New Book from Chris Scharen

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Here’s some of the things we have said about the book

In Fieldwork in Theology Christian Scharen marks a turning point in practical theology by arguing for the central place of qualitative empirical research in the study of the Christian church via a detailed engagement with continental philosophy. This book is an essential read for all of those embarking on ethnographic research in theology.”

Pete Ward, Durham University

“Scharen’s book does the seemingly impossible–combine a presentation of Pierre Bourdieu’s work with an introduction to ethnography from a theological perspective. Doing one of these would have been achievement; doing both well while having each feed the other is a double gift. It is sure to be a touchstone for theological ethnography for some time to come.”

Todd Whitmore, associate professor, Department of Theology, concurrent associate professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame

Fieldwork in Theology is remarkable in originality and scope. It combines a sophisticated parsing of social science theory with deep theological reflection to produce something that transcends both. Christian Scharen delivers an impassioned call for a carnal theology that seeks a disciplined understanding of the social world. Fieldwork in Theology deserves to be read by all who would seek to ground theology in the complexity of lived context.”

Omar M. McRoberts, author of Streets of Glory: Church and Community in a Black Urban Neighborhood

You can read more and order it here

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/fieldwork-in-theology/347590

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Booking Now Open for Durham Conference

Booking Now Open for the

Conference on Ecclesiology and Ethnography

15-17 September 2015

St John’s College, Durham

The conference will run from lunchtime on the 15th until lunch on 17th Sept. We will be holding our usual folk music evening on the 16th.

Ensuite Room and all meals £187, Standard Room with shared bathroom and all meals £167, Meals Only £91. There are a limited number of ensuite rooms available and these will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To book your place email Dr Sarah Dunlop Sarah Dunlop sarahlbdunlop@googlemail.com with your preferred option (ensuite, shared, or meals only)

Please note payment for the conference needs to be in cash or cheque payable on arrival

We welcome papers that explore the dynamic relationship between the theological and the lived in ecclesiology.

This conference is part of the Ecclesiology and Ethnography network, which seeks to draw together scholars working with theological approaches to qualitative research on the Christian Church. We encourage single and multi-authored papers. All papers are to be circulated prior to the event to enhance conference conversations and interaction.

Established scholars, doctoral students as well as pastor/scholars working in church settings are welcome to propose papers. As per previous years there will be mix of plenary presentations and shorter papers. Proposals are due on June 1.  Please send your abstract and title (no more than 500 words), along with contact to Prof. Pete Ward peter.ward@durham.ac.uk

website: https://ecclesiologyandethnography.wordpress.com

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Durham 2015 CFP

Call For Papers

Conference on Ecclesiology and Ethnography

15-17 September 2015

St John’s College, Durham

We welcome papers that explore the dynamic relationship between the theological and the lived in ecclesiology.

This conference is part of the Ecclesiology and Ethnography network, which seeks to draw together scholars working with theological approaches to qualitative research on the Christian Church. We encourage single and multi-authored papers. All papers are to be circulated prior to the event to enhance conference conversations and interaction.

Established scholars, doctoral students as well as pastor/scholars working in church settings are welcome to propose papers. As per previous years there will be mix of plenary presentations and shorter papers. Proposals are due on June 1.  Please send your abstract and title (no more than 500 words), along with contact to Prof. Pete Ward peter.ward@durham.ac.uk

The conference will run from lunchtime on the 15th until lunch on 17th Sept. We will be holding our usual folk music evening on the 16th.

We will shortly be posting the booking details for the Conference.

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Joint Session at the AAR

CO-SPONSORED SESSION for the American Academy of Religion in Atlanta, November 2015.
Ecclesial Practices Group and the Society for the Study of Anglicanism

Call for Papers:
We encourage submissions that use ethnographic or qualitative methods for their theological reflection in a variety of ecclesial traditions. We particularly invite papers that focus on conflict and reconciliation. We welcome papers that consider both the socio-political and personal-communal dimensions of conflict and reconciliation as they impact World Anglicanism and other ecclesial communities. Papers may focus on (but are not limited to) such topics as race and police violence, issues of inclusion (e.g., conflicts around sexuality), ecclesial relations with first peoples/indigenous peoples, clergy sexual abuse, as well as issues of local ecclesial conflicts of various sorts (e.g., ‘worship wars’).

Method:
PAPERS
Process:
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members until after final acceptance/rejection
Leadership:
Chair
Mary McClintock Fulkerson, mfulkerson@div.duke.edu
Natalie Wigg-Stevenson, natalie.wigg@utoronto.ca
Steering Committee
Christian A. B. Scharen, cscharen@auburnseminary.org
Jonas Idestrom, jonas.idestrom@svenskakyrkan.se
Natalie Wigg-Stevenson, natalie.wigg@utoronto.ca
Peter Ward, peter.ward@durham.ac.uk
Timothy Snyder, tksnyder@bu.edu
Tone Stangeland Kaufman, tkaufman@mf.no

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Funded Research Opportunity

Human Distinctiveness Summer Seminar Project May 27 – June 17, 2015: Call for Proposals

This RFP is open to the full range of scholars who have gained a relevant doctoral degree. Theologians from different Christian denominational backgrounds are welcome to apply, including those with distinct theological expertise in, for example, systematic theology, philosophical theology, biblical studies, liturgical studies, moral theology, early Church history, etc. We are also open to theologians writing from the perspective of other religious traditions. For anthropologists we anticipate those who apply will have a particular interest in evolutionary anthropology, the archeology of religion, the evolution of religion, and/or issues related to human distinctiveness. While preference will be given to those who are in faculty positions at the time of application, the only eligibility requirement is a doctoral degree and a track record in research publications.

Candidates may choose to apply for (a) three week summer seminar in 2015 and follow- up 3-day seminar in 2016 only, or (b) summer seminar and follow-up seminar combined with a one-semester research leave period. Some of those who apply for (b) may be considered only eligible for (a) since this depends on the quality of the project proposal submitted.

: Further Details can be found here

http://theology.nd.edu/assets/153032/revised_further_details_rfp_1_.pdf

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AAR session

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Issue 1.2 of Ecclesial Practices just out

Celebrating with Mark Porter from the Christian Congregational Music NetworkEP 1.2EP_001_02_Cover-front and back-page-001

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