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AAR Annual Meeting
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November 21-24, 2015

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Ecclesiological Investigations Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This Group is a part of the Ecclesiological Investigations International Research Network, which seeks to serve as a hub for national and international collaboration in ecclesiology, drawing together other groups and networks, initiating research ventures, providing administrative support, as well as acting as a facilitator to support conversations, research, and education in this field. Hence the network exists to promote collaborative ecclesiology. The Network’s five fundamental aims are as follows:

The establishment of partnerships between scholars, research projects, and research centers across the world

The development of virtual, textual, and actual conversation between the many persons and groups involved in research and debate about ecclesiology

Organizing and sharing in colloquia, symposia, and conferences

Encouraging joint teaching and exchanges of postgraduate students and faculty

Publishing the best fruits of all such collaboration in our T&T Clark (Continuum) series of volumes entitled Ecclesiological Investigations, as well as in the journal Ecclesiology (Brill), published in association with the Network. The Network is a “network of networks” serving a “church of churches.” See http://www.ei-research.net/ for more information.

Call for Papers: 

What’s the Point of Synods?
Following the recent Synod of Bishops summoned by Pope Francis in Rome, we are issuing a call for papers that address the theology and practice of synods. We invite papers from across the church traditions that examine the theology and practice of conciliarity in its different forms. We would be keen to consider the promise and perils of synods drawn from across history and from different modern contexts.

The Church and the Environmental Crisis
We invite papers that examine how the churches have understood the environmental crisis both theologically and practically. We are above all interested in receiving paper proposals that express a range of views from across the churches, including those that deny a climate change crisis.

Inter-Religious Dialogue in Our Times: The Legacy of Nostra Aetate
The Second Vatican Council represents a shift in the attitude of the Catholic Church towards non-Christian religions both at the theological and existential level. This was manifest especially in the declaration Nostra Aetate, approved and promulgated fifty years ago, on October 28, 1965: “The Catholic Church rejects nothing that is true and holy in these religions” (Vatican II, Nostra Aetate, par. 2).

Along with the Vatican II Studies Group, the Interfaith and Interreligious Studies Group, and the Jewish-Christian Dialogue and Sacred Texts Group (SBL), with the support of the Christian Scholars Group on Christian-Jewish relations welcome proposals on the following topics related to the declaration of Vatican II Nostra Aetate on non-Christian religions:
• The appreciation of the importance of the Jewish people and their covenant for Christians in Nostra Aetate paragraph 4.
• The role of the Buddhism and Hinduism as religiones antiquae (paragraph 2), and of Muslims (paragraph 3) in relationship to Judaism in the history of the text of Nostra Aetate.
• The role of the Shoah in placing the "Jewish question" on the conciliar agenda and the political and religious history of the Middle East as the background of the theological debates on inter-religious dialogue in the (Catholic) Church(es) in the 1960 and at Vatican II.
• The intervention of political-diplomatic tensions between Israel and Arab countries in the agenda of Vatican II about inter-religious dialogue.
• The reception of Nostra Aetate in its intertwining with the history of religious coexistence in these last 50 years.
• The role of Nostra Aetate and its reception in the theology of religions, in comparative theology and in inter-religious dialogue today.

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