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Justice and Peace

2022 Call for Papers

Linda Land-Closson, Regis University (CO)

Brian Stiltner, Sacred Heart University (CT)


The Annual Convention’s goals—1) to center marginalized racial and ethnic voices, 2) to provide space for the society to contend with and understand its Whiteness in a productive way, and 3) to revitalize attention to embodied pedagogy—challenge us to move beyond traditional academic approaches as well as to question our own formation, our ways of teaching, and the myriad ways in which we hope to form students. Therefore, within the context of the larger convention theme, the Justice and Peace sessions will circle around the question, “How do we get out of our own way in support of the radical work needed for racial justice in the Church, the academy, and CTS?”

We are in an era where, for many of us in the Church and/or higher education, justice work is paradoxical. We can no longer claim to be promoting justice and training others to do the work of justice while also protecting ourselves and privileging our ways of knowing and being. Our ways of being, knowing, and believing are part of the problem. Arguably, the overall structure and culture of higher education is part of the problem. In attempts to step out of this hypocrisy, we need to reorient and reconceptualize our identities, our roles, and our methods in ways that decenter ourselves and our work. Therefore, we welcome this convention theme as an opportunity to extend a call for papers, workshops, discussions, and creative works challenging us to envision and act on getting out of our own way.

One of our sessions with be co-sponsored with the Ecclesiology section and will focus on the work, thought, and legacy of Bishop Tom Gumbleton, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Detroit, who has been an integral part of the life of the Church in Detroit for many decades. We therefore welcome proposals that look at his legacy specifically or broadly, on topics such as the nonviolence movement in the Church, discrimination and inclusion of the LGBTQ+ Community in the Church, and countering racism in Church and society. If you are interested in submitting for this joint session, please indicate such on your proposal; you need only submit to one of the two sections.

Proposals are due to both conveners by December 15, 2021.

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