Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting in Boston, Nov 18-21

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The American Academy of Religion brings thousands of professors and students, authors and publishers, religious leaders and interested laypersons to its Annual Meeting each year. Co-hosted with the Society of Biblical Literature, the Annual Meetings are the largest events of the year in the fields of religious studies and theology.

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Sustainability Success with NativeEnergy

The AAR is making it easy for members to purchase Renewable Energy Credits when traveling to the AAR & SBL Annual Meetings. By simply clicking a box during the registration process, members can choose to give $15 to NativeEnergy. 

The AAR’s Sustainability Task Force selected NativeEnergy because of its commitment to reducing greenhouse gases while supporting its sustainability projects. NativeEnergy helps assist Native American, farmer-owned, community-based renewable energy projects that create social, economic, and environmental benefits. These projects displace electricity from fossil fuels and reduce other greenhouse gas emissions.

The AAR and SBL are pleased to have collected a total of $9,555 from 606 participants attending the 2016 Annual Meetings in San Antonio for this carbon offset program. Along with a $500 donation for the AAR and SBL’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check for $10,055. These funds were split towards two projects (see below). To learn more about NativeEnergy, visit http://www.nativeenergy.com/. To see statistics from previous annual meetings, please see here.  

NativeEnergy Projects Supported by AAR and SBL

Capricorn Ridge Wind Project

This year, we have decided to support two new projects: the Capricorn Ridge Wind Project and the Southern Ute Vent Well Project.

One of the supported projects is local to Texas in Coke County, dedicated to working with NextEra to utilize carbon offsets revenues to help accelerate the development of wind projects. NextEra is one of the largest wind energy developers in the United States. The Capricorn Ridge Wind Project was the first wind project in the United States to sell verified offsets under VCS. This project operates as a merchant plant, meaning it was built to serve the spot market. Most wind projects that are built in the United States rely on long-term contracts. 

Southern Ute Project

The other project is the Southern Ute Project, which works with Native American tribes in the San Juan Basin in southwestern Colorado. This basin is rich in fossil fuel resources and has been a source of coal, uranium, and natural gas for many decades. Methane once adsorbed to the coal seeps into the atmosphere at these outcroppings. Capturing this “fugitive” methane by using wells and putting it to a productive use is an effective way to address climate change.

The AAR and SBL are continuing this program in 2017. We currently have a 6.42% combined participation rate! We hope to maintain or improve on that as more members register in the coming months for the 2017 Annual Meetings. We encourage you to make this inexpensive commitment to helping make our meetings more environmentally friendly.

Thank you to all of our AAR contributors in 2016:

