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2022 Stone Campbell Journal Conference

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Jesus in the Gospels: Parables, Female Disciples, and Children

Twenty First Annual SCJ Conference

We are delighted to invite you to attend, in person, the 21st annual SCJ Conference on Friday - Saturday, April 8-9, 2022. The conference will be hosted by Johnson University on their Knoxville campus.

The schedule will be posted when available, but will run from approximately 8 am to 7 pm EST on Friday, and from 8 am - 1 pm EST on Saturday.

Those unable to attend in person may register to attend virtually. Virtual attendees will be able to join the conference for the plenary sessions and all study group sessions.

The theme is Jesus in the Gospels: Parables, Female Disciples, and Children. Featured speakers include:

Amy-Jill Levine
University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies and Mary Jane Werthan Professor of Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University
"Reading the Parables as Jewish Stories" and "Christian Privilege and Christian Fragility: The Sins of Denying and Deflecting Problematic Biblical Passages"

Amy Lindeman Allen
Assistant Professor of New Testament , Christian Theological Seminary
"Children in the Gospels"

Holly Carey
Professor of New Testament, Point University
"Female Disciples in the Gospels."

Highlights and Key Dates

Open call for additional papers

  • Parallel paper title due February 20, 2022
  • First 35 papers accepted
  • Multiple study groups
  • Three student paper competitions with scholarships or cash prizes
  • Online registration open February 15 to March 28, 2022

Participating in the Conference

Related papers or papers on other biblical, theological, or historical topics for parallel sessions were sought from experienced scholars as well as from student scholars. As of February 15, a few slots were still open. Send your paper title (no abstract needed) to Jeff Painter, Conference Parallel Paper Coordinator, at The first 35 paper topics submitted are guaranteed a slot.

These study groups still plan to meet as of February 15. For more information, contact leaders listed below:

Inquiries regarding study groups may be directed

Student paper competitions will occur in three categories: Junior/Senior; M.A./M.Div., and Restoration (Isaac Errett Award from the Disciples Historical Society). Paper submission deadlines were in January. For more information contact Les Hardin ( regarding the undergrad and grad competition, and Lisa Barnett ( for the Isaac Errett competition.

More Details

Conference Hotel:

We have reserved a small block of rooms at the Hampton Inn-Knoxville East, 7445 Sawyer Ln, Knoxville, at the rate of $124/night plus taxes. The rooms have two queen beds.

The rate is guaranteed until March 18 or until rooms are gone.

This hotel is at the Strawberry Plains exit off Rt. 40. There are a lot of hotels at this exit, which is the closest to campus.

Please note, however, as stated on the registration form, there is no shuttle service transportation this year to the hotels or airport.

Book your stay at the Hampton Inn-Knoxville East

Friday Night Dinner:

Each year at the conference, we offer an optional Friday night dinner. This year, we will again hold our dinner in the private dining rooms on campus and this year's dinner will be a Southern barbecue, featuring pulled pork and barbecued chicken with a good assortment of sides and choice of sauces. Weather permitting, we'll even spill over outside. Tickets for the dinner are $23, and $18 for students registered for the conference. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are new to the conference, we especially invite you to join us for this fun and informal event designed for conversation and fellowship over good food, no program or speaker, plus live music. Space is limited, so indicate your desire for tickets when you register and you'll pay for the ticket when you arrive on Friday. If we have space available, any remaining tickets will also be available Friday morning at registration.

2022 SCJ Schedule of Events

Full Conference Schedule: Download Here

Schedule at-a-glance


8:00-8:50 Check In, Registration, and Coffee Plus
8:50-9:10 Welcome Greg Linton & William Baker
9:10-10:10 PLENARY SESSION 1 Amy-Jill Levine
10:20-12:00 STUDY GROUP A
Synoptic Gospels
Ecclesiology and Social Ethics
10:20-12:00 Student Paper Competition Finalists
Undergraduate Study Paper Finals
Graduate Student Paper Finals
10:20-11:05 PARALLEL SESSION 1
11:15-12:00 PARALLEL SESSION 2
12:00-1:30 Lunch
SCJ Editors Lunch
1:30-2:40 PLENARY SESSION 2 Holly Carey
2:45-3:30 Isaac Errett Award Winner
3:40-4:10 Refreshment Break
4:10-5:50 STUDY GROUP B
Acts and the Early Church
Life, Letters, and Legacy of Paul
Old Testament in Ancient Near Eastern Context
Christian Education
Theological Reflections
6:00-7:30 Dinner (ticket required)


8:00-8:15 Devotions
8:15-9:15 PLENARY SESSION 3 Amy Lindeman Allen
9:15-9:45 Refreshment Break (pick up purchased books)
9:50-11:30 STUDY GROUP C
Biblical Teaching on Women
10:45-11:35 PARALLEL SESSION 5
11:40-11:50 Presentation of Student Competition Awards
11:50-12:50 PLENARY SESSION 4 Amy-Jill Levine
12:50-1:00 Introduce 2023, Prayer, Dismiss
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