Annual Meetings at the AAR/SBL

SSCS at the AAR Annual Meeting

Denver, CO
November 18-22, 2022

AAR meeting registration and information

SSCS Pre-AAR Opportunities for Gathering:
All Members are invited to register for Spirituality and Chaos: A Creative Experience at the Auraria Higher Education Center. 
Friday, November 18, 3:00-6:00 PM (In Person only)

A dinner for all SSCS Members will be scheduled for November 19, Friday near the Conference Center. Please email Rachel Wheeler for more details.


Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality

November 19, Saturday, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time (In Person & Virtual)

Presidential Address and Annual Meeting

Douglas Hardy, Nazarene Theological Seminary
Toward a Christian Spirituality of Anger

Bo Karen Lee, Princeton Theological Seminary, Presiding


November 19, Saturday, 12:30-2:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time (In Person)

Christian Spirituality Unit and Contemplative Studies Unit

Engaging The Soul of Higher Education: Contemplative Pedagogy, Research, and Institutional Life for the Twenty-First Century (Information Age Publishing, 2019)

Margaret Benefiel, Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation
Mary Frohlich, Catholic Theological Union
Stephanie Paulsell, Harvard University
Daniel Barbezat, Amherst College

Bo Karen Lee, Princeton Theological Seminary
Leonard McMahon, Graduate Theological Union

Anita Houck, Saint Mary’s College, Presiding

November 19, Saturday, 3:30-4:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time (In Person)

Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality
Founders’ Circle Prize Essay Presentation

Trevor Williams, Villanova University
Ignis Fatuus or Illumination: A Theological Reflection on Le Mythe de Sisyphe and the Eternal Return of the Liturgy

Emerging Scholar Coordinators:
Paul Houston Blankenship, Graduate Theological Union, Presiding

August Higgins, Oblate School of Theology, Presiding

Followed by Emerging Scholars Happy Hour at Woods Boss Brewing. Please contact Paul Houston Blankenship (at or Augustin Higgins ( for more information.

November 20, Sunday, 12:30-2:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time (In Person)

Christian Spirituality Unit
Situating Spirituality: Articulating the Edges of the Known


David De La Fuente, Fordham University
“The Soul of Theology” and the “Bodies” of Christ: Scripture, St. Paul, and M. Shawn Copeland’s Spirituality of Racial Justice

Melisa Ortiz Berry, Bushnell University
Gender, Diversity, and Evangelical Spirituality

Kristen Daley Mosier, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
Divided Waters: How a via aquatica Encourages Ecological Conversion

Aizaiah Yong, Pacific School of Religion
Can We Be What We Are Looking For? A Call to Embracing and Recreating Multiple Worlds through the Practice of Radical Inter-in-dependence

David B. Perrin, University of Waterloo, Presiding

November 21, Monday, 12:30-2:30 PM Mountain Daylight Time (In Person)

Christian Spirituality Unit
Pandemic, Pilgrimage and Practice: Contemporary Spiritual Journeys


Rafael Luevano, Chapman University
Pandemic and Pilgrimage: Exodus of the Central American Caravans

Lisa M. Hess, United Theological Seminary
Bradley H. Hirschfield, National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership
It’s More Complicated Than We Know: A Longitudinal Study of Pilgrimages in Emergent Future Leadership

Samantha Miller, Whitworth University
Off-Campus Courses as Immersive Contemplative Education: Optimal Conditions for Lasting Growth

Kathryn Barush, Santa Clara University
Art as Pilgrimage in a Time of Pandemic

André Brouillette, Boston College, Presiding

Christian Spirituality Unit Business Meeting
Beringia Zen, Saint Agnes Medical Center, Presiding
David B. Perrin, University of Waterloo, Presiding


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