The One Hundred Fifty-Seventh Meeting

Midwest Division
The One Hundred Fifty-Seventh Meeting
Friday, April 28, 2006
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th Street, Chicago, IL 60615
1:00-2:45 p.m., Third Floor Common Room (Room 350)
Creativity in the Classroom
A Panel Discussion with:
Michelle Clifton-Soderstrom, North Park Theological Seminary
Mary Doak, University of Notre Dame
Edgar Towne, Christian Theological Seminary
Mladen Turk, Elmhurst College
Moderated by: Robert Cathey, McCormick Theological Seminary
Registration and Afternoon Refreshments, 2:45-3:15 p.m.


3:15-4:45 p.m., Third Floor Common Room
A Religious View of Creativity: Creativity as God
Gordon Kaufman, Malinckrodt Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Harvard University
Jerome A. Stone, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at William Rainey Harper College
Amanda Quantz, Assistant Professor of the History of World Christianity, Catholic Theological Union
Hospitality Hour 4:45-5:15 p.m.; Dinner and Business Meeting, 5:15-6:45 p.m.


6:45-8:15 p.m., Third Floor Common Room
Creativity and Emergence: What Emergence Can Do for Theology
Antje Jackelén
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology/Religion and Science, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago and Zygon Center for Religion and Science

ATS Officers (Midwest Division)

Antje Jackelén, President
Robert Cathey, Vice President
Mary Doak, Member-at-Large
Paul P. Parker, Secretary
Mladen Turk, Treasurer

The Program: The Midwest Division of the American Theological Society is a regional organization of scholars who teach and publish in the fields of religious studies. The Society’s semi-annual meetings often reach beyond its local membership to invite scholars from across the country and around the world to present papers, participate in lively discussions, and share in a collegial refreshments. For the one hundred fifty-seventh meeting of the Society, the Executive Committee is pleased to focus the Society’s attention on “creativity.”

Theological Table-Talk will open with a panel of our peers who will address such questions as: What does it take to teach theology creatively? How has new technology changed perceptions of creativity for students and teachers? How does one teach ‘the old stuff’ year after year after year? Reflections will include examples of creative teaching as well as experiences of teaching theology on-line. In the afternoon session the Society is delighted to welcome Gordon Kaufman, Harvard’s Malinckrodt Professor of Divinity Emeritus, to our community to talk on “A Religious View of Creativity: Creativity as God.”  In the tradition of the Society, his remarks will be by two formal responses (by Jerome A. Stone and Amanda Quantz) before opening up the discussion the entire Society. Enjoy the moment.
The evening session of the spring meeting is always reserved for the renown Presidential Address which will be deliver this year give by President Antje Jackelén on “Creativity and Emergence: What Emergence Can Do for Theology.” After the paper, the floor is open for extensive conversation.
If you are unable to attend the full meeting, you should feel free to participate in whichever portion of the program fits your schedule. The Executive Committee designs each program for both collegial renewal and vigorous conversation. Why not break free of your routine and engage your friends with good food and drink for mind, body, and soul? For further information, contact any of the Society’s officers or Paul Parker at the addresses below.
Housing, Registration, and Dinner Reservations: The Executive Committee’s task of planning the Society’s semiannual meeting is greatly eased if members pre-register for the meeting and make reservations for dinner. To pre-register and to reserve your place at the table, please call, write or email Paul Parker and declare your intentions: office phone (630) 617-3559;; or Department of Theology and Religion–Box 26, Elmhurst College, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126.
Because ATS meetings are partially supported by the host institutions of its semi-annual meetings, there is no registration fee and only nominal dining expense. For this meeting,
To arrange overnight housing, please contact Marcy Gaston of the Zygon Center: phone: (773) 256-0670, fax (773) 256-0682) or email .
Dues: Annual membership dues (to cover the costs of printing, postage, refreshments, and other incidentals) are $15 for members and $10 for associate members to be paid to the Secretary/Treasurer, Paul Parker, each year at the fall meeting. If you have not yet paid your dues for last year, you may attend to the oversight at this fall’s meeting or at any time through the mail. Attention to this is appreciated.
Directions and Parking: Directions to the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, a map of the campus, and parking information are conveniently located on its website at