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2016 Annual Meeting

San Antonio, TX

Meeting Begins11/19/2016
Meeting Ends11/22/2016

Call for Papers Opens: 12/16/2015
Call for Papers Closes: 3/1/2016

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GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics

Program Unit Type: Affiliate
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: Session Theme: "Migration, Marginalization, and the Mission of God: Missional Hermeneutics in the Context of Human Displacement and Relocation.” The work of the GOCN Forum on Missional Hermeneutics is rooted in the conviction that God, as revealed in Scripture, is engaged in a mission to the creation (missio Dei) and that a central component of this divine mission is the way in which God calls a people into existence in order for that people to join with God in this mission to the world. In this sense, movement (e.g., being sent) seems to be integral to the church’s missional calling, biblically understood. At the same time, diverse peoples in many contexts are currently on the move as a result of and under the pressure of larger—and often unjust—forces, whether socio-cultural, political, economic, environmental, and so on. What is the particular shape and focus of our participation in the divine mission in the context of such human movement (e.g., economic emigrations, political refugee crises, mass incarcerations, human trafficking) and how does this participation flow from and inform our doctrine of God and our biblical interpretation? How might missional readings of Scripture inform the way we think about these topics today? We invite submissions that engage thoughtfully with specific biblical texts from either Testament, exploring how the church’s missional calling may be illuminated through the intersection between biblical interpretation and contemporary migration and marginalization.

Program Unit Chairs

Michael Barram

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