Let Freedom Ring

Religious Education at the Intersection of Social Justice, Liberation, and Civil/Human Rights

REA Annual Meeting 2012

2-4, November, Atlanta, Georgia

REA2012 Resources

Resources for the REA:APPRRE 2012 Annual Meeting

The following resources may help you explore religious education at the intersection of social justice, liberation, and civil/human rights as well as innovative contemporary pedagogical strategies that can equip individuals and communities for transformative social engagement . Some of the material offered is designed to provide a basic introduction (either through selected texts or educationally oriented websites) while other materials may serve to encourage more fruitful exploration into specific sub-disciplines. Resources are listed in reverse chronological order and most articles are publications  from our own Religious Education Journal.


Michael D. Palmer & Stanley M. Burgess, The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Religion and Social Justice (in press, May 2012)

Yolanda Y. Smith, Women’s Spirituality and Education in the Black Church (in press, August 2012)

Jennefer R. Ayers, Waiting for a Glacier to Move: Practicing Social Witness (2011)

Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert, What is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission (2011)

Thomas H. Groome, Will There Be Faith? A New Vision for Educating and Growing Disciples (2011)

Deena Guzder, Divine Rebels: American Christian Activists for Social Justice (2011)

Stanley Hauerwas, War and the American Difference: Theological Reflections on Violence and National Identity (2011)

Jill Jacobs, Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community (2011)

Miroslav Volf, A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good (2011)

Interfaith Worker Justice, A Worker Justice Reader: Essential Writings on Religion and Labor (2010)

Warren Nord, Does God Make a Difference: Taking Religion Seriously in Our Schools and Universities (2010)

John M. Perkins & Shane Claiborne, Follow Me to Freedom: Leading and Following As an Ordinary Radical (2009)

Steven Rundle, Economic Justice in a Flat World: Christian Perspectives on Globalization (2009)

Mike and Danae Yankoski, Zealous Love: A Practical Guide to Social Justice (2009)

Curtiss Paul DeYoung, Living Faith: How Faith Inspires Social Justice (2007)

Diane L. Moore, Overcoming Religious Illiteracy (2007)

Michael Pennock, Catholic Social Teaching: Learning & Living Justice (2007)

David I. Smith, Spirituality, Social Justice, and Language Learning (2007)

Walter Feinberg, For Goodness Sake: Religious Schools and Education for Democratic Citizenry (2006)

Brian T. Johnson & Carolyn R. O’Grady, The Spirit of Service: Exploring Faith, Service, and Social Justice in Higher Education (2006)

Charles Marsh, The Beloved Community: How Faith Shapes Social Justice from the Civil Rights Movement to Today (2006)

Rachael Kessler, The Soul of Education (2000)

Sayyid Qutb, Social Justice in Islam (2000)

Thomas Oldenski, Liberation Theology and Critical Pedagogy in Today’s Catholic Schools: Social Justice in Action (1997)


Julia Ipgrave, Conversations Between the Religious and Secular in English Schools (2012)

Marjoke Rietveld-van Wingerden, Ina ter Avest & Wim Westerman, Interreligious Learning as a Precondition for Peace Education: Lessons From the Past: John Amos Comenius (1592–1670) (2012)

Rito Baring, Plurality in Unity: Challenges Toward Religious Education in the Philippines (2011)

Cyndi Nienhaus, God Loves us All: Helping Christians Know and Name God in a Post-Holocaust Context (2011)

Claire Bischoff, Rebecca Richards Bullen, Molly Nemer & Rachel Quednau, In the Flow of Media, Religion, and Culture: A Case Study With TVbyGIRLS (2011)

Siebren Miedema & Ina ter Avest, In the Flow to Maximal Interreligious Citizenship Education (2011)

Omid Payrow Shabani, The Role of Religion in Democratic Politics: Tolerance and the Boundary of Public Reason (2011)

Liz Jackson, Islam and Muslims in U.S. Public Schools Since September 11, 2001 (2011)

William D. Buhrman, Globalization, Learning Outcomes, and Possibilities for Theological Education (2011)

Cate Siejk, New Responses to Enduring Questions in Religious and Theological Education (2011)

Joshua Stanton & Hedy Peyser, The Use of Ethical Wills to Engage Future Jewish Leaders (2010)

