Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Church and Ecumenism Topic Session

Administrative Team:
     Richard Lennan (Convener)
     Kristen Colberg
     Amanda Osheim

Convention Theme: Justice and Mercy

Session Description:
The Church/Ecumenism section at the convention of CTSA in 2016 will highlight ecumenism. Accordingly, proposals focused on ecumenism will have priority as the administrative team (Richard Lennan, Kristin Colberg, and Amanda Osheim) considers the program for 2016.

In line with the convention theme of “Justice and Mercy,” the administrative team invites proposals that explore either or both of those two concepts in the context of relations between the churches. Proposals might explore, for example, the treatment of the two concepts in expressions of local ecumenism, in bilateral or multilateral ecumenical documents, or in the work of particular authors. Alternatively, proposals might examine how a greater awareness of “justice and mercy” might shape the ecumenical landscape. Since the convention will be held in Puerto Rico, the administrative team would welcome proposals that examine the convention theme in relation to the churches of the Caribbean and Latin America. The administrative team would also be happy to consider proposals from a group, as well as from individuals, provided that no more than three speakers would be part of the presentation.

Proposals should be between 300-500 words; the proposal should include the name of the person submitting the proposal, the proposer’s institution, and contact details; group proposals will need to include the details of all proposed participants. Those making proposals must be members, associate members, or applying for membership of CTSA; proposers must also ensure that their dues to CTSA are paid. It is important that proposals also indicate whether any audio-visual equipment would be required for the presentation at the 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, not including presentations made to the Women’s Consultation on Constructive Theology. A new CTSA rule stipulates that a member may not present more than two years in a row.

Submission guidelines:

  • Proposal should be between 200 to 500 words.
  • You should also include a 100 words précis that will be posted on the CTSA website should your paper be accepted.
  • Include full name and contact information of all participants, including e-mail.
  • Indicate whether your presenters will be requiring A/V equipment. 
  • 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, with the exception of members of under-represented groups.

Proposals, and any questions, are to be submitted to Richard Lennan——by 1 September 2015. Successful applicants will be notified by 14 September 2015.