This unit provides a forum for scholarly consideration of global phenomena associated with Pentecostalism and Charismatic movements. This unit provides an arena for a wide array of scholars, disciplinary orientations, and methodological approaches bringing together those working constructively from within these traditions with scholars considering the phenomena from historical, sociological, ethnographic, theological, and other perspectives. The unit intentionally seeks to encourage a global and pluralist perspective.
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Pentecostal–Charismatic Movements Unit
Call for Proposals
For Boston in 2020 we invite proposals that consider the varied roles Pentecostals have played or continue to play in local/global politics. We also seek papers that examine the growth of pentecostalism in New England and the Caribbean, urban pentecostalism(s), the trajectories of grassroots Pentecostalisms, the debates about where Pentecostals fit in the evangelical world and/or generative theological work on particular political, social, ecological, or economic challenges.
For possible co-sponsorship with the Schleiermacher Unit: we seek proposals for papers that explore the identity and activity of the Spirit of God. We especially welcome papers that engage both a Pentecostal and/or Charismatic view and the views of Friedrich Schleiermacher. Paper proposals might address, for example, how individuals and groups experience the Spirit in the Church, what the relation is, between the Spirit and Christ, how the Spirit helps Christians to discern personal and social sin, how the Spirit renews or deepens relationships with God, how views about the Spirit and views about faith and hope interrelate, what are the difference between finite spirits and God the Spirit. We also invite proposals that focus on the value of Schleiermacher’s pneumatology and Pentecostal or Charismatic pneumatologies for generative theological work on particular political, social, ecological, or economic challenges.
For possible co-sponsorship with Mormon Studies Unit: Possible topics for papers might be theological or area studies oriented as well as historical. Scholars might consider the ways in which the spirit and/or the concept of the trinity is considered in both groups, how each group approaches issues of gendered attire and modesty, how modest apparel is marketed to each group, or might concern where either group fits in the category of evangelical, and the impact of each group on post-war politics.
Statement of Purpose
Steering Committee Members
Sammy Alfaro, Grand Canyon Theological Seminary1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
Peter Althouse, Florida Southern College1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
Kenneth J. Archer, Southeastern University1/1/2018 - 12/31/2023
Justin Doran, Middlebury College1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Néstor Medina, University of Toronto1/1/2017 - 12/31/2022
Erica Ramirez, Drew University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024