Ecclesia and Ethics IV

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Call for Papers — Ecclesia and Ethics IV

Ecclesia and Ethics IV

Theological Interpretation for Moral Formation:

A Global Hybrid Conference


This conference will be based at Trinity College Queensland in Brisbane, Australia on the evening of Thursday August 1st from 7-9pm and on Friday August 2nd from 9-4pm (which is Thursday August 1st afternoon/evening in the States) and hosted online. Ecclesia and Ethics is an international biblical studies and theology conference bringing scholars and practitioners into a global conversation.

The conference is a hybrid conference, though many papers will be given from the Brisbane location at Trinity College Queensland. Presenters and attendees will be able to participate by delivering papers and conducting Q+A through webinar software from anywhere in the world, live, in real-time. All that is required of participants is a reliable internet connection and a mic/webcam, available stock on most laptops, phones, and tablets.

The hosts of this conference welcome paper proposals from Christian scholars working in the disciplines of biblical studies, church history, theology, philosophy, or ethics. Paper proposals can focus on any of these approaches as they contribute to the exercise of Theological Interpretation for Moral Formation. Subjects include but are not limited to the following:


  • The formative/transformative reality of Scripture and theology
  • Historical analyses of exegetical texts that considers the theme of moral formation through theological engagement in a biblical text in the interpretation of an exegete from the patristic, medieval, or Reformation period.
  • New interpretations of biblical texts that result in or focus on the concept of moral formation or ethics
  • Canonical approaches to biblical/theological themes across biblical books that focus on moral transformation


Papers should be between 30-40 min with a 10 minute Q & A session following. Scholars who wish to present papers are requested to send a 300 word abstract to no later than January 15, 2019. All contributions should be original work, and standout papers will be selected for publication through an academic press TBD.


The conference is sponsored by Trinity College Queensland, Logos Bible Software, and by a generous grant from the Australian Research Theology Foundation Inc.


Great year for Ecclesia and Ethics. Tons of interesting papers from a variety of fields of study [exegesis, theology, anthropology, sociology and psychology] on the topic of human sexuality & the church. This will surely make a great volume. We’ll be taking the week to get the files all up and then touch base with links to view the audio and video for the presentations. The links will be right here on our website and I’ll likely just replace the webinar link with the video link. A password will go out to all registered participants by the end of this weekend with the password.

Thanks to everyone who joined us live, and to the presenters. We look forward to Ecclesia & Ethics IV next March! [More details forthcoming end of April]

We’ve posted the official schedule for Ecclesia and Ethics III. Check it out here. Register to attend here. You will have access to all of the presentations live, in real-time, including the opportunity to participate in Q+A. Registered attendees will be also have access to the recorded videos and audio of all of the presentations in EE III.

*Be sure to “download the desktop version” of gotomeeting when prompted in order to properly hear the speakers.

All the best,


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steve-chalke[1]Ecclesia and Ethics III: Human Sexuality and the Church

Inaugural Paper w/ Rev. Steve Chalke

 Saturday March 7th @ 4pm GMT [8am PST,9am MST,10am CST,11am EST].

To catch the talk go to: at the times listed above.

No need to register before hand for this inaugural talk!

Register for the entire webinar conference before or after [March 7th inaugural lecture, plus Saturday March 14th and Saturday March 21st] here for a charity donation of $10.

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*Full Schedule for Saturday March 14th and 21st, including main paper titles and parallel paper titles, and presentation times will be posted by Monday. All presentations will be recorded and available to view afterwards by registered participants via links.

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Third (and last) Mega Round of EE II Videos

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Hello friends,


Thanks for your patience on this last round of videos from EE II. The list below concludes our available links from Ecclesia and Ethics II. There were several files which did not save properly on the Gotomeeting site due to technical difficulties beyond our control. We do apologize if your paper, or a paper you were hoping to see is one of the presentations that falls into this category! That said, for those who were registered attendees/presenters of the conference, you can access any and all of these videos by using the special password given during the conference. If you have lost/forgotten the password, no problem! Just contact us and we’ll send you a reminder.

