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Symbol, Ritual, and Sacrament

2022 Call for Papers

Randall Woodard, Saint Leo University (Florida)

Xavier M. Montecel, Boston College (Massachusetts)

The “Symbol, Ritual, and Sacrament” section invites proposals for papers, panels, and discussions for the 2022 conference. Primary consideration will be given to those proposals that incorporate the theme of the 2022 College Theology society conference on racial division in the United States.


Relevant topics might include:


  • Intersections between the sacraments / Christian ritual and the various issues raised in the general call (racism, violence, white nationalism, white supremacy).
  • Ways in which the sacraments / Christian rituals can promote positive race relations and seek to heal division.
  • The sacraments / Christian rituals and creative approaches to embodied pedagogy. How Christian liturgies form moral character in relation to racism and white supremacy. The sacraments as participating in white supremacy or as part of a discipline of resistance.
  • Racial dimensions of liturgical inculturation.
  • The role of liturgical /sacramental theology in a wider program of response to racism within the theological guild.
  • The symbolic / semiotic dimensions of race in Christian theology.
  •  Liturgy and worship in black experience.
  • Other proposals creatively engaging the annual theme.


All proposals must include name, institution, rank, street address and state, and current CTS membership status and should be sent via email to both section conveners, Randall Woodard ( and Xavier Montecel (, by December 15, 2022.


Please describe any technology that will be needed should the proposal be accepted. Decisions will be communicated by January 15, 2022 at the email address provided.

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