Peace, Pleas and Proclamation:

Missiological Contributions to Pastoral Care, Homiletics and Theological Education



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Evangelical Theological Seminary

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Annual Conference 2023 Registration – CEEAMS



Deadline extended until December 15th, 2022. 

“Human Identity and the Gospel of Reconciliation: Agenda for Mission Studies and Praxis in the 21st Century” was the title of the 12th Quadrennial International Conference organized in Balatonfüred, Hungary, 16-23 August 2008. The theme of the conference has not lost its relevance over the last fifteen years. To the contrary, human identities and the gospel of reconciliation become urgent questions  in the midst of  war in Eastern Europe and in times of global socio-political and economic instabilities related to complex international tensions.

Therefore, the Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies (CEEAMS) calls the participants of its annual conference to focus on the theme of peace in relation to lived spirituality (plea/prayer) and theologies of mission (proclamation/plea). Mission theology and spirituality go hand in hand but both tend to stay implicit. The conference calls for making implicit mission theologies explicit: to share and explain the link between confession and action, between beliefs and practices around the understanding of peace and its   implications for pastoral care, preaching (homiletics) and theological education.

The painful experiences within Central and Eastern Europe of “Christians killing Christians” or “people of good will killing people of good will” urge our association to promote conscious missiology and create the opportunity for scholars, mission practitioners, ministers, missionaries, and theological educators to meet, share, and discuss their work. In addition, we want to   question what our mission theologies   have to do with one of the central notions of Christianity: peace.

Peace, related to theology and Christian churches, has a loaded history within Central and Eastern Europe because it also recalls how different churches developed or denied relationship with communist systems. When working with the concept of peace, such histories of politics, church politics and confessing Christian identities should prevent any idealization of peace for mission matters.

The conference invites papers that explore, research, and address the issue of peace in at least one of the three above mentioned areas: pastoral care, proclamation, and/or theological education. The questions below may guide but should not limit the formulations of the paper proposals:

  • What are the biblical notions of peace (shalomeirene) my church, community, organization works with and how does that relate to the socio-political reality unfolding today?
  • How does biblical and missional hermeneutics interpret and work with the notion of peace and how do missional hermeneutics of peace inform missional practice in times of war?
  • How do different types of Christian theological traditions such as hesychastic theology, mystic and/or pietistic traditions inform theologies of mission?
  • How could different concepts of peace such as shalom andreconciliation contribute to responsible Christian presence in all segments of society?
  • In which ways does peace play a role in pastoral care, proclamation and theological education?
  • How could case studies or empirical research  contribute to a theology of peace for and within the region?
  • How could historical research help develop theologies of peace for the region?
  • In which ways does the notion of peace challenge systematic theologies informing mission praxis?
  • In which ways does the notion of peace inform interdenominational andecumenical collaboration in the region?
  • What are the theological dimensions of understanding peace in the tension between community and the individual?


Abstracts and procedure

To submit a paper proposal, please send an abstract of no more than 300 words to by of December 5, 2022 with the subject heading: CA2023 / [your name]. 

Deadline extended until December 15th, 2022. 

Abstracts should provide a brief description of the work, clearly outlining the theoretical perspectives and methodology to be applied in the paper, as set out in the Guidelines for Abstracts.


Papers may be selected for publication in ACTA MISSIOLOGIAE, the journal of the Central and Eastern European Association for Mission Studies.

Conference presentations/papers should be restricted to 20 minutes of presentation time.

Guidelines for abstracts:

A conference abstract is a short text that comprises the contents of your proposed paper. The abstract must contain the following parts: title of the proposed paper, the research question, the context of the research question, the method and theories through which you intend to answer your research question, and finally, the relevance of the research question for mission studies and mission praxis in Central and Eastern Europe. In case you already have a completed paper, the abstract should point to the findings of the research as well.

For more help in writing a good abstract you may consult e.g. HERE


Dates and Schedule of the Conference

The conference starts on Tuesday evening, the14th of February 2023 and ends on Thursday evening, the 16th of February 2023. Departures on the 17th.


Hybrid format:

The conference will be organized in a hybrid format.



Participants, especially those whose abstract will be accepted, and who register for the entire conference, as well as students, may apply for partial coverage of the registration fee, upon the condition that they do not get a reimbursement through their institution. Only in exceptional cases full scholarships for registration fees are available.” Do not hesitate to ask any questions you may have at