Lessons Learned: A call for papers reflecting theologically on the Church’s faithful response to the COVID-19 pandemic
During this time of disorientation, uncertainty, and change, God’s call to us has not changed: as disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to be a people of faith, hope, and love. Our faithful response to that call depends on discerning how the Spirit is at work in our individual lives and in the communities to which we belong.
“A call for papers” to develop a compendium of articles to gain an historical perspective on how the church responded theologically and practically during a time of Pandemic and social division and disruptive unrest. To present a virtual conference where five of the papers will be presented.
Papers presented can include video, power point, podcast, or other creative media.
Paper topic options –please choose one category.
Focus example: Theological reflection on the experience of being church that is both sheltered /unsheltered, Virtual/actual preaching, quarantined / hybrid in person and virtual community. Following the Jesus movement during and after a time of pandemic
Theological reflection on Patience, hope, resiliency, solidarity, sacrifice during the time of COVID-19 and what values will continue to shape the church.
Theological Reflection on virtual communion, baptism, confirmation during COVID-19 and post-COVID-19.
Theological reflection how the church has changed and will continue to change as a result of the pandemic. How do church leaders help create a prayerful environment online? Leading change during time of crisis. Best practices/models gleaned from the field of organization development.
Theological reflection on pastoral care; methods of pastoral visitation, time of death, healing services, lay Eucharistic ministry. Care for people on the margins.
Theological reflection tending to racial justice, the experience of mission, living in the spirituality of the Beatitudes. Living out our baptismal call for justice; outreach, advocacy, service in the neighborhood.
A virtual conference with Dr. Lisa Kimball will be held on September 11, 2021, and the top five papers will be presented. Details will be forthcoming.