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I am excited to present 2 papers and review a book at this year’s American Academy of Religion in Denver, November 16-20.

I will present a paper in the Evangelical Studies Unit & the Animals and Religion Unit and will review a book in the Quaker Studies Program Unit. I hope to see many religion scholars at AAR.

I also look forward to AAR Board Meetings, FSR Board Meetings and many other meetings…..

Session II: Book Reviews

Friday, November 16 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Spruce Room (in the I.M. Pei Tower) at the Sheraton Downtown
Moderator: Christy Randazzo

Reviews of Jen Buck’s Constructive Feminist Ecclesiology
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham School of Religion
Cherice Bock, The Oregon Extension
Author response

Reviews of Jon Kershner’s John Woolman and the Government of Christ: A Colonial Quaker’s Vision for the British Atlantic World
Michael Birkel, Earlham School of Religion
Stephen Angell, Earlham School of Religion
Author response

Business Meeting for the Quaker Theological Discussion Group

Quaker Studies Program Unit


A17-214 Evangelical Studies Unit

Theme: Who Gets to Define Evangelicalism?
Vincent Bacote, Wheaton College, Presiding
Saturday – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
Convention Center-Mile High 4F (Lower Level)

Reflecting on leading figures and important features of the evangelical movement, this panel of scholars, working from different academic disciplines and from different starting points will offer four presentations on the sessions’ guiding question, “Who Gets to Define Evangelicalism?”

The Evangelical Studies Group will be holding its business meeting over breakfast, Saturday, November 17th, at 7:00 am at a nearby restaurant TBD.


  • Ronald Potter, Hinds Community College
  • Robert P. Jones, Public Religion Research Institute
  • Oscar Garcia-Johnson, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • Jessica Wong, Azusa Pacific University
  • Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham College

A19-102 Animals and Religion Unit

Theme: Race, Gender, Animals, and Theology: Trouble at the Intersection

David Clough, University of Chester, Presiding

Monday – 9:00 AM-11:30 AM

Convention Center-Mile High 1B (Lower Level)

While racial-ethnic minorities have been involved in both scholarship and activism that lies at the intersection of animals, ethics, and religion, a persistent reality about the emergent field of religion and animals is that it has primarily attracted those who are white, privileged, and highly educated. To be sure, there are tensions involved in thinking religion, race, gender, and animals that are evident when one theologizes about such matters. These tensions are particularly acute for minoritized communities because attention to non-human animals can, and generally has, been accompanied by a neglect of attention to issues of racial justice.

Our panel, comprised of members drawn from three historically underrepresented racial-ethnic communities, seeks to address how theologizing about animals has been inattentive (not paying attention) to or an obstacle to attending to intersectional issues of race and gender, and will address whether and how theological scholarship about animals can be reformed in response.



  • Willie J. Jennings, Yale University
  • Melanie L. Harris, Texas Christian University
  • Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Earlham College
  • Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
  • Jeania Ree Moore, General Board of Church and Society


Christopher Carter, University of San Diego

Business Meeting:

Barbara Ambros, University of North Carolina
David Clough, University of Chester