Scott Alexander
Gregory Alles
Elizabeth Allison
Rebecca Alpert
Xochitl Alvizo
Matthew Anderson
Chase Andre
Stephen Angell
Ellen T Armour
Dan Arnold
Russ Arnold
Rick Axtell
Cameron Bailey
David Bains
David Barr
Whitney Bauman
Tom Beaudoin
Luke Beck Kreider
Meghan Beddinggield
Carla Bellamy
Evan Berry
Sofia Betancourt
Anna Bialek
Bede Bidlack
Melinda Bielas
Anna Bigelow
Shira Billet
Brad Binau
Elizabeth Block
Whitney Bodman
Thomas Borchert
Colin Bossen
Donna Bowman
Joy Brennan
Gus Breytspraak
Kent Brintnall
Mark Brocker
Jonathan Brockopp
Marian Broida
Bernadette Brooten
Sid Brown
Bob Bruttell
Kelly Bulkeley
Grace Burford
Virginia Burrus
Lisa Cahill
Jennifer Callaghan
Eileen Campbell-Reed
Kimberly Carfore
Colleen Carpenter
Paul Carr
Amy Carr
Christopher Carter
G. Clarke Chapman
Christopher Chapple
James Childs
Mikkel Christoffersen
John Paul Christy
Mary Churchill
Olga Cieslarova
Mary Ann Clark
Elizabeth Clark
Barbra Clayton
Will Cohen
William Collinge
Greg Cootsona
Rebecca Copeland
John Corrigan
Lisa Dahill
Lisle Dalton
Anne Marie Dalton
Barbara Darling
David Dault
Barbara Jane Davy
Guido De Graaff
Dorothy Dean
Corinne Dempsey
Diane Denis
Erin Diericx
Marc DiPaolo
Mary Doak
Mark Douglas
Andrew Draper
Edward Drott
Susannah Duerr
John-Charles Duffy
Emily Dumler-Winckler
John Dunne
Chelsea Ebin
Jodi Eichler-Levine
William Elkins
Cynthia Eller
Marvin Ellison
Rebecca Epstein-Levi
Jacob Erickson
Brett Esaki
Claire Fanger
Martha L Finch
Trent Foley
Joseph Forman
Jason Fout
Sarah Fredericks
Elizabeth Freese
Mary Frohlich
Shuhei Fujii
Constance Furey
Shreena Gandhi
Elizabeth Gandolfo
Holly Gayley
Heidi Gehman
Annalise Glauz-Todrank
Naomi Goldenberg
George Gonzalez
Ari M. Gordon
Marion Grau
William Greenway
Andrew Guffey
David Gushee
Lori Brandt Hale
Charles Hallisey
Sandra Ham
Juliane Hammer
Erik Hammerstrom
M. Gail Hamner
Douglas Hardy
John Hart
Mona Hassan
Christine Hayes
Lisa Haygood
Elina Hellqvist
Joseph Hellweg
Noreen Herzfeld
David Hettlinger
Minna Hietamäki
Susan Hill
Amy Hirschtick
Greg Hoenes
John Hoffmeyer
Michael Hogue
Kathleen Holscher
Bradley Holt
Ruthanna Hooke
Anita Houck
Hsiao-Lan Hu
Matthew Humphrey
Eric Huntington
Rebecca Huskey
Travis Ingels
Mary Jo Iozzio
Andrew Irvine
Joyce Irwin
Christopher Ives
Katherine Jackson-Meyer
Richard Jaffe
Willis Jenkins
Jay Johnston
Lucas Johnston
Kristin Johnston Largen
Frederick Josties
Brad Kallenberg
Ross Kane
Zayn Kassam
Tone Stangeland Kaufman
Laurel Kearns
Craig Keen
Mary Keller
Catherine Keller
Cathie Kelsey
Eliza Kent
Kirsteen Kim
Karen L. King
Daijaku Kinst
Catherine Hudak Klancer
Caroline Kline
Sheri Kling
Stefanie Knauss
Moshe Kornfeld
Caroline Kory
Hilda Koster
Adrienne Krone
Kristina LaCelle-Peterson
Nadia Lahutsky
Lance Laird
Paul Lakeland
Amy Langenberg
Michael Le Chevallier
Boyung Lee
Alec LeMay
John Leonard
A. David Lewis
Yii-Jan Lin
Jeannette Lindholm
Reid Locklin
Charles Lockwood
Michael Lodahl
Jeffery Long
Merle Longwood
Alison Lutz
Ivory Lyons
Sarah MacDonald
Sarah Macias
Joanne Maguire Robinson
Deenabandhu Manchala
Ellen Ott Marshall
Dan Mathewson
Stephanie May
Shannon McAlister
Elizabeth McAnally
Kathleen McCallie
Liz McCloskey
John McDargh
Thomas McElligott
Ian McFarland
Sarah McFarland Taylor
Barbara A McGraw
James McLeod
David McMahan
Néstor Medina
Calvin Mercer
Verena Meyer
Alan Meyers
Sam Mickey
Jordan Miller
Julie Miller
Victoria Montrose
Diane Moore
Marili Moore
Rebecca Moore
Martha Moore-Keish
Gabriel Morgan
Sarah Morice Brubaker
Marcia Mount Shoop
Isabel Mukonyora
Kelly Murphy
Rob Muthiah
Shankar Nair
Paul Nelson
Lance Nelson
John Nemec
Robert Neville
Brian Nichols
Breanna Nickel
Michael Nijhawan
Peter Ochs
John O'Keefe
Gaye Ortiz
Amy Osborne
Michael Ostling
Andrew Packman
Elaine Padilla
Aristotle Papanikolaou
Rebecca Parker
Tam K. Parker
Dorina Parmenter
Chris Parr
Thom Parrott-Sheffer
Barbara (Bobbi) Patterson
Richard Payne
Kusumita Pedersen
Michelene Pesantubbee
Rebecca Todd Peters
Mark Peterson
Cheryl Peterson
Chad Pevateaux
Elizabeth Phillips
Vicki Phillips
Bailey Pickens
Panu Pihkala
Andrea Marion Pinkney
Judith Plaskow
William Plevan
Ellen Posman
Jay Potter
Riess Potterveld
Jill Raitt
Katja Rakow
Darby Ray
Michael Reading
Matt Recla
Julie Regan
Jenna Reinbold
Kathryn Reklis
Myriam Renaud
Tom Reynolds
Benjamin Ricciardi
Beth Ritter-Conn
William Robert
Laura Schmidt Roberts
Robert Rozehnal
Robert Russell
Elias Sacks
Kathleen Sands
Christian Scharen
Hannah Schell
Caroline Schleier Cutler
Ulla Schmidt
A. Gregory Schneider
Laurel Schneider
Robert Schreiter
Jeff Schroeder
Wolfgang Schuerger
David Schultenover
Darla Schumm
Yuki Schwartz
J. Barton Scott
John Seitz
Miranda Shaw
Wasim Shiliwala
Stephen Simmons
Ernest Simmons
Laura Simmons
Daniel Smith
H. Gregory Snyder
John Soboslai
Bethany Sollereder
Katherine Sonderegger
Susanna Southard
Michael Spezio
Rebecca Spurrier
Jamison Stallman
Sturla Stålsett
Eric Stephen
Kirsi Stjerna
Ken Stone
Jeffrey Stout
Randall Styers
Kenneth Surin
Justin Tanis
Ann Taves
Jolyon Thomas
Randy Thompson
John Thompson
James Thrall
Deberniere Torrey
Emilie Townes
Marit Trelstad
Eglute Trinkauskaite
Timothy Van Meter
Nathaniel Van Yperen
Robin Veldman
Lora Walsh
David Watt
James Watts
Julia Watts Belser
Kenneth Weare
Colin Weaver
Judith Weisenfeld
Aaron Weiss
Tisa Wenger
Rachel Wheeler
Mara Willard
Deanna Womack
Connor Wood
Diane Yeager
Laura Yordy
Homayra Ziad
Angela Zito
Laurie Zoloth
 

