Annual Meeting Frequently Asked Questions

Attendee FAQ | Speaker FAQ | Volunteer FAQ

Attendee FAQ

Will there be a virtual component to the Annual Meeting?

The 2022 Annual Meeting will be a place-based meeting with no virtual component. 


Speaker FAQ

As a speaker, how to I structure my presentation?

Concurrent Session - The 75 minute session should be split equally between presentation and discussion (~35/40 minutes).

Poster Session - For information on posters, click here.

As a speaker/convener/facilitator, do I need to register for the Annual Meeting?

Yes, all participants must register for the Annual Meeting by December 1, or they will be removed from the program.

Do Interest Group invited speakers need to register?

Yes, registration is required.  Presenters at non-concurrent sessions do not need to be members; if a Group invites a non-member to speak, the non-member’s registration fee is waived.  Please reach out to [email protected] and ask for a complimentary code to register.  Any such Interest Group guests must pay their own transportation and lodging expenses.  

Is my paper eligible to be published in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics (JSCE)?

All papers and panels accepted for concurrent sessions are eligible for consideration to be published in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. If you are interested in submitting your paper for consideration, you will need to upload an abstract into the JSCE online system by August 15. 

What is SCE's Policy Regarding Research Involving Human Subjects?

If your paper/panel includes research of human subjects (including ethnographic research) you need to submit an IRB protocol to your local IRB committee.  You must confirm submission (with contact information and date) or acceptance of an IRB protocol by June 1st or your acceptance will be withdrawn. We realize that the IRB protocol you submit may not receive approval by June 1; what is important at this stage is simply that it be submitted, and that you can confirm its receipt by your IRB.  You can find the SCE's IRB Policy here.

I am participating in the Conversation with an Author session and would like my book to be considered for review in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.  What do I need to do?

Mail a copy of your book to the Book Review Editor, Lisa Powell.  More information can be found here.

When will I find out who is convening/facilitating my session?

The name of the convener/facilitator of your session will be posted to the online program in early Fall.  At that time, it is the presenter's responsibility to send the convener/facilitator a copy of your paper, curriculum vita or other material needed to introduce you.  For the Conversation with an Author, it is the authors responsibility to send the facilitator a complimentary copy of your book soon after this assignment is made so they have time to digest it.


Volunteer FAQ

How do I volunteer?

Volunteer opportunities will open up in September with registration.  Please indicate on your registration form the volunteer opportunity you would like to sign up for.

I am a volunteer.  What is my role?

Convener Responsibilities:  A convener oversees a concurrent session. To foster constructive dialogue and open discussion among all present at a session, the Convener is asked to:

  • Begin the session promptly.
  • Keep the presenter/panelists on schedule: the 75 minute session should be split equally between presentation and discussion (~35/40 minutes).
  • Provide warnings as agreed upon with the presenter, minimally a 10-minute and a 5-minute warning.
  • Facilitate discussion following the presentation by recognizing questioners and keeping track of who wishes to ask questions.
  • Call on as many different individuals as possible during the discussion.  Encourage new members and junior scholars to participate in the discussion.

Facilitator Responsibilities:  A facilitator convenes a Conversation with an Author session.  Responsibilities include reading the book prior to the meeting, providing a brief (5-7 minute) synopsis of the book, introducing the author, and facilitating a discussion of the book.

The discussion segment ordinarily is divided as follows:

  • 5 minutes for general welcome and individual introductions.
  • 5-10 minutes for the facilitator to summarize the book and introduce the author.
  • 5 minutes for the author to respond to the summary.
  • 55 minutes for general discussion.

Worship Planner Responsibilities:  A worship planner for the Ecumenical Worship Service (Sunday AM) and the Catholic Eucharist on (Saturday PM), is responsible for planning and/or leading the session.  

Registration Support Responsibilities:  These volunteers will assist at registration by welcoming attendees, distributing badges and materials, delivering and returning LCD projectors, etc.  This opportunity is available for Student Members only.

Journal Referee Responsibilities:  JSCE referees evaluate presentations for possible publication in the Journal, according to the procedures established by the editors.



Have a question not answered above?  Reach out to [email protected] or 320-253-5407.