ARL 2023 Annual Meeting | Pittsburgh, PA| April 27-29, 2023

Reimagining Religious Leadership

Academy of Religious Leadership 2023 Annual Conference

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary (Pittsburgh, PA, USA) and Online

April 27-29, 2023

Call for Proposals

“Reimagining Religious Leadership”

Religious leadership long has been associated with religious institutions—namely, places of worship and schools of theological higher education. Today, many of these institutions are on the decline financially, numerically, and influentially. In some parts of the world, religion itself is on the decline as more people identify as “none,” “done,” or otherwise unaffiliated. Meanwhile, the need for belonging and meaning-making—concerns that often fall within the purview of religion—has only increased in light of the political, societal, environmental, and public health turmoil of recent years.

Taken together, these realities invite a reconsideration of “religious leadership:” what it is; the theories, theologies, and assumptions that inform it; where and how it is practiced; the value it offers to individuals, institutions, and society; who can claim to be a practitioner of it; and how such practitioners are educated and trained. The Academy of Religious Leadership 2023 Annual Conference will explore current state of the field and its future under the theme “Reimagining Religious Leadership.”

ARL invites proposals for presentations that offer theoretical, theological, praxiological, pedagogical, and/or organizational perspectives on “Reimagining Religious Leadership” and that will engage practitioners, educators, and students from a variety of settings and faith backgrounds.

Presentation proposals should include the following:

  • Working title
  • Presentation type: solo presenter, multiple co-presenters, workshop
  • Abstract that provides the thesis, context, and general overview of the presentation (500 word maximum)
  • Sample bibliography of primary resources or conversation partners
  • Name and brief bio of each presenter
  • Indication of whether the presenter intends to attend in person or virtually.

Although the conference will be held in a hybrid format, preference will be given to presenters who are able to attend in person.

Proposals should be formatted as Word documents and emailed as an attachment to with the subject “ARL Proposal.”

Deadline for proposals is December 1, 2022. Decisions will be made by December 20, 2022.

 Presentation Proposals should include:

  • Working Title
  • 300 word abstract that describes the context, argument, and primary conversation partners for the presentation (such as: analytical, theoretical, theological, or political framings for the presentation)
  • A description of the media used for the presentation
  • Short bio of the author(s)
  • Paper/Panel Proposals are due November 1, 2021. Please send proposals to ARL President Sandy Selby at