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This is the most up-to-date schedule for the 2023 AAR Annual Meeting. If you have questions about the program, contact All times are listed in Central Standard Time.


Friday, 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM

San Antonio Convention Center-Room 214D (Meeting Room Level)

In this workshop, several women trailblazers in the PCR field will share their insights about scholarship, teaching, and leadership in the face of an often-resistant status quo. Join Pamela Cooper-White, Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Nancy Ramsay, Phillis Sheppard, and others in an open conversation about breaking new ground and finding ways forward.


Friday, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Marriott Riverwalk-Alamo Ballroom, Salon B

The Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network Annual Gathering is a working session open to all with a warm welcome to students and practitioners. FLTN values and prioritizes scholar activism. Speakers and the theme will be announced.


Friday, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Marriott Riverwalk-Bowie

Business meeting for Steering Committee members of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS). Please contact Scott Mitchell for more information (


Friday, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

San Antonio Convention Center-Room 216B (Meeting Room Level)

The Society for the Study of Native American Sacred Traditions is open to anyone. The Society meeting discusses new research and issues related to scholars studying Native and First Nation peoples. The format is open discussion.


Friday, 4:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Join the Søren Kierkegaard Society for drinks and community at Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St. San Antonio, TX. (Happy hour starting at 4:30 PM.)


Friday, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

San Antonio Convention Center-Room 220 - Cantilever (Meeting Room Level)

SCJ invites friends and colleagues from all streams who identify with the Stone-Campbell Movement tradition for fellowship, light refreshments, and interesting conversation. For additional information contact William Baker (


Friday, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Grand Hyatt-Republic A (4th Floor)

Please join us to learn about the numerous publishing and resource opportunities with Feminist Studies in Religion, Inc. In addition to the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, FSR hosts a podcast (Feminists Talk Religion) and a blog. We will introduce our editors and board members, talk about how to submit your work and become involved, and invite you to participate in our numerous initiatives. We will also announce our New Scholar Award recipient and provide time for conversation, mentoring, and connecting.


Friday, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Grand Hyatt-Bonham E (3rd Floor)



Friday, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Grand Hyatt-Bonham A (3rd Floor)

The subtitle of William James' Varieties of Religious Experience is A Study in Human Nature. This panel presents work from a variety of scholars, each conditioned by different racial, gender or geographic contexts. According to James, no single perspective contains the entirety of the truth on any matter. Through consideration of how each scholar interacts with the religious philosophy of William James, this panel will try to arrive at a comprehensive yet pluralistic explanation of religious experience.


Friday, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Marriott Rivercenter-Southtown 1-3

Join us for the first-ever Yogic Studies Reception. A fun and informal gathering for faculty, students, and friends of Yogic Studies. Refreshments will be provided. This will be a great opportunity to network, catchup, and enjoy the company of friends and colleagues in or around the fields of Yoga and South Asian Studies.


Friday, 6:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Westin-El Rincon

The Program in Religion at Hunter College (CUNY) just celebrated its 50th year. Stop by and chat with us!


Friday, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Grand Hyatt-Texas Ballroom, Salon C (4th Floor)



Friday, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Grand Hyatt-Travis B (3rd Floor)

Two recent books on the films of Terrence Malick—Life Above the Clouds: Philosophy in the Films of Terrence Malick and Theology and the Films of Terrence Malick edited by Christopher Barnett and Clark Elliston—have revealed a growing interest in his philosophical and theological themes. Unlike other auteurs, Malick seems committed to an ongoing conversation between God, philosophy, and existence. The panel hopes to explore aesthetic, philosophical, and theological undercurrents in his feature-length films.


Friday, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


Unitarian Universalist theology is currently undergoing a renaissance and a reimagining. There are more scholars active in the field than there have been in a generation. Many of them are calling for a re-examination of the core of the tradition, a centering of voices that have been historically marginalized, and a rethinking of the relationship between Unitarian Universalism and liberalism. Meanwhile, books by Unitarian Universalist thinkers are appearing at an almost dizzying rate and making contributions to in a diversity of fields such as Africana religions, feminist ethics, process theology, political theology, thing theory, and womanism. Drawing on this rich material, we will bring together some of the leading thinkers in the field to discuss its future directions, challenges, and opportunities. Participants will include Colin Bossen, Elias Ortega (Meadville Lombard Theological School), and Sharon Welch (Meadville Lombard Theological School). As is our custom, we will have a reception following the conversation.


Friday, 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


Meet and greet colleagues working at the vibrant intersection of nature, ecology, and religion at this reception sponsored by the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. The event features a moderated conversation with scholars from the collective field, in dialogue with a host on a current theme of interest. The conversation is followed by an hour of reception, with cash bar and light reception food. Sponsored by the Forum on Religion and Ecology and ISSRNC.


Friday, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Marriott Riverwalk-River Terrace

IQSA members and affiliates are invited to attend its Annual General Reception following the Presidential Address. Heavy hors d'ouvres and beverages will be provided, in addition to a special presentation by IQSA's publishing partner, De Gruyter.


Friday, 8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Westin-Navarro B