CFP: Values, Worldviews and Religions in Education

Call for papers: Values, Worldviews and Religions in Education: Changing Realities in the City, 8-11th of June 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden

Over the the past decades, religion has become a globally relevant societal issue also in the educational settings. Both due to increasing immigration and the growing interest in new religious movements and spirituality, religious diversity in Europe and beyond is more heightened than ever. This situation presents us with challenges where competence about religion becomes increasingly important. Societal education is in a special role here, as Early Childhood Education and Care, schools, universities, and other educational settings gather together the children or students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Thereby, understanding religion as a phenomenon, as well as the ability to analyze how religion and other worldviews, whether religious or secular, can take on different expressions in society, is necessary for all teachers and support staff in educational settings, in order for them to also support children and youth in constructing critical competences as regards these global citizenship skills.

Our 2020 conference will host keynote lectures by Dr Anna Strhan (University of York, UK), Dr Tünde Puskas (University of Linköping), Professor David Thurfjell (Södertörn University), and Professor Martin Ubani (University of Eastern Finland). Please submit your abstract (250-300 words) to earlisig19 [at] su [dot] se by 15st December 2019.

Conference website: https://su.powerinit.com/Data/Event/EventTemplates/2602/?EventId=414

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YDS: Christian Spirituality

Yale Divinity School invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Christian Spirituality to begin July 1, 2020. The rank of the appointment may be assistant or associate professor with or without tenure. Yale Divinity School provides an ecumenical environment in which students are prepared for ordained and lay ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of professional careers, including additional advanced degrees in academic and professional schools, not-for-profit work, and public service.

Candidates must hold (or be on the verge of completing) a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have strong potential as an instructor. The successful candidate should have expertise in the field of Christian Spirituality. The subfield within this specialization is open. Candidates might work in ascetical theology, contemplative studies, creation spirituality (eco-spirituality), the history of spirituality, materiality and spiritual practices, mysticism, or the spirituality of activism; they might utilize an interdisciplinary framework such as psychology and religion or spirituality and leadership; or they might engage in scholarship that blends attention to politics, cultural studies, and spiritual practices within congregations or other communities of conviction.

A letter of application with curriculum vitae and three letters of reference should be submitted online at [http://apply.interfolio.com/69867].] Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019. We will accept applications until the position is filled.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women and gender-nonconforming persons, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

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Asst. Prof. of Religion and Medical Humanities

The Department of Religion and the Medical Humanities Program at Montclair State University seeks an Assistant Professor of Religion and Medical Humanities.

The Assistant Professor of Religion and Medical Humanities will teach and conduct research at the intersections of religion/culture and medicine/healthcare, such as contemporary health-care practices in global medical systems; religion/culture and conceptions of care; religion/belief and healthcare ethics; beliefs/culture and genetic medical practice; human subjects protection; racial and ethnic health disparities; or religious/cultural literacy for healthcare professionals.

The successful candidate will maintain a scholarly research agenda, teach both introductory and advanced courses, advise students, and welcome opportunities to work collaboratively on campus and/or community events and programs.

Applications are being accepted until the position is filled, with more details available online.

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CFP: Spirituality in research, professional practice, and education

The Sixth International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality, incorporating a celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Journal for the Study of Spirituality announces a conference and call for abstracts “Spirituality in Research, Professional Practice and Education.” Conference to be held Monday 1 June – Wednesday 3 June 2020, at York St John University York, UK. Abstracts are due November 1, 2019. More details are available online.

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CFP: Teaching controversial issues

Marie von der Lippe, the editor of a special issue of the journal Religions, invites papers on a range of questions.

The Special Issue invites both theoretical and empirical contributions from scholars and researchers in the study of religion(s) and religion education to provide new and innovative perspectives to the debate on controversial issues and religion. Issues of interest are, amongst others:

  • What are controversial issues and hot topics in the study of religion(s) and religion education?
  • Who decides whether something is controversial, and how does it affect how a subject is taught whether a topic is presented as either controversial or not?
  • When and why do students bring controversial issues into the classroom?
  • What do students, RE teachers, and teacher students perceive as controversial, and what issues do they find challenging to teach and learn about?
  • How may the study of religion(s) and teacher education in RE contribute to developing future teachers disciplinary and didactic competence in this area?

More information is available online.

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CFP: Theology of Gratitude

Bexley Seabury Seminary and the United Thank Offering invite scholars in philosophy, religion, theology, and other relevant disciplines to offer papers on The Theology of Gratitude. Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of thought leaders in the Episcopal Church.

Authors of select papers will be invited to present their submissions as part of a Convocation and Scholars Conference in Chicago, April 23–24, 2020. Convocation speaker Diana Butler Bass will respond to the papers at the end of the conference. Presenters’ papers will be published in the Fall 2021 issue of The Anglican Theological Review. Housing will be provided; presenters will be responsible for transportation to and from Chicago.

Papers are due January 15, 2020, and more details are available online.

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DRE in Youth Ministry, Wisconsin

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish in Medford, WI is currently seeking a candidate to fill a full-time Director of Religious Education and Youth Ministry position. Holy Rosary Parish is clustered with Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Whittlesey which is about 7 miles north of Holy Rosary and both parishes have about 1450 families and over 350 Religious Education students.

Please download all further information in this flyer.

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October 21 Zoom meeting on governance

Once again the Board of the REA is offering a live opportunity to discuss with them recent changes in governance — both those that have already been enacted, and those which require a by-laws change (and thus a vote). You can find out more about the changes here on our website, as well as in recent issues of e-REACH, but please join the Board on October 21 at 3 pm eastern via this link (https://zoom.us/j/9230801444).

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CFP for APT conference in April

The Call for Proposals for the April 2020 Association for Practical Theology conference in Houston, TX has been posted — with a November 1 deadline. Please check their site for full details. The theme for this biennial meeting is ““This is my body”: The Human Body as Site for Intersectional Discourse on Practical Theology and Bioethics.”

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USMC at UofT: Keenan Chair

The University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto invites applications or nominations for the tenure-stream Patrick and Barbara Keenan Chair in Religious Education to begin 1 July 2020. Rank will either be at Associate or Full Professor depending upon the candidate’s qualifications. Further details available online.

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