AAR and SBL 2016

 banner00-300x100More than 1,200 events are part of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature Annual Meetings that will be held in San Antonio, TX this weekend. STH Practical Theology faculty and students will be among those presenting addresses and papers. They will also be sharing recently published works and about upcoming film projects. We hope you might be able to encourage your STH colleagues this weekend, and we wish the best to all those participating. 

Friday, November 18th

  • Kathryn Common and Ashley Theuring, STH Students
    Panelist: Women’s Lounge Roundtable
    Theme: Blurring Boundaries: Women’s Caucus Gathering and Workshop on the Transformation of Feminist Scholarship
    Friday – 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
    Convention Center-221A (2nd Level – East)

The workshop will include viewing portions of a film Forging Voice, developed by STH students Kate Common and Ashley Theuring, that interviews pioneering feminist theologians for classroom use co-sponsored by the Women’s Caucus. The developers welcome feedback on the film before final editing for its debut at the 2017 AAR annual conference in Boston.

Saturday, November 19th

  • Dr. Claire Wolfteich, STH Faculty
    “Spirituality and Motherwork: Women’s Life Writing and Implications for the Discipline of Spirituality Studies”
    Presidential Address, Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
    Saturday –  9:00AM-10:30AM | Convention Center-217A (2nd Level – West)
  • Association of Practical Theology
    Theme: Conundrums in Practical Theology (Brill, forthcoming 2017)
    Joyce Ann Mercer, Yale University and Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Vanderbilt University, Presiding
    Saturday – 9:00 AM-12:00 PM
    Marriott Rivercenter-Conference Room 3 (3rd Level)

This session presents a panel discussion of a newly published landmark volume, Conundrums in Practical Theology, edited by two leading scholars of practical theology, Joyce Ann Mercer and Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore. STH faculty Courtney Goto and Claire Wolfteich contributed to the volume as well. A conundrum is a perplexing problem that cannot really be permanently resolved, yet must be dealt with when it occurs. Addressing key intellectual and practical conundrums that trouble practical theology, the panel will identify critical issues that frame the borders, biases, and breakdowns in the construction of theological knowledge in academy and religious communities. More on the session is available here.

  • Dr. Courtney T. Goto, STH Faculty
    Panelist, Ecclesial Practices Group and Practical Theology Group
    “Critically Revising Participatory Action Research Methods in Practical Theology”
    Theme: Action Research as Social and Ecclesial Transformation
    A19-218 | Saturday – 1:00 PM-3:30 PM | Grand Hyatt-Republic B (4th Level)

Sunday, November 15th

New publications from CPT Co-Directors available at AAR

The Grace of PlayingCourtney Goto, The Grace of Playing: Pedagogies for Leaning Into God’s New Creation (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2016).




9789042933835Claire E. Wolfteich and Annemie Dillen, editors, Catholic Approaches in Practical Theology: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives (Leuven, Belgium: Peeters Publishers, BETL [Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium] series, 2016).



Cour94786tney Goto and Claire Wolfteich have chapters in Conundrums in Practical Theology, edited by Bonnie Miller McLemore and Joyce Mercer ( Leiden, Netherlands: Brill Publishers, 2016).

Activities from AAR’s Graduate Student Committee (GSC)

Please see the following workshops and panels organized by the GSC:

GSC Special Topics Forum 2016-1



GSC AM Programming 2016

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