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AAR Annual Meeting
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019

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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 individual paper or set panel proposals on the two following topics:

● American theologian Mary McClintock Fulkerson's book Places of Redemption was a leading example in theological engagement with ethnography, pushing studies of ecclesial practices to be at the same time more robustly empirical and theological. She disrupts traditional modes of doing theological work by starting from "the place of a wound," attending to dynamics of race, gender, ability, and class as part of the lived experience of church, using her work to confront social brokenness and pursuing liberating practices. Further, her insertion of her own presence in the work problematizes the role of the theologian-ethnographer, raising challenging methodological as well as normative theological questions for future work in fields such as practical theology, ecclesiology, social ethics congregational studies, and the social sciences as they engage Christianity. The Practical Theology Committee welcomes papers that explore methodological as well as theoretical and/or substantial implications of her work for these various disciplines, and point to new areas that need to be explored in the future.

● The study and practice of Practical Theology includes the lived experiences of interreligious communities. Interreligious communities include those who are and are not religious and spiritual peoples. Interreligious communities are brought together in various ways, including through dialogue, practice, commitments to justice and peace, and lived experiences of hybridity and fluidity. The Practical Theology Committee invites proposals for papers and presentations centering on the practical theology of interreligious engagement. The committee is particularly interested in presentations discussing ongoing and completed cooperative community projects that bring insight to the discipline of inter-religious practical theology as a burgeoning field of study and meaning making. We welcome papers that explore methodological and theoretical implications for the study of practical theology, as well as substantial implications for inter-religious community engagement. Strategically partnered presentations and papers between scholars and practitioners are highly encouraged.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee