2021 AGM Registration Invitation

Conferences ,

Dear CBA Member: 

The Eighty-third International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association will be held virtually, July 31- August 3, 2021 (Saturday-Tuesday).

Registration is open now through July 25, 2021. The registration cost is $25 USD paid via credit or debit card. (As with the case of membership dues, the accounting program requires a five digit zip code, international members may use the CBA zip code 20064).

  • You will need to login to the CBA website to access the registration site. If you have forgotten your password, you may request a password reset link be sent to your email address by clicking on the “Reset Password” link on the login form.
  • Once you are logged into the CBA website, you may access the registration site through the gold “Register” button at https://www.catholicbiblical.org/events/register?id=5852.
  • After you have completed the payment, you will receive an email registration confirmation. If you do not find an email from CBA in your inbox, check your SPAM folder.
  • For detailed instructions on how to register, click here.


Schedule: This year’s meeting schedule has been altered to accommodate a diverse range of time zones.

Once you have registered, you will be able to access the virtual meeting program that will contain the meeting links once they are available.

The virtual meeting program begins with a schedule from which you may click on the links to view more information on the Task Forces, Continuing Seminars, and Research Reports. Once the complete pdf program is completed it will replace the pdf schedule on the website.

Members are encouraged to register for either a Continuing Seminar or Task Force that meet Sunday – Tuesday, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm EDT. For over 50 years, these elements have been an integral part of CBA annual general meetings, permitting members to focus on a topic over the course of days and years. If you are not ready to commit to one at the time of registration, you may come back and sign up at a later date (before midnight EDT on July 28).

Continuing Seminars: Members who have signed up for a Continuing Seminar will be on the roster submitted to the convener(s) so that bibliographies and other advance materials may be forwarded prior to the sessions.

Six Continuing Seminars are offered:

  1. “Divinity in Ancient Israel”
    Co-conveners: Mahri Leonard-Fleckman, College of the Holy Cross
    Andrew Davis, Boston College School of Ministry & Theology
    Garrett Galvin, O.F.M., Franciscan School of Theology
  2. “Hebrew Poetry”
    Co-conveners: Joseph E. Jensen, Georgetown University
    Pauline A. Viviano, Loyola University, Chicago
  3. “Methodology and Memory Research in Jesus Studies Proposal”
    Co-conveners: Rafael Rodriguez, Johnson University
    Michael P. Barber, Augustine Institute
  4. “Paul and Method”
    Convener: Timothy Milinovich, Dominican University
  5. “The Deuterocanonical Books: Education and Paideia
    Co-conveners: Vincent Skemp, Catherine University
    Francis Macatangay, St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston
  6. “The Gospel and Letters of John”
    Co-conveners: Peter Judge, Winthrop University
    Mark A. Matson, Milligan College 

Task Forces: The Task Force format will be the same as in past years. Members of the core groups will have exchanged papers beforehand and will discuss them at their three sessions during the meeting; toward the end of each session, the discussion will be expanded to include the circle of auditors. Members may attend the sessions as observers.

There will be two Task Forces this year, as follows:

  1. “God in the Synoptic Gospels” [canceled 6/7/21]
  2. “Addressing Representations of Jews and Judaism”
    Convener: Chris Seeman, Walsh University

Research Reports: Thirty-two Research Reports are scheduled in seven time slots. The titles and presenters are listed in the schedule. Abstracts will be included in the pdf program once it is completed. Links to the sessions will be included in the online program. 

Volunteers Needed:  We are asking for those of you who would be willing to volunteer to “co-host” a zoom session for the Task Force sessions and the Contining Seminar sessions to assist in tracking questions in the chat area, Screen sharing, recording of the session, or other technical issues that may come up. This would simply require previous experience with Zoom Meetings and no specialized training sessions would be required. We would simply assign you to a session (perhaps there may be one that you have a preference). CBA would provide a script for you to read at the beginning of the session so that people know the process of Q&A during the session. Please contact Archie Wright if you are interested (wrightat@cua.edu). 

Socials: An eagerly anticipated highlight of the annual meeting is the opportunity to interact with colleagues at the social hours. While we cannot offer that opportunity this year, we will try to compensate, to the extent possible, in two ways.

  1. Making a general lobby Zoom room available (via a CBA Zoom link) Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 5:00 PM–6:00 PM EDT.
  2. Calling upon volunteers to submit proposals for Zoom sessions for specialized interests. Such interest groups might include students, early career scholars, scholars seeking employment, new members / attendees, Francophone, Hispanic/ACHTUS affiliates, publishers, alumni and friends of programs (e.g., Fordham, Notre Dame, GTU), and any other relevant interests. Any volunteer would be responsible for:
    • Hosting the Zoom session via personal or institutional Zoom account.
    • Determining a time (EDT) for the meeting, either during the general social hour noted above (5:00-6:00 PM EDT), or at a separate time during the conference that does not conflict with other scheduled sessions.
    • Sending the social interest gathering proposal, with the Zoom link, to Lisa Tarker (tarkerla@cua.edu) by July 12, 2021.

Liturgies: The virtual meeting officially will begin with a welcome followed by a Liturgy of the Word in which we will pray for members who have passed away since last we met at Walsh University in 2019. The meeting will officially conclude with a Closing Prayer after Tuesday’s Business Meeting.

Business Meeting: All members are strongly encouraged to attend the Business Meeting, Tuesday, August 2nd at 4:00 PM EDT. Just before the meeting, Full Members will receive a ballot via SurveyMonkey that will contain the nominations for CBA officers and committee members, as well as candidates for membership at the Full, Associate, and Graduate Student levels. It is important that Full members exercise their voting responsibility for the growth and stability of the association.


Archie Wright
Interim Executive Director