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Georgetown College and Baptist Seminary of Kentucky
are pleased to announce a Lilly Fellows Regional Conference

Discerning Vocation in a Contested Religious Tradition

January 28-29, 2016

This conference is supported by a grant from the Lilly Fellows Program.


nadia-bolz-weberNadia Bolz-Weber
Pastor, House for All Sinners and Saints
david-gusheeDavid Gushee
Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics and Executive Director for the Center for Faith and Public Life, Mercer University
caroline-simonCaroline Simon
Provost, Whitworth College
patricia-oconnell-killenPatricia O’Connell Killen
Academic Vice President and Provist, Gonzaga University

Call for Papers

Maintaining a vibrant Christian community depends on educating students who will shape the future of religious traditions. Christian higher education also plays a significant role in retrieving, challenging, and reconstructing these traditions. Thus, in times of denominational political turmoil many academics find themselves the focus of power struggles, facing threats of exclusion, and sometimes, standing as beacons of hope. In addition to these intramural contests, Christian higher education in America is also entering the challenging realization that increasing numbers of students and other constituencies are post-denominational or religiously pluralistic.

This conference seeks to address challenges and highlight opportunities related to the complex and fluctuating relationships between the church and academy. Some questions include:
• How will academic vocation, grounded in the tradition of the academy and religious frameworks, continue creative and responsive teaching and research?
• What does it mean that American higher education continues to represent itself in terms of religious tradition, or denominational loyalty, as traditions continue to be challenged from within and without?
• How do we invite and challenge students to follow paths into various vocations related to the future and well-being of religious traditions?
• Should we engage students, educators, and communities in discovering religious fidelity as a path to principled pluralism, and if so, how?

We invite scholars, teachers, administrators, religious leaders, and students of all Christian traditions to join us as we explore these questions by submitting paper proposals connected to the conference theme.

Proposals for presentations and panels are due September 15, 2015. Abstracts of 500-750 words including presenter(s) contact information and institutional affiliation. Direct submissions and inquiries to

Conference Cost: $75, $50 for Lilly Fellows Network members and Students

Hotels with room blocks and special rates:

Hampton Inn
128 Darby Drive
Georgetown, KY 40324
(502) 867-4888
20 rooms in block
$83/night. Code GCC

Holiday Inn Express
140 Osborne Way
Georgetown, KY 40324
(502) 570-0220
20 rooms in block (10 kings, 10 queens)
$112/night, code GCV