The College Theology Society

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Symbol, Ritual, and Sacrament

2021 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 at the 2021 conference. Primary consideration will be given to proposals that incorporate the theme of the 2021 College Theology society conference: “The Human in a Dehumanizing World: Re-Examining Theological Anthropology and Its Implications.”

Relevant topics might include:

  1. Intersections between the sacraments or Christian ritual and the various forms of dehumanization raised in the general call: colonialism…neglect of the poor and other vulnerable populations, etc.
  2. Positive ways in which the sacraments or Christian rituals can and do promote the human in a dehumanizing world.
  3. Contemporary liturgical or sacramental theology in conversation with new currents in theological anthropology.
  4. Liturgy as a theological source for engaging the central doctrinal loci of theological anthropology: sin, imago Dei, grace, creation, etc.
  5. Sacramental or liturgical theology in postmodernity.
  6. Sacramental or liturgical theology and ethics.
  7. 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 January 15, 2021.

Please describe any technology that will be needed should the proposal be accepted. Decisions will be communicated by February 15, 2021 at the email address provided.

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