Annual Meeting

We are excited to announce that from June 4-7, 2024 we’ll meet, in person, at New Brunswick Theological Seminary (New Brunswick, New Jersey) around the theme: Intersectional Care in a Divided World: Courage, Resistance, and Hope.

On-Site Conference Announcements

You can now download our program book.

To get to New Brunswick Theological Seminary, you may want to refer to this website.

For June 6

The immersion experience today will allow us to learn more about the social justice ministries of the Reformed Church of Highland Park. This is a church that has gained a lot of recognition for the ways they are ministering to folks in their community, including work with immigrants and refugees (you can see a summary of their justice ministries here: https://www.rchighlandpark.org/justice-programs) The church was even featured on NPR earlier this spring (https://www.npr.org/2024/04/16/1245150294/a-church-offers-asylum-seekers-a-loan)

The experience will start with lunch at the Global Grace Cafe (one of the church’s ministries) between 1 and 2 PM for those who wish to eat there (this will be individual pay, about $8 per person). If you would rather join the group for the program starting at 2:00, that’s fine too. Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale (one of the church’s co-pastors) will speak to us at 2 PM, and then we’ll divide into smaller groups to go and see some of the church’s ministries in action. At the end of the experience, we’ll come back together for a short debriefing to end no later than 5:30 PM.

For June 7

Access our business meeting agenda here.

Theme: Intersectional Care in a Divided World: Courage, Resistance, and Hope

We are witnesses to a perilous and precarious world. Wealth discrepancies, post-pandemic loss and malaise, socio-political injustices, polarized communities, and the desire to control human bodies are among the societal forces fueling the turmoil. A looming climate crisis intensifies the world’s predicament. Too many persons experience loneliness, anxiety, fear, trauma, and despair as they long for societal justice, belonging, and flourishing. Pastoral theologians, whether scholars, teachers, faith leaders, chaplains, counselors, spiritual care practitioners, activists, and other transformational agents, have taught us to understand reality through intersectional analysis and employ wisdom to move toward wholeness in an unjust world. They empower persons and communities to grow in resistance and resilience, in purpose and hope.

The 2024 Society for Pastoral Theology Annual Meeting aims at quickening the Society’s recognized history of exposing, challenging, and resisting the powers that render us vulnerable and disempowered. Courageous conversations, just care, and community-building across differences are required. We can be(come) a compassionate, caring people.

Join us in this charge. Register today!

Details of the meeting, including speakers, workshops, a full schedule, and more are available in the Spring newsletter.

Questions?

Please reach out to our Steering Committee!

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