Statistics from Previous Years

2015 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings, San Antonio

The AAR and SBL collected a total of $9,405 from 627 participants. Along with a $555 donation for the AAR and SBL’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $9,960. These funds were split towards two projects: the Ghana Clean Water Project and the Ethiopia Clean Water Project. The combined AAR and SBL member participation rate was 6.25%.

2014 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings, San Diego

The AAR and SBL are pleased to have collected a total of $10,140 from 676 participants. Along with a $500 donation for the AAR and SBL’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $10,640. These funds were split towards two projects: the Ethiopia Clean Water Project and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Natural Methane Capture and Use. The combined AAR and SBL member participation rate was 6.85%.

2013 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings, Baltimore

The AAR and SBL collected a total of $8,205 from 547 participants. Along with a $500 donation for the AAR and SBL’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $8,705. These funds were split towards two projects: Ghana Clean Water Project and Farm Methane Reduction Project. The combined AAR and SBL member participation rate was 5.35%.

2012 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings, Chicago

The AAR and SBL collected a total of $7,560 from 504 participants. Along with a $500 donation for the AAR and SBL's staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $8,060. These funds were split between two projects: Indiana School Wind Project and Kenya Clean Water Project. The combined AAR and SBL member participation rate was 4.72%.

2011 AAR & SBL Annual Meetings, San Francisco

The AAR and SBL collected a total of $8,250 from 550 participants. In addition, the AAR and SBL earned $274.60 from the sale of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) vouchers. Along with a $500 donation for the AAR and SBL’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $9,024.60. The combined AAR and SBL member participation rate was 5.23%.

2010 AAR Annual Meeting, Atlanta

The AAR collected a total of $5,070 from 338 participants. Along with a $250 donation for the AAR’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $5,320. The AAR member participation rate was 7.00%.

2009 AAR Annual Meeting, Montréal

The AAR collected a total of $5,025 from 335 participants. Along with a $250 donation for the AAR’s staff travel, we sent NativeEnergy a check in the amount of $5,275. The AAR member participation rate was 7.70%.