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

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Emerging Church, Millennials, and Religion Seminar

Statement of Purpose: 

The Emergent/ing Church has gained tremendous notoriety in both the popular media and among religious people and scholars. This Research Seminar seeks to begin an interdisciplinary discussion about the Emergent/ing Church in light of other cultural and religious shifts like the rise of the "nones" and the shift in religiosity among the millennial generation. To this end we wish to investigate the Emergent/ing Church by bringing together Philosophy of Religion, Practical and Feminist Theology, American Religious History and Sociology of Religion approaches. We seek to explore how this movement is affecting the religious landscape and its potential to change Evangelicalism, the larger movement of Christianity and the Western European and North American religious environs in general. We anticipate the production of an edited volume from the papers produced as a result of this seminar which will provide a critical analysis of the movement from a Religious Studies perspective.

Call for Papers: 

We seek papers that attempt to define the "Emerging Church" movement as well as those that explore the politics involved in this work. What are some of the problems and possibilities that attend trying to define a movement that quickly changes, is diverse, and generally eschews labels? Are there any common characteristics across the movement? What are some of the conditions of possibility that have allowed the "Emerging Church" to exist today? Toward what is the "Emerging Church" emerging?

Method: 
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