2015  Meeting Registration Open

The March, 2015 meeting will  feature plenary addresses and a wide range of sessions on topics vital to our disciplines

Plan to Attend Now:  March 13-15, 2015

Marriott Hotel DFW Airport North, Irving, TX

Hotel Reservations Available Here 

2015 Program Available Here

Due to issues at the printer, a few copies of the program were printed and sent to members with pages missing. If you receive one of these copies, write us at swcrs.mail@gmail.com so we can send you a complete program


Group Registrations

The registration site does not accept group registrations, but advanced registration for groups may be completed by emailing the names, institution, affiliated organization, and type (faculty, student).  Payment can be completed either by paying directing through the SWCRS Paypal Site or by paying onsite at the meeting.


Daniel Bennett McGee, 1933-2014
Fr. David Balas, O.Cist., 1929-2014


The commission requests information regarding members who have died in the past year. 






The Southwest Commission on Religious Studies was established in 1974 to encourage, support, and coordinate scholarly activities in the field of religious studies in the Southwest. The Commission serves as the umbrella organization for the regional American Academy of Religion, American Schools of Oriental Research, Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Society of Biblical Literature. The Commission is supported by membership and sponsoring institutions.




Nolan Fewell, Zoloth Featured Speakers
at 2015 SWCRS



Danna Nolan Fewell of Drew University and Laurie S. Zoloth of Northwestern University will deliver plenary addresses at the SBL-SW and AAR-SW, respectively. Nolan Fewell's address, "The Work of Biblical Narrative," will explore an area of her expertise; she is the author of Narrative in the Hebrew Bible (1993) a
nd is currently editing the new Oxford Handbook to Biblical Narrative. Fewell’s teaching and research focus on biblical narrative with special attention to constructions of gender, ethnicity, social roles, social trauma, and communal identity.
Zoloth's address is titled "Risky Hospitality: Climate Change and the Stranger at the Door." Zoloth's research stands at the intersection of religious studies, theology and moral philosophy, with a focus on social justice in health care. Her recent publications include "Gene Therapy: Charting a Future Course." Zoloth
directs the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society at the School of Medicine at Northwestern University, and she is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Religion.

Danna Nolan Fewell (left) and Laurie S. Zoloth




SWCRS Officers

through February, 2015

President: Steve Ortiz,
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

Vice President: James W. Thompson,
Abilene Christian University

Executive Secretary: Richard J. Bautch,
St. Edward's University




Donations and Online Payments

The SWCRS Paypal Site provides a convenient way for group member registration payments, as well as for gifts to the commission and sponsorship payments.   Your support provides important funds for annual meeting expenses, student and retiree discounts, special workshops, and the grants and awards programs.