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Christ Among the Disciplines: Race and Ethnicity in Christian Origins and Theology

An Online, Interdisciplinary Conference on Christology: Race and Ethnicity in Christian Origins and Theology.

Participants in this online, interdisciplinary conference on Christology will hear from world-leading scholars in history, biblical studies and theology!

Amongst many others, conference attendees will hear from the likes of Ebony Marshall Turman, Amy Peeler, J Kameron Carter, Wongi Park, Lisa Bowens, Karen O’ Donnell, Katie Cross, David Horrell, Christopher Stroup, M Shawn Copeland, Janette Ok, Shively Smith, Reggie Williams & Andrew Boakye.

General Admission tickets are available for $40 USD, Student Tickets are available for $20 USD. Tickets are also available for those who would like to participate in the live Q&A.

Hope and Death: Christian Responses (Aquinas Center Conference)

Conference at Ave Maria University. Plenary speakers include Romanus Cessario, Michael Dauphinais, Scott Hahn, Matthew Levering, and many more.

The COVID-19 global pandemic has accelerated anxiety about the meaning of death and life and so also the need for thoughtful consideration of the realities of Christian hope. Drawing primarily upon the witness of biblical revelation and its reception and formulation in the teachings of Thomas Aquinas, the conference responds to contemporary questions related to suffering, death, and hope for eternal life. 

The Aquinas Center invites scholars and doctoral students to submit proposals for a 20-minute presentation on topics such as:  biblical and/or Thomistic eschatology; the meaning of suffering and/or death; death and resurrection; hope for eternal life; the virtue of hope in Aquinas; and other themes related to contemporary concerns insider and outside the Church.  Proposals may draw from across the wide range of the Catholic theological tradition with priority given to those engaging Thomas Aquinas and biblical theology. 

The conference will have a hybrid format, including both in-person and virtual components for speakers or attendees who may or may not be able to travel to the campus of Ave Maria University. Proposals should include a presentation title, 150-300-word abstract, a current C.V., and whether you expect to participate in the conference in an in-person or virtual mode.

Proposals are due October 1, 2020; Notification of acceptance will be given by November 1, 2020.

CFP: Wesleyan Theological Society 2021

The 56th Meeting of the Wesleyan Theological Society will be held at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA on March 12-13, 2021. The theme for the meeting is: ‘Reading Scripture, Doing Thology: A Wesleyan Witness in Today’s World. The Keynote Address will be given by Dr. Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation & Associate Dean for the Center for Advanced Theological Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary. Dr. Joel B. Green and the Presidential Address by Dr. Joy J. Moore, Luther Seminary, will offer our two plenary addresses. The Wesleyan Philosophical Society, The Wesleyan Historical Society, and The Wesleyan Liturgical Society will all hold pre-conference meetings. Please make plans to join us for the conference.

Read the full Call for Papers here. Paper proposals are due Oct 1, 2020.

Eleventh International Thomistic Congress

21-25 September 2020 | Rome, Italy

Theme of the 11th Congress: Vetera novis augere. The resources of the Thomist tradition in the current context.

The general scientific objective of the XIth International Thomistic Congress is to consider new perspectives in the study of Saint Thomas (interests, methods and results) in order to highlight the resources of the Thomist tradition in contemporary theological and philosophical debates.


The Pontifical Academy of Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Thomistic Institute of the Angelicum invite you to the XI International Thomistic Congress, to be held in Rome from Monday 21 September to Friday 25 September 2020 (Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas in Urba).

A unique opportunity to share work, research and friendships with the best international specialists in the thought of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

The languages of the Congress are Italian, French, Spanish and English. Simultaneous translations will be provided for the plenary sessions.

Call for Contributors

Anyone wishing to take part in the work of the Congress (teachers, researchers, doctoral students) is cordially invited to propose a paper (25-30 minutes maximum, strictly). The full text or an expanded abstract of the presentation (between 1500 and 2000 characters, spaces included) should be sent to the following address: romathomism2020@gmail.combefore April 15, 2020. Please indicate the workshop (session section) in which this communication could take place (see the lists above under Afternoon Workshops, for each day). The response (acceptance/refusal) of the organizers will be communicated before 30 June 2020. The text of the accepted papers will be published in the Proceedings of the Congress.

Christology and Metaphysics: Thomism in Conversation

Thursday April 2, 2020. A colloquium on Christology & Metaphyics, co-hosted by the School of Divinity and the Thomistic Institute (Angelicum, Rome)

Emmanuel Durand, OP (Thomistic Institute)
“Should the Cross be the Revelation of the Trinity?”

Simon Oliver (Durham)
“’All things came into being through him’: Christological Metaphysics and the Doctrine of Creation”

Christoph Schwöbel (St Andrews)
“Taking the Form of a Servant – Kenosis and Divine Self-Giving in Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther”

Thomas Joseph White, OP (Thomistic Institute)
“The Communication of Idioms: The Chalcedonian Tradition and its Metaphysical Implications”

The Trinity and the Kenosis of Christ

The Thomistic Institute Angelicum hosts a two-day conference.


