The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954


2021 Call for Papers

Susan Reynolds, Candler School of Theology at Emory University (GA)


Annie Selak, Georgetown Univiersity (DC)

Susan Reynolds, Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Georgia),

Annie Selak, Georgetown University (Washington, D.C.),


This year’s theme, “The Human in a Dehumanizing World: Re-Examining Theology Anthropology and Its Implications,” calls attention to the wounds and disjunctures that often give rise to renewed theological reflection on the church. The section welcomes proposals for ecclesiology-focused papers that pertain to this year’s theme. Proposals might address the following questions:


  1. How does centering the margins in theological reflection shape our understanding of church, community, and ecclesial practice?
  2. In what ways has the church been complicit in forces of dehumanization? How can the church better promote human dignity and justice?
  3. How can interdisciplinary resources and methods, particularly those from ethnography and the social sciences, sharpen our discernment of the “signs of the times”?
  4. What is the relationship between ecclesiology and theological anthropology?
  5. How have new theological developments deepened our understanding of sin and grace in the church?
  6. What new insights has Fratelli Tutti offered us in the work of denouncing dehumanization in the church and world?


The conveners will also gladly review papers outside of these areas that pertain to any ecclesiological topic.


All papers should be conceived for an effective 25-30 minute presentation with a fifteen-minute discussion afterward.


Please be sure to address proposals to both conveners at the email addresses indicated above and submit by January 15, 2021.

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