Baptists and the Spirit: Conference and CFP

Call for Papers
Baptists and the Spirit: Living Into God’s Future
June 20th, 2013
Overland Park, Kansas
                American Baptist Churches, USA will celebrate their 2013 Biennial meeting in Overland Park, Kansas. In an effort to foster ongoing, vigorous theological conversations among American Baptist theologians, pastor-theologians, and theological educators throughout the denomination, the Office of the General Secretary of ABCUSA and the Emerging Theologians Task Force will host the second pre-biennial conference around the theme Baptists and the Spirit: Living into God’s Future.  The gathering will be held at Central Baptist Seminary, an ABC-related seminary, on Thursday, June 20th, 2013.  We welcome paper proposals that address the conference’s central theme. We invite presenters to also reflect upon the denomination-wide initiative Transformed by the Spirit (  Papers may explore (American) Baptist notions of pneumatology and eschatology as they relate to questions of economic justice, worship, leadership, ecumenical and inter-religious dialogue, missional/global engagements, Baptist history and identity-shaping, beloved community, and post-colonialism in American Baptist contexts.  Papers should be limited to 20 minutes and can be co-authored.  Additionally, the Office of the General Secretary announces its second competition for an ABCUSA Theology Fellow.  Eligible candidates include students in PhD programs in religion and/or theological studies (including biblical studies, church history, Christian ethics, and practical theology) who are interested in making contributions to the life of the American Baptist Churches, USA. Recipients of the fellowship will be awarded a bursary that will cover expenses for attendance to the pre-Biennial event in Overland Park, Kansas. 
Submit paper proposals before January 31, 2013 to the attention of:
 Dr. Donald Brash -
For information on the ABCUSA Theology Fellow application, please contact:
Dr. Jennifer Davidson –


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