Humanitas Anabaptist-Mennonite Centre at Trinity Western University invites submission of paper proposals for its upcoming theology conference, “Anabaptist Theology: Methods and Practices.” The conference will be held at Trinity Western University in Langley, BC, on June 7 – 9, 2017.
The focus of this conference is to encourage scholarship and engaged conversation on the topic of theological method. We invite proposals that address theological method in general, and Anabaptist-Mennonite theological method in particular. Preference will be given to papers that address the following questions and related themes:
- What makes a particular theology Anabaptist, Mennonite, or some combination of the two? Is there a distinct method or set of methods, convictions, or practices necessary for doing Anabaptist or Anabaptist-Mennonite theology?
- In what sense is theology an academic discipline, and as such how does one do it?
- What is theology’s subject—are there clear ways of expressing from an Anabaptist-
Mennonite perspective what theology is about?
- What is theology’s task—are there clear ways of expressing from an Anabaptist-Mennonite
perspective what theology is for?
- Common sources identified for constructing theological identity include scripture, reason,
tradition and experience. Are there Anabaptist and Anabaptist-Mennonite ways to appropriate scripture as a sacred text, reason (understood as our best reflective learning across disciplines), tradition (both the particular streams of Anabaptist-Mennonite traditions, the wider Christian tradition and possibly other faith traditions), as well as lived experience? Are there particular Anabaptist-Mennonite ways of relating these sources?
- How does Anabaptist-Mennonite theology connect to the theological sub-disciplines of biblical theology, historical theology, systematic theology, and philosophical theology?
Please submit your proposal as a single document (either Word or PDF attachment) that includes an abstract of no more than 250 words, along with your name, current academic affiliation (if applicable), and preferred email address to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2017. Notice of acceptance will be sent by February 1, 2017. The program committee is composed of Jeremy Bergen, (Conrad Grebel University), Karl Koop (Canadian Mennonite University), Paul Martens (Baylor University), Myron A. Penner (Trinity Western University), and Laura Schmidt Roberts (Fresno Pacific University).