Thanks to all who participated and attended and join us next year for Ecclesia and Ethics III, a conference on Human Sexuality and the Church.

All the best,

The Ecclesia and Ethics Team

Walter Kim“The Temple, Technology,and Cultural Transformation”

Brandon Cox — Untitled Presentation

Mike Bird“Blogging in the Name of the Lord: What is the Virtue of Christian Blogging and Other Social Media”

Clark Elliston  — “Crafting or Bearing the Present? Avatars and the Character of Community”

Carolyn Alsen“Staring at Narrative Surveillance in Genesis and Cyberspace”

Ian Clausen“Desire, Transcendence and Virtual Identity”

Katherine G. Schmidt  — “Joys and Hopes, Griefs and Anxieties: Theological Worry and the Possibilities of the Internet”

Arthur Keefer  — “Principles of Pedagogy with Jesus and the Insufficiency of Online Theological Education”

Michael Jimenez  — “Closing the Borders: A Postcolonial Theological Interpretation of the Virtual World”

Michael Glowasky  — “Communication, Culture and St. Augustine: How the Internet Cultivates Fertile Ground for the Gospel”

Thomas Creedy “Disembodied Relationality: contextualising an ethic of social media within an understanding of the Imago Dei”

Brian LePort“Status Anxiety, Social Media, and Discipleship”


Second (Brief) Round of EE II Session Recordings and Videos

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Hi Folks,

We’ve got a bunch more in the process of being uploaded this week, but for now, I invite you to dig into Round I of the posted videos (see post below) or these three, new, excellent presentations from Andy Byers, Ben Myers, and Bill Mounce.


Andrew Byers “TheoMedia: Divine Communication and a Biblical Theology of the

Bill Mounce “Can Virtual Education be Holistic and Transformative?”

Ben Myers “The ethics of looking: patristic reflections on the cyber gaze”


To view the videos, just use the password which has been emailed out to you. If you forget the password, you can email

On deck for the end of this week (Friday) are:

Walter Kim “The Temple, Technology,and Cultural Transformation”,

Brandon Cox’s paper on Technology and the Church,

Arthur Keefer “Principles of Pedagogy with Jesus and the Insufficiency of Online Theological Education”,

Katherine Schmidt “Joys and Hopes, Griefs and Anxieties: Theological Worry and the Possibilities of the Internet”, and

Brian LePort’s “Status Anxiety, Social Media, and Discipleship” Presentations.

First Round of Videos from EE II Posted

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We’ve just uploaded the first of several rounds of videos from Ecclesia and Ethics II, and provided links to them on various speaker pages. Over the next week we should be able to get them all uploaded. Keep checking back every few days for more audio and video.

The webinar provider does not have the ability to record webcams yet (just screen share and voices), and so some videos are mostly audio, while some provide a powerpoint show, depending on what the presenter used during the conference presentation.

A password is being sent tonight to all the conference registrants. You can still register for the conference and watch it via video, and you will receive the password for the videos, and the password for 35% discount on T&T Clark’s catalogue.

These are the first ones that we uploaded. Thanks for the presenters for their engaging and diverse papers. Enjoy!

William Struthers“Pleasure Without Presence: Exploring the Psychological and Spiritual Impact of Online Sexuality and Entertainment”

Thomas Brauer “Thou Shalt not Steal: the use of digital and internet sourced photography in ecclesial contexts”

Kent Kersey “What Steve Jobs Taught Me About Teaching Theology”

John Dyer “The Reincarnation of Places and Things in a Post-Internet World”

Derek Schuurman “Shaping a Digital World: Faith and Computer Technology”

Christopher Adams “Iconoclasm: Owning Bodies within the World Wide Web”

Bex Lewis “The Digital Age: Photoshopped Selves?”

Register now, receive 35% discount on all T&T Clark books

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