The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954


Jennifer Kryszak, Saint Thomas University (FL)

Susan Reynolds, Candler School of Theology at Emory University (GA)


The Ecclesiology section welcomes papers that pertain to this year’s theme, “Human Families: Identity, Relationships, and Responsibilities.” Papers might consider the following topics:


  • How are contemporary discussions about families impacting familial, maternal, and relational metaphors of church?
  • In what ways are ecclesial movements and small communities emerging as sites of family ministry and alternative models of family?
  • How have church teachings on family life developed in response to social conditions and structural issues confronting families? Papers could attend to historical and/or contemporary ecclesial responses, synods, and papal documents.
  • In light of the nature of the church, what is the church’s responsibility(ies) to human families? Papers can attend to a variety of issues including the family separation crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border and the detrimental impact of the clergy sexual abuse crisis on relationships and families.

The conveners will also gladly review papers outside of these areas that pertain to any ecclesiological topic.


All papers should be conceived for an effective thirty-minute presentation with a fifteen-minute discussion afterward.


Please be sure to address proposals to both conveners at the email addresses indicated above by December 15, 2019.

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