American Society of Church History
Annual Meeting 2021 Update


In March, the ASCH Council began a three-month period of inquiry and deliberation about the potential future of the ASCH 2021 Annual Meeting, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. After much dialogue and careful consideration of relevant factors, the ASCH Council has decided to cancel our in-person meeting, previously scheduled to be in Seattle in January 2021.

In place of our in-person Annual Meeting, we will host an abbreviated online-only Annual Meeting on February 4-5, 2021. We envision an opening plenary session on the evening of February 4, featuring an exceptional talk, as well as an opportunity to conduct necessary society business. On February 5, we will host a full day of sessions, across the spectrum of fields represented in our society. All of this will be curated by Anthea Butler, President-Elect and ASCH 2021 Program Chair. We will also make provision to assist any already-existing working groups that would like to meet at this time.

We anticipate that registration for the online-only Annual Meeting will be included in 2021 membership dues, alongside subscription to Church History and other member benefitsThe best way that you can support ASCH in this unusual season is to keep your membership current, as well as to invite your friends and colleagues to join ASCH. Further details on the conference will be forthcoming in the fall.

Please know that the ASCH Council, Executive Committee, and staff are thoroughly committed to offering a great Annual Meeting in an online-only format, as the best available solution in light of the many challenges that we currently face.