Two hundred thirty-nine people attended the 2018 SCJ Conference, April 6-7, hosted by Emmanuel Christian Seminary at Milligan in Johnson City, TN. Attendees from California, Texas, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Missouri, Tennessee, Nebraska, Virginia, Kansas, Kentucky, Canada, and Kenya appreciated the excellent facilities and resources that were made available.
With the conference plenary sessions held in the perfect-fit McGlothlin Street Theatre in the Gregory Center, attendees fanned out to attend parallel sessions and lunches in multiple classrooms across the campus. A special tour of the Helsabeck archives held in the library of Emmanuel Christian Seminary was a highlight for many attendees.
Attendees travelled from 35 different colleges, universities, and graduate schools, with Great Lakes Christian College leading the way with 13, followed by Johnson University (10), Harding University (10) Lincoln Christian University (8), and Asbury Theological Seminary (7). Host Emmanuel Christian Seminary and Milligan College had 83 in attendance from their combined. Attendees also came from five different churches. Most attendees were students (94), then faculty (80), and ministers (39).
The conference theme, Theology of Others: Judaism, Islam, and "None-of-the-Aboves," was addressed with energy, knowledge, and experience by the featured speakers. Ellen Charry, Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary, presented "'The Wall of Hostility has come Down': Reconstructing the Theological Relationship Between Judaism and Christianity;" Evertt Huffard, Dean, Harding School of Theology, presented "Allah is God: A Theological Challenge for Muslims and Christians," and Richard Knopp, Professor of Philosophy & Christian Apologetics, Lincoln Christian University, presented "Understanding and Engaging the 'Nones.'" The presentation by Evertt Huffard will be published in the next Stone-Campbell Journal in Fall, 2018 (21.2) and Richard Knopp's will be in Spring (22.1).
These lectures were complemented by more than 80 papers presented by both experienced and emerging scholars in parallel sessions, 14 study groups, and student paper context sessions.
On Saturday morning of the conference, William Baker, director of the conference, was pleased to announce the lifetime achievement award that had been presented on to Robert Kurka, long-time Professor of Theology and Church in Culture at Lincoln Christian University. This occurred on March 24th in his home in Lincoln, IL, days before he went to be with our Lord his on March 31. In addition to being an energetic teacher with Lincoln, Bob was an avid supporter of Stone-Campbell Journal and SCJ Conference, publishing two articles and many book reviews as well as being a participant at the conference every year from the very beginning.