WELCOME

The Midwest Division of the American Theological Society is a regional organization of scholars who write and teach in the fields of religious studies. As an intentional community, members engage each other's best theological reflections. In its programs, the Society often reaches beyond the local members to invite international scholars and others from across the United States to present papers and to participate in the conversations of its semi-annual meetings. At the same time, the Society calls attention to the work of local scholars (members and nonmembers) whose thinking about God has shaped their scholarship and their classrooms.

    A STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

The American Theological Society, Midwest Division, is a community of theological scholars who are engaged in critical and creative examination of religious thought and its impact on faith and culture.

    THE PROGRAM

The Midwest Division of the Society has convened semiannually for more than eighty years to present and receive scholarly papers on crucial issues of religion and culture. The Society meets twice a year–on the last Friday of April and the last Friday of October–at colleges, seminaries, and universities in greater Chicago. The Society is grateful to these institutions of learning for their generous and faithful support of critical religious scholarship.

The semiannual program consists of three distinct but often related sessions: The structure of the early afternoon session–Theological Table-Talk–is the most dynamic and has taken the form of panel discussions, presentations of members' works in process, critical book discussions, open discussion on pedagogical issues, and formal papers with prepared responses.

The mid-afternoon paper and an evening paper are sustained arguments by members or invited guests on issues of religious or cultural importance, followed by one or two prepared respondents, and an extended period of open discussion. The Society is a community of scholars who speak and listen to one another.

Because we are a community of scholars who value each other as colleagues–even friends–the afternoon and evening sessions are sprinkled with periods of fellowship, refreshments, dinner, and of course, a business meeting.

    SOCIETY LEADERSHIP

The Executive Committee—elected by the Society to plan and administer its semiannual meetings—is composed of the President, Vice President, Member at Large, Secretary/Treasurer, the immediate Past President, and any Past President who can be pressed into service.

Executive Committee:

Lea F. Schweitz, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, President
David McCurdy, Elmhurst College, Vice President
Robert Saler, Christian Theological Seminary, Member-At-Large
Paul Parker, Elmhurst College, Secretary/Treasurer

PAST PRESIDENTS:

Michael Miller, Christian Theological Seminary
Michael Hogue, Meadville Lombard Theological School
Amanda Quantz, University of Saint Mary
Jennifer Jesse, Truman State University
Mladen Turk, Elmhurst College
Mary C. Doak, University of San Diego
Carol Rausch Albright, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Robert Cathey, McCormick Theological Seminary
Gary Dorrien, Union Theological Seminary
Ed Towne, Christian Theological Seminary

 

 
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