All sessions will be in the Trone Student Union at Furman University. All regular sessions will occur in the Burgiss Theater. Plenary Sessions will be in the Watkins Room.

On-site registration and check-in will be in the lobby of the Trone Student Union beginning at 11:30 AM, Thursday the 23rd.

Lodging and transportation information is available here.

Thursday, March 23

First shuttle from Downtown Greenville Westin Poinsett hotel: 11:15 AM

Second & last shuttle from Downtown Greenville Westin Poinsett hotel: 11:45 AM

11:30 AM (Trone Student Union lobby): Registration begins

12:30 – 12:45 PM (Watkins Room): General Welcome & Information

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Kevin Schilbrack (Appalachian State University), “Religious Affordances”

1:45-2:30 PM: Brock Bahler (University of Pittsburgh), “Phenomenology of Embodied Cognition”

2:30-2:45 PM: Break

2:45-3:30 PM: Vita Emery (Fordham University), “Mystical Experience: Revelation in and of the Body”

3:30-4:15 PM: Neal DeRoo (The King’s University), “Toward a Material Spirituality: Religion and Phenomenological Expression”

4:15-4:30 PM: Break

4:30-5:15 PM (Burgiss Theater): Ronald L. Mercer, Jr. (Chapman Seminary), “Awaiting Your Reply: Why the Church Needs the Blues”

5:15-5:30 PM: Break

5:30-6:45 PM (Watkins Room): Wendy Farley (San Francisco Theological Seminary), “Divine Emptiness and Dark Times: Marguerite Porete and the Death of Reason”

6:45-7:30 PM (Watkins Lobby): Reception

7:30-9:00 PM – Dinner & drinks at the Tupelo Honey Café (downstairs in Trone Student Union)

9:00 PM: Shuttle return to Westin Poinsett Hotel

Friday, March 24

7:15 AM: First shuttle from Westin Poinsett

7:45 AM: Second & last shuttle from Westin Poinsett

7:45-8:30 (Burgiss lobby): Coffee & pastries

8:30-9:15 AM: Kate Finley (University of Notre Dame), “Embodied Cognition and Religious Experience”

9:15-10:00 AM: Daniel Jesse (Grand Rapids Community College), “An Invitation to Sorrow: Saturating our Liturgy with Sadness”

10:00-10:45 AM: Sharon L. Putt (Messiah College), “Improvising ‘Compassionate Action’: Taking Farley and Benson to Bethany”

10:45-11:00 AM: Break

11:00-11:45 AM: Joseph Rivera (Dublin City University), “Reconciling Metaphysics and Sacramental Experience: Reflections on the Eucharist”

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Michelle Panchuk (University of Notre Dame), “Toward a Liturgy of Protest”

12:30-1:45 PM: Lunch in Furman Dining Hall or Food Court

1:45-2:30 PM: Jeffrey Hanson (Harvard University), “Naked Before God: Kierkegaard’s Liturgical Self”

2:30-3:15 PM: Jacob Given (Villanova University), “Reflecting on the Way Along the Way: Formal Indication as Theological Method”

3:15-3:30 PM: Break

3:30-4:15 PM: Clayton Shoppa (Saint Francis College), “Liturgy and Contemplation”

4:15-5:00 PM: Brian Harding (Texas Woman’s University), “Liturgies of Life and Death (or Matadors, Philosophers, and God)”

5:30-6:45 PM (Watkins Room): Bruce Ellis Benson (Loyola Marymount University), “The Liturgical Basis of Religion”

7:00-9:00 PM (Hartness Pavilion): Banquet

9:00 PM: Shuttle back to Westin Poinsett Hotel

If you have any questions about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact the conference organizer, J. Aaron Simmons at: or 864-294-3526


Ayers Lecture in Philosophy and Religion

Furman University Philosophy Department