The 19th annual SCJ conference heads back to Johnson University, Knoxville, TN, on March 20-21, 2020 (Friday, 8:00 AM-8:00 PM; Sat, 8:00 AM-1:00 PM). This represents a date change from earlier announcements.

The theme is Politics and the Stone-Campbell Movement. Featured speakers include: Shaun Casey, Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and Public Affairs and Professor of the Practice in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, who will present “The Impact of Stone-Campbell Ideals: My Life in Political and Public Service” and “The office of religion and Global Affairs under Barack Obama: My Perspective;” Jess Hale, Attorney with the Tennessee General Assembly and Staff to a Tennessee Governor and a U.S. Senator, Who Will present “Disciples at Public Tables: A Public Servant’s View of SCM Engagement with Public Policy;” and Richard Cherok, Professor of History, Ozark Christian College, “Citizen Campbell: Alexander Campbell and Early American Politics.”

Related papers or papers on other biblical, theological, or historical topics are sought for parallel sessions from experienced scholars as well as from student scholars. Send your paper title (no abstract needed) to Jeff Painter, Conference Parallel Paper Coordinator, at absolutely no later than January 20, 2020. The first 35 paper topics submitted are guaranteed a slot. After that it will depend on rooms available and cancelled papers.

Eleven study groups welcome inquiries, no later than January 6, 2020:

Inquiries regarding study groups may be directed to the dean of the study groups: Dawn Gentry (

Student paper competitions will occur in three categories: Junior/Senior; M.A./M.Div., and Restoration (Isaac Errett Award from the Disciples Historical Society). Contact Les Hardin ( immediately to indicate your interest and to obtain the competition rules (also available on the SCJ website) for the undergrad and grad competition, and also receive information on the $2500 scholarship available to both undergrad and grad winners. Papers due: December 15, 2019. For the Isaac Errett competition, contact Doug Foster ( The winner receives a cash award. Submissions are due January 20, 2020.

Registration opens January 20, 2020