ETS Program Units

The Structure of the Annual Meeting

Each year plenary sessions on the meeting theme are provided by scholars working at the forefront of the current research on the topic. Additionally, a significant number of sessions are dedicated to papers on the theme topic that have been submitted by members in response to the call of papers.

In addition to the theme sessions, each Annual Meeting features sessions which are coordinated by ETS "program units." A program unit is a group, led by a steering committee, that conducts sessions at the annual meeting which are organized around specific topics or areas of study. The steering committees for the units determine areas of focus for the sessions, solicit invited papers, and in some cases, review and select papers submitted by the membership at large for presentation in one of the unit's sessions. The types of program units are detailed below. The program units are designed to reflect a range of opinion for discussion rather than a particular position to be promoted. Steering committees are broadly representative of the range of viewpoints or methodologies found within the Society, as well as broadly represented across institutional and denominational lines. The tone of the units should be irenic, scholarly, critical thinking, and Christ-like in papers and discussion.

There are three affiliated societies that hold their annual meetings in conjunction with ETS: ATS, EPS and NEAS. Each of these societies organizes sessions of papers from their membership.

The remaining sessions held at each Annual Meeting are referred to as open general sessions. The open general sessions are collections of presentations that were selected by the program review committee which did not fit into a theme session, or one of the existing program units. The open sessions are generally very broad covering basic areas such as Old Testament, New Testament, and Systematic Theology.

Program Units