Opportunities & Events

Calls & Conferences

Conference: So Much Good Fruit: Lutheran Interpretations of Contemporary Legal Issues, Chicago

Conference:  So Much Good Fruit: Lutheran Interpretations of Contemporary Legal Issues
DATES: March 27- 28, 2014
LOCATION: Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
PRIMARY SPONSOR:  Valparaiso University  Law School

C0-PLANNERS:  Jeremy Telman, Ron Duty, and Marie A. Failinger

The goal of this conference is to begin a conversation among American lawyers, judges, and Lutheran ethicists, theologians and pastors about how the Lutheran tradition does and should inform critical issues of law and justice for our world. The conference will consider how Lutheran judges find their work informed by their faith and cultural background, and explore a range of issues from environmental protection to family law where Lutheran voices in law, theology, and ethics can make a distinctive contribution to secular law-making.  For Information, contact Jeremy Telman at Jeremy.Telman@valpo.edu.  Registration info available in January at: www.valpo.edu/law/scholarly-conference.

Event Dates: 
Thursday, 27 March, 2014 (All day) to Friday, 28 March, 2014 (All day)

Conference: God: Theological Accounts and Ethical Possibilities

God:  Theological Accounts and Ethical Possibilities
DATES:            April 9-11, 2014
LOCATION:            University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, Illinois, USA
PRIMARY SPONSOR:    The Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion
CO-PLANNERS:        Myriam Renaud and Dr. Joshua Daniel


    Recent book titles like The Twilight of Atheism and God is Back belie long-standing predictions that atheistic secularism would engulf the West and snuff out religion.  With religion in the ascendant, “old” questions and “old” problems concerning God are gaining traction once again. 

    For example, what is the relationship between claims about the nature or character of God and the moral actions motivated by those claims?  This question challenges theists to decide whether to reject forms of morality that are not aligned with their views about God and, if the answer is no, to identify the limits of their morality’s inclusiveness.  Other questions arise as well.  What is the relationship between moral codes underwritten by claims about God and the ethics espoused by the (ideally agnostic) civic sphere?  Are beliefs about God open to moral critique by others who espouse different beliefs or no beliefs at all?  If not, how does this impact inter-theological discourse?  Does it undermine theologically underwritten cooperation in addressing social justice issues and the needs of those who suffer? 

    Such questions, as ancient as human civilization, probe the connections between God and the good and the right.  Today these questions must take into account contemporary factors such as the growth of cultural and religious pluralism, the growth of hybrid theologies that incorporate teachings, rituals, and beliefs from a variety of religious traditions, the growth of mainstream acceptance for such hybrid approaches, and the resurgence of religiously motivated violence around the world.  One response has been to deny the existence of a link between conceptions of God and morality.  Some thinkers focus on the role of God in acts of violence and conclude that belief in God and strong ethical principles are incompatible.  In contrast, other thinkers insist that a moral life is impossible if it is not underwritten by a concept of God.

    Recent scholarship on the link between ethics and God tends to be descriptive or to emphasize sociological factors, paying scant attention to the nature or character of God.  In addition, contemporary theologies that confront the question of God in light of scientific claims about the world often pay little, if any, attention to the connection between God and the moral life.  This conference invites theologians and theological ethicists to offer accounts of God relevant to the current state of affairs in the West while taking seriously the possibility of a relationship between God and ethics.

Registration information will be posted soon.


Marilyn McCord Adams    (Rutgers University)
Pamela Sue Anderson    (University of Oxford)
Joshua Daniel        (University of Chicago)
Michael Fishbane    (University of Chicago)
John Hare        (Yale Divinity School)
Aristotle Papanikolaou    (Fordham University)
Myriam Renaud        (University of Chicago)
Mayra Rivera        (Harvard University)
William Schweiker    (University of Chicago)
David Tracy        (University of Chicago)
Michael Welker        (University of Heidelberg)

Submission Deadline: 
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014 - 10:45
Event Dates: 
Wednesday, 9 April, 2014 - 10:45 to Friday, 11 April, 2014 - 10:45

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies

SCE colleagues are invited to a worldwide network of scholars-believers who study, teach and contribute to the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies: An International Journal of Interdisciplinary and Interfaith Dialogue, a refereed trilingual thematic annual--a WisdomQuest. Colleagues use JIS articles in their courses in social sciences, humanities, science-ethics-religion dialogue, philosophy, theology (www.JIS3.org/sponsors.htm).

