AAR Annual Meeting
November 18-21, 2017
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The Emergent/ing Church has gained tremendous notoriety in both the popular media and among religious people and scholars. This Research Seminar seeks to begin an interdisciplinary discussion about the Emergent/ing Church in light of other cultural and religious shifts like the rise of the "nones" and the shift in religiosity among the millennial generation. To this end we wish to investigate the Emergent/ing Church by bringing together Philosophy of Religion, Practical and Feminist Theology, American Religious History and Sociology of Religion approaches. We seek to explore how this movement is affecting the religious landscape and its potential to change Evangelicalism, the larger movement of Christianity and the Western European and North American religious environs in general. We anticipate the production of an edited volume from the papers produced as a result of this seminar which will provide a critical analysis of the movement from a Religious Studies perspective.
The Emerging Church, Millennials and Religion Research Seminar seeks papers investigating the particularities vis-a-vis ECM and/or Millennials. As such, for the 2017 meeting we seek papers focusing on political and economic engagements as well as regional/international particularities within Millennial religious expression.
Politics, Economics, and/of the Emerging Church: We seek papers that deal with the way politics and economics are factors both within and without the Emerging Church. We wish to understand the ways that different political and/or economic factors, such as race, gender, and class, function as part of the critique and appeal of the Emerging Church, as well as how the Emerging Church itself is positioned and positions itself in terms of race, gender, and class - each of which may be raised individually and/or at their intersection.
Regional/National/International Snapshots of the Millennials and their Non-/Religious Expressions: We seek papers that examine the differences between Millennials and the various religious and non-religious movements they participate in, in different regions of the U.S. or other countries. Papers may focus on an exploration of Millennial religious expressions like festivals, the Emerging Church movement(s), alternative congregation(s) directed at millennials, in a particular region/country or engage in comparison between different regions/countries.
All papers should be substantive works (5000-7000 words) that will be distributed ahead of time to attendees through the AAR full papers web page. Papers from this session may be included in a future edited volume.