Therese L. Ratliff, Educating for a “Spirituality of Dialogue”: Theological Foundations, Hermeneutical Invitations, and Pedagogical Directions (2010)

J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, Religious Education and Religious Pluralism in the New Africa (2010)

Boyung Lee, Broadening the Boundary of “Textbooks” for Intercultural Communication in Religious Education (2010)

Boyung Lee, Toward Liberating Interdependence: Exploring an Intercultural Pedagogy (2010)

E. Byron Anderson, Memory, Tradition, and the Re-membering of Suffering (2010)

Harold Daly Horell, The Wisdom of Students, Education for Peace and Justice, and Religious Education (2010)

Judith Ann Brady O.P., A Burning Desire for Social Justice (2010)

Joe Iannone & Mercedes Iannone, Intimations from Life: The Dance of Religious Education and Social Justice (2010)

Katherine Turpin, Learning Toward Justice: Identity-Challenging Education (2010)

Bryan Conyer, Pluralism and its Purposeful Introduction to a Jewish Day School (2009)

Gordon S. Mikoski, Teaching Against Torture: Sacramental Catechesis in Exceptional Circumstances (2009)

Lucinda A. Nolan, Men of Good Will: The Religious Education Association, J. Elliot Ross, and the National Conference of Jews and Christians (2009)

Elayne Shapiro, “Ye Shall Be As Gods Knowing Good and Evil”: Using the Bible to Teach Conflict (2009)

Michael J. Stoltzfus & James A. Reffel, Cultivating an Appreciation for Diverse Religious Worldviews through Cooperative Learning in Undergraduate Classrooms (2009)

Fernando A. Cascante-Gomez, Latin American Theology and Religious Pluralism: A Latin American Voice (2009)

William Shafer, The Heart, Not the Face: A Civil-War-Era Tale and the Persistent Challenge of Race in Religious Education (2009)

Mark Hearn, Color-Blind Racism, Color-Blind Theology, and Church Practices (2009)

Hoffman Ospino, Foundations for an Intercultural Philosophy of Christian Education (2009)

Katherine Turpin, The Cultures of Social Class and Religious Educational Practice (2009)

Beth R. Crisp, Beyond the Seminary: New Frontiers for Teaching Spirituality (2009)

Mary D. Hinton, Back to the Future: Re-appropriating Religious Education—A Case Study Using the Black Church (2009)

Suzanne Rosenblith, Religious Education in a Liberal, Pluralist, Democratic State (2008)

José R. Irizarry, REA Presidential Address: Spaces of Inter-cultural Provocation for Religious Formation (2008)

Michael G. Lee, “Shaping Communities” as a Christian Practice and Popular Religion: Their Implications for Latina/o Religious Education in the United States (2008)

Yolanda Y. Smith, The Table: Christian Education as Performative Art (2008)

Suzanne Rosenblith & Beatrice Bailey, Cultivating a Religiously Literate Society: Challenges and Possibilities for America’s Public Schools (2008)

Judith Ann Brady O.P., Letty M. Russell: A Feminist Liberation Approach to Educating for Justice (2008)

Dean G. Blevins, Story Telling or Storied Telling? Media’s Pedagogical Ability to Shape Narrative as a Form of “Knowing” (2007)

Fernando A. Cascante-Gómez, Countercultural Autobiography: Stories From the Underside and Education for Justice (2007)

Claire Bischoff & Mary Elizabeth Mullino Moore, Cultivating a Spirit for Justice and Peace: Teaching Through Oral History (2007)

Ronnie Prevost, President’s Introduction: Religious Education for Peace and Justice (2006)

Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Participatory Action Research: Practical Theology for Social Justice (2006)

Zoё Bennett, Ecumenical Theological Education as a Practice of Peace (2006)

Judith Ann Brady O.P., Justice for the Poor in a Land of Plenty: A Place at the Table (2006)

Roberta C. Clare, Putting Faith Into Action: A Model for the North American Middle Class (2006)

Russell Haitch & Donald Miller, Storytelling as a Means of Peacemaking: A Case Study of Christian Education in Africa (2006)

Boyung Lee, Teaching Justice and Living Peace: Body, Sexuality, and Religious Education in Asian-American Communities (2006)

