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2015 Conference - June 4-7, 2015, Eastern University

Click on the Meeting Info link for the call for papers and updated registration information with registration form.

Our Purpose:

From the beginning, we have welcomed anyone who is interested in joining our dialogue.


The group began in 1976, when Dr. Russell Heddendorf, then Chair of the Department of Sociology at Geneva College, invited sociologists from various Christian colleges to come to Geneva College for a meeting of dialogue and exchange. At that time the group was informally known as STCC (Sociologists Teaching in Christian Colleges).

Since then about 25 to 50 people have met each June, at various colleges.

Officers were first elected in 1997. The current officers can be found on the contacts page.

In 1985, several officers from CSS (the Christian Sociological Society) met with ACTS, strengthening the working relationships between these two groups, which has existed from the inception of ACTS.

From 1976 until 1986 Harriet Parsons-Heddendorf kept the mailing list and scrapbook, but there were no official minutes. Such minutes were first taken by Cynthia Tweedell in 1994; these are now in the Archives at Wheaton College, along with as many papers as she was able to locate from these years.

In 1995, we established a Scholarship Fund for Graduate Students which helps defray the cost of attending the annual meeting. This is funded by a free-will offering at our Sunday morning service, and by individual contributions.