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Open Call for Papers

In addition to unsolicited papers, which are always welcome, and Society of Pastoral Theology study group and workshop papers, the Journal of Pastoral Theology seeks individual papers and/or groups of papers submitted on the following themes:

  • Policy and Care: Psychologies of Voter Suppression, Promises of Political Engagement for the Care of Selves and World
  • Sexualities, Gender Identities, and Transgendering Pastoral Theology
  • Abilities, Disabilities, and Just Being
  • Ritual and Justice Making Pastoral Theologies
  • Love and Desire in Pastoral Theologies
  • Multireligious Belonging
  • Pastoral Ethics

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Ongoing Call for In Memoriam Papers

The Journal of Pastoral Theology seeks commemorative essays for deceased pioneers in pastoral theology. Each essay should be a review of life stories of an instrumental person in the development of pastoral theology that describes the significant and lasting scholastic contributions they made to the field. Before starting to work on it, inform co-editors (K. Samuel Lee at slee@cst.edu or Mindy McGarrah Sharp at mindy.mcgarrah.sharp@gmail.com) of your intent with details of the person you will honor and the timeline of your writing. Each essay is expected to be a scholarly work, and is required to move through the peer review process.

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JPT Mission

All submitted papers must advance the goal of the journal. The Journal of Pastoral Theology was established in 1990 by the Society for Pastoral Theology to:

  • Further the understanding of pastoral theology as a theological discipline and to clarify the nature of the discipline;
  • Maintain a view of pastoral theology as a constructive theology as a constructive theology that emerges from the exercise of caring relationships, with attention both to present lived experience and to knowledge derived from the past;
  • Provide an intentional forum for the voices of diverse persons, women and men, of many cultural and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Foster multi-cultural understandings of issues in the discipline;
  • Promote and encourage multi-discipline and multi-cultural research in the field of pastoral theology;
  • Provide resources for those who teach and those who study, through recording current research and assessing the relevant literature;
  • Provide for the construction of sound theological principles for guidance and critique of practices of pastoral and spiritual care, and;
  • Work creatively, through synthesis and construction, to define the frontiers and parameters of the discipline.

Editorial Information

K. Samuel Lee, Claremont School of Theology
Melinda A. McGarrah Sharp, Columbia Theological Seminary

Review Co-Editors:
Philip Browning Helsel, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary
Jan Holton, Duke University

Advertising Editor:
Jim Higginbotham, Earlham School of Religion

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