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AAR Annual Meeting
Denver, CO
November 17-20, 2018

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Emerging Church, Millennials, and Religion Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

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.

Call for Papers: 

The Emerging Church has often been criticized for a public face that is largely white and male. We seek papers that address the question of gender in the Emerging Church. What are the possibilities for leadership for people who are non-cis-gendered males? Has the Emerging Church been active in the struggle against a hetero-normative patriarchy? In what ways does gender impact the practices of the Emerging Church? What are the successes and failures of the Emerging Church as it relates to gender? Additionally, we seek papers that likewise talk about this issue for the millennial generation. What trends and examples show millennial attitudes and actions regarding gender? How do millennial attitudes about gender relate to their attitudes about church and religion? In what ways does gender play a role in emerging spiritualities among millennials? Our unit publishes papers in advance, thus papers should be substantive contributions on the subject of 5000+ words and will be due in mid-October to be circulated.

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