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

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Open and Relational Theologies Group

Statement of Purpose: 

This group explores theological ideas generally related to the following:

Theology involves speculation about who God truly is and what God really does

God’s primary characteristic is love

Creatures — at least humans — are genuinely free to make choices

God experiences others in some way analogous to how creatures experience others

Both creatures and God are relational beings, which means that both God and creatures are affected by others in give-and-take relationships

God experience changes, yet God’s nature or essence remains the same

Creatures are called to act in ways that please God and make the world a better place

The future is open — it is not predetermined by God

God’s expectations about the future are often partly dependent upon creaturely actions

Call for Papers: 

The Open and Relational Theologies group plans to explore two themes in its 2015 sessions.

First, we invite proposals exploring hope in relation to themes common in open, relational, or process theologies. Such themes may include (but are not limited to) time and God, power, love, omniscience, evil, ecology, cooperation, social and political structures, justice, forgiveness, and salvation. We prefer proposals addressing these themes or others from overtly open, relational, or process theological perspectives.

Second, we invite papers exploring the hermeneutics, especially in relation to scripture. Papers might offer general hermeneutical methods and rationale that defend or promote open and relational themes. They may focus upon a particular problematic or especially helpful text. We prefer proposals that explicitly address hermeneutical concerns from open, relational, or process perspectives. We plan to accept multiple proposals that explore these themes, which means that we expect relatively short presentations from those whose proposals are accepted.

Method: 
PAPERS
Process: 
Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members
Leadership: 
ChairSteering Committee