The College Theology Society

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Symbol, Ritual, and Sacrament

Randall Woodard, Saint Leo University (Florida)

Xavier M. Montecel, Boston College (Massachusetts)

The “Symbol, Ritual, and Sacrament” section invites proposals for papers, panels, and discussions for the 2020 conference. Primary consideration will be given to those proposals that incorporate the theme of the 2020 College Theology society conference.

Relevant topics might include:

  • The admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to the Eucharist; current developments and theological considerations.
  • The family unit and the ecclesial Body of Christ as analogous entities; moral and ecclesiological implications of the comparison.
  • The role of the family in liturgy; its presence in the offertory, marriage rituals, Baptism, etc.
  • Ritual and sacramental practices organized around the family and the home; ofrenda altars for Dia de Los Muertos, blessings of the home, family prayer, the recitation of the Rosary, chaplets, or the Divine Office.
  • Liturgy and the sacraments as sites of healing or harm in relation to family trauma or sex abuse.
  • Other proposals creatively engaging the annual theme.

All proposals must include name, institution, rank, street address and state, and current CTS membership status and should be sent via email to both section conveners, Randall Woodard ( and Xavier Montecel (, by December 15, 2019.

Please describe any technology that will be needed should the proposal be accepted. Decisions will be communicated by January 15, 2019 at the email address provided.

The College Theology Society is a registered, non-profit professional society and a Related Scholarly Organization of the American Academy of Religion.


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