UU and Liberal events at the American Academy of Religion conference in San Diego

The annual AAR meeting is this weekend in San Diego. Here is a list of some of the events that will interest Unitarian-Universalists and others who study liberal religion.

North American Paul Tillich Society
Friday – 9:00 am-11:15 am
GH-Manchester A
Marcia MacLennan, Kansas Wesleyan University, Presiding
Theme: Paul Tillich and Jewish Thought
Bryan Wagoner, Harvard University
Judaism in the Life and Thought of Paul Tillich
Anne Marie Reijnen, Faculté Universitaire de Théologie Protestante, Brussels, Institut Catholique de Paris
Liberal Theology, Zionism, and Christian Nationalism: A Topical Inquiry into the Dialogue between Paul Tillich and Martin Buber
Stephen Butler Murray, Skidmore College
The Relevance of Paul Tillich to the Future of the Jewish-Christian Dialogue

North American Paul Tillich Society
Friday – 11:30 am-1:15 pm
GH-Manchester A
Loye Ashton, Tougaloo College, Presiding
Theme: Paul Tillich as Biblical Theologian
Ron MacLennan, Bethany College
Paul Tillich: Biblical Theologian of Connectedness
Francis Ching-Wah Yip, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Tillich as a New Testament Theologian?
Matthew Lon Weaver, Duluth, MN
The Existential Reception of Revelation: Paul Tillich as Biblical Theologian

North American Paul Tillich Society
Friday – 2:15 pm-4:00 pm
GH-Manchester A
John Thatamanil, Vanderbilt University, Presiding

Theme: Paul Tillich and Religious Pluralism
Christian Danz, University of Vienna
Christianity and the Encounter of World Religions: The Contribution of Paul Tillich to Current Discussions in the Theology of Religion
John Starkey, Oklahoma City University
The Human Predicament and Salvation in Tillich and Thatamanil
Andrew Yan, Hope College
Paul Tillich’s Encounters with Buddhism: An Implication for His Systematic Theology
Luis Pedraja, Middle States Commission on Higher Education
The Tao of Tillich

North American Paul Tillich Society
Friday – 4:15 pm-6:30 pm
GH-Manchester A
David Nikkel, University of North Carolina, Pembroke, Presiding
Theme: Paul Tillich, Ethics, and Theology
Daniel Puchalla, University of Chicago
The Limits of Love, Power, and Justice: Tillich’s Ontology and Theology against “Full-Spectrum” Military
Annekatrien Depoorter, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Doing Theology in a Context of Religious and Cultural Pluralism: A Comparison and Evaluation of Paul Tillich’s Method of Correlation and the Theological Method of Edward Schillebeeckx
Jennifer L. Baldwin, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
Erotic Play: A Trip into the Secret Lives of Girls, Feminist Theologies of the Erotic, and the Theological Thought of Paul Tillich
Sigridur Gotmarsdottir, Drew University
The Apophatic “God above God”: Tillich and the Poststructuralist Critique of Negative Theology

Unitarian Universalist Scholars and Friends Discussion
Friday, November 16, 7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego—Molly A

Theme: “Between the Schoolhouse and the Religious Houses: Unitarian Universalist Theology in Context”
Rebecca Parker will serve as presider for this gathering. She is the president of Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, author of Blessing the World: What Can Save Us Now, and co-author of Proverbs of Ashes: Violence, Redemptive Suffering, and the Search for What Saves Us, and Saving Paradise.
Our panelists will include:
Alma Crawford is Associate Professor of Preaching and Worship at Starr King School for the Ministry. A minister in fellowship with the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, she has served UU congregations in Boston and Washington, D.C., and co-founded Church of the Open Door, a Unitarian Universalist urban ministry serving more than 200 African American and immigrant families.
Holly Horn is a Unitarian Universalist minister with nearly 20 years in the parish and a Ph.D. in Theology and the Arts. At present she’s living near Houston, Texas, and working on a book.
Gabriella Lettini is Associate Professor of Theological Ethics and Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Director of Studies in Public Ministry at Starr King School for the Ministry. She hold the Ph.D. in Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York and the M.Div. from the Waldensian Theological Seminary in Rome, Italy. She is an ordained minister of the Waldensian church in Italy.
Emily Mace is a graduate student in American religious history at Princeton University; her dissertation examines connections between religious practices, cosmopolitanism, and religious liberalism from around 1880-1940.
Samira Mehta is a graduate student in American Religious Cultures at Emory University who is studying interfaith families and the communities in which they make their homes.
Anthony Pinn is Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities at Rice University, and he is deeply committed to the formation of an African American Humanist Theology.
Arvid Straube will serve as the respondent. He is lead minister of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, and is passionate about the potential of the local parish to change lives and communities.

