Call for Papers 2023

Call for Submissions:

August/September Issue:

The Ethics of Interfaith Conversations


We invite proposals (500 words) for papers on the issue of ethics of interfaith conversations broadly construed. Accepted proposals will be notified by June 1st.


Proposal Deadline: May 15, 2023.  Final Submission of Papers: July 10th.


December Issue:

Domestic Abuse: Intimate Partner Abuse and Child Abuse


We invite proposals (500 words) for theological reflections, constructive solutions, or cultural analysis of the problems of domestic abuse.


Proposal Deadline: September 15, 2023.  Final Submission of Papers: November 1, 2023


Articles published in the journal reflect the perspectives and thoughts of their authors and not necessarily the theological, ethical, or social stances of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.​


Please consult the “About JLE” page for a description of our mission and standards for potential contributors. Submissions will be reviewed and accepted at the editor and advisory board’s discretion based on content, relevance, and style. Proposals should be 500 words; Articles should be 1,500–3,500 words in length unless permission is given otherwise.

Book reviews are also welcome: Suggestions for Book Reviews should be sent to


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Please note, the above list is not exhaustive; JLE will consider article ideas that offer ethical deliberation and theological reflection on other aspects of these topics and on other topics. Initial abstracts should be 250 words.  Final Articles should be 2500-3000 words long. Please submit a brief CV along with your initial abstract.

Submission Information:

  • Please send initial abstracts to the editor at Please put JLE SUBMISSION in the subject line.
  • Consult the “Article Submission Guidelines
  • More information on JLE, its mission, and its guidelines for submission can be found at


The JLE invites readers to submit reviews of recent books that contribute to theological reflection or ethical deliberation on important issues in church and society.  This includes books that may not themselves be theological in nature, but that help readers understand pressing social issues facing the church and the world.  The JLE welcomes reviews of books targeted toward academics, clergy and/or lay readers. Book Reviews are typically 1000-1500 words.  Books do not need to be on the focus theme of the Issue.

The book review editor makes the final determination on books, reviewers and reviews to be included in the JLE.

Send proposed reviews (book to be reviewed and a brief description about the direction your review would take) to Nancy Arnison through Jennifer Hockenbery Dragseth at Put BOOK REVIEW in the subject line.

You may also contact us simply to register your desire to serve as a book reviewer; indicate your areas of expertise and interest.