Horizons in Religious Education

The Religious Education Association series Horizons in Religious Education is published in cooperation with Wipf and Stock Publishers.

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cover imageThe first volume God Beyond Borders: Interreligious Learning Among Faith Communities written by Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook was published in the spring of 2014.

The second volume, Open Minds, Devoted Hearts: Portraits of Adult Religious Educators written by Sarah Tauber was published in the spring of 2015.

The third volume, The Grace of Playing written by Courtney Goto was published in the spring of 2016.

This series publishes manuscripts defining key directions in the field of religious education. Inclusion in the series is competitive. REA commitments to interfaith, intercultural, and international conversations about the field guide manuscript selection for publication in the series. Horizons accepts no more than three manuscripts each year

In determining manuscripts for the series, editors give preference to newer scholars. However, the series editorial board may select edited manuscripts by established scholars defining key directions in the field. Edited manuscripts are to be focused and integrated including also the work of younger scholars.

The Horizons editorial board maintains the direction of Horizons in Religious Education in consultation with the REA Publications committee for the REA executive committee. The board provides an annual report of the work of Horizons to the Publications committee.

Communication among Horizons members usually occurs by email, yet the board attempts to schedule one meeting annually, often by audio or online conferencing.

Process:

While only completed manuscripts may be reviewed for publication, the series co-editors remain available for consultation about proposed manuscripts. The process of manuscript selection is as follows:

  • Submit a completed manuscript to Jack L. Seymour, Horizons series co- editor, at Jack.Seymour@Garrett.edu.
  • Manuscripts should be approximately 50,000-60,000 words or 200 typed double spaced pages and no more than 250 pages including introductions, table of contents, citations and any indexes.
  • Authors should be members of the Religious Education Association.
  • Jack Seymour shares the manuscript with another co-editor. They in turn choose one or two of the additional members of the committee to review the manuscript.
  • The co-editors review and summarize comments to be shared with the author. If rejected, editors inform the author of the decision. If accepted, editors inform the author of editing needed before final acceptance. Often the author must revise the original manuscript prior to publication. Once the editors decide for publication, one of the co-editors arranges contact between the author and editorial colleagues at Wipf and Stock.
  • Manuscripts need to be submitted to Wipf & Stock in final form as defined by the Wipf and Stock author guide. Often co-editors suggest an editor or copy editor to assure manuscripts meet publication guidelines, yet the author bears any expense meeting this expectation. http://wipfandstock.com/media/wysiwyg/WS_AuthorGuide.pdf

The Horizons in Religious Education Editorial Board currently committee consists of the following members:

Class of 2017

Dean G. Blevins, Nazarene Theological Seminary, co-editor
Sondra H. Matthaei, Saint Paul School of Theology
Siebren Miedema, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Class of 2018

Elizabeth Caldwell, Vanderbilt Divinity School, co-editor
Dori Grinenko Baker, The Fund for Theological Education
Anne Streaty Wimberly, Interdenominational Theological Seminary

Class of 2019

Jack L. Seymour, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, co-editor
Hosffman Ospino, Boston College
Mai-Anh Le Tran, Eden Theological Seminary

  • The editorial board participates in the selection of manuscripts for the series. At the direction of one of the editors, individual members review manuscripts and provide mentoring assistance to authors in moving a manuscript to publication.
  • Membership: Members hold three-year terms, renewable for up to three three-year terms. The Publications committee names new members, or renews existing members and selects co-editors in consultation with the editorial board of Horizons. Each of the co-editors serves a three-year term.
  • The membership of the Horizons editorial board complies with the interfaith, intercultural and international commitments of REA. In addition, while the board consists of persons who themselves have published in the field and our excellent mentors of scholarship, every effort is made to include both emerging scholars as well as established scholars.

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