Call for Papers: a Theological Reflection on United Methodist Collegiate Ministries


By Nicole Burdakin



The Collegiate Ministries Office at the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry (GBHEM) is seeking proposals for a scholarly dialogue on collegiate ministry in The United Methodist Church, to take place August 9–15, 2015, at Syracuse University. The dialogue theme is “The Prophetic Voice and Making Peace: Theological Reflection on United Methodist Collegiate Ministries.”

To be invited to the dialogue, submit a paper proposal that focuses on one of the following five areas of focus by Monday, May 18:

  • Ecology
  • Interpersonal and Structural Racism
  • Christian Sexual Ethics
  • Religious Diversity and Pluralism
  • Christian Vocation

Chaplains, Wesley Foundation directors, campus ministers and others engaged with collegiate ministries throughout the United Methodist connection are encouraged to apply.

“We are looking for creativity and imagination in proposals that have solid theological grounding. United Methodists with expertise or a rich contextual understanding of these five focus areas will make this a truly valuable, useful resource,” said Matthew Charlton, assistant general secretary for Collegiate Ministries at GBHEM.

Authors of selected proposals will be expected to write a scholarly research paper addressing one of the five themes in the context of collegiate ministry and present at the conference. The conference will include 12 to 15 participants and resource faculty who are engaged in one or more of the five focus areas. Ultimately, the work of conference participants will result in a new resource for the church and collegiate ministries that addresses the primary, culturally relevant concerns on college campuses and in the lives of college students—all rooted in Wesleyan theology.

All travel, lodging and food will be paid by GBHEM to allow fully engaged participation from attendees.

For a basic schedule of the conference, visit To make your application, please send your paper proposal of one to two pages with a brief bibliography and your current curriculum vitae to Matthew Charlton (mcharlton@gbhem.orgby May 18.

The number of participants is limited in order to promote the most fruitful conversation. Please note that the Religious Diversity and Pluralism section is no longer receiving applications, due to an already generous response in that area.