Barbara J. Fleischer, From Individual to Corporate Praxis: A Systemic Re-imagining of Religious Education (2004)

Karen J. Cross, Analysis of Life Curriculum for White Cultural Bias (2003)

Allen J. Moore, One Hundred Years of the Religious Education Association (2003)

Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, Daring to Lead with Hope: Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education Presidential Address November 3, 2002 (2002)

Rita E. Gaure, Educating in the Ways of the Spirit: Teaching and Leading Poetically, Prophetically, Powerfully (2001)

Janet W. Parachin, Educating for an Engaged Spirituality: Dorothy Day and Thich Nhat Hanh as Spiritual Exemplars (2000)

Mario O. D’Souza, Religious Particularism and Cultural Pluralism: The Possible Contribution of Religious Education to Canadian Political Identity (2000)

Mark C. Falbo, Community Service and Social Transformation: The Contribution of Religious Education to the Health of the American Polis (1998)

Sally Naylor Johnston, Bodyfaith and the Mind’s Heart: Educational Healing for Community (1997)

Susan E. Willhauck, Insights from Practice Liturgy and Education for Justice in an Age of Disbelief (1996)

Gayle Carlton Felton, Teaching Toward Gender and Ethnic Inclusivity (1996)

Theodore Brelsford, Christological Tensions in a Pluralistic Environment: Managing the Challenges of Fostering and Sustaining Both Identity and Openness  (1995)

Marian Wright Edelman, Cease Fire! Stopping the Gun War Against Children in the United States (1994)

Suzanne C. Toton, Moving Beyond Anguish to Action: What Has Saul Alinsky to Say to Justice Education (1993)

Joseph Gerics, From Orthodoxy to Orthopraxis: Community Service as Noblesse Oblige and as Solidarity with the Poor (1991)

Charles F. Melchert, Creation and Justice among the Sages (1990)

Freda Rajotte, Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation (1990)

J. Deotis Roberts, A Christian Response to Evil and Suffering (1989)

Russell A. Butkus, Linking Social Analysis with Curriculum Development: Insights from Paulo Freire (1989)

Thomas E. Clarke, S.J., Spirituality, Justice, and Cultural Evangelization (1988)

Russell A. Butkus, Dangerous Memory and Social Justice Education (1987)

Allen J. Moore, A Social Theory of Religious Education (1987)

Suzanne C. Toton, The Public and Political Responsibility of Christian Education (1987)

Regina Coll CSJ, Power, Powerlessness, and Empowerment (1986)

James B. McGinnis, Educating for Peace and Justice (1986)

Suzanne Toton, Structural Change: The Next Step in Justice Education (1985)

Gwyneth Griffith, Images of Interdependence: Learning/Teaching for Justice and Peace (1984)

William B. Kennedy, Education for a Just and Peaceful World (1984)

Gabriel Moran, Religious Education as Resistance (1983)

Joanmarie Smith, Private Prayer and the Quest for Social Justice (1983)

William B. Kennedy, Pursuing Justice and Peace: A Challenge to Religious Educators (1983)

Elliot N. Dorff, Pursuing Justice and Peace within Judaism (1983)

Robert R. Newton, Social Justice/Reform/Relevance as an Educational Theory (1982)

Craig Dykstra, Moral Virtue or Social Reasoning (1980)

Padraic O’Hare, Religious Education for Social Justice (1980)

Findley B. Edge, The Evangelical Concern for Social Justice (1979)

William J. Byron, Education, Reconciliation and Social Justice (1977)

James McGinnis & Kathleen McGinnis, “Peace-ing It Together”—Family Religious Education for Peace (1977)

John H. Westerhoff III, Prophet or False Prophet? (1977)

Shirley Chisholm, The Relationship Between Religion and Today’s Social Issues (1974)

Marvin Bergman, Moral Decision Making in the Light of Kohlberg and Bonhoeffer: A Comparison (1974)

Enoch H. Oglesby, Ethical and Educational Implications of Black Theology in America (1974)

Rodney F. Allen, The Florida Religion-Social Studies Curriculum Project (1972)

Maria Harris, Social Action and Ecumenical Theology (1972)

José Gamboa Jr., Directing Christian Education Toward Urgent Social Action (1971)

Gerald F. Kreyche, The Catholic College and Involvement: Student Rights and Responsibilities (1971)

