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The Tillich: Issues in Theology, Religion, and Culture Unit seeks papers or a panel proposal regarding 2 Themes:

1.      Tillich and Religious Practices
What aspects of Tillich’s thought resonate with contemporary religious practices? How is and might Tillich's thought be utilized as a resource in constructing a sense of meaning and purpose in life or sense of spirituality with respect to spiritual disciplines, inter-religious encounters, active components of socially-framed spiritual practices? We invite papers and panels engaging Tillichian themes in contemporary explorations of spiritual agency and practice.

2.      Tillich and Health
Is health merely the absence of disease? Tillich engaged the idea of health with respect to such diverse topics as the health of the nation and society, mental health, illness, and depth psychology, among others. His engagements with contemporary psychologists and psychotherapists are well-known but perhaps inadequately explored. We invite papers that use Tillich's work and method to engage the topic of health broadly. We are particularly interested in papers that engage the topics of mental health and illness, psychology, and disability.

Mission Statement:

This Unit fosters scholarship and scholarly exchanges which analyze, criticize, and interpret the thought and impact of Paul Tillich (1886–1965), engaging his thought — including revisions of and reactions against his thought — to deal with contemporary issues in theology, religion, and ethics, or the political, social, psychotherapeutic, scientific, and/or artistic spheres of human culture. We cooperate with the North American Paul Tillich Society (a Related Scholarly Organization of the AAR), which is linked with the German, French, and other Tillich societies. Papers at our sessions may be published in the Society’s quarterly Bulletin without prejudice to their concurrent publication.

Method of Submission:




Bryan Wagoner, wagonerb@dewv.edu

Michele Watkins, mwatkins@sandiego.edu


Steering Committee:

Rachel Sophia Baard, rbaard@upsem.edu

Kirk MacGregor, macgregk@mcpherson.edu

Andre Price, aprice2@eastern.edu

Marc Pugliese, marcpug@gmail.com

Elliot Ratzman, elratzman@gmail.com


Session Allotment: Tier 1 – Two 90-minute sessions

Next Review: 2022