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Summer greetings from Amsterdam!

Revd Dr Mike Pears, Director.

Dear all

It was very good to meet many of you at our recent summer gathering. It was energising and encouraging to be together as community, even if online. I very much appreciated fellowship, friendship and the lively exchange of ideas!

We approach the summer with continued uncertainty about how the COVID pandemic will shape our lives in the coming year and even in countries with well-advanced vaccine programmes it is difficult to plan more than a few weeks ahead. I also appreciate that some of you are facing very challenging circumstances both personally and in relation to ministry and national politics. Let’s continue to pray for each other, draw strength from sabbath spaces, and encouragement from the companions who are a gift to us along the way.

As ever, we have attached a number of notices that we think might be of interest to you in your research.

Peace and blessings

JEBS publication

Every tradition is involved in an interpretative process, a continuing learning-and-teaching event. The latest issue of the Journal of European Baptist Studies (no. 1, 2021) demonstrates this from different angles. This recent publication includes Ryan Newson’s article, titled ‘Inhabiting the City: Envisioning Baptist Ways of Doing Theology amidst Pluralism’. The article is inspired by James Wm McClendon, and argues for Christologically oriented vision ‘that can help guide people, Christian and otherwise, into an uncertain future’. Newson is convinced that Baptist theology is best done in the city, ‘emerging out of the social world’.

This issue brings under its ‘topical umbrella’ theological, educational and historical themes, ranging from teaching preaching to questions related to Baptist catholicity. Authors represent different cultures and countries, from Russia to the United Kingdom and Canada. JEBS no. 1, 2021, has a new layout style, and has started to publish ORCID numbers and DOI information, to make communication between researchers smooth, and to ensure that the electronic versions of the articles are easily accessible.

The Journal of European Baptist Studies appears twice a year and is available in Open Access in cooperation with Index Theologicus (http://www.jebs.eu). For print subscriptions, and for submitting articles for publication, please contact the Editor, Toivo Pilli  (jebs@ibts.eu).

Good to watch:

A series of public lectures from the Amsterdam Centre Religion and Peace & Justice Studies on the topic of  Postcolonial Approaches to Build a Just Peace


Upcoming events:

Inauguration of Prof Dr E. (Katya) Tolstoj, Chair of Theology and Religion in Post-Trauma Societies, Vice-dean and Dean of Research, Faculty of Religion and Theology, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Date:  17 December 2021, 15:45

Call for papers:

The Fellowship of European Evangelical Theologians (FEET) warmly invites you to the next biennial conference which will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, on 26–30 August 2022. The theme of the conference will be “Hope for the World: Eschatology as a Source of Life for the Mission of the Church”.

For more information or if you would like to participate, please contact Dr Klaus Bensel (secretary@feet-europe.org) with the title of your proposed paper and a short abstract.

The Search For Moral Common Ground - Protestant Theological University
PThU invites theologians, philosophers and others working in the field of humanities or related disciplines, interested in the theme of Searching Moral Common Ground, to submit their proposals for a paper presentation at the Moral Compass International Conference.

Deadline for submitting proposals: 1 October 2021

For more information, please follow this link

Perspectives in Religious Studies (PRSt)
Established in 1972, Perspectives in Religious Studies (PRSt) is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal produced for the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion, and it welcomes contributions for a special issue (early winter 2023) on “Baptists and the Literary Imagination,” guest edited by Elizabeth H. Flowers (Baylor University) and Darren J. N. Middleton (Texas Christian University)

For more information please follow this link or contact Darren Middleton  d.middleton2@tcu.edu