Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature

The Art of Spiritual Friendship

October 16-17, 2020 | Dallas Baptist University

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In the Fall of 2020, Dallas Baptist University will be hosting the Southwest Conference on Christianity and Literature. The Conference on Christianity and Literature is an interdisciplinary society committed to exploring the relationship between Christianity and literature. Established in 1956, CCL is dedicated to scholarly excellence and collegial exchange and involves hundreds of members from several academic institutions and religious traditions. The conference will be open to the public, and all students, as well as honors students, are encouraged to participate. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Paul Wadell, and the theme of the Fall 2020 Conference is "The Art of Spiritual Friendship."

Dr. Paul Wadell

Dr. Wadell currently teaches philosophy, Christian ethics, and theology at St. Norbert College. He is the author of The Christian Moral Life—Faithful Discipleship for a Global Society, co-authored with Patricia Lamoureux (2010); The Moral of the Story: Learning from Literature about Human and Divine Love (2003); and Becoming Friends: Worship, Justice, and the Practice of Christian Friendship (2002), as well as other books.

Suggested topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Literary friendships
  • Friendship as a virtue
  • Friendship and community
  • Friendship as spiritual formation
  • Friendship with God through prayer or liturgy
  • Monastic friendships
  • Love and friendship
  • Cultural liturgies and friendship
  • Friendship and identity
  • Friendship and the natural world
  • Eco-criticism and friendship
  • Friendship and spirituality in popular media

As always, SWCCL is open to other proposals concerning the relationship of Christianity and literature, including panel proposals. Undergraduate panel proposals will be considered with the sponsorship of a faculty member. Readings of original poetry and fiction will also be considered. Creative writers, please email for details.

  • Send abstracts (200-400 words) via email to
  • Or mail to: Dr. Philip Mitchell, University Honors Program, Dallas Baptist University, 3000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, TX 75211. ATTN: SWCCL Proposal
  • Submission Deadline: July 31, 2020

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