SCE members are welcome to join the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research as an Associate or Fellow. IIR membership includes subscription to this peer-reviewed Christian academic Journal and an informative annual ICSA Newsletter. We highly recommend the interconnected thematic series of the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies I-XXV 1989-2013+, which benefits students and faculty in all fields, and encourage colleagues to give a JIS gift set (tax deductible) to their favorite college, seminary, institute, or major public library (online option via PayPal on JIS web at: www.JIS3.org/invoice.htm).


National Conference on Medicine and Religion, March 7-9, 2014, Chicago

The 3rd Annual Conference on Medicine & Religion
March 7-9, 2014 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile
Conference Theme: Responding to the limits and possibilities of the body

Medicine exists because of the limits and frailties of the human body, as well as its possibilities; and medicine is shaped by what we expect the body to be and do. As such, health care practices depend on and display answers to important questions about human embodiment: To whom does the body belong? How is one's body related to oneself? What is a normal human body? What, if anything, does the human body tell us about how medicine should respond to bodily suffering and death? What kind of knowledge about human embodiment can science give, vis-à-vis the great religions? 

The 3rd Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion invites health care professionals and scholars to reflect on these questions and their implications for contemporary medicine. The conference is a forum for exchanging ideas from an array of disciplinary backgrounds and approaches, including both analytical and empirical scholarship, descriptions of what is as well as arguments about what should be, accounts of relevant experiences as well as reflections on the meaning of those experiences. Moreover, the conference invites participants to address these and other questions by looking to the traditions and practices of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Event Dates: 
Friday, 7 March, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, 9 March, 2014 (All day)

Society for the Study of Christian Ethics: Call for Papers

The 2014 Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics will be on the theme of "Sin and Christian Ethics" to be hosted at Westcott House Cambridge, 5th – 7th September 2014.

Presenters will include:
•    John Barton (Oriel and Laing Professor of the Interpretation of the Holy Scripture, University of Oxford)
•    John Hughes (Dean of Chapel and Chaplain Jesus College Cambridge)
•    Karen Kilby (Bede Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Durham)
•    Oliver O’Donovan (Professor Emeritus of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, University of Edinburgh)
•    John Webster (Chair of Divinity, St Mary’s College, University of St Andrews)

Registration is now open. To register for the conference, click here.

Call for Short Papers

Short papers on the conference theme are welcomed. To facilitate funding and travel arrangements, proposals with a title and brief abstract should be submitted by 31st March 2014.  Notice of acceptance will be given before Easter.
Proposals to be submitted online at: http://ssce.org.uk/conference-paper-proposal.
Please note, you need to login (or register for) an account on our system before you can submit a paper proposal. To do this, please click here.

Postgraduate Forum
The postgraduate conveners are currently planning for a Spring meeting of the Post-graduate Forum. All those engaged in higher level research in Christian Ethics and Moral Theology are most warmly invited to attend. For further information, please contact: pg-convener@ssce.org.uk.

Submission Deadline: 
Monday, 31 March, 2014 - 12:30
Event Dates: 
Friday, 5 September, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, 7 September, 2014 (All day)

Symposium and Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies information

Contact Information: 
Oskar Gruenwald, Ph.D., JIS Editor, JIS 2014 Symposium Coordinator, Institute for Interdisciplinary Research, International Christian Studies Association, 1065 Pine Bluff Dr., Pasadena, CA 91107, USA; Web: www.JIS3.org; E-mail: info@jis3.org

Symposium on: "Does God Play Dice? Randomness & Divine Providence," Hilton Pasadena, California, USA, 31 July-3 August 2014. Fully-developed papers will be considered for publication in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies XXVII 2015. Symposium Call for Papers/Registration on JIS web at www.JIS3.org/symposium2014.htm.

 In Press: A special JIS XXV 2013 thematic volume on: "Brave New World? Genetic Engineering & Human Dignity.” Abstracts at www.JIS3.org/abstracts.htm.

We havemany fine books available for review: www.JIS3.org/reviewbooks.htm.

