Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America

Call For Papers

Creation/Eschatology Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Mary Doak (Convener)
Steve Rodenborn
Christopher Cimelli

Convention Theme: "Justice and Mercy"

Session Description:
The Creation/Eschatology Topic Session invites paper proposals considering the doctrines of creation and/or eschatology in light of the convention theme “Justice and Mercy.” In particular, the session invites papers addressing ecojustice or the public implications of eschatological hope. Proposals engaging the papal encyclical Laudato Si with attention to the doctrines of creation and/or eschatology are especially encouraged.

Some of the questions that papers might address include: In what ways could attention to the relation of justice and mercy contribute to deeper understandings of creation and/or eschatology? How does or should eschatological hope inform Christian witness to justice and mercy in society? How might attention to the doctrine of creation, especially in light of creation’s eschatological future, clarify, modify, or deepen a Christian commitment to ecojustice for all of creation? What might comparative and/or ecumenical engagements with the perspectives of other religious traditions on the origin and destiny of humanity and the rest of creation contribute to a common praxis of justice and mercy?

A connection to the theme is not a requirement for paper proposals. Papers treating creation and/or eschatology more generally or from other perspectives are entirely welcome.

Papers must be 25 minutes (maximum) so that there is ample time for discussion.


Your proposal should include the following:

  • Your paper proposal should be not more than 250 words.
  • You should 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.


  • 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, but exceptions are not made for presentations made to the Women’s Consultation on Constructive Theology.
  • A new CTSA rule stipulates that no member should present at the convention more often than 2 out of 3 years.

Deadline: September 1, 2015.  Please submit proposals to: Mary Doak at

You will be notified by e-mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2015.