REA2019 Proposal Submission Process now open

The electronic submission process for REA2019 is now open! Please make sure to read the guidelines for submission carefully before beginning your proposal.

Let’s share this out widely — remember that people do not need to be members of the Association to make a proposal (although they will need to join if their proposal is accepted).

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DEI Director, Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota is seeking a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for an initial two year contract. More details are available online.

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CFP for Bloomsbury Handbook on Religious Education in the Global South

The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religious Education in the Global South is seeking chapter proposals. They define the Global South as including the following regions: Africa, Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean. The call for chapter proposals invites educationists, scholars, practitioners and other stakeholders involved with or concerned about policy, theory and practice of Religious Education (RE) in the GS such as those working in institutions of learning (public, private and religiously-controlled schools; seminaries; teacher education; universities), government departments (policy-makers and education officials) and religious organisations.

From the call:

“How societies in the GS engage with RE as a school subject is an issue that so far has received, if at all, only cursory attention in the burgeoning RE discourse. Unlike the nature of RE in the Global North (GN), which is often characterised by individualisation, secularisation, dechristianisation and immigration, there is something to be said about how RE in the GS is conceptualised, debated, negotiated and offered in public and non-state sectors of education. What sets the proposed book apart is that it will examine, perhaps for the first time, RE as it exists in what are often cultural and religious conservative environments frequently averse to a secular-liberal framework upon which national governments may predicate educational policy and practice. This tension especially in Christian (i.e. sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America) and Islamic (i.e. Northern Africa and the Middle East) dominated regions provide compelling reasons to examine RE in the GS. In addition, the religious/non-religious character of Asia, India and the Far East largely influenced by Indian/Dharmic traditions, will add significantly to our understanding of RE in the GS. In an increasingly globalised world, the book is keen to receive papers that address how RE in the GS responds to contemporary trends in society such as pluralisation, minorities, transnationalism, cosmopolitanism, fundamentalism, New Age Spiritualties, and non-religion.”

“Edited by Yonah H. Matemba (University of the West of Scotland, UK) and Bruce Collet (Bowling Green State University, USA) with the assistance of sections editors (tbc), the book welcomes critical papers that address both the confessional and post-confessional landscape upon which contemporary RE is predicated in the GS. In particular, we are keen to receive papers that offer local solutions to complex issues, ensuring not only the relevance of theory and practice but also the vibrancy of RE in its varied schooling contexts. Submissions are welcome from scholars and practitioners, and from a variety of perspectives, including historical, theological, philosophical, sociological and educational. For papers focusing on a similar issues/topic, we encourage authors to collaborate across countries and/or regions, and integrate their papers into a single submission.”

For more information, please contact Yonah H. Matemba.

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DRE Fort Benning, GA

A position description has just been posted for a full-time director of religious education at the Maneuver Center of Excellence (MCOE), Fort Benning, GA. More details available online.

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IIIT’s Call for Research Proposals

IIIT’s Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) is an initiative whose empirical research goal is to promote socio-emotional learning and value-based education in Muslim communities in North America and around the globe. AEMS empirical research follows a three- year cycle of funded research priorities situated within the above area. Currently they are soliciting proposals on themes addressing socio emotional learning and the implications of that in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, leadership and governance, policy, and evaluation and assessment.

For more information please download this flyer or visit their website.

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CFP for THEOCOM19

The call for papers has just been issued for THEOCOM 19, which is an annual symposium-style gathering of theologians and other scholars around the topics of digital culture and communication. This summer, July 21-23, it will focus on how faith formation is shaped by digital culture. Deadline for proposals is March 30th.

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REA Board statement on REA2018

Today the Board of the Religious Education Association has issued a formal statement on feedback received in relation to REA Annual Meeting 2018.

February 13, 2019 statement of the REA Board
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New ecumenical studies degree at Bonn

Bert Roebben, past-president and program chair of the REA, is pleased to announce a new degree in ecumenical studies that his university — Universität Bonn — is offering. We rejoice with him in this new learning opportunity!

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News from the Philippines

Rito Baring of De La Salle University in the Philippines sent several notices about his recent publications relevant for our ongoing discussion of religiosity among young people, as well an invitation to speak at the upcoming Conference in Catechesis and Religious Education next year in Manila, April 25-27, 2019. See link below for more information.

https://religiouseducation.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/baring-publications-and-upcoming-re-events-in-the-philippines.pdf

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Research Study on Navigating Conversations about Race: Invitation to Participants at REA 2018 Who Teach in Catholic Higher Education

Steffano Montano, a PhD candidate at Boston College, is seeking research participants for his study on the ways that theological educators navigate difficult conversations about race in their classrooms. He invites those teaching at Catholic colleges, universities and theologates, who also participated at the 2018 REA meeting in Washington, to consider joining the study. Please see the link below for more information.

https://religiouseducation.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/montano-research-flyer.pdf

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