PSR Practice of Ministry and Engaged Learning

Faculty Opening in The Practice of Ministry and Director of Community Engaged Learning

This three-year, renewable, non-tenure track faculty position oversees program development, administration, and curriculum development for the seminary’s Field Education, Contextual Learning, and Community Education programs. This faculty person is expected to publish creative and recognized scholarship and to engage in the life of the school through advising, committee work, involvement in PSR programming and community events, and contributions to development and public relations activities.
Persons from underrepresented groups within the profession are especially encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

As Faculty in the Practice of Ministry (approximately 40% of position):
 Offers courses for Masters-level students at PSR and the wider Graduate Theological Union (GTU)
 Teaches theory and practice of mentoring to site mentors and field-based communities
 Advises students regarding field requirements and provides vocational counseling

As Director of Community Engaged Learning (approximately 60% of position):
 Develops varied praxis-based Field Education programs and placements
 Oversees recruitment and teaching of adjunct faculty for Social Change Field
Work and Field Education
 Cultivates and facilitates local, regional, national, and international immersion
 Identifies contextual partnerships compatible with the vision and mission of PSR
 Reviews and approves self-designed immersion applications with the Dean
 Supervises Associate Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Director and the
Program Director of PSR’s Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) Program

 A Master of Divinity degree required, PhD or equivalent desired
 Ministry experience, including but not limited to church-related settings, for at
least five years
 Familiarity with seminary education, especially previous work experience in a
seminary setting
 Educator experience in small group processes and critical analysis of theological

Complete Job Description and instructions on applying are available online.

Applications are due by 15 February 2018 in order to be considered for preliminary interviews.

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Urgent: Reject email scams!

Please note: REA (either as individual officers, or the organization as a whole), will never solicit funds from you where you send us funds via email. In all cases (membership fees, donations, and so on), we will ask you to pay through our own website. Some people have received emails purporting to be from REA asking for funds transfers. Please do not respond to them!

If you ever have any question, don’t hesitate to write to us and ask — we are happy to clarify, and we are doing our best to fight off these scam attempts.

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New from Jerome Berryman

Long time REA member and internationally renowned author of Godly Play practices, Jerome Berryman has a new book out — Becoming Like a Child. What does it mean to follow the injunction to “become like a child”? Particularly in our chaotic and tumultuous world? Berryman offers wise advice woven into pragmatic action within religious education.

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Theopoetics Conference, March 2018

Theopoetics is holding a conference for “thinkers, doers, and makers” March 9 and 10th, just outside of Boston at the Walker Conference Center. Theopoetics has set up a discount code for REA member (REAMEMBER) that will give you 10% off the conference price.

I’ve held events at the Walker Center — it’s a lovely old mansion, with wonderful food and a great host (who just happens to also be an REA member) — and it’s an easy trip on the T from the airport to the end of the Green line, and then either a nice walk or a Lyft ride to the Center.

Check it out!

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Pastoral Ministry, Loyola New Orleans

The Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) of Loyola University New Orleans invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position in Pastoral Ministry. Informed by the methodology of practical theology, LIM offers its graduate and certificate programs on campus, online, and face-to-face in English and Spanish around the country and around the world. The successful candidate will have a terminal degree in practical theology, pastoral studies, or other related field. ABD candidates will be considered. The successful candidate will teach courses in the areas of pastoral leadership, pastoral organization, and practical/contextual theology. Secondary expertise is welcome especially in moral theology but also in focus areas offered as part of LIM’s Master of Pastoral Studies program, or in areas including the Church in Africa, healthcare ministry, Catholic social teaching, and small Christian communities. The successful candidate will be Roman Catholic and have a thorough familiarity with contemporary Roman Catholicism and its theologies. Also required is experience in ministry and/or religious education, and in online teaching. For more information about the Loyola Institute for Ministry, please see The Loyola Institute for Ministry seeks a highly qualified, diverse applicant pool and especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Loyola is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. To apply, please email a letter, CV, contact information for three references, and a copy of the transcript of your highest degree earned to lim [at] loyno [dot] edu. Review of applications begins January 15, 2018.

