Southeast Region

reconciliation
2022 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CONFERENCE

Reconciliation and Mission
Call for Papers

Columbia International University,
Columbia, South Carolina
Saturday, March 19, 2022
8:30-5:00 PM

(meeting to be held in-person at CIU)

Globalism, along with massive migrations, interethnic and racial conflict, and rapid growth in secularism/atheism all contribute to polarization and heightened levels of conflict and the need for the Church to faithfully proclaim the gospel, make disciples, plant churches, work for justice, reconciliation and healing. How can a truly gospel centered missio ecclesia be reimagined that derives from the missio Dei calling all people back to the heart of God that is rooted in the call to be reconciled reconcilers?

Areas for research might be:

Biblical/Theological Foundations

  • What does the Bible teach about reconciliation?
  • What does 21st century gospel proclamation and disciple making look like in a socially broken world?
  • How can the concept of Kenosis help to understand the contextual needs for reconciliation?
  • What hurts the most and what are the barriers to speaking out truth in love and setting a ground for forgiveness?
  • Bringing reimagining to an epistemological shift: What is an integral theology of the biblical mandate of reconciliation?
  • How can a comprehensive theology of the missio Deimissio Christimissio Spiritu help to understand the missions?
  • How does one’s ecclesiology shape congregant’s approach towards reconciliation?
  • How might eschatology influence our present perspectives and practice towards reconciliation?
  • What are some ways biblical stories model reconciliation?

Reconciliation in church planting, theological education or missionary training

  • What are the intersections between intercultural competence, diaspora ministries, and reconciliation?
  • How is a transformative disciple equipped with the tools for addressing the challenges of reconciling neighbors?
  • How can we explore and speak unbiased about the challenges of nationalism, tribalism, ethnocentrism (racism and privilege) in missions?
  • How can we teach reconciliation in global missions but not be reconciled to our neighbor?
  • The role of an integrated approach to theological education in fostering reconciliation within cultures?
  • How might a polycentric view of missions lead to reconciliation?

Stories or examples of Reconciliation as Mission

  • The Majority World and the West: Stories reflecting greater global community and collaboration in reconciliation missions.
  • Where are stories of light? How are the missiological underpinnings represented in our ecclesial practices and what needs to change to let a local church be seen as the reconciliation “center” in their community?
  • How can creative, artisan approaches for trauma healing and concepts for healing wounds of ethnic conflict enable the journey for truth telling, leading to forgiveness, and creating a truly united future?
  • How does whole life or integral missions influence a ministry of reconciliation?

SUBMITTING A PAPER PROPOSAL

To propose a paper, members of the Southeast Region should send a topic title and 200-300 word abstract to J. D. Payne (jd.payne@samford.edu) no later than January 3, 2022.  

Accepted proposals are to be developed into papers of 4500-7000 words in length and use Chicago Turabian author-date citation format. Some papers presented at the EMS regional meetings will be invited to be presented at the annual EMS meeting, October 7-9, 2022, leading to the possibility of being published as a chapter in the EMS Annual Compendium for 2023.

Regional Vice President

Dr. J. D. Payne

Samford University
Professor of Christian Ministry
205.726.4802
jd.payne@samford.edu

The Southeast Region covers the following states:

Alabama
Florida
Georgia
Kentucky
North Carolina
South Carolina
Tennessee
Virginia
West Virginia