2019 NABPR Meeting Program

The National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion

Campbell University • May 20-22, 2019 • Raleigh, NC

All events will occur at the First Baptist Church, 99 North Salisbury Street Raleigh, NC 27603.

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Crescent Hill Baptist Church lecture series

Crescent Hill Baptist Church would like to invite NABPR to a lecture series coming up March 29-31 at Crescent Hill Baptist Church, Louisville KY in honor of Dr. E Glenn Hinson.  They will have 6 lecturers who will speak: Loyd Allen, Karen Smith, Raymond Bailey, Bill Leonard, Phyllis Rodgerson Pleasants Tessieri, and Alan Culpepper.  Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty will preach at our 11:00 a. m. worship service on the 31st.  Doug will moderate the whole series, introducing each speaker and moderating a round table discussion of the lecturers on Sunday morning during the Sunday School hour.

 

Conference and registration details may be found at https://hinson_lecture.eventbrite.com.

Carson-Newman University – Assistant Professor of Religion

Carson-Newman University is seeking to hire an Assistant Professor of Religion with a specialization in New Testament.

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The Julian Gwyn Essay Prize in Baptist and Anabaptist History and Thought

The Acadia Centre for Baptist and Anabaptist Studies (ACBAS) is pleased to announce the Julian Gwyn Essay Prize in Baptist and Anabaptist History and Thought. The details pertaining to this new essay prize can be found in the attached poster/advertisement. We would appreciate it if you would forward the information of this prize throughout your publications (print, electronic, website, blogs, etc.) and various channels of communication. The attached poster was created for this purpose and you are free to use it as you see fit. 

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CFP: ”Incarnation and Identity”

Call for Papers
”Incarnation and Identity”
A Scholarly Conference
held in conjunction with the
ABC/USA Biennial Mission Summit
Virginia Beach, Virginia
June 20th, 2019

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American Baptist Quarterly, Call for Papers

American Baptist Quarterly (ABQ) is the peer-reviewed journal of the American Baptist Historical Society. Both established and emerging scholars are invited to submit papers written from original research. Articles and essays should be between 6,000 and 10,000 words. If you are interested in submitting a paper for one of the upcoming issues, please contact editor Curtis Freeman (CFreeman@div.duke.edu) as soon as possible.

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Festschrift Honoring Alan Culpepper

There will be a presentation for a festschrift honoring Alan Culpepper at 7:00-8:00pm at the Denver Meeting of the AAR and SBL. (Nov. 18, Sheraton-Downtown Spruce Room, third level). All are invited.

New Book: Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall

Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall by Courtney Pace
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Courtney Pace, Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall Hardcover – June 15, 2019
(Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2019). ISBN: 9780820355061.

Announcing, Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall, a forthcoming book by NABPR member and 2013 dissertation scholarship awardee, Dr. Courtney Pace, of Memphis Theological Seminary. The book is now available for pre-order.

I stood in the authenticity of my being: Black, preacher, Baptist, woman. For the same God who made me a preacher made me a woman, and I am convinced that God was not confused on either account.
~ Rev. Dr. Prathia Hall

Rev. Dr. Prathia Hall was a Baptist pastor, professor, activist, Womanist theologian, & more. She held the Martin Luther, King Jr. Chair in Social Ethics at Boston University School of Theology and she later became the dean of United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio and director of the Harriet Miller Women’s Center. According to Pace, “In 1997, Ebony magazine named Hall first in its list of 15 Greatest Black Women Preachers, and she was the only woman considered for its list of 10 Greatest Black Preachers, ultimately placing 11th.”

Rev. Dr. Prathia Hall’s theology revolved around freedom faith, the belief that God wants all people to be free and equips those who work for freedom. This dissertation offers a thematic biography of Hall, paying particular attention to her activism in the Civil Rights Movement and her womanist preaching ministry, through the lens of freedom faith. Hall first learned of freedom faith from her father, growing up in North Philadelphia. Through her training in Fellowship House and her activism with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Southwest Georgia and Selma, Alabama, Hall’s freedom faith matured. After the Movement, Hall returned North and pursued theological education at Princeton Theological Seminary, where her freedom faith culminated in womanist liberation theology.

New Report on the State of Clergywomen in the U.S. is now available 

Recent past NABPR president, Rev. Dr. Eileen Campbell-Reed has been working to answer the question “How are women faring in ministry in U.S. churches?.” In this report she provides not only a statistical accounting but also an analysis of some of the trends.

One measure of how women are doing is to consider the statistical status of their entry into ministry and leadership in congregations and other ministry settings. A statistical analysis is one dimension of clergywomen’s faring that we have not been able to gauge in a broad way for two decades – when the last comprehensive reports on clergywomen were published.

Here are a few of the insights of the report:

  • In 1960 women were 2.3% of U.S. clergy. In 2016 women are 20.7% of U.S. clergy.
  • Since 2015 Roman Catholic lay ministers outnumber priests in the U.S., and 80% of them are women.
  • In 2017 women remain fewer than 25% of seminary faculty and deans, and just 11% of the presidents.
  • In most Mainline denominations, the percentage of clergywomen has doubled or tripled since 1994.
  • Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ clergywomen have reached numerical equity with clergymen.
  • More women of color and fewer white women are going to seminary to earn MDivs since 2008.
Learn more about The State of Clergywomen.