The 2015 meeting featured plenary addresses and a wide range of sessions on topics vital to our disciplines

Plan Now to Attend Next Year's Meeting: March 11-13, 2016

Marriott Hotel DFW Airport North, Irving, TX

The 2016 Call for Papers will be Posted in June


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 for the regional American Academy of Religion, American Schools of Oriental Research, Association for the Scientific Study of Religion, and Society of Biblical Literature.



Gammie Award to Joerg Rieger 
at 2015 SWCRS

Joerg Rieger of the Perkins School of Theology was awarded the John G. Gammie Distinguished Scholar Award at the 2015 SWCRS meeting. Rieger is the author of numerous books including Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (2012);  Traveling: Christian Explorations of Daily Living (2011); and Grace under Pressure: Negotiating the Heart of the Methodist Traditions (2011). His teaching specialties are systematic theology, constructive theology, historical and contemporary theologies, liberation theologies, and theology and religion in their social contexts. Rieger has been a fixture in SWCRS and at the 2014 meeting he spoke as part of a special session marking the commission's 40th anniversary. In 2015 his work was the subject of a panel presentation on class and religion, and to conclude the session he provided a response to the panelists.



SWCRS Officers

through February, 2016

President: James W. Thompson,
Abilene Christian University

Vice President: Eric Mitchell,
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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.