 SCE colleagues: Recommend to your college, seminary and major public libraries this fine refereed Christian academic Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies, ideally the entire interconnected thematic series of JIS I-XXV 1989-2013+, which benefits students and faculty in all fields (cf. www.JIS3.org/sponsors.htm).


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Event Dates: 
Thursday, 31 July, 2014 (All day) to Sunday, 3 August, 2014 (All day)

Employment Opportunities

Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas: President

Contact Information: 
Confidential inquiries, questions and nominations may be directed to: Ms. Jan M. Asnicar, Vice President Higher Education Practice, EFL Associates Office: 913.234.1561 Cell: 913.339.8928 Email: jasnicar@eflassociates.com www.eflassociates.com

Saint Paul School of Theology seeks a dynamic leader who shares our vision for a daring new approach to theological education that unites spiritual development in our students with the acquisition of the skills necessary for effective ministry in the 21st century.

THE SCHOOL:  In the complexity of our ever-changing world and church, Saint Paul School of Theology is committed to educating leaders for the church who claim as their responsibility the biblical mandate of making disciples for Jesus Christ.  Our educational responsibilities are undertaken in the diverse contexts in which people live and serve and with a God-inspired desire to renewing the church and transforming the world.  Rooted in the Wesleyan tradition and committed to inspiring passion for ministry in diverse Christian bodies, Saint Paul School of Theology educates leaders to make disciples for Jesus Christ, renew the church, and transform the world.

THE PRESIDENT: The President is the Chief Executive Officer of Saint Paul School of Theology, and the chief advisor to and executive agent of the Board of Trustees. His or her authority is vested through the Board of Trustees and includes responsibilities for all educational and managerial affairs.  The President is responsible for leading the seminary, consulting with the Board in a timely fashion on appropriate matters, and serving as the key spokesperson for the seminary.  The President serves as an ex officio member of all standing committees of the Board. 

The next president will have the opportunity to shape the way theological higher education is offered and the contexts in which the best practices for ministry are shaped in our students.  Saint Paul is developing a novel collaborative model of education that promises to redefine the relationships between theological schools and the Church in ways that will renew passion and change the perceptions and effectiveness of both institutions as they strive to serve God’s rapidly changing world together

•    Master’s degree required; a terminal degree would distinguish the candidate.
•    Extensive leadership experience, combined with a strong passion for the vision, mission and goals of the United Methodist Church and the constituents with whom the seminary works and serves.
•    Theological convictions consistent with the United Methodist Church are required.  Standing as an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church would distinguish the candidate; a committed layperson will also be carefully considered.
•    A clear and compelling vision for theological education and a sound strategy for implementing that vision at Saint Paul School of Theology.
•    A proven track record of achieving significant fundraising results as well as a personal commitment to cultivating relationships with donors and enhancing the financial sustainability of the institution.
•    Experience working with a governing board.
•    An appropriate advanced degree with an earned terminal degree strongly preferred.

NOMINATIONS and APPLICATIONS:  EFL Associates, an executive search firm, is assisting Saint Paul with its search for this important position.  All calls and inquiries should be made through the search firm.  
For more information about the position and Saint Paul, please review the Presidential Prospectus at this website:  http://www.cbiz.com/eflassociates/pdfs/WebAdFINAL2493.pdf

Nominations and applications will be held in confidence.  Applications should include:
•    A letter outlining the applicant’s background and qualifications for the position;
•    A curriculum vita/resume;
•    Contact information (email address required) for five professional references, at least one of which is a direct report to the applicant, a second a colleague, and a third an individual to whom the applicant has reported directly; and
•    A personal statement of faith as it ties to the mission of Saint Paul School of Theology.  This statement is not to exceed 500 words.  

Important information:
•    Application deadline is Monday, February 17, 2014.
•    Anticipated appointment date is July 1, 2014 but is negotiable.
•    All documents should be submitted electronically in PDF format to: https://highereddecisions.com/efl/current_vacancies.asp

Saint Paul School of Theology welcomes persons from all backgrounds and beliefs to join our Community. We seek to create and foster a sense of community that facilitates the development, both personal and professional, of all our members, including faculty, staff, and students.  Saint Paul School of Theology is committed to providing equal opportunities for all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy status, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, disability, citizenship or intending citizenship status, gender identity, veteran status, or any other status protected by law (“protected status”). This is reflected in all policies, programs and procedures of the Seminary.  Saint Paul School of Theology complies with all applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws and strives to keep the institution free from all forms of illegal discrimination and harassment.

