2020 Stone-Campbell Journal Conference

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Nineteenth Annual SCJ Conference

Online Registration Closes March 8, 2020

March 20-21, 2020

Presented by
Stone-Campbell International

Hosted by
Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee


Featured Speakers:

Shaun Casey, Director, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and Public Affairs, and Professor, Georgetown University
“The Impact of Stone-Campbell Ideals: My Life in Political Work and Public Service”
“The Office of Religion and Global Affairs Under Barack Obama: My Perspective”

Jess Hale, Attorney with the Tennessee General Assembly, former staff to a Tennessee Governor and a U.S. Senator
“Disciples at Public Tables: A Public Servant’s View of SCM Engagement with Public Policy”

Richard Cherok, Professor of History, Ozark Christian College
“Citizen Campbell: Alexander Campbell and Early American Politics”

Conference Schedule

Check-In and Registration begin 7:45 a.m. on Friday. Sessions run from Friday at 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Cost includes coffee breaks but no meals.

A detailed conference schedule will be posted on the SCJ website when available. Check back for updated news as schedule develops.

Participating in the Conference

We invite your attendance and participation in the 2020 SCJ Conference. Here’s what’s in store in addition to the plenary sessions:

Parallel papers presented by attendees:

More than 50 papers will be presented on all topics, biblical, theological, historical, and more.

The first 35 paper topics submitted are guaranteed a presentation slot. (Deadline for submitting paper titles has been extended to January 31, 2020). For information regarding any remaining openings, please contact Jeff Painter, Conference Parallel Paper Coordinator, at jeff.painter@scinternational.org.

Study Groups

These study groups will meet:

Presenters have been decided for each study group. Contact Dawn Gentry (dgentry1905@gmail.com), Dean of the Study Groups, for more details or any possible openings due to cancellations.

Student paper competitions:

Student paper competitions are open each year in two divisions: undergraduate (for juniors and seniors) and graduate student (for those in masters’ degree programs). Finalists will present their papers at a special conference session to decide winners in each category.

Prizes will be awarded at the conference. A $2500 graduate school scholarship at one of ten Stone-Campbell related schools will be awarded to the winner in each division.

Schools include: Abilene Christian University, Austin Graduate School of Theology, Brite Divinity School, Emmanuel Christian Seminary, Harding School of Theology, Hope International University, Johnson University, Lexington Theological Seminary, Lincoln Christian University, and Phillips Theological Seminary.

The winners and finalists will be honored in the final session of the conference. They will also receive a modest stipend toward their conference costs plus other prizes, including a one-year membership in the Stone-Campbell Scholars Community.

Deadline for submissions is now closed. Contact Les Hardin (lhardin@johnsonu.edu) for more information.

Isaac Errett Award winner presentation:

The Isaac Errett Award for papers in Stone-Campbell History for graduate school students is conducted and awarded annually by the Disciples of Christ Historical Society.

The deadline for submissions is now closed, and the winner will be determined previous to the conference. Recipient of the award will present their paper as a parallel speaker, and also be honored in the final session of the conference. The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $250, plus a one-year membership in the Stone-Campbell Scholars Community. For more information about the Errett competition, contact Newell Williams, Brite Divinity School (n.williams@tcu.edu).

Location and Getting There

The 2020 SCJ Conference will be back at Johnson University, Knoxville, Tennessee. Physical campus address for navigation: 7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37998. The area is served by Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport.

Shuttle Bus Transportation

Shuttle service will be available between the conference hotel (Hampton Inn East Knoxville — see below) twice a day on Friday and Saturday, including after the optional Friday night dinner. Please note the shuttle service will only be available to and from this hotel.

Airport Transportation

As a courtesy, assistance with pre-requested airport transfers to McGhee Tyson Airport whenever possible will again be provided. Please indicate your transportation needs on the registration form. If you don’t have your flight details when you register, you can provide them later, but they must be received by March 8 for planning purposes. After this date, you will need to arrange your own transportation from the airport.


Meals are on your own, not included in the conference pricing, but you are invited to eat in the Johnson University dining facilities while on campus.

On-campus options on Friday for the Johnson University dining hall are breakfast (7-8:30 a.m., $5.25); lunch (10:45 a.m. – 1 p.m., $6.75), and dinner (5-6:30 p.m., $8.25). In addition, on Saturday, brunch will be available from 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. ($6.75). You will pay for these meals when you purchase them, but please indicate your interest in these meals on the registration form to assist in planning.

Optional Friday night group dinner: In addition, on Friday night there will be an optional dinner together on campus in the private dining rooms.

This will be a ticketed, prepaid event and you will pay for your own meal (estimated price range $15-25) but you must make a reservation to guarantee your spot.

Please indicate your interest on your registration form. Watch for more information to follow.

Conference Hotel and Campus Housing

For 2020, the conference has booked a block of rooms for $99 per night at the Hampton Inn, East Knoxville, 7445 Sawyer Lane, Knoxville (865/525-3511). This is one of many hotels at the Strawberry Plains Pike exit off I-40, about 12 miles from campus.

The nonsmoking rooms are available for the SCJ Conference for Thursday and Friday nights at a reduced rate with either two queen beds or one king bed. Rate includes free hot breakfast, wi-fi and parking. A limited number of rooms at the conference rate are also available on Wednesday and Saturday nights.

This rate is only guaranteed until March 5 and space is not guaranteed.

Shuttle service will be available to this hotel twice a day on Friday and Saturday, including after the optional Friday night dinner. Please note the shuttle service will only be available to and from this hotel.

There is very limited on-campus housing. To request on-campus, dorm style guest housing (singles only), please directly contact scjchousing@johnsonu.edu. (Cost is $20/night per guest, linens provided)

Registration Costs

Please note tiered deadlines for registration. ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES MARCH 8, 2020.

Until 2/23/20 Until 3/8/20 On-Site
Member / Subscriber (current): $60 $80 $90
Non-member (includes 1-year membership if not current) $110 $130 $140
Student Member / Subscriber (current) $30 $35 $40
Student Non-Member (includes 1-year membership) $60 $65 $70

All persons involved in the program for the conference must register.

Registration online for spouses is $30 ($20 for student spouses) and includes a name badge and access to conference activities.

Spouse registration is limited to individuals who are not formally affiliated with participating academic institutions nor in professional ministry positions.

In addition, Johnson University students may attend the conference for free BUT MUST REGISTER.

Conference registration includes attendance at all sessions, access to conferee-only discounted book sales, coffee and snack breaks, shuttle bus transportation, and on-site parking.

Bookings are closed for this event.