The Theology of Gratitude:

Human Expressions While Living in a Complex World

April 23 – 24, 2020

Chicago, IL

GRATITUDE has become a phenomenon in popular culture and is written about in books ranging from self-help to the Harvard Business Review. Scholarly engagement has developed primarily in the psychological community, which has demonstrated the correlation between gratitude and improvement in personal health and the development of strong, healthy relationships. There is far less scholarship arising within the theological community.

We seek to change this! Bexley Seabury Seminary Federation and the United Thank Offering are collaborating to host a Convocation and Scholars Conference on the Theology of Gratitude with Diana Butler Bass, April 23–24, 2020.


We invite scholars representing diverse perspectives and experiences from all disciplines, generations, and cultural groups to submit a 1000-1500-word proposal plus bibliography of how they will engage in a rigorous exploration of our human expressions while living in a complex world.

A peer review panel including Ellen Wondra, Tom Breidenthal, Theresa DeLisio and Sandra Squires will select six proposals for presentation at the Scholars Conference at St. James Commons, home of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

Submit proposals by Jan 15, 2020.


The peer review panel will select six papers for presentation at the Scholars Conference on Friday, April 24, 2020 at St. James Commons, home of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago at 65 East Huron, Chicago.

Housing will be provided at the Nicholas Center on the 5th floor of St. James Commons for presenting authors. Presenting authors will be responsible for transportation to and from Chicago.

PUBLISHED IN Anglican Theological Review

After the conference, the authors will turn their selected paper proposal into a publishable manuscript by August 28, 2020.

The selected papers will be published in a special edition of The Anglican Theological Review in the Fall 2021. This special edition will be anchored by a convocation paper given on April 23, 2020 by Diana Butler Bass. Scholars whose work is accepted for presentation are expected to work with Special Edition Editor Chuck Robertson to complete revisions and refinement of their paper by October 30, 2020.


Unpublished manuscripts should be between 5000-5500 words in length (including footnotes) and conform to The Theology of Gratitude Style Guidelines. All submissions should be accompanied by:

  1. a precis between 100 and 150 words in length,
  2. a brief biographical statement,
  3. a current curriculum vitae, and
  4. five to seven keywords pertaining to the subject of the article.
    No paper will be accepted if it has been used in another publication.