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2020 Annual Meeting

Virtual Meeting

Meeting Begins11/29/2020
Meeting Ends12/11/2020

Call for Papers Opens: 1/7/2020
Call for Papers Closes: 3/11/2020

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The Forum on Missional Hermeneutics

Program Unit Type: Affiliate
Accepting Papers? Yes

Call For Papers: (1) Reparations/Reparational Ethics, the Bible, and the Missio Dei In collaboration with the Ethics and Biblical Interpretation Group, we invite proposals on reparations discourse and the biblical text. Questions to be considered: How might reparations be rooted in the Bible, and what contributions might a biblical account of reparations make to debates about reparations and ethics? How might biblical readings be informed by questions from religious communities complicit in racial injustice and challenged by possible reparations? How might biblical texts call for reparations as part of God’s mission? How have historically distorted understandings of mission created a need for reparations and how may this harmful history be addressed in light of hermeneutics, ethics, and biblical interpretation? How does the contemporary question of reparations speak to communities’ participation in God’s mission, understood in terms of communal self-understanding and purposiveness? (2) Hermeneutical Approaches Informed by the Positionalities of Women in Dialogue with Missional Hermeneutics This session focuses on forging a critical dialogue between missional hermeneutics and hermeneutical approaches informed by the positionalities of women. Questions to be considered: What questions and challenges do feminist approaches raise for missional hermeneutics? How might articulations of the Missio Dei change or expand in light of feminist interpretations of biblical texts that recount disregard of or violence against women? How do feminist reflections on biblical maternal imagery for the divine inform and shape the Missio Dei? How can the work of feminist scholars in missional theology and hermeneutics shape the future trajectories of missional theology and hermeneutics? We invite proposals that critically engage the intersections of missional hermeneutics and womanist, mujerista, white feminist, Asian feminist, or other approaches grounded in the positionalities of women.

Program Unit Chairs

John R. Franke
Michael Barram

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