2021 Congress Call for Papers

The Executive of the Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA) welcomes proposals for papers to be presented at the May 29, 2021 Annual Meeting to be held in conjunction with the Canadian Congress of the Humanities. The conference, originally to be held at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB will be held virtually this year. 

CATA encourages submission of high quality papers on any topic of theological relevance to the church. However, special consideration will be given to papers that deal with the theme of this years Congress;  “Northern Relations”


Topics related to the theme will be given special consideration but topics that fall outside of the specific theme will also be given strong consideration. 

Papers for the CATA meeting should be scholarly but not highly specialized presentations of 20–25 minutes, aimed at an audience of scholars from across the spectrum of theological disciplines. We are interpreting theology to include biblical studies; theological readings of Scripture; historical, systematic, philosophical, moral, and pastoral theology; theology that engages culture, the church, and other academic disciplines, etc. Proposals from graduate students are enthusiastically welcomed.

Proposals should be approximately 250 words in length. Please prepare them for blind review and submit as an email attachment, accompanied by a short CV in a separate file. To facilitate anonymous review of proposals, please include your name, institutional affiliation, contact information, and the title of your proposal in the body of your email.

All proposals should be submitted electronically by January 31, 2021 to the address below in Word of PDF format. Please entitle your email “CATA Congress 2021 Paper Proposal.” Papers chosen for participation will be notified by the end of February 2021.

Email conference paper proposals to:

Dr. Lee Beach
President, Canadian-American Theological Association

Update from CATA President Regarding the 2020 Spring Congress Meeting

Hi Everyone,

               I am sad to report to you (if you have not already heard) that the Federation of the Humanities Congress 2020 has been cancelled in its face to face version. The Congress organizers are attempting to put together a virtual conference for associations that are able to move forward in that mode of delivery. As an association CATA has decided to opt out of a virtual congress. There are many logistical issues involved in organizing and hosting a virtual gathering and the truth is, in these times when most of us are already trying to figure out how to deal with the various challenges of adjusting to our current reality, the demands of hosting a virtual conference seem like a significant commitment that we are not prepared to make.

               That said, we are making tentative plans for our regular fall conference (probably in late October/November in the Southern Ontario region) and we want to invite all presentations that were accepted for our Spring conference to consider presenting at the fall gathering. Your papers will be automatically accepted and if you are not able to attend in person we will plan to arrange for you to present in a virtual format. We will be in touch with further details.

               Again, we are sorry for this development. Please let me know if you have any questions. We are grateful for your interest in CATA and hope that you will remain with us as we move ahead as a society. Thanks so much.


The Jack and Phyllis Middleton Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible and Theology Awarded to Dr. Becky Copeland

The Jack and Phyllis Middleton Award for Excellence in Bible and Theology was awarded at our 2019 Co-Sponsored Fall Conference at Northeastern Seminary to Dr. Becky Copeland. Dr. Copeland received the award for her paper entitled “Wells, Springs, and Commodification: Water Rights and Hagar’s Tribulations.” Dr. Copeland’s paper will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Canadian-American Theological Review.

The Jack and Phyllis Middleton Award is given in memory of Jack and Phyllis Middleton, parents of J. Richard Middleton, president of the Canadian Evangelical Theological Association (CETA), 2011- 2014. The award is given annually for the best essay by a theological student or non-tenured faculty at each Fall theology conference of the Canadian-American Theological Association (CATA).

An article by Boston University School of Theology on Dr. Copeland receiving the award can be found here.