Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America


Call For Papers

Catholicity and Mission Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Margaret E. Guider (Convener)
VanThanh Nguyen
Marinus Iwuchukwu

Convention Theme: “Identity and Difference, Unity and Fragmentation”

Session Description and Invitation:
From the Heart of the World Church:
Global Perspectives on Catholic Higher Education and New Frontiers in Ecumenism

Mindful of the fiftieth anniversary of the Unitatis Redintegratio, the recent twentieth anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae and the 58 Proposals put forth by the Synod on the New Evangelization in 2012, this session endeavors to explore the contemporary questions and challenges facing Catholic colleges, universities and theological institutes in Asia, Africa and Latin America with regard to the interactive dynamics of catholicity, mission and ecumenism.

Attentive to the particularities of context as well as the expressed identity, mission and vision of specific institutions (or networks of institutions), the session seeks papers that will address topics such as:

  1. the evolution and practice of ecumenical consciousness and commitment within institutions as a direct consequence of the visions and legacies of their founders and/or sponsors (religious orders, missionary societies, episcopal conferences, etc.)
  2. the pivotal role of theologians and/or faculties of theology in assisting Catholic institutions of higher education to create and/or sustain the necessary conditions for exploring and engaging new frontiers in ecumenism, and
  3. the convergence and/or divergence of such institutions with the positions taken by ecclesiastical authorities (and/or the sponsoring religious institutes from which they derive their Catholic identity) regarding ecumenical priorities, new initiatives and strategies for implementation.

The envisioned format of the session is a panel presentation, including three presenters, a single respondent and open discussion.

Information to be Included in Your Proposal:

  • Your paper proposal should be not more than 250 words.
  • You should also include a 100 words précis that will be posted on the CTSA website should your paper be accepted.
  • Please provide your name and institution and contact information, including e-mail.
  • Indicate whether you will be requiring A/V equipment.

Eligibility for Submitting Paper Proposals

  • CTSA guidelines require that those making proposals ordinarily be associate or full members in good standing with their dues paid up.  Anyone with an associate or full membership application on file can also submit a proposal if they expect to be accepted for membership in the upcoming June convention. 
  • No member may present a paper/respond to a paper/participate on a panel more than once at a given convention. An exception is made for members of under-represented groups. Presentations made to the Women’s Consultation on Constructive Theology are included in this rubric.

Deadline: September 1, 2013.  Please submit proposals to:  Margaret E. Guider, OSF; Margaret.guider.1@bc.edu

You will be notified by e-mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2013.