Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization

Call for Abstracts


Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls Courtyard Statue


 “In the World, but not of the World”

Paradigms for the Evangelization of American Culture | March 31-April 1, 2017


The theme of the Sixth Annual Symposium on Advancing the New Evangelization at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, “In the World, but Not of the World: Paradigms for the Evangelization of Culture,” invites reflection upon fundamental issues concerning evangelization in the cultural context of American life today. Recent discussions of various options, including the “Benedict Option,” the “Dominican Option,” or the “Augustine Option,” propose paradigms from which methods of evangelization are created and practiced. Recent developments in American culture, especially in regards to secularism, family life, economics, technology, education, sexuality, and community have only heightened the importance of these discussions.


We seek to address questions about the intellectual and cultural influences informing various approaches to evangelization today, as well as the practical consequences, positive and negative, of these approaches. To this end, we issue a “Call for Abstracts” to scholars and professionals, graduate students, lay leaders, and religious to give serious reflection upon what it means for evangelization in America to be “in the world, but not of the world.” The Symposium is an interdisciplinary event, drawing on several disciplines, including theology, literature, philosophy, economics, sociology, political science, business, and the arts.


Invited Speakers


  • Katherine Jean LopezNational Review Online
  • Bishop James ConleyDiocese of Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Rod DreherThe American Conservative
  • William CavanaughDepaul University
  • David L. SchindlerJohn Paul II Institute
  • Angela FranksSt. John’s Seminary


Call for Abstracts


Abstracts: Proposals should be in the form of a 250-350 word abstract. Please include your name, institution, and title of your presentation at the top of the abstract. Send PDF or Word document to Matthew Muller by December 1, 2016. Notification of acceptance will be given by January 5, 2017.


Presentation Details: Presentations will be 20 minutes in length with 2-3 presenters per session. All presenters are eligible for a stipend of $75 for presenting, with an addition $75 for turning in a completed paper. Selected papers will be published in Church Life, a journal for the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.