The 2021 Mennonite Scholars and Friends Forum, scheduled to take place at the AAR/SBL meetings in San Antonio, Texas on Friday 19 November 2021, will focus on the theme of "Women, Liberation, and the Bible." In recent years, Mennonite theologians and practitioners have intentionally focused on centering theological practice in the experiences and perspectives of women and other marginalized voices. Volumes like Lydia Neufeld Harder’s The Challenge is in the Naming: A Theological Journey (CMU Press, 2018) and the collection edited by Elizabeth Soto Albrecht and Darryl Stephens entitled Liberating the Politics of Jesus: Renewing Peace Theology through the Wisdom of Women (T & T Clark, 2020) gather essays authored by women theologians, practitioners, and leaders in the Anabaptist-Mennonite world that develop peace church positions in fresh, liberative ways. Building off the work of these volumes (and others like it), this session of the Mennonite Scholars and Friends Forum will engage with issues of how the Bible might be a partner in these emerging conversations.
The planning committee especially welcomes proposals from biblical scholars that center the experiences and voices of women, survivors, activists, and others whose perspectives may extend the conversation.
Questions papers might address include but are not limited to:
- What biblical passages might lend themselves well to theological consideration of issues of consent, power, sexuality, sexual violence, etc.?
- What hermeneutical strategies/approaches most lend themselves toward liberating readings of Scripture?
- How might the biblical text be an ally (or an opponent) to combatting multiple forms of oppression?
- What biblical texts might warrant being labelled “texts of terror”?
- What biblical texts (beyond the “usual suspects”) might contribute to a liberatory peace theology?
- How can the biblical text contribute to the full thriving of oppressed/marginalized individuals and communities?
Proposals, including a title, of 200–400 words should be submitted by email to TMTC no later than 30 April 2021.