The One Hundred Seventy-Eight Meeting

American Theological Society


The One Hundred Seventy-Eighth Meeting

October 28, 2016

Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

1100 East 55th St.

Chicago, Illinois 60615


2:45 p.m.

Registration and Afternoon Refreshments, Room 350


3:15 p.m.

Afternoon Session, Room 350

Formation, the Future and Feminist Theologies: A Post-Postliberal, Poststructural Proposal
Brandy Daniels, McCormick Theological Seminary



Robert Saler, Christian Theological Seminary



5:00 p.m.

Reception, Refectory

5:30 p.m.

Dinner and Business Meeting, Refectory



7:00 p.m.

Evening Session, Room 350


The Religion of Race: The Demonic in the Quotidian
Stephen G. Ray, Jr., Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary



Francisco Herrera, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago


Executive Committee

Marti J. Steussy, President

Jennifer Leigh Baldwin, Vice President

Jacqueline M. Braeger, Member at-Large

Paul Parker, Secretary/Treasurer


To Attend

Professors and other scholars in the field of religious studies are warmly invited to attend the ATS-Midwest semi-annual meetings, and if qualified to become members of the Society. As a guest, visitor or long-time member of the Society, please join your colleagues for a critical and cordial theological discussion.



To register for an ATS-M semi-annual meeting, please call, write or email Paul Parker and state your intentions by the medium most convenient to you: office phone (630) 617-3559;; or Department of Religious Studies–Box 26, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126.


Because the host institutions of the Society’s semi-annual meetings provide significant support, there is no registration fee. There is, however, a fee of $25 for dinner and refreshments.


This Session

This fall’s meeting of the ATS-M addresses topics that seem all at the same time perennial, timely and prescient. First, Professor Brandy Daniels (a McCormick Seminary visiting professor from Vanderbilt University) will present a paper drawn from her current research on Christian identity formation in relation to gender and sexual identity and the implications for spiritual formation and social structures. Dr. Rob Saler, a past president of ATS-M will begin the Society’s conversation with a formal response to her paper. Then, after dinner and the Society’s semiannual business meeting, Dr. Stephen Ray (the Neal F. and Ila A. Fisher Professor of Systematic Theology at Garrett Theological Seminary) will present a paper drawn from the deep well of his research and critical reflection on race, religion, politics, theology, human rights, and genocide and the church. In today’s world, one wonders if the ‘demonic’ has become just another moment of everyday life? Mr. Francisco Herrera will begin the Society’s discussion of Dr. Ray’s paper with a prepared response drawing on his background as a classical musician (viola), Latino theologian, Lutheran scholar, and self-described “Christian agitator.”


Statement of Purpose

The American Theological Society gathers as an intentionally collegial community of scholars who are engaged in the critical and creative examination of the depth and breadth of religion as it influences and is influenced by culture.



The American Theological Society (Midwest) has convened semi-annually since the early 1920’s to present and receive scholarly papers on crucial issues of religion and culture. The Society meets twice a year–on the last Friday of April and the last Friday of October–in greater Chicago at colleges, seminaries and universities. The Society has often reached beyond its local members to invite international scholars and others from across the United States to present papers and to participate in its semi-annual meetings. At the same time, the Society calls attention to the work of local scholars whose theological thinking about religious phenomena has shaped their lives and their scholarship. The Society is a community of scholars who speak and listen to one another.



Annual membership dues are $20 for members and $10 for associate members to be paid to the Treasurer, Paul Parker, each year at the fall meeting—this meeting. And if you have not paid dues for the previous year, you may attend to the oversight at any meeting or at any time through the U.S. Postal Service. Your attention to this is appreciated.


Location, Directions, and Parking

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