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Open and Relational Theologies Unit

Call for Proposals

For 2021, we're inviting proposals on the following topics:
Exvangelicals & the Spiritual But Not Religious (vis-à-vis open & relational theologies)
Nondualism and Panentheism (vis-à-vis comparative theology and open-relational perspectives)
Feelings, Experience, and God (vis-à-vis affect theology and open-relational perspectives)

We especially welcome proposals that connect the above topics with the 2021 presidential theme: Religion, Poverty, and Inequality: Contemplating Our Collective Futures.

Statement of Purpose

The Open and Relational Theologies Unit promotes academic research and discourse on open, relational, and process methods and perspectives (including those of open theism, process philosophy, and other relational and personalists traditions). These explorations tend to be constructive in nature--regularly involving theological and philosophical speculation about the nature of God, freedom, power, relationality, love, and more--as well as studying the implications of open-relational methods and perspectives on a wide range of social and scientific topics.


Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members

Review Process Comments

We've kept proposer names anonymous to steering committee members to make the review process as fair as possible. Interestingly, this has led to a higher percentage of papers from students and junior faculty being accepted. We've also kept proposer names visible to chairs in order to make decisions to enhance diversity (as needed).