Call for Papers – Thought Matters Conference

Please see below info that we have received via the Salvation Army Tri-Territorial Theological Forum. For more info visit:

14 – 16 October 2016 | Melbourne, Australia

Thought Matters is the annual conference organised and facilitated by The Salvation Army Tri-Territorial Theological Forum (TTTF). The TTTF exists to facilitate theological discussion which informs ministry practice. It is composed of representatives from each of the contributing territories – Australia Eastern, Australia Southern and New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Is salvation just for the individual? What does salvation look like for communities and social structures?
  • Salvation now and salvation as future hope
  • Ecological and global implications of salvation
  • What does salvation look like in the lives of individuals in 2016 and how is it achieved?
  • Are there people for whom traditional understandings of salvation are unhelpful?
  • How do we communicate meaningfully about the benefits of salvation?
  • Biblical concepts of new creation and abundance (or other related concepts)
  • The meaning/action of the Christ event
  • Role of atonement theories in contemporary understandings of salvation
Conference Theme
What is salvation? The biblical concepts of new creation and abundance raise potential implications for our understanding of salvation. Have we   individualised, spiritualised, privatised and institutionalised notions of   salvation? What does a fuller concept of salvation actually look like? The TTTF is calling for papers that will address a range of issues relevant to this conference theme. Papers arising from a biblical studies, theological, historical, practical theology or inter-disciplinary perspective are all welcomed.

Abstracts of no more than 200 words should be submitted by 29th April 2016. Please email abstracts to:

Successful applicants will be notified by 1 July 2016 and will need to submit their final paper (2500 words) by 2 September, 2016.

Conference Proceedings will be published following the conference.

Criteria for selection

The ‘Thought Matters’ conference is a safe and respectful space for theological conversation. It is expected that there will be a wide range of views expressed through papers and in responses from delegates. The aim of the conference is to explore ideas rather than convince others of the rightness or otherwise of any particular position. Therefore we are looking for presenters who are able to clearly articulate their ideas in a respectful manner, allowing space for disagreement and discussion with others.

We will also be selecting papers which represent a range of views. We welcome abstracts from all people groups, including those with or without formal qualifications, female and male, indigenous
persons, persons from a non-English speaking background, and persons with a disability. Practitioners, theologians as well as those with lived experience are invited to apply.

Writing your abstract

A useful abstract will include
the following components:
• A clear statement of the question
or issue to be addressed.
• A summary of the position(s) to be presented in relation to the question or issue and/or an indication of key conclusions.
• An indication of key sources of information to be drawn from – key writers, research, personal experience, biblical exposition, etc.Supplementary to the 200 word abstract we ask that you also provide a short biographical statement, including:
• Your name.
• Church, academic, professional and/or community affiliations relevant to your submission.
• Any experience and/or qualifications which support your submission.
• Any other information you consider relevant for selection panel deliberations.All abstracts will remain confidential
to the TTTF selection panel.

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