Call for Papers 2024

 2024  Call for Papers

 The Journal of Lutheran Ethics is seeking a new Book Review Editor.  For details, see here:  Independent Contractor-Book Review Editor JLE

February, 2024: Mental Health and the Church

Essays are invited about the ways mental health concerns are impacting churches and how churches can, are, and ought to be responding. Papers with a special emphasis on the impacts of grief and trauma are also welcome.

Proposal Deadline:  December 15, 2023.     Final Submission of Papers: January 1, 2024


August, 2024: Ethical Considerations and Artificial Intelligence

We invite scholars to consider the ramifications of AI for the church, the academy, and society.

Proposal Deadline:  June 15, 2024.          Final Submission of Papers: July 1, 2024


October, 2024: Polarity among Christians and how to work for Christian Love

While all proposals will be considered, we are especially interested in responses to the book Ordinary Faith in Polarized Times: Justification and the Pursuit of Justice by Amy Carr and Christine Helmer (Baylor, 2023)

Proposal Deadline: July 15, 2024. Final Submission of Papers: September 1, 2024


December, 2024: Vocation in the Unprecedented Times.

We invite discussions of Lutheran understandings of vocation and ethics in times like ours, times that might feel like the end of time.

Proposal Deadline September 15. Final Submission of Papers November 1, 2024.



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.
  • 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.


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.