanges of postgraduate students and faculty
• The Unit seeks to publish the best fruits of all such collaboration in our new Palgrave Series, Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue, as well as in the journal Ecclesiology (Brill), published in association with the Network. The Network is a “network of networks” serving a “church of churches.” See for more information.

Call for Papers: 

Church Perspectives on the Legacy of the Reformation
With the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, one session will be devoted to exploring diverse official and theological assessments of various Christian Churches to Martin Luther’s Reformation. Papers are invited to explore views from across the spectrum of Christian churches and traditions and from various global perspectives.

Global Ecclesial Responses to Increasing Extremism and Nationalism
In response to escalating anxieties over refugees, immigration, and globalization, and their perceived threat to economic prosperity and civic life, there has been an increase in political parties emphasizing nationalist and sometimes racist ideologies in Europe, Asia, Australia, and in the United States. This has incited instances of hate speech and violence against immigrants, Muslims, people of color, and women. Paper proposals are invited to consider the resistance and complicity of churches to these developments in a specific national context.

Co-Sponsored Session with World Christianity:
Rethinking Theology in Light of World Christianities: The Legacy of Robert Schreiter and Stephen Bevans
Paper proposals are invited to critically examine the trailblazing contributions of Robert Schreiter and/or Stephen Bevans and their implications for further development in theology. Papers can focus on particular facets of their work, individually or together, such as: on a topic pertaining to the nature, methods, and theoretical resources of contextual theology; on the implications of their work for the advancement of missiology, ecumenism, and interreligious relations; on particular theological issues treated in their works, for example, reconciliation and peace building, or pneumatology; or concentrate on issues in constructing a local theology in a particular context in light of their work.

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