Bishop Street Journal: "Faith in the Contemporary World"

deadline for submissions: 
December 6, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
The Department of Theological Studies at Concordia University

Concordia University's Department of Theological Studies proudly presents the Call for Papers for volume three of the Bishop STreet Journal. This edition's theme is "Faith in the Contemporary World."

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, “faith” has been challenged. Faith in our institutions, in our neighbors, and in the world at large has been questioned or outright abandoned by some, as evidenced by the coups, protests and social media campaigns of conspiracy theorists we’ve witnessed since lockdowns began in the spring of 2020 - and we may also say that faith has been gained in such cases. although in manipulated and weaponized forms. However, faith has also stayed strong as well; a 2022 report found that generosity increased during the pandemic [1], with the lead researcher telling The Washington Post in an interview that such results restore one’s “faith in humanity.” [2]

Bishop Street is interested in articles and creative works that explore faith - its rise and decline - in our post-pandemic world. Subjects may include theological reflection on contemporary religious communities, politics, philosophy, technology, and art, with interdisciplinary perspectives being more than welcomed. Works outside of this theme that are theological in scope will also be considered.

Traditional academic articles should be 5,000-8,000 words long, Times New Roman, 12 pt, using the Chicago Style 17th Edition, Footnotes - Bibliography reference system. Bishop Street accepts submissions in English and French. Authors and artists are requested to submit their work to the editorial team at by December 6th. A confirmation email will be sent to the authors whose article has been selected. Articles are peer reviewed, in a double blind process.

[1] See Ariel Fridman, Rachel Gershon, and Ayelet Gneezy, "Increased generosity under COVID-19 threat, Scientific Reports 12, 4886 (2022).

[2] Tara Parker-Pope, "Did the pandemic make us all a little more generous?" The Washington Post, last modified December 1st, 2022.