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AAR Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA
November 21-24, 2015

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Christian Spirituality Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group serves as a forum for scholars working in the interdisciplinary field of Christian spirituality. It is committed to the following:

Developing, refining, and demonstrating appropriate methodologies for the academic study of spirituality.

Exploring models for describing and facilitating interdisciplinary conversation on the nature of spirituality among religion scholars of all perspectives and religions.

Initiating discussion in the field of global spirituality, both religious and secular.

Articulating the connections between scholarship and spiritual practice.

Ensuring diversity in denominational affiliation, gender, race, and ethnic backgrounds.

Focusing on the retrieval and contemporary assimilation of issues of central interest to the field itself.

Our AAR sessions and panels are intended to expand dialogue, understanding, research, writing, and teaching in the area of spirituality in general, and of Christian spirituality in particular.

Call for Papers: 

The Christian Spirituality Group welcomes proposals in the following areas:

• The Life and Times of a Modern Mystic: We mark the centenary of the birth of Thomas Merton, 1915-68 (for a cosponsored session with the Mysticism Group) with proposals touching on Merton.
• The Spirituality of Teresa of Avila: We recognize the 500th anniversary of her birth with proposals related to her spirituality.
• Global Perspectives on Biblical Spirituality: We invite proposals for a session featuring diverse views on spirituality and the Bible, especially perspectives from beyond North America and Europe.
• Spirituality and Racial Reconciliation: Proposals may treat historical phenomenon, reflections on current events, or any other reflections on the role of spirituality and/or spiritual practices in resisting racism and/or working toward racial reconciliation.
• Spirituality in the Global Academy: We invite reflections on how spirituality as a field of study is being appropriated in higher education and theological education in places outside of North America and Europe.
• Spirituality and Preaching: We invite proposals addressing the relationship between spirituality and preaching.
• “Gospel Music of the American South”: We invite proposals that explore the distinctive forms of gospel music that have developed in the American South and how they have shaped or been shaped by traditions of spirituality, biblical interpretation, theological reflection, or socio-political perspectives within the black church. Proposals featuring performed music especially welcome (for a possible quad-sponsored session with the Bible in Racial, Ethnic, and Indigenous Communities Group; the Music and Religion Group; the Pentecostal-Charismatic Movements Group).

We welcome proposals for both individual papers and panels in these areas.

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