Friday, 21 February 2020

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Gilles Emery, OP
     Christ’s Kenosis: Biblical Exegesis, Christology, Metaphysics, and Trinitarian Theology in Saint Thomas Aquinas

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Lunch Break 

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Christoph Schwöbel
     “Taking the Form of a Servant” – Kenosis and Divine Self-Giving in Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther

3:00 PM to 3:30PM: Coffee Break

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM: Emmanuel Durand, OP
     Should the Cross be The Revelation of the Trinity?

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM: Coffee Break

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Christophe Chalamet
     ‘A mediator involves more than one party’ (Gal. 3:20) – Kenosis and Covenant

Saturday, 22 February 2020

12:00 PM to 1:00 PM: Thomas Joseph White, OP
     The Two Natures of Christ in the Crucifixion

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM: Lunch Break

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM: Michele Schumacher
     Trinity in Balthasar and Aquinas

3:00 PM to 3:30PM: Coffee Break

3:30 PM to 4:30 PM: Bruce Marshall
     Personal Distinction in God and the Possibility of Kenosis

4:30 PM to 5:00 PM: Coffee Break

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Martin Bieler
     The Cross of Christ as a Trinitarian Act

Duke University Graduate Conference in Theology

March 20-21, 2020

Call For Papers

The sixth annual Duke Graduate Conference in Theology is pleased to invite proposals that engage the intersections of liberation, reconciliation, and Latin America. Proposals that engage these themes from a wide variety of disciplinary perspectives are welcomed including (but not limited to): systematic theology, liturgical studies, ethics, historical theology, world Christianity, political theology, and biblical studies.  Successful proposals will also show an appropriate level of engagement with experiences and voices from Latin American culture, people, and/or history. 

Submission Guidelines

Please submit paper proposals of no more than 300 words by December 20. Proposals should be emailed to in the form of a Word document attachment. Please include your name, institution, and degree program in the e-mail. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously by peer review. Notifications of acceptance will be distributed by December 31, and final, full manuscripts will be due on 12pm, Monday, March 9. Presenters will have 15-20 minutes to present their papers in faculty-moderated panels. 

About the Conference Theme

March 24, 2020 marks the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero. During his time as Archbishop of San Salvador, Romero exhibited the rare and powerful combination of pastoral sensibility, theological attunement, and prophetic zeal, which he exercised on behalf of the poor and the oppressed people of El Salvador. The life of Romero is especially relevant today given current socio-political realities both in the U.S. and across the world, which make it seem almost impossible to pursue the work of liberation and reconciliation in tandem.The witness of Romero’s life and death continues to be a call for the church in Latin America and across the world to listen for the voice of Christ in the cries of the poor and the oppressed and to live in ways that bear witness to the liberating and reconciling work of Christ.

Paper Topics may include:

  • How can churches as ecclesiastical communities speak truth to power in a volatile society?
  • What role does violence play in our theologizing of history?
  • How have the themes of liberation and reconciliation that originated in the Latin American context been received in other regions of the world, such as Africa, Asia and Europe?
  • How have theological and ecclesial practice been shaped by anti-colonial thinking that originated in Latin America?
  • How do/can Christian ecclesial practices (e.g. worship) respond to social and systemic violence?
  • What forms of spirituality or religious practice have supported liberating and reconciling work?
  • How do practices of biblical interpretation shape the work of liberation and reconciliation?
  • Theology and advocacy for the poor and marginalized
  • Latin American theologies and lo cotidiano
  • Critical evaluation of the terms “liberation” and “reconciliation”

The Duke Graduate Conference in Theology provides an annual forum for graduate students from Duke and other institutions to promote and foster the exchange of ideas among those studying in various theological disciplines.

Thomas Aquinas and Christology

Conference Website here.

Ave Maria University, the Aquinas Center, and the Thomistic Institute

FEBRUARY 6-8, 2020

This conference considers a wide range of scriptural, historical, and systematic attempts at answering Jesus’ question and engages in the thinking of Thomas Aquinas on it. His teaching on Christ reflects a master of the sacred page who attended adroitly to the scriptural narrative of Christ’s actions and sufferings, pioneered in the West the recovery of ancient conciliar teaching, innovated in his Christological pedagogy, and elucidated Trinitarian, anthropological, sacramental, moral, and eschatological dimensions of Christology. Studying the mystery of Christ in dialogue with Aquinas can assist us in today’s crisis of Christology.

Keynotes by Bruce Marshall and Thomas Joseph White, O.P; plenaries include Oliver Crisp and Dominic Legge; many concurrent sessions.

St. Andrews Encyclopedia of Theology

Press Release: The School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews has secured its largest ever research grant of £3.4 million from the John Templeton Foundation to support the creation and launch of a free, online encyclopaedia of theology.

The Encyclopaedia will grow to include material from the world’s major religions, beginning with Christianity and expanding to Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, offering articles written from within the faith traditions they describe.

Brendan Wolfe, Honorary Reader at the School of Divinity, will serve as the Encyclopaedia’s Principal Editor, with Dr Steve Holmes, Senior Lecturer, as Chair of the Editorial Board.

