Posted by esbvmusa on November 22nd, 2014
ESBVM USA AUGUST 2015 CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS!
The Ecumenical Society of the Blessed Virgin Mary USA (ESBVM USA) exists to advance the study of Mary, the Mother of Christ, in Christian biblical and spiritual perspectives, and in the light of such study, to promote ecumenical interchange and prayer. Its aim is to show that, in Mary, Christians of many traditions may find a focus in their search for unity.
REVISED PROPOSAL DUE DATE: 15 January 2015
CONFERENCE THEME: The Virgin Mary in Christian Dialogue: Controversy, Convergence, and Vision
CONFERENCE DATES: 7-9 August 2015
CONFERENCE LOCATION: Misericordia University, Dallas, Pennsylvania, USA (near Scranton/Wilkes-Barre)
ESBVM USA is looking for perspectives on the progress and implications of previously published dialogues about the Virgin Mary from a variety of Christian denominations. We ask that you present on developments within your own particular tradition. So, for example, an Evangelical Christian could present on the findings of the Evangelical dialogue partners written in Do Whatever He Tells You: The Blessed Virgin Mary in Christian Faith and Life, A Statement of Evangelicals and Catholics Together.
Additional published dialogues include, but are not limited to the following:
- The One Mediator, Mary, and the Saints (1991, American Lutherans and Catholics)
- Mary, Sign of Grace, Faith, and Holiness: Towards a Shared Understanding (1995, British Methodist-Roman Catholic Committee)
- Common Declaration: Pope John Paul II and Catholicos Aram I Keshishian, Rome, 1997
- Mary in the Plan of God and in the Communion of Saints (1999, Groupe des Dombes: French Reformed, Lutheran, and Catholic)
- Pastoral Agreement between the Coptic Orthodox Church and the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa, Cairo, Egypt 2001
- Mary: Grace and Hope in Christ (2004, Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission)
The following are possible considerations for your presentation:
- What, according to your tradition, are the key biblical passages considered in the dialogue that you are analyzing and why?
- What does your tradition consider the most difficult theological issues that have been broached in dialogue, and what progress has been made?
- How do conclusions drawn by the dialogue partners that you are considering compare with the cultural and devotional practices in your tradition?
Please submit proposals consisting of a 350 to 500-word abstract and your contact information to the review committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.