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.

2019 Co-Sponsored Fall Conference

God’s Wisdom and the Wonder of Creation: Exploring the Intersection of Scripture, Theology, and the Sciences

October 25-26, 2019

Northeastern Seminary, Rochester, New York

The faculty and administration of Northeastern Seminary (in conjunction with the Canadian-American Theological Association, the Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation, the American Scientific Affiliation, and BioLogos) welcome proposals for papers to be presented at an interdisciplinary conference at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, NY. This Call for Papers goes out to established scholars or practitioners in the theological and scientific disciplines, as well as to graduate students, post-docs, and pre-tenured faculty.

Our keynote speaker is Dr. William P. Brown, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary. Dr. Brown is the author of numerous books, including The Ethos of the Cosmos: The Genesis of Moral Imagination in the Bible (Eerdmans, 1999); The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder (Oxford University Press, 2010); and Wisdom’s Wonder: Character, Creation, and Crisis in the Bible’s Wisdom Literature (Eerdmans, 2014).

In line with the topic of Dr. Brown’s lectures, we invite submission of high quality papers on any topic related to the broad theme of “God’s Wisdom and the Wonder of Creation: Exploring the Intersection of Scripture, Theology, and the Sciences.” We welcome papers from the theological or the scientific side, especially those that explore intersections of a biblical vision with issues in science. Papers should be scholarly but not highly specialized presentations of about 25 minutes, aimed at an audience of students, pastors, and faculty from across the spectrum of theological and scientific disciplines.

The Call for Papers can be found here.

Details for the conference can be found here.