To explain what "Stone-Campbell" means, exactly, would risk losing the audience long before the punch line. Suffice to say that this is a conference for academic types, primarily from the independent Christian Churches, with a smattering of unity-minded Church of Christ academes, and the rare historically-minded Disciples of Christ scholar--all heirs to the 19th-century Restoration Movement led by Messrs. Stone and Campbell.
Other than the Disciples, these are conservative folks, and their churches have not exactly been at the forefront of religious trends in this country. And I mean that as a compliment. But a quick glance at the seminar topics reveal that they are doing their best to catch up. Most mainstream American Protestants were at this point a generation ago, so it is really a bit pitiful to see these latter-day Restorationists struggling to be so relevant, so inclusive and, of course, missional.
The seminar topics reveal much more than they realize about these churches' prospects. A sampling, below, with a few comments:
God, our Mother: Rediscovering the Maternal Divine in Prayer
[This one would be laugh-out loud funny, if it weren't so sad.]
Jesus and the Syrophoenician Woman: A Case Study in Inclusiveness
Approaching New Religious Movements in a Missiological SpiritThe Latter-Day Saints Doctrine of General Salvation & the Restoration Movement Doctrine of Original Grace: Theological Conflicts and Connections
[Commonality with the Mormons?]
Rethinking Jesus' Death: Mark's Narrative in Mediterranean Context
Elaboration-Likelihood Model Applied to Preaching
Receiving the Message: The Reading Culture among Early Christians
[Seldom do you see the ramifications of sola scriptura laid-out quite so literally.]
A Theological Essay on New Testament Eschatology and the Contours of Christian Discipleship
Soulless Spirituality? Non-reductive Physicalism and its Substance-dualist Discontents
[I repeat, huh?]
From Table to Altar: Why the Early Church Moved from Supper to "Snack"
[This offensive title from THE contemporary Church of Christ scholar.]
Is Missional a Restoration/Stone-Campbell Paradigm?
[The better question would be, who would care?]
Toward a Stone-Campbell Theology of Religion: Interacting with the Proximate Other
The Historical Markedness of the Resurrection of Jesus: Its Value of an Evangelical Theology of Religions
Actually, there are two seminars that might be interesting:
Mad Honey Poisoning in Revelation 10
Divine Energies and Theosis
[What possibly could a Restorationist have to say about that!]
A hundred years from--if there is a hundred years from now--these churches will make for an interesting historical footnote.