The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954

Mysticism and Politics

Eileen Fagan, College of Mount Saint Vincent (NY)

Janice Thompson, Kings College (PA)

The convention theme for 2020 will focus on human families, their identity, relationships, and responsibilities. Human families provide the atmosphere and training in the formation of vital relationships. Through our relationships we come to know ourselves as well as our responsibilities to and for others.

However, during the past few years, we have witnessed numerous consequential social, religious, and political events related to conceptions of family. We have seen the challenge related to religious liberty in the area of contraception, abortion, and same-sex marriage. The global refugee crisis has displaced families and challenged nations to come to a just and humane solution for migrants. Moreover, nationalist and nativist political ideologies have resurfaced, causing more harm and separation of the human family.

What light does mysticism and politics shed on the contemporary challenges that are present in our human families, whether biological or not? How has the mysticism of the family changed or adapted to respond to the particular challenges in different contexts? How does our mystical and political imagination help us to think of and act on behalf of a future that embraces the common good for all human families? How can we engage the mysticism of family relationships—our spiritual ancestors, our spiritual sisters and brothers—to address our divisions? These are just a few questions to begin your thinking. The conveners welcome your proposals. While you are not limited to the above, the conveners will give priority to those proposals that reflect the convention theme.

Proposals are limited to 250 words. Please send a copy of your proposal to both Eileen Fagan ( and Janice Thompson ( When you send your proposal, please include the name of your institution and your contact information. Deadline for receiving proposal is December 15, 2019.

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