Catholic Theological Society of America

Catholic Theological Society of America


Call For Papers

Practical Theology Topic Session

Administrative Team:

Theodore James Whapham (Convener)
Natalia Imperatori-Lee
Thomas H. Groome

Convention Theme: Justice and Mercy

Session Description:
Mercy and justice are major themes in practical theology. In light of this year’s CTSA convention theme the Practical Theology Topic Session seeks paper proposals that address Christian practices of justice and/or mercy. While not proscriptive, the following list of questions is offered to help stimulate thoughts on the topic:

What local practices might be drawn upon to develop a theology of justice and mercy? What can the practices of prayer, spirituality or faith formation tell us about justice? What might theologians learn from the ancient and modern practice of pastoral care to advance a theology of mercy? What academic, ecclesial, pedagogical, or public practices need to be revised in light of the Gospel call to mercy and justice? Where can embodied ways of knowing the simultaneous demands for both justice and mercy be found and nurtured? How are we to understand the divine practice of just reconciliation of the world to God in light of our lived experiences of the faith? What has the extraordinary synod on the family taught us about the practical and pastoral needs for justice and mercy?

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 a paper proposal:

  • 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, 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.

Please submit proposals to Thedorore James Whapham (twhapham@udallas.edu) by September 1, 2015. You will be notified by e‐mail whether your paper has been accepted by September 14, 2015.