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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

AAR events: Unitarian Universalist theology in context.

Okay, academics, here's good news for UU religious scholars: At the November conference of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature in San Diego, Unitarian Universalism is actually on the agenda. Kudos to the team that put these events together.

Dan McKanan, associate professor at St John's School of Theology, sent out an announcement about two events:

[M16-130:] Unitarian Universalist Scholars and Friends Discussion
Friday, November 16
7:00 pm–10:00 pm

Theme: "Between the Schoolhouse and the Religious Houses: Unitarian Universalist Theology in Context"

Our inaugural Friday evening session will feature a discussion of the historical and cultural contexts for Unitarian Universalist theological work, and the key issues implied by these contexts. A panel of scholars and pastors will introduce the theme, with plenty of time for open conversation afterward. Participants include Rebecca Parker (presider), Anthony Pinn (panelist), Holly Horn (panelist), Samira Mehta (panelist), Emily Mace (panelist), Gabriella Lettini (panelist), Alma Crawford (panelist), and Arvid Straube (respondent). Sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry, Meadville Lombard Theological School, UUA Panel on Theological Education, and Beacon Press. . . .

Unitarian Universalist Scholars and Friends Breakfast
Sunday, November 18
7:00 am–8:30 am

Persons connected to the Unitarian Universalist tradition are invited to meet and share a light continental breakfast. Sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry, Meadville Lombard Theological School, UUA Panel on Theological Education, and Beacon Press.

For more information contact Dan McKanan at dmckanan {at}

At this point, I'm not planning to be in San Diego for the AAR meeting, but feel free to check in here if you're planning to go — just to make me jealous.

Update 9.14.07: I've corrected an error in the original version of this post.

Copyright © 2007 by Philocrites | Posted 11 September 2007 at 9:39 PM

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September 12, 2007 04:11 AM | Permalink for this comment

We will probably be severely admonished by the "doers" in the organization for wasting our precious time in exercising our mind and our reason, rather than saving the world with good deeds (as if we didn't do it the rest of our time!), but yes, it is good news that such a panel is arranged, and I hope that the procedures are available afterwards.

James Field:

September 12, 2007 03:47 PM | Permalink for this comment

Probably worth mentioning that the early discount registration ends on September 16th.


September 12, 2007 05:15 PM | Permalink for this comment

Jaume, I doubt it. For one thing, the Starr King faculty on the panel are known as activists as well as theologians. I suspect that social injustices and various kinds of activism are part of the "context" the panelists will be discussing.


September 14, 2007 03:12 PM | Permalink for this comment

Very cool. I'd love to see a similar panel with historians of religion who have studied the history of UUism (or Uism, or Uism, or UU figures). Imagine a Universalism panel with Ann Lee Bressler, Steven Marini, Ernest Cassara, and Dean Grodzins, along with Howard Dorgan (who studied Primitive Baptist Universalists) for a little variety....


September 14, 2007 03:29 PM | Permalink for this comment

Oops: I had originally written that Dan McKanan is chair of the department of theology at St John's School of Theology — but I can't find the webpage that had given me that impression. He's an associate professor of theology who also teaches in the Peace Studies department. I've corrected the main entry.

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