November 19-21 // Virtual Conference 



The biblical Sabbath has encountered a renaissance in theological, religio-cultural, and pragmatic reflection and opens possibilities for new perspectives.


The Adventist Society for Religious Studies invites proposals for papers to be presented at its 41st annual conference (to be held virtually) within the domain of any theological area and method including, but not limited to, biblical, textual, historical, cultural, doctrinal, philosophical, spiritual, missiological, social, ethical, and ecological. Proposals advancing a constructive thesis will be given preference over merely descriptive treatments of the topic.


Prospective papers are invited to address the theme of Sabbath and Sabbath practice relative to current conceptual models of:


  • imitatio Dei, work, rest

  • tradition, culture, community, church

  • identity (individuality, self-esteem, collective identity, etc.)

  • diversity (social, cultural, philosophical, etc.)

  • creation care, ecology, environment

  • economics, social justice, political theory


Proposals for papers should have a working title and be at least 200 words in length. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the disruption this has caused for our lives and families, we have extended the deadline for submission to April 30, 2020. Proposals should be sent to Erik C. Carter ( in MS Word format. Notifications regarding proposals will go out no later than May 30, 2020. Presenters at the conference will be limited to twenty minutes for their presentation (approx. 2,500 words paper length), with additional time given for questions and discussion of the paper. It is understood that the acceptance of a proposal commits the presenter to also submit a complete draft of the paper by the first week of November 2020.

UPDATE: With all of the uncertainties COVID-19 has brought to our lives, the ASRS leadership has decided to host this year's conference online. All presenters will be asked to pre-record their presentation and to be present for a live Q+A. More details of the program and presentations will be forthcoming.

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