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Invitation to writers

Submitted by umccopenhagen on Wed, 10/17/2018 - 12:46
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Two new books in the series Nordic Perspectives on Methodism are in the making. We are now inviting writers to contribute. Are you one of them?

The theme for the third book in the series will be:  Ministry with Children and Young People from a Methodist Perspective. The themes could for example be:
- a theology of the child or of the young
- the life of a child or a youth and how that corresponds to Christian faith
- reflections on baptism and confirmation
- reflections on how children and young people experience faith, how their faith develops, and what matters to them
- foundations for our ministry with children and young people
- how Methodist theology is helpful in ministry with children and young people
The target group of the book is pastors, deacons and experienced leaders of children and young people. We are not looking for how-to-articles on a basic level, but articles that deepen understanding and develop the theology, foundation or skills further. We will include short stories of what happens in the field of ministry with children and young people, but these invitations will come later.
This book will be released at the School of Congregational Development in September 2019. Deadline for sending an abstract for your planned article is January 10th, 2019. 

The theme for the fourth book in the series will be: Pastoral Care and Counselling from a Methodist Perspective. The themes could for example be:
- theological resources in the Methodist tradition for pastoral care and counselling
- specified fields of pastoral care and counseling, such as traumas, grief, relationships, images of God, abuse, identity
- foundations for the practice of pastoral care and counseling, such as the presence of God in pastoral counselling, the love of God, the role of the pastor/deacon, pastoral care and counselling as ministry of the church
- the aim of pastoral care and counselling – what can happen through counselling?
- current and future developments of pastoral care and counselling
This book will be released at the Central Conference in February 2021.  Deadline for sending an abstract for your planned article is April 10th, 2020.

How can you participate? 
- Please send us an abstract of your planned article. The abstract should be 250-350 words and specify your theme clearly, your main argument(s) and main sources. Your abstract must be written in English.
- You will be informed 10 days after the deadline if your article will be a part of the book. Additionally, you will also be told who else will participate and if any other article(s) overlap with yours, in order to differentiate your article clearly from others.
- You will also get a list of guidelines concerning length, references, footnotes/endnotes, use of headlines etc.
- Deadline for submitting your final draft will be June 1st 2019 for the first book and October 1st 2020 for the second.
- We will use a professional proof-reader, so that your English will be of a professional standard.
About the project. The books will mainly be available on digital platforms. It will be available worldwide. A limited edition will be printed at the event of the release and sold there. 
The series, Nordic Perspectives on Methodism, belongs to the Nordic and Baltic Area of the United Methodist Church and is the responsibility of the Subcommittee on Continued Education within the Central Conference Council. The series is therefore part of the work to update and equip pastors and deacons in their ministry.
Previous books in the series are What is Methodist Identity? (2015) and Social Holiness, Diakonia and Present Challenges in our World Today (2016)

Questions. Editors for both books are Christina Preisler from Denmark (Christina.preisler@metodistkirken.dk) and Hilde Marie Movafagh (hilde.m.movafagh@mf.no) from Norway. Contact them if you have any questions. Please send your abstract to one of them.
We look forward to receiving your contribution!
 

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