As Episcopalians, we recognize reconciliation as the act of seeking redemption, getting a fresh start in the world. We search for Christian love and tolerance, the “restor(ation) of all people to unity with God and each other in Christ.” (Catechism, Book of Common Prayer (BCP), p. 855.) Reconciliation may want to be understood as an ongoing effort, not unlike seeking stronger community through Communion, that is to say, Eucharist. Reconciliation throughout our Episcopal Church history may even have often intentionally reached out to the world beyond.
As in all things human, forward motion is fraught with vicissitude. This National Episcopal Historians and Archivists (NEHA) Conference may help us discern the workings of American Episcopal history’s twists and turns, not so much as success and failure, but as building blocks towards a better understanding of who we are and how to better love our neighbors as ourselves.
We are seeking proposals for papers to be presented at the NEHA Conference 2018 sessions. Presentations are made on a voluntary basis. As a volunteer organization, NEHA is unable to provide an honorarium or assist with conference expenses. The NEHA Conference 2018 might prompt such topics as
NEHA has had thoughtful and provocative conference topics particularly over the past three years, including the Tri-History Conference of 2016. It is our hope that some of the submissions for presentation in the 2018 NEHA Conference will naturally spring forth from issues of ecumenism (2015), indigenous peoples ministry (2016) and/or immigration ministry (2017).
Presenters are allocated 20 minutes each with an expectation of 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes for questions. Presentations may be requested for publication. Proposals must include the following:
Survival of the Archival
NEHA (National Episcopal Historians and Archivists) was formed in part to address issues parishes and dioceses face in the preservation of their inevitable and constantly accumulating archival materials. No matter the topic for each NEHA Conference, it is our intent to always include at least one workshop per conference offering potential solutions to the organization, usability and survival of the archival. For parishes of any size, this largely volunteer effort can be overwhelming. The evolution of technology provides some optimism, but choosing from a wide variety of approaches requires as much information as possible.
Sharing such information and its potential application to individual parish efforts is the focus of this aspect of each NEHA Conference. Professional and non-professional parish and Diocesan archivists are encouraged to submit ideas for workshops they would like to present. Please follow the Submission Requirements listed above as you consider responding to the Call for Papers with your archival workshop idea.