Comparative Religious Ethics Group
Saturday – 9:00 am-11:30 am
MM-Carlsbad
Anne E. Monius, Harvard University, Presiding
Theme: Current Work in Comparative Ethics: Religious Liberalism, Moral Virtuosity, and the Experience of Limits
Elizabeth Barre, Florida State University
The Possibility of Religious Liberalism: The Common Good and Civil Society in Catholic and Islamic Political Thought
Nathaniel Barrett, Boston University
Musicality and Ren: An Examination of the Early Confucian Ideal of Moral Virtuosity and Its Applicability to Multicultural Societies of Late Modernity
Peter T. C. Chang, Harvard University
Comparative Study of Conscience: Joseph Butler and Wang Yang-ming
David Clairmont, University of Notre Dame
Persons as Religious Classics: Green, Tracy, and the Theology of Bridge Concepts
Responding:
Sumner B. Twiss, Florida State University

North American Paul Tillich Society and Polanyi Society
Saturday – 9:00 am-11:30 am
GH-Oxford
Walter Gulick, Montana State University, Billings, Presiding
Theme: How Tillich’s Recently Retrieved Paper, “Participation and Knowledge: Problems of an Ontology of Cognition,” Engages Polanyi’s Thought
Co-Presenters:
Durwood Foster, Pacific School of Religion
Richard Gelwick, Bangor Theological Seminary
Responding:
Donald Musser, Stetson University
Robert Russell, Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
11:15 am Business Meeting:
Walter Mead, Illinois State University, Presiding

Unitarian Universalist Scholars and Friends Breakfast
Sunday, November 18, 7:00 am – 8:30 am
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego—America’s Cup B

Liberal Theologies Consultation and Religion in Europe Consultation
Sunday – 9:00 am-11:30 am
GH-Windsor
Robert Alvis, Saint Meinrad School of Theology, Presiding
Theme: Liberal Thought and the Challenge of Pluralism
Stephen A. Wilson, Hood College
Liberal Religion, Liberal Politics, and Empire: Victorian Christianity and the Ambivalence of Westernization
Echol Nix, Furman University
Ernst Troeltsch and Robert Neville: Two Methodological Attempts to Discern Christian Normativity
Chris Hinkle, Harvard University
Pluralism’s Problematic Appeal for Religious Liberals
Gavin Hyman, University of Lancaster
Postmodern Theology and Modern Liberalism: Reconsidering the Relationship
Responding:
Friedrich Wilhelm Graf, University of Munich

Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Group
Sunday – 9:00 am-11:30 am
GH-Mohsen
Rachel Sophia Baard, Villanova University, Presiding
Theme: Tillich’s Continuing Challenge to Political and Ethical Thought
Ronald Stone, Pittsburgh, PA
Utopianism and International Relations
Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary
Prophetic Spirit and Political Romanticism in the U.S. Today
Nimi Wariboko, Princeton Theological Seminary
Toward a Theology of Money in a Globalizing World: Tillich’s Trinitarian Principles
Derek Malone-France, George Washington University
Tillich on Anxiety, Faith, and Authority

Religion, Politics, and the State Group
Sunday – 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
GH-Manchester F
Erik Owens, Boston College, Presiding
Theme: Religion and the Politics of the Common Good
Jennifer Ayres, Emory University
It’s Not What You Said, It’s How You Said It: Relational Political Activism among Liberal Protestants
Brantley Gasaway, Drake University
No Justice, No Good: Progressive Evangelical Interpretations of the Politics of Community and the Common Good
Seth Dowland, Duke University
Focusing on the Family: How the Religious Right Defined the Common Good, 1977-1983
Luke Bretherton, University of London
Political Theology, Broad-based Community Organizing, and Pursuit of the Common Good
Business Meeting:
Barbara A. McGraw, Saint Mary’s College of California, Presiding

Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Group and Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. Consultation
Sunday – 3:00 pm-4:30 pm
MM-Santa Rosa
Mary Ann Stenger, University of Louisville, Presiding
Theme: Paul Tillich and Martin Luther King, Jr. on Issues of Global Economic Justice
Bruce Rittenhouse, University of Chicago
Assessing the Developing World’s Relationship with Global Governance Institutions in View of Paul Tillich’s Proposals for Justice and Peace in an Economically Integrated World
Kenny Walden, Claremont School of Theology
Blessed Are the Poor?: The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Psycho-spiritual Landscape of Poverty, Behavior, and Cultural Perception
Responding:
Stephen G. Ray, Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

Liberal Theologies Consultation
Monday – 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-24C
Christine Helmer, Northwestern University, Presiding
Theme: Constructing Liberal Theologies as Social, Political, and Religious Praxis
Sharon D. Welch, Meadville Lombard Theological School
Promoting Pluralism and Academic Freedom on Campus
Paul Rasor, Virginia Wesleyan College
Liberal Prophetic Praxis and Constructive Liberal Public Theology
Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Claremont School of Theology
Education, Liberation, and Liberal Theology with Pentecostal Communities
Mary E. Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual
Feminist Liberation Praxis for Feminist Liberation Theology
Mary McClintock Fulkerson, Duke University
Social Change and Constructive Liberal Theology
Responding:
M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College
Business Meeting:
Christine Helmer, Northwestern University, Presiding

Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. Consultation
Monday – 9:00 am-11:30 am
CC-30A
Michael Battle, Virginia Theological Seminary, Presiding
Theme: Where Do We Go from Here? The Theology of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Fortieth Anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign
Vincent Harding, Veterans of Hope Project
Martin Luther King Jr.’s Riverside Speech and the Poor People’s Campaign
Hak Joon Lee, New Brunswick Theological Seminary
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Global Capitalism: A Holistic Strategy of Resistance
Karen Jackson-Weaver, Princeton Theological Seminary
Lift Every Voice: Dr. King’s “Unfulfilled Dream” of the Beloved Community and the Black Women Leaders Who Influenced His Ideology
John Roedel, Graduate Theological Union
The Role of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Theology of Nonviolence in the Miscarriage of the Poor People’s Campaign
Business Meeting:
Johnny B. Hill, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Presiding

Is Humanism a Dead Topic in the Study of Religion?
Monday – 4:00 pm-6:30 pm
CC-28B
W. David Hall, Centre College, Presiding
Theme: Is Humanism a Dead Topic in the Study of Religion?
Panelists:
David E. Klemm, University of Iowa
Paul Mendes-Flohr, University of Chicago
Ahmet T. Karamustafa, Washington University, St. Louis
William Schweiker, University of Chicago
Dale S. Wright, Occidental College
Responding:
Glenn Whitehouse, Florida Gulf Coast University

Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Group
Tuesday – 9:00 am-11:30 am
GH-Edward B
Robison B. James, University of Richmond and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Presiding
Theme: Tillichian Conversations: Bible and Pluralism
Keith Johnson, Princeton Theological Seminary
Tillich, Frei, and the Making of a Biblical Theologian
John C.M. Starkey, Oklahoma City University
The Word Made History
Mary Montgomery Clifford, Chicago Theological Seminary
A Journey toward Inclusion: Paul Tillich and the Influence of Rudolf Otto’s The Idea of the Holy
Duane Olson, McKendree College
Paul Tillich and John Hick: Inclusivism and Pluralism, Critique, and Construction
Business Meeting:
Robison B. James, University of Richmond and Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond, Presiding
Rachel Sophia Baard, Villanova University, Presiding

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2 responses to “UU and Liberal events at the American Academy of Religion conference in San Diego

  1. Thanks for the heads up. The Religion, Politics, and the State Group was excellent.

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