Donald Kanagaratnam, The Context and Content of Christian Education in Contemporary Asia (1971)

Panel discussion (Maurice Friedman, et al.), Youth Alienation from and Protest against the Establishment and Middle Class Culture Including Church and Synagogue; Humanistic Versus Capitalistic Values and the Generation Gap (1970)

Oswald P. Bronson, Religious Learning through Involvement in Social Conflict and Service (1970)

Whitney Young, Working Together for Our Common Humanity (1970)

F. Nile Harper, Social Power and the Limitations of Church Education (1969)

Richard L. Rubenstein, The Rabbi and Social Conflict (1964)

Maurice E. Troyer & Yasuyuki Owada, The Values Project At International Christian University (1963)

George F. Tittmann, Educated—For What? (1962)

Joseph P. Fitzpatrick, The Church and Community (1955)

Ordway Tead, Young People in the World Today Defining and Directing Their Moral Mandate (1950)

Willard Uphaus, Mutual Aims and Social Responsibilities (1948)

Arthur Lelyveld, The Ideal of Justice in the United Nations (1947)

Hedley S. Dimock, Laboratories of Democracy (1941)

Harry Emerson Fosdick, When Conscience Outruns Religion (1936)

Carleton M. Fisher, The Place of Religious Education in the Social Revolution (1936)

Hugh Hartshorne, What is Religious Education For? (1933)

A.E. Holt, Rebuilding the City of God (1931)

Clifford Manshardt, The Indian Nationalist Movement (1930)

Anna Rochester, The Religious Experience of a Christian Radical (1925)

Martin Hayes Bickham, The Social Worker’s Religious Experience (1925)

J. L. Gillin, The Study of Social Religion and Social Reconstruction (1925)

Reverend William A. Powell, What Religious Education Means to Me (1923)

Frederick Tracy, Francis Greenwood Peabody, J.W.F. Davies, Henry Churchill King, Herbert Wright Gates, Kenyon L. Butterfield, Hugh Hartshorne, Benjamin S. Winchester, William I. Lawrence, Edward Porter St. John, & Henry F. Cope, Ideals and Methods of Religious Education for the Coming World Order (1917)

Rabbi Abram Simon, The Cultivation of the Social Spirit in Jewish Sunday Schools (1914)

James E. Cutler, Education in Social Service in the College (1913)

F.M. Crouch, Education for Social Service in the Church (1913)

Francis Greenwood Peabody, The Social Conscience and the Religious Life (1909)

Charles Richmond Henderson, Educating Men with Reference to Social Legislation (1909)


Auburn Ave Research Library on African-American Culture and History, Collection Search

Australian Catholic University, Patricia Malone, Teaching for Resistance: An Approach to Social Justice in Religious Education

The Carter Center, Waging Peace, Fighting Disease, Building Hope

Center of Concern, Education for Justice

Concerned Black Clergy of Metro Atlanta, Inc.

Garrison Institute, www.garrisoninstitute.org

Highlander Research and Education Center, highlandercenter.org

One Spirit, Learning Alliance

Resources for Catholic Educators, Social Justice Awareness Activities

Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, Social Justice web page

Veterans of Hope Project, Stories of Spirit, Creativity, and Citizenship

Short Videos and Documentaries

BCEReligious ED, Social Justice

BCEReligious Ed, Religious Citizenship

TheNSUC, Unitarian Universalist Religious Education

FORA TV, Should Religious Values Influence Policy?

ILO TV, Kofi Annan, Nobel Prize Laureate and Former UN SG – Voices on Social Justice

The Israeli Social Justice Manifesto

Brian McLaren, Justice, Power & The Kingdom


The Peace and Justice Center

Southern  Poverty Law Center



Special thanks to Ryan Gardner for the diligent research in compiling the initial list of resources. We welcome your review and suggestions for additional articles, books, or other materials that reflect the contribution of members of REA to this year’s Annual meeting theme. You can make a suggestion by leaving a comment in the box below or contacting Sybrina Atwaters.
Disclaimer: Inclusion of any resource in any section is not intended as an endorsement of any kind of the content of the book, article, YouTube video, etc. Items were selected that represented points of interest in the hopes of opening up engaging and productive dialogue on the subject of the intersection of religious education and social justice and activism.

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