Submission Deadline: 
Monday, 17 February, 2014 (All day)
Event Dates: 
Tuesday, 1 July, 2014 (All day)

St. John's University, NY: Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics

Contact Information: 
Dr. Christopher P. Vogt, Chair, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439. E-mail address: vogtc@stjohns.edu.

The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at St. John's University seeks applications for an Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics (tenure track).  We seek a scholar with strong interest and ability in undergraduate teaching, facility in the use of technology, and a research agenda that draws upon the Catholic moral tradition to analyze international economic and political issues such as environmental ethics or peacebuilding.  Teaching load would include our introductory course (Perspectives on Christianity) and more specialized courses.  The ideal candidate will possess a terminal degree in theology by the time of the hire, evidence of teaching experience (e.g., a teaching portfolio), demonstrate potential for publication in refereed journals, and be committed to the university’s Roman Catholic and Vincentian mission. St. John’s University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities. 

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference by February 1, 2014 to: Dr. Christopher P. Vogt, Chair, Department of Theology & Religious Studies, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439.  E-mail address:  vogtc@stjohns.edu

Submission Deadline: 
Saturday, 1 February, 2014 - 08:45

University of Dayton: Lecturer in Religious Studies

The University of Dayton seeks to hire a full-time, non-tenure track lecturer, with the possibility of renewal, for the 2014-2015 academic year. The position begins on August 16, 2014. Primary responsibility will be to teach undergraduate courses in moral theology/Christian ethics, particularly courses on Christian ethics and the business world. The lecturer will also contribute to ongoing collaborations with the University of Dayton’s School of Business Administration on the development of curriculum and interdisciplinary programs pertaining to Christian ethics and the business world. Salary and benefits are competitive.

Required qualifications for the applicant are: ABD nearing completion of doctorate in religious studies or theology with a research focus and area of expertise in moral theology/Christian ethics; potential for success in teaching undergraduate courses on moral theology/Christian ethics, particularly courses on Christian ethics and the business world, and familiarity with Catholic social thought.

Preference will be given to those applicants with: an earned doctorate in religious studies or theology with a research focus and area of expertise in moral theology/Christian ethics; undergraduate or graduate education in business; professional experience in business relevant to teaching courses on Christian ethics and the business world; potential for success in teaching courses on moral theology/Christian ethics–particularly courses on Christian ethics and the business world–to students of diverse backgrounds, and potential for success in developing interdisciplinary programs and curricula with the University’s School of Business Administration.

A complete application consists of a cover letter, CV, a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample syllabus for a course on Christian ethics and the business world, transcripts from all graduate institutions, and three letters of recommendation submitted by the letter writers. Deadline for applications is February 4, 2014. Apply at https://jobs.udayton.edu/postings/11528. Applicants will enter e-mail addresses for their recommenders; an e-mail will then be sent to recommenders with instructions for uploading their recommendation letters. Letters of recommendation must be submitted by February 7, 2014.

The University of Dayton, founded in 1850 by the Society of Mary, is a top ten Catholic research university. The University seeks outstanding, diverse faculty and staff who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence in teaching, research and artistic creativity, the development of the whole person, and leadership and service in the local and global community. (The University’s Mission Statement can be found in full at http://academic.udayton.edu/ps/university/ud_mission.pdf.) To attain its Catholic and Marianist mission, the University is committed to the principles of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action and to equal opportunity policies and practices. We act affirmatively to recruit and hire women, traditionally under-represented minority groups, people with disabilities and veterans.

Submission Deadline: 
Tuesday, 4 February, 2014 (All day)
Event Dates: 
Saturday, 16 August, 2014 (All day)

Fellowships & Grants

Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics

Contact Information: 
Dr. Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE at ttritter@FASPE.info.

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics), in collaboration with The Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, is now accepting applications for a fellowship that uses the conduct of the clergy in Nazi Germany as a launching point for a two-week intensive study of ethical issues facing religious leaders today.

