International Society for the Study of Reformed Communities
2006 ISSRC Conference
Three different trends are shaping and affecting the ways in which Reformed communities minister within their different social contexts as well as interrelate with each other: namely, the shifting demographics of Christianity and Reformed communities from the First World to the Third World; increasing globalization; and, at least in some contexts, increasing cultural pluralism within the social setting. Each trend offers different opportunities and challenges for the health and vitality of Reformed Christian communities.
The 2006 Conference of the ISSRC welcomed paper proposals that addressed either: one (or more) of such trends and the opportunities and challenges it (they) hold for Reformed communities; or, studies that addressed how particular Reformed congregations or communities may have sought to respond to any one of these trends confronting their community. Proposed papers were not required to adopt a particular approach or methodology nor reflect a particular field of study. Papers were allowed to be historical or more contemporary analyses of Reformed communities; primarily analytical and abstract in nature, or more empirical studies of particular communities; “theoretical” in nature, or more “practical” in terms of emphasis.
A Historical Reflection Concerning the Dutch Model of the Separation of Church and State and the Role the Christian Traditions Played
“The Philosophy and Censorship Activities of the New England Society for the Suppression of Vice: Defining the Terms of Protestant Toleration during the First Stage of Religious Pluralism in America ”
“Presbyterianism and Globalization in Historical Perspective”
“Effects of Globalisation and Pluralism on Reformed Communities in the Peat Reclamation Area of North-East Holland , 1880-1940”
“Bonding, Bridging, and Believing: Social Capital of Dutch-American Reformed Communities”
“How to Cope with Modernity? Conservative Calvinists of the Netherlands' Reformed Congregations in a Secular Society”
“Religious Individualism, Religious Relativism, and Reformed Identity among Christian Reformed Church Members at the Turn of the Millennium”
“Maintaining Confessional Identity within Pluriform Reformed Churches: A Comparative Study”
“Cultural Fragmentation and the Church: A Theological Assessment of the Recent Responses of the Church of Scotland”
“The Participation of Immigrant Churches in Dutch Civil Society”
“Reverse or Revised Mission: Indonesian and Moluccan Immigrant Churches in the Netherlands ”
“Between Preference and Strategy: Reference Group Effects on the Political Behavvior of Religious Elites”
“Containing Diversity: How the Report of the Theological Task Force on the Peace, Unity, and Purity of the Church was Received by the Presbyterian Church ( U.S.A. )”
“Presbyterians, Jews and Divestment: The Church Steps Back"
“The Relevance of Solidarity and Subsidiarity to Reformed Social and Political Thought”
“A Reformed Approach toward Popular Culture Critique”
“Reforming a Reformed Theology: Toward a Global Vision for the Twenty-first Century”
(Papers listed in order of presentation at conference)
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