Throughout its history, Christianity has continually wrestled with the question of “Christ and culture.” While the question of how Christians should relate to the world is universal, their answer has always been contextual.
The region of Cascadia (roughly Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia) presents a complex set of cultural challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities for the Christian faith.
While millions of people and thousands of churches call Cascadia “home,” relatively little academic reflection has been produced on the relationship between these churches and the culture they inhabit.
In an effort to remedy this dearth of research and reflection, a coalition of Christian scholars from around the region have come together to organize an interdisciplinary conference in Seattle on September 26-27, 2014.
With the support of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the Fuller Institute for Theology and Northwest Culture welcomes paper proposals from scholars and gifted graduate students in a variety of disciplines including: religious studies, theology, sociology, arts & literature, biblical studies, law & politics, ministry, philosophy, history, and more…
While the selection committee will consider a wide range of paper topics, it is particularly interested in the following areas and issues.
- Regional trends in religion and spirituality
- Theological reflections on Cascadian arts and literature.
- Race, ethnicity, and Cascadia.
- Ethnographic studies of specific churches and micro-regions
- Reflections on cultural differences within the region itself.
- Studies on mega and multi-site churches in the region
- Environmentalism and green spirituality
- Cascadian agriculture
- Cascadian church planting
- Cascadian conflicts over sexuality and gender
- Cascadian evangelism efforts
- Christianity and indigenous communities
- Christianity and Cascadian politics
- Demographic studies
- Religion and technology
- Cascadian worship trends
- History of Cascadian churches
- Interfaith Relations in Cascadia
Proposals should be submitted in the form of a 250-word abstract by May 15th 2014 (extended). Submissions should include: name, institution, education, title of the paper, abstract (about 250 words), and any audiovisual equipment needs. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out within two weeks of submission.
Presentations will be no more than 20 minutes in length with 5 additional minutes for moderated discussion. Exceptional papers will be considered for inclusion in a publication following the proceedings.
We encourage all of our presenters to make creative and charitable efforts to communicate effectively across academic disciplines and theological traditions. Please email all proposals and questions to email@example.com.