Read the full story here. Don’t miss the advertisement for Academic Editors. The Encyclopedia’s home page is


Aberdeen: Towards the Future of Protestant Theology

4th–6th June 2020, University of Aberdeen

From the conference website:

Following in the wake of the recent celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, this conference seeks to facilitate conversation concerning possible directions, opportunities, and challenges for theologies belonging to the Protestant confessions. Bringing together scholars from a range of traditions and contexts, it looks to explore core doctrinal topics, to provoke further thinking in the discipline, and to foster global research networks.

Conference Plenary Speakers—

  • Christiane Tietz, University of Zürich
  • Keith Johnson, Wheaton College
  • Susannah Ticciati, King’s College London
  • Simon Oliver, Durham University
  • Keri Day, Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Roland Chia, Trinity Theological College Singapore
  • Tinyiko Maluleke, University of Pretoria
  • Daniel Castelo, Seattle Pacific University
  • Makhosazana Nzimande, Rector of All Saints, Ladysmith, South Africa and Vice-Moderator of the upcoming Assembly of the World Council of Churches 2020
  • Sarah Stewart-Kroeker, University of Geneva
  • David Fergusson, University of Edinburgh

We expect to issue a Call for Papers in the near future to solicit several short paper presentations from postgraduate students.  More to follow!

NAPS Call for Papers

The 2020 Annual Meeting of the North American Patristics Society will occur on 21-23 May 2020 at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago. The Paper Proposal Submission website is now open. It can be accessed here.

See the full CFP for details about student participation, and a new feature this year: A Lightning Talk Session, which allows the presenter to discuss one or two key ideas of study or research in a shortened presentation (5 minutes) with subsequent discussion between presenter and audience.

Nazarene Theological College: Theology & Disability Conference

Jan 31 in Manchester. Conference info here; Registration here.

Come join us as we gather together church leaders, theologians, and lay people to discuss the ways that disability opens up new patterns for Christian thought and practice.

NTC is collaborating with the University of Manchester to host Professor Brian Brock from the University of Aberdeen, one of the leading voices working on disability and Christianity today, to guide this conversation about disability. Together with Brian, we will be exploring matters of faith, personhood, and community through workshops, seminars, and lectures.

Other speakers include:

Professor Frances Young, University of Birmingham

Revd Dr David McLachlan, Spurgeon’s College

Kate Bowen-Evans

L’Arche Manchester

Nancy Pineda-Madrid to Loyola Marymount’s Chair in Catholic Theology

BCLA Announces the next T. Marie Chilton Chair of Catholic Theology at Loyola Marymount University: Prof. Nancy Pineda-Madrid

From the news service at Loyola Marymount Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts:

Since its founding in 1999, the T. Marie Chilton Chair was held by Thomas Rausch, S.J., who retired from the full-time Loyola Marymount University faculty in 2017. After a year as the visiting Chilton Chair, Nancy Pineda-Madrid, associate professor of theological studies, now joins the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts faculty permanently as the T. Marie Chilton Chair of Catholic Theology at LMU.

Prof. Pineda-Madrid comes to LMU from Boston College, where she was associate professor of theology and Latinx/a ministry and taught for the past 14 years.  Prof. Pineda-Madrid is returning to LMU after many years; she received her B.B.A. from LMU, from which her academic career was launched. Nancy then earned a Master of Divinity from Seattle University and a Ph.D. in Systematic and Philosophical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California). With expertise in soteriology and North Amercian Pragmatism and Religious Thought, Prof. Pineda-Madrid is a leading voice in U.S. LatinX theologies, as well as U.S. and global feminist theologies.

In her new role, Prof. Pineda-Madrid seeks to advance a Catholic theological response to the sharply escalating violence against women in the Americas and around the world. “Our time demands a Catholic theology that unequivocally supports the full humanity of women and denounces all forms of misogyny,” says Prof. Pineda-Madrid. “Theology that fails to call this violence and misogyny into question and falls far short of the best of Catholic theology.” As the T. Marie Chilton Chair of Catholic Theology at LMU, Prof. Pineda-Madrid will teach classes, create public programming, and build community to advance the conversation about violence against women (and others) as one critical contemporary iteration of central theological problems such as evil and salvation. This work involves reflecting intentionally on the theological issues presented by the construct and context of the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, of which Los Angeles and Southern California are an important dimension.

2020 Philosophy of Religion Conference

Autonomy, Diversity and the Common Good

The theme of the 41st Claremont Annual Philosophy of Religion Conference will be Autonomy, Diversity and the Common Good. The conference will be held at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California, on February 6-8, 2020.

Main Conference Participants:

  • Richard Amesbury (Arizona State University)
  • Clare Carlisle (King’s College London)
  • Jörg Dierken (Halle)
  • Nils Ole Oermann (Lüneburg/St. Gallen)
  • Joseph Prabhu (Cal State LA)
  • Michael Puett (Harvard)
  • Francis Schüssler Fiorenza (Harvard)
  • Linn Tonstad (Yale)
  • Graham Ward (Oxford)
  • Elliot Wolfson (UCSB)

Full information at the conference website.