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RE position at Fordham

Fordham University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution, invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE), beginning August 2018. Applications require a completed Ph.D. in Religious Education; or Theology, Practical Theology, Religion with a concentration in Religious Education; or equivalent. ABD applicants will be considered only if they will have earned the degree by May 2018. The successful candidate will have a thorough knowledge of religious education and catechesis as an interdisciplinary field of study, including an understanding of the history and practice of religious education and familiarity with scholarship at the intersection of the fields of religious studies/theology and education. Secondary expertise is expected in one or more of the following areas: pastoral theology and ministry – especially youth and young adult ministry, practical theology, intercultural ministry, leadership, or systematic theology. The position will involve online teaching, on campus teaching, student advising, scholarly productivity, as well as institutional and professional service. The successful candidate will also be involved in mentoring MA major papers, serving as the mentor or reader on dissertation committees for PhD in Religious Education students, and serving as a reader and possibly a mentor on dissertation and project committees for DMin students. The GRE seeks a highly qualified, diverse applicant pool and especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Successful candidates will have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit education.

Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, NY, and its London Centre in Heythrop College in the United Kingdom. For more information see:

For more information on the GRE see:

Application Procedure

Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy/interest, and three letters of recommendation along with contact phone numbers for references. Materials should be submitted electronically to horell [at] fordham [dot] edu. Review of applications will begin January 30th and continue until the position is filled.

GRE Faculty Search
Dr. Harold Horell, Search Chair
Fordham University
Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education
441 East Fordham Road
Keating Hall Room 303
Bronx, BY 10458
horell [at] fordham [dot] ed

Fordham University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

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McCormick: Practical theology and homiletics

McCormick Theological Seminary, a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA) with Reformed, ecumenical, cross-cultural, and urban commitments, invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning as early as July 1, 2018. We seek a versatile, multifaceted, collaborative, practical theologian to teach primarily in the field of homiletics. The candidate should have a secondary area of expertise.

Candidates should possess a research doctorate; experience in and commitment to Christian ministry that may include ordination; innovative work with urban ministry, non profit organizations, social entrepreneurs, and emergent forms of 21st century ministry; cross-cultural competence, experience, and pedagogy; and facility and experience with hybrid and/or online technology. Strong preference will be given to candidates who can teach in Spanish, have expertise in LatinX hermeneutics, and can engage a diverse community of students and scholars.

A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, detailed descriptions of two proposed courses (one introductory course, the other in an area of specialization), and a writing sample should be sent as an e-mail attachment to Jennifer Ould, Assistant to the President and Dean of the Faculty, at jould [at] mccormick [dot] edu.

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 15, 2018. McCormick Theological Seminary is committed to building a diverse faculty; we strongly encourage applications from women and persons of color. McCormick Theological Seminary is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer.

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13th Biennial International Transformative Learning Conference (ITLC)

Details are now available, including the call for papers, for the 13th Biennial International Transformative Learning Conference (ITLC) which will be held at Teachers College, Columbia University, November 7-10, 2018. Details are available online. Proposals are due

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Preventing Clergy sexual abuse

In 2014, Rabbi Hayim Herring, PhD and Ellie Roscher co-edited Keeping Faith in Rabbis, a wonderful compilation of essays focused on what is involved in developing rabbinical leadership in the 21st century. One of those fine essays, “Preventing Clergy Sexual Abuse” by Rabbi Ellen Lewis, seems extremely timely and relevant these days in light of the numerous sexual assault charges coming to light. Andrew Barron of Avenida Books supported the editors’ idea to make Rabbi Lewis’ essay available as a free downloadable PDF. Please share the essay with people who could find it of use, and let’s keep this very important conversation going for the safety and flourishing of all people.

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An Islamic Worldview book on sale briefly!

Mualla Selçuk, Halis Albayrak and John Valk announced a number of months ago that their book ( An Islamic Worldview from Turkey:  Religion in a Modern, Democratic and Secular State) would soon be published.  They would now like to announce that it has been published and is available for purchase, either as hardcopy or ebook.
Furthermore, for your information, until November 27th their publisher Palgrave Macmillan is having a gigantic book sale, which also includes that book.  It is available for 50% of the regular price.  Check the following website 
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