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

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Practical Theology Unit

Statement of Purpose: 

This Unit engages practical theology and religious practice, reflects critically on religious traditions and practices, and explores issues in particular subdisciplines of practical theology and ministry. The Unit engages this mission in five interrelated public spheres with the following goals:

For practical theology — to provide a national and international forum for discussion, communication, publication, and development of the field and its related subdisciplines
For theological and religious studies — to foster interdisciplinary critical discourse about religious practice, contextual research and teaching for ministry, and practical theological method and pedagogy
For a variety of religious traditions — to enhance inquiry in religious practice and practical theology
For academic pedagogy — to advance excellence in teaching and vocational development for faculty in divinity and seminary education generally and for graduate students preparing to teach in such settings specifically
For the general public — to promote constructive reflection on social and cultural dynamics and explore the implications of religious confession and practice.

Call for Papers: 

We invite papers on the following topic:

• Community Organizing: Theologies, Practices, Liberation
The Practical Theology Unit and the Liberation Theologies Unit welcome papers and panel proposals for a co-sponsored session critically exploring the theologies embedded in practices of and calls for liberation in community organizing worldwide. We welcome critical engagements not only from scholars, but also from community activists and social organizers in both faith-rooted and not faith-rooted organizations. Topics may include studies of organizations fighting climate change, racisms, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, xenophobia, restrictive immigration policies, sexisms, labor injustices, voter suppression, land ownership, the re-emergence of white supremacist power, gentrification, religious conflict, and more. We particularly welcome proposals seeking to explicitly engage these struggles building power networks across identity lines (interfaith, interracial, transnational, etc.). The Liberation Theologies Unit encourages crossover dialogue — between contexts, between disciplines, and between religions – and reflection on the implications of liberationist discourse for the transformation of theology, both its methods and substance. We welcome proposals arising out of or engaging all religious or ritual traditions including, but certainly not limited to: indigenous religions, Hinduism, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, traditional African religions, and Buddhism. We encourage broad interpretation of the terms of the call and creative, constructive proposals for liberation theologies in the 21st century.

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