May 7, 2012 Leave a comment
In exactly one month I will be attending the 2012 Christian Scholars’ Conference. Over the years I have grown to appreciate this annual gathering of scholars and thinkers critically discussing some of the most pressing topics of our time. This year’s theme is “Reconciliation: At the Intersection of Scholarship and Practice.” So, you know I’m excited! My dissertation is on the theology and ethics of reconciliation in transitional/post-conflict societies, and much of my ministry and other scholarly work have been around issues of racial reconciliation in the US. Honestly, I believe that these topics have been historically underrepresented in the churches of Christ and am thrilled they are being addressed at such a high-profile event.
In that spirit, I’m involved in two sessions at the conference. Here are the abstracts for those sessions:
“Beyond Forgiveness: The Relationship between Justice and Reconciliation”
James W. McCarty III, Emory University, Convener
Ron Clark, Agape Church of Christ, Portland, OR/George Fox Evangelical Seminary, “Community Reconciliation and Justice in Healing from Domestic and Sexual Abuse”
Jeffrey R. Baker, Faulkner University, Respondent
Ty Frost, Abilene Christian University, “Symbolic Retribution and Reconciliation in the Apophthegmata Patrum”
James W. McCarty III, Emory University, Respondent
“New Brunswick Theological Seminary’s Anti-Racism Initiative: Creating the ‘Beloved Community’ within Institutions of Theological Education”
Jennifer Jeanine Thweatt-Bates, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Convener
Jeffrey R. Baker, Faulkner University, Panelist
James W. McCarty III, Emory University, Panelist
Jesse Pettengill, West Islip, New York Church of Christ, Panelist
Jennifer Jeanine Thweatt-Bates, New Brunswick Theological Seminary, Panelist
I’m really looking forward to these sessions as well as several others. (Unfortunately, though, I’m going to have to miss hearing Mr. Resident Theology himself since his paper is during one of my sessions.) If you browse the sessions I’m pretty sure you’ll find some interesting stuff as well. So, if you’re going to be in the Nashville area from June 7-9 I encourage you to attend the conference. It always proves to be a wonderful time of intellectual stimulation, spiritual nourishment, and good conversation.
Let me know if you’ll be there and we’ll be sure to meet up!