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