SVS 2017 Deadline Extension & Conference Details

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The deadline for paper proposals for the SVS 2017 Conference held on June 22-24 in New Haven, CT, USA, has been extended until Sunday March 19th. While many proposals have already come in, we have space for more.

The eighth annual Society of Vineyard Scholars conference will be held on June 22-24, 2017 in New Haven, CT, USA. The conference will be hosted by Elm City Vineyard Church. All meetings will be held on the beautiful campus of Yale Divinity School.

This interdisciplinary, international conference is for Vineyard and “Vineyard-friendly” folks who like to think theologically in community. The central theme of the conversations at this conference will be intersection of the Kingdom of God and public life.

We will hear plenary talks from Miroslav Volf on the Kingdom and human flourishing, Sarah Shin on redemptive ethnic identities, and Michael McClymond on Vineyard ecclesiology in Anglican context.

We have finalized practitioner panels on prison pedagogy with Stephanie Thurston, John Kim, and Sarah Farmer, on discipleship and intellectual life with Beth Stovell, and on writing Vineyard history with Lester Ruth and Caleb Maskell. There will be book review panels considering recent studies of the Vineyard, including Doug Erickson‘s Living The Future and Jon Bialecki‘s A Diagram For Fire.

There will also be a variety of events that tap the resources of the city of New Haven, including theological discussion tours of the world-renowned Yale University Art Gallery, an Artists Circle hosted by Vineyard liturgical artists Eoin Burke and Tracie Cheng, and more.

All this will happen alongside the significant amount of time we always leave for worship, prayer, and…hanging out together. And yes, wine and cheese. We promise.

All are welcome at SVS 2017. For non-US participants, registration fees will be covered and, where possible, host housing will be provided free of charge.

There is still time for you to propose a paper, a panel, or other presentation at this conference. The deadline for proposals has been extended to Sunday, March 19th, 2017. To propose a paper, download the Call For Papers here, follow the instructions, and send in your proposal by the new deadline: March 19th, 2017.

The Program Committee is particularly interested in proposals on four primary interdisciplinary topics:

  • The Kingdom and the Nations
  • Pedagogy and the Kingdom
  • The Vineyard and Protestantism
  • The Kingdom and the Flourishing of Cities

The Program Committee is also looking for proposals on a variety of more focused, disciplinary conversations:

  • Righteousness, Peace, and Joy in the Bible
  • Writing Vineyard History
  • Reading Black and Womanist Theologies in the Vineyard
  • Poetry as Theological Discourse
  • And more…

Finally, the Program Committee will be reviewing proposals in a variety of formats and media. Whether you are a scholar, a writer, an artist, a musician, or something else, you are welcome and encouraged to make a proposal.

Proposals must be emailed to by March 19th, 2017. The Program Committee will respond no later than April 15th, 2017.

There are many, many more conference details to follow, including details about conference registration, conference hotels, and more, all of which will all be posted on For now, get those proposals in and get your plane tickets…we’ll look forward to seeing you in New Haven!
If you have any questions, please send them to .

*We previously announced that Professor Willie James Jennings would be giving a plenary talk at SVS 2017. Alas, he has had to send sincere regrets, as he had double-booked SVS with a prior conference engagement in South Africa. We will miss Professor Jennings, and hopefully engage him to speak at a future SVS conference.

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