Visions of Hope:
Emerging Theologians and Young Church Leaders Envision the Church of the Future
March 9-11, 2012
Boston College/ICMICA-Pax Romana
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, numerous ethical and social challenges face the human community. While the phenomenon of globalization and its effects have brought people and cultures together in many profound ways, new inequalities and conflicts are dividing people and communities. In light of these complex realties, what will the future of the Church look like? Emerging theologians and young Church leaders are in a unique position to offer hopeful visions, which can help the Catholic community address internal and external questions.
The conference will consist of both paper presentation sessions and panel discussions, with ample space to network and share ideas with other participants. Additionally, the conference has the goal of drafting a collaborative statement, and will likely seek publication for it and the papers presented.
Interested scholars are invited to submit a 1000 word proposal with a 250 word abstract. Submissions should include full contact information. Submissions in the following areas are especially encouraged, particularly as they relate to the reception of Vatican II:
The Future of Catholic Ethics
Abuse Scandal, Catholic Social Thought, Community-based Ethics, HIV/AIDS Studies, Human Rights, Virtue Ethics
The Future of Dialogue
Ecumenical/Interreligious Dialogue, Political and Religious Dialogue
The Future of Liturgy
Latin Mass/Role of the Vernacular, The New Missal, Non-Sacramental Liturgies, Sacramental Theology
The Future of Ministry
Alternatives to Parish-Based Models, Current Pastoral Challenges, Lay Ministry, Role of Priesthood/Religious Life
The Future of Ecclesiology
Church Leadership/Organization, Communal Discernment, Nature/Mission of the Church, Possibilities for Reform, Role of the Papacy
To submit an abstract and proposal, or for further information or questions, contact Benjamin Durheim, Michael Jaycox, and Megan McCabe at: email@example.com by
October 31, 2011. November 4, 2011.