Theological Symposium – Call for Papers

The Theological Symposium committee invites proposals for open sectionals for the 34th Annual Theological Symposium, September 17-18, 2024, at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

The title this year is “Technology and the Church: Promise and Peril.”

Major technological advances are not for gamblers. They often fail to live up to their promises, but they never fail to deliver unintended consequences. There is, however, one sure thing: They will keep on coming. In the 21st Century, AI, virtual reality, social media, and medical breakthroughs are just some of the recent technological developments that offer both promise and peril.

The 34th Annual Theological Symposium will explore both opportunities and challenges that contemporary technologies pose for the lives of individual Christians and for the entire church in life, witness, and service. How can the latest technology be used in service to the church’s mission? What dangers do technological advances pose and how can the church mitigate risk? Come join us to find out.

A paragraph abstract should be submitted to Erika Petsch, Director of Continuing Education, by May 10.

Once your proposal is approved you will receive an email from the Whova app requesting your presentation title, description, short bio, and headshot so our symposium guests can pre-register for all of the sessions in person.

Sectional presentations are 45 minutes long, allowing time for questions and discussion.

We also ask that you provide us with a pre-recording of your presentation so we can make it available after the symposium on Scholar.

We look forward to receiving your proposals. Thank you.

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