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Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies

Call for Proposals

Statement of Purpose

SARTS is a community of scholars and artists who seek to understand the deepest levels of relationship between works of art and religious sensibility. Our focus is concrete aesthetic encounter with the arts and their religious, ethical and theological interpretation. While originating in the Christian traditions of theological reflection, we seek constructive conversation and critical inquiry that will make sense of a world of increasing cross-influences, both in art and among religious traditions. Through scholarly exchange we explore how art shapes human ways of being in the world. At the same time we explore how the study of art at the intersection of religious and theological traditions leads to artistic vision and to aesthetic modes of perception, practice, and thought. The Society is committed to the implications of these discussions for the teaching of theological and religious approaches to art, and for the nurturing of both recognized and emerging artists and scholars whose work will shape the future of theological and religious understandings of human existence. For more information, see


  • Jennifer Awes-Freeman, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
    1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
  • Cindi Beth Johnson, United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities
    1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
  • Paul Myhre, Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion
    1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024




Please use the online submission form available at

Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs and steering committee members at all times