This Unit serves as a forum for scholars working in the interdisciplinary field of Christian spirituality. It is committed to the following: • Developing, refining, and demonstrating appropriate methodologies for the academic study of spirituality. • Exploring models for describing and facilitating interdisciplinary conversation on the nature of spirituality among religion scholars of all perspectives and religions. • Initiating discussion in the field of global spirituality, both religious and secular. • Articulating the connections between scholarship and spiritual practice. • Ensuring diversity in denominational affiliation, gender, race, and ethnic backgrounds.
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Christian Spirituality Unit
Call for Proposals
The Christian Spirituality Program Unit is seeking proposals for papers on the topics listed below. Proposals which include some visual component and/or audio component to increase interest, accessibility and participant engagement will be rated higher in the selection process.
- Deepening and Expanding on the Work of the Recently Published, The Varieties of Spiritual Experience: 21st Century Research & Experience (OUP, 2022)
- Spiritualities of Death and Dying: Mortality and Finitude
- Spirituality, Pedagogy and Response to Student Indifference in the Classroom
- Spirituality and the Erotic: Resources Within the Christian Traditions to Frame the Erotic as a Positive Life-giving Influence
- Exploring the Divide between Christian Spirituality and Psychology/Human Sciences
- A Critical Analysis of how the Lives and Experiences of Persons with Disabilities and/or their Communities Express Spirituality in Distinctive, Constructive, or Liberative ways.
- Orthodox Christianity and Mysticism
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Stephanie N. Arel, Fordham University1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Bernadette Flanagan, Waterford Institute of Technology1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Leonard McMahon, Graduate Theological Union1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
David Pocta, Oblate School of Theology1/1/2022 - 12/31/2027
Lauren F. Winner, Duke University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Aizaiah Yong, Claremont School of Theology1/1/2023 - 12/31/2028