The College Theology Society

 Serving Church and Academy Since 1954

Mysticism and Politics

Eileen Fagan, College of Mount Saint Vincent (New York)

Mary Ann Zimmer, Marywood University (Pennsylvania)

The convention theme for 2019 will focus on the challenge and celebration of global Catholicism. This section welcomes proposals for papers, panels, and other presentations formats in response to the convention theme. For Catholic Christians, the challenges of being global are not new, but the degree of their manifestations are unprecedented and manifestations of oppression are more sharply seen. What light does mysticism and politics shed on contemporary manifestations of globalism? How is our faith called to engage the crises facing the global community? How do we engage a globalism of indifference or rejection and turn it to one of concern and encounter? How do we approach our world with a “mysticism of open eyes”? How do our different contexts of political and economic power affect our efforts to think and act globally as a church? What challenges and opportunities does global Catholicism offer to theologians in cultures that have been accustomed to setting the agenda for Catholic theology? What might be totalizing temptations contained within the idea of ecclesial globalization? What kinds of intellectual asceticism might be required of theologians of the industrial North? How does our mystical and political imagination help us to think of and act on behalf of a future that shows global Catholicism embracing the common good for all God’s people? These are just a few questions to begin your thinking. Papers addressing other topics will be considered, but the conveners will give priority to those proposals that reflect the convention theme.

Strong proposals outside of the conference theme will also be considered.

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