Transforming and liberating spiritualities in the 21st Century. A call for papers.

Reminiscent of the famous double meaning of the title “Transforming Mission”, The Southern African Missiological Society (SAMS) is pleased to announce a Call for Papers for the annual conference of 2013 with the theme “Transforming and liberating Spiritualities in the 21st Century: Christianity in dialogue with…”, which will be held 13-15 March 2013 at the Faculty of Theology, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

This theme provides us on the one hand with the opportunity to discuss both with spiritualities might assist in the transformation and liberation of both church and society. On the other hand it opens the door to also ask the question of how various spiritualities need to be transformed or liberated. Furthermore is opens up the conversation within and between Christian religious traditions, within and between religions, and in dialogue with other academic disciplines and worldviews.
SAMS seeks to engage the critical issue of spiritualities in the 21st century at the intersection of transformation and liberation and from the perspectives of Christian religious traditions (for example, “Mainline Church”, African Independent Church, Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Monastic traditions), and of religions (African „Traditional‟ Religions, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism). SAMS takes Christianity as a point of departure for the dialogue with the other traditions. To encourage a critical and constructive mutual dialogue, any other religion or religious perspective can be a point of orientation for dialogues with Christianity.
SAMS welcomes proposals for papers in all areas of interest in relation to religion, theology and spiritualities. Proposals are invited which address questions on transforming and liberating spiritualities under the following areas:

  •   prayer and social action
  •   spirituality and 21st century (new) social movements
  •   spirituality and (cultural, religious and other forms of) diversity
  •   missionary spirituality and missional spirituality
  •   hope
  •   freedom
  •   poverty and social justice
  •   ecology
  •   gender and ecology (eco-feminism.

Participants are also invited to submit papers for publications in Missionalia after the conference.

Please send the title of your proposal, a short abstract of approximately 150 words describing the content of the proposed paper and your personal contact details to the conference secretary at the address mentioned below.

Submission of proposals: 30 November 2012.
Confirmation of accepted papers: 15 January 2013.
Draft paper due by: 6 March 2013.

The final conference programme including practical details on registration and accommodation will be distributed by: 1 February 2013.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at the SAMS Annual Conference. Address all correspondence to SAMS

Conference Secretary Xolile Simon
Disciplinary Group Practical Theology and Missiology
Faculty of Theology
171 Dorp Street, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 7580
+27 (0)21(808)3636 (O); +27 (0)218082448 (H)


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