Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America


Call For Papers

Liturgy/Sacraments Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Judith Kubicki (Convener)
Katharine Harmon (Moderator)
Anne McGowan

Convention Theme: Justice and Mercy

Session Description:
The Liturgy/Sacraments Topic Session invites proposals for the 2016 CTSA Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico that explore the implications of the convention theme of “justice and mercy” for Christian liturgical and sacramental theology, experience and practice.

We are especially interested in proposals that discuss the challenges and opportunities of justice and mercy for sacramental and liturgical life and practice, including:

  1. How might critical theological approaches, which take into account the patterns of lex orandi, lex credendi, lex vivendi, mutually enrich justice and mercy as authentic liturgical foci?

  2. How does the way we “do liturgy” form people who are able to express, perform and enact justice and mercy?

  3. How do Pope Francis’ challenges to Christians concerning the poorest citizens of the world position the issue of justice and mercy for liturgical theology and/or liturgical practice?

  4. What elements in Vatican II liturgical renewal provide avenues for inviting the People of God to move beyond a narrow rubricism and to acknowledge the point of liturgy and sacraments, that is, the formation of the Body of Christ/People of God as those who live lives of justice and mercy?

  5. What are the implications of globalization, migration, and other transnational encounters between communities of peoples for shaping liturgical and sacramental celebrations that challenge Christian commitment to justice and mercy?

  6. In what way do racial-ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual, and other experiences address the issues of justice and mercy in liturgical and sacramental celebrations?

The word limit for the proposal is between 200-500 words. Please include your name and institution, contact information and a 100 word précis to be used in the online program posted on the web. Any audio-visual needs should be clearly stated in the proposal. Please note that only three proposals will be accepted. Additionally, 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.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Sept. 1, 2015. Notification of acceptance is Sept. 14, 2015. Please submit proposals to Judith M. Kubicki at the following e-mail address: kubicki@fordham.edu.

Be sure to review your status regarding payment of dues on the website (www.ctsa-online.org) to ensure that they are current. Up-to-date dues payment is required of all presenters.