Fellowships include an all-expense paid trip from New York to Berlin, Krakow, and Oświęcim (Auschwitz) where students will work with leading faculty to explore both history and the ethical issues facing their profession today.

All program costs, including international and European travel, lodging, and food, are covered.

The 2014 FASPE Seminary program will run from June 15 to June 26, 2014.

Completed applications must be received by December 20, 2013.

Interreligious dialogue is a central component of the FASPE Seminary program, and students from all religious faiths are encouraged to apply.  FASPE will make every effort to accommodate diverse religious and dietary needs.

To apply or to learn more about FASPE, please visit: www.faspe.info

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Thorin R. Tritter, Managing Director of FASPE at ttritter@FASPE.info.

Submission Deadline: 
Friday, 20 December, 2013 (All day)
Event Dates: 
Sunday, 15 June, 2014 (All day) to Thursday, 26 June, 2014 (All day)

The Character Project at Wake Forest University: Funded Research

The Character Project at Wake Forest University is very excited to launch several funding competitions.

"New Frontiers in the Philosophy of Character" is $300,000 RFP aimed at work in philosophy on the topic of character, and proposals can request between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed one year in duration. We hope to make between 5-6 awards.

"New Frontiers in the Theology of Character" is $180,000 RFP aimed at work in theology or religious ethics on the topic of character, and proposals can request between $40,000 and $100,000 for projects not to exceed one year in duration. We hope to make between 3-4 awards.

A residential incentive of $6,000 for one semester or $12,000 for an academic year will be offered to philosophy RFP winners who are willing to move to Wake Forest University during the award period, and this stipend would not count as part of the research funding request. A willingness to move will not be taken into account when evaluating proposals.

Since work here will primarily be theoretical, the funding is aimed at semester or yearlong sabbatical research leave projects involving a book manuscript or series of substantive articles on character.

Participants in the seminar “Character: New Perspectives and Empirical Discoveries”, June 17-29, 2013, will receive a stipend of $1,500 for attending, plus have their travel, meal, reading materials, and lodging costs covered. The seminar meetings will conclude on Thursday, June 27, so that all participants can attend the Character Project final conference on June 27-29. Seminar meetings are expected to last roughly three hours per day. Application Deadline: December 15, 2012. Participation is limited to those working in the fields of philosophy or religion/theology. It is also limited to graduate students or faculty who have had their Ph.D. for ten years or less. Successful applicants can be doing work in any area of philosophy or religion/theology. A background in virtue ethics or the philosophy of character is definitely not required, and those who have worked extensively on the empirical adequacy of character are discouraged from applying. Please see http://www.thecharacterproject.com/summer.php for more information about seminar and application process.

This competition is supported by a generous grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

For more details, please visit www.thecharacterproject.com


Member News & Events


Jack Hill, professor of Religion in AddRan College of Liberal Arts at Texas Christian University, has been granted a 2013-2014 Fulbright-Scotland Visiting Professorship (Distinguished Chair) at Aberdeen University, Aberdeen, Scotland. In addition to researching and writing a book on the relevance of Adam Ferguson’s moral philosophy for teaching ethics today, he will be presenting guest lectures on ethics and his research at the University of Aberdeen and other universities in the U.K.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

In addition, his paper (“Adam Ferguson’s Discourse on “Rude Nations”—An Implicit Critique of Empire from an Unlikely Source”) will be presented the upcoming Annual Conference of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society meeting at the Sorbonne, University of Paris, 3-6 July 2013. His article, “Marx’s Reading of Adam Ferguson and the Idea of Progress” will appear in the Scottish Journal of Philosophy 11/2 (Fall 2013).

Hill has an M.T.S. from Harvard University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Vanderbilt University, with a concentration in Philosophical and Theological Ethics, and a collateral discipline in Sociology of Religion. Before arriving at Texas Christian University, he taught ethics and phenomenology of religion at the Pacific Theological College in Fiji and was Visiting Professor of Ethics at the University of Durban-Westville in South Africa.



Sister Shawnee Daniels-Sykes SSND received the Merit Award for service, professional and academic excellence from the Spelman College’s National Alumnae Association on May 19, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. Congrats!!! She is assistant professor of theology and bioethics at Mount Mary College, Milwaukee.