THE CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIANITY AND LITERATURE is an interdisciplinary society dedicated to exploring the relationships between Christianity and literature. Organized formally in 1956, CCL is dedicated to both scholarly excellence and collegial exchange and includes hundreds of members from a variety of academic institutions and religious traditions from the United States, Canada, and more than a dozen other countries.
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LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
In a ceremony and lecture held at The Harvard Divinity School on March 29, 2019, CCL President Darryl Tippens and former CCL board member Clare Costley King'oo (University of Connecticut) presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to writer Kathleen Norris.
BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD
CCL also presented the 2018 Book-of-the-Year Award to Micheal O'Siadhail for his book The Five Quintets (Baylor University Press, 2018), hailed by David Lyle Jeffrey as "a 21st century masterpiece" in a review essay that will appear in the journal Christianity & Literature.
The great ambition of The Five Quintets would be hard to overstate. Inspired by the challenging ruminations of modernity found in Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age, Mr. O’Siadhail draws into technically astute, dramatic verse what amounts to an extended dialogue among the great and prominent figures of the modern age culminating in a heavenly symposium among the great theologians, anti-theologians, and saints of our era, and concluding with a glorious—yet jazzy—vision of beatitude. The Five Quintets is a cornucopia of poetic technique, intellectual variety, and spiritual hope.
UPCOMING CCL REGIONAL CONFERENCES
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CCL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Any member of CCL may submit the name of a person to be considered for the award. All nominations are to be made in writing and submitted to the President no later than November 1. Each nomination should be accompanied by a brief letter of recommendation along with either a copy of the nominee’s cv or an equivalent biographical sketch; the latter documents may be supplied in electronic form or as links to web sites containing the information. The CCL Board of Directors will consider the nominations and conclude the selection process at its annual meeting in early January. For a list of the long line of distinguished recipients of the CCL Lifetime Achievement Award, please click here.
CCL FELLOWSHIPS AND GRANTS
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Imago Dei: Poems from Christianity & Literature brings together a collection of poems reflecting on faith and art. The editor of the volume, Jill Baumgaertner, a poet herself, was President of CCL from 1999-2003. For more information, please click here
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