The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954

Justice and Peace

Marcus Mescher, Xavier University (Ohio)

Christine E. McCarthy, Marywood University (Pennsylvania)

The Justice and Peace section invites proposals addressing the 2019 convention theme, “All the Ends of the Earth”: Challenge and Celebration of Global Catholicism. We recommend making explicit reference to the aspirations of the conference organizers’ full text in shaping your submission to explore the implications of a truly global faith that does justice.

In particular, we welcome proposals for papers or panels related but not limited to the following topics:

  • Assessment and reflection on the views, voices, and leadership of local, grassroots organizers effecting change on global actors (e.g., Black Lives Matter, the Women’s March, #NODAPL, #MeToo, #TimesUp, etc.). We especially invite analysis of the roles of women, people of color, and indigenous groups.
  • Case studies of women peacebuilders in one or more diverse global contexts (for example, the work of Leymah Gbowee and WIPNET during the Second Liberian Civil War or the cases addressed in Susan Hayward & Katherine Marshall’s edited volume Women, Religion, & Peacebuilding: Illuminating the Unseen).
  • In the spirit of “the personal is the political,” papers that analyze and apply wisdom gleaned from the lived experience of the lay faithful (particularly marginalized and/or underrepresented individuals and groups) pertaining to identity, intimacy, and relationships (e.g., gender-based violence or trafficking) in order to propose moral norms to bridge the local and global in work for justice and peace.
  • Discussion of the possibilities and limits of justice and peace collaboration with non-Catholic actors/organizations, whether secular or ecumenical.
  • Evaluation of the “state of the question” on the development of church teaching and activism on the subject of capital punishment, just war/peacemaking, or nuclear disarmament. 
Other proposals relating to themes of justice and peace will also be considered.

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