07 December 2017

Call for Papers – Whakawhiti korero: Conversations between theology and social vocation

Date: 1-2 October 2018

Place: Auckland (at a venue yet to be determined)

The incarnation suggests that God in Christ is committed to human flourishing. This compels us also to be devoted to the wellbeing of people. Here at Laidlaw College we believe that a strong theological vision sustains the exercise of social vocation (including fields such as social work, counselling, teaching and nursing) and in turn is enhanced by the concerns of social vocation. Faith and theology can hold a significant place in the lives of those whose vocation is strongly connected with people, families and communities.

The Schools of Theology and Social Practice within Laidlaw College are therefore deeply interested in the integration of theology and social vocation, and believe that the practices of theology and of social vocation need each other. The purpose of this symposium is to create a conversation between these two realms of thought and practice, the better to appreciate how they might shape and inform each other.

We invite interested theologians, practitioners and academics to put this date in their diaries, and also to submit abstracts for papers relevant to the theme of the symposium. In this cross-disciplinary and cross-practice conversation we do not expect all papers to show expertise on all sides of the conversation, but we hope for papers that will offer insight into potential integration.

Papers could relate to, but not be limited to, the following themes:

  • Hospitality
  • Power
  • Agency
  • Personhood
  • Wellness
  • Ethics
  • Theodicy
  • Forgiveness
  • Creation
  • Christology
  • Restorative practices
  • Reconciliation as a vocational disposition
  • Inclusive practices
  • Bicultural practices
  • Grief and loss

Abstracts should be submitted no later than 15 May 2018. They should be no more than 350 words, with a short biography of the presenter(s). Abstracts should be sent to Tim Meadowcroft (tmeadowcroft@laidlaw.ac.nz) or Lisa Spriggens (lspriggens@laidlaw.ac.nz).