Free access to curated articles

Please help us share this announcement widely: our journal, Religious Education, is making available free to people who are neither members nor subscribe to the journal, a specifically curated set of articles. Help us share the news!

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Christian Formation, Wesley Theological Seminary

Wesley Theological Seminary, a seminary of the United Methodist Church in Washington, DC, invites applications for a full-time, untenured, four-year faculty position in Christian Formation and Young Adult Ministry from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2021. The faculty position is made possible by a grant from the Lilly Endowment for young adult (ages 22-29) outreach.

Responsibilities of this faculty member will be organized into 4 areas related to the grant: a) teach Masters-level courses in Christian Formation and Young Adult Ministry; b) participate in shared administration of the grant; c) provide educational structure and content for the grant; d) create resources for broad dissemination of findings.

Wesley Theological Seminary is looking for candidates who are rooted in the ecumenical Christian heritage and have significant expertise in Christian formation of young adults. Demonstrated competence in the areas of innovation, design theory, congregational change, and young adult ministry is desirable. Competence in online education will be advantageous. Each candidate should demonstrate her or his commitment to effective teaching, active scholarship, enthusiastic collegiality, and collaborative participation in the seminary community. A PhD or ThD in practical theology focusing on Christian formation and ministry or a related discipline is required, although ABD candidates will be considered. Wesley Theological Seminary is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to diversity.

Review of applications will begin March 1, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, official graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Dean Robert Martin at deansoffice@wesleyseminary.edu. Include “Christian Formation and Young Adult Ministry Faculty Search” in the subject line of your application email. The letter of intent should indicate interest in and qualifications for the position as well as commitment to the mission of the school (https://www.wesleyseminary.edu/media-room/).

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Christian Education opening, Samuel Proctor School of Theology

Virginia Union University is a predominately African-American institution, which equips persons for service within particular contexts. The University seeks to provide in the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology professional training for Christian ministers, characterized by high standards of scholarship in the basic academic disciplines, moral and spiritual growth, and competence for ministry in a variety of cultural settings.

The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University invites applications for a faculty position in Christian education and practical theology, which opens Fall, 2017. Teaching responsibilities include courses in educational and developmental theory. Areas of expertise might include liberative pedagogies, leadership, and educational administration in congregational settings. Opportunities exist to advise students in all of the graduate programs, including the Doctor of Ministry Program.

Foundational courses in Christian education provide a context for developing students’ understanding of the basic principles of teaching and learning as well as the theory and practice of church education. In addition to focusing on religious instruction, the courses explore foundational issues, organizational structures, educational leadership, and administration from a ministry perspective. Becoming aware of the myriad of ministry challenges facing theological school graduates in this millennium and the ever growing needs of the church, the School of Theology launched a Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE) degree in 2009. The design of this degree focuses intentionally upon courses essential to the theological and educational preparation of persons seeking to provide effective religious leadership, guidance and instruction for Christian education programs in 1. local congregation 2. regional, state, and national agencies and institutions and 3. creative ministries of transformation beyond the church.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae with official transcript, a one-page statement of one’s teaching philosophy, and three letters of reference. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 15, 2017. Applications will be reviewed immediately should be submitted as a PDF via email to: NDWest@vuu.edu with the subject: CE Search.

Recommendations should be emailed directly by the recommender to Dr. West using the subject: CE Search and the name of the applicant. Dr. Nathaniel West Christian Education Search Committee Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology Virginia Union University Virginia Union does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, or national origin.

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Proposal process now open

We are excited to announce that the submission process for proposing Research Interest Group papers, collaborative sessions, and poster presentations is now open and available for our 2017 Annual Meeting in St. Louis. Please remind people that you do not have to be a member to make a proposal, but once your proposal is accepted you must be a member to present. Please share this news widely! The deadline for making a proposal is May 1, 2017.

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SAVE the date: International Conference on Catholic Education

The Australian Catholic University and the Maltese Ministry of Education announce the first International Conference on Catholic Religious Education in Schools. The conference will be held from February 7-10, 2018 in Malta. More details and a call for papers will come soon, but they urge people to hold the dates on their calendars.

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REA Board condemns travel restrictions, chooses conference venues

“We, the Board of the Religious Education Association, an international organization made up of scholars and practitioners of multiple faiths, are deeply concerned by recent actions of the Trump Administration that express racism and religious intolerance.”

Please read our full statement on travel restrictions and future conference venues.

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Directories of Interfaith work around the world

Special thanks to Scarboro Missions of Canada for this list of organizations. These four directories feature interfaith organizations in various parts of the world, and demonstrate the dramatic growth of the international interfaith movement:

What would you add to these lists?

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Proceedings as RE text

For the last few years we have been producing formal proceedings from our annual meetings with nicely designed covers, page formatting, and so on. These publications are not receiving the kind of use that they could be, and we urge our members to consider them as potential texts for classroom and learning event use. They are a helpful FREE resource:

 

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CFP: Games and Learning in Religion and Theology

The Wabash Journal Teaching in Religion and Theology seeks essays in a variety of genres and lengths that analyze how games and gameful learning are being utilized – and/or resisted — in religious studies and theology classrooms. Full call is available online.

Paper deadline is September 1, 2017.

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Wornom Innovation Grant application available

We are pleased to announce a new funding opportunity in religious education. The Wornom Innovation Grant seeks proposals for entirely new projects, for innovative developments within an existing project, or for bringing practices or insights from a different sector into religious education settings.

Initiatives might include educational programs, practice-based research, or related projects. Members may submit only one proposal each year, and members may work together on a proposal. The grant is intended as a single-year award of up to $3000 and is non-renewable.

Details about the innovation grant process and application materials are now available, with a submission deadline of September 15th. The grant award will be announced during the November 2017 REA meeting.

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