RE positions in Ansbach, Germany

From our colleagues in military service, there are two positions in religious education currently open in Ansbach, Germany. Click here for the first, and here for the second.

Both are full-time directors of religious education.

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Dr. Katie Cannon scholarship

The Presbyterian Mission Agency has created a scholarship fund to honor the name and legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon, a pioneer and legend in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The Women’s Ministry Fund (E049991) supports Presbyterian women of color, clergywomen, college women, and other women with opportunities for leadership and spiritual development as well as mission opportunities in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Gifts in memory of Dr. Cannon can be made online or by mail. Those wishing to donate towards the scholarship should click here to donate online. To send a check please make it payable to “The Presbyterian Mission Agency” and write “in memory of Rev. Dr. Katie Geneva Cannon – E049991” on the memo line.

Please mail your gift to:
Presbyterian Church U.S.A.
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264—3700

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Director of Public Theological Education, Candler

Candler School of Theology invites applications and nominations for the founding director of a program that will expand theological education beyond the scope of the school’s traditional graduate and professional degrees. The successful candidate will be appointed to a non-tenure track faculty position with a renewable eleven-month contract, will report to Candler’s Dean, and will serve on the Dean’s Council. Both rank and field are open. Preference will be given to complete applications submitted by October 1, 2018.

The landscape of theological education is rapidly shifting, in terms both of the modes of theological education and of the institutions delivering that education. The founding director will lead Candler’s initiatives in partnering with congregations, denominations, NGOs, and other institutions in order to make excellent theological education available to the increasing number of people pursuing theological education outside of traditional degree structures. To this end, the director will develop creative church-based initiatives in partnership with pastors and other religious leaders, and identify new opportunities for theological education in emerging contexts. The director will work with Candler’s media and technology teams to publicize these offerings and develop the best platforms for them. The successful candidate will have a vision for the contributions a university-based school of theology can make to theological education that directly serves both the church and the wider society. The successful candidate will be capable of working effectively with diverse partners in academic institutions, churches, and other organizations, and will have demonstrated abilities for starting and leading major initiatives.

The responsibilities of the position include:

  • 1. Extending systematically and creatively the reach of Candler’s mission to non-degree seeking persons
    2. Serving the church and Christian communities, as well as seekers interested in Christian educational resources
    3. Building a long-range vision of public education inspired by Candler’s rich faculty resources
    4. Drawing on faculty and other resources at Emory to make faculty expertise more public
    5. Recruiting and inspiring Candler faculty to participate in such programs
    6. Liaising with and inviting senior leaders in the church to be resources for Candler educational ventures
    7. Bringing greater coherence and collaboration to the vast array of Candler’s public events, maximizing impact and audiences through close collaboration with the programs’ directors (i.e., Baptist Studies; Black Church Studies; Catholic Studies; Contextual Education; DMin degree program; Episcopal Studies; Laney Program in Moral Leadership; Methodist Studies; Religious Education; Women, Theology and Ministry; World Christianity; Religion and Health; and others)
    8. Coordinating existing programming with new programming
    9. Reaching new audiences with new media
    10. Teaching in numerous venues and formats as the program develops
    11. Exploring the possibility of offering certificate programs
    12. Exploring post-professional models of theological education
    13. Helping to brand Candler’s work in this arena
    14. Writing and seeking grants to support the program
    15. Establishing a sustainable business plan to support the position and programming
    16. Administering a budget to support the program
    17. Supervising a part-time staff person who supports the program
    18. Other duties as assigned

The successful candidate for the position will:

  • 1. Have a vision for the future of Christian communities and the role and purpose of education in them
    2. Combine intellectual depth with capacity to communicate with lay audiences
    3. Demonstrate a commitment to research and scholarship appropriate to the candidate’s field
    4. Be deeply immersed in the creative use of digital pedagogy
    5. Have demonstrated the ability to start and lead significant new initiatives
    6. Hold a doctorate (PhD or equivalent preferred)

Women, minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ persons and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply, as are candidates within the Wesleyan tradition (e.g., UMC, AME, AMEZ, CME, Nazarene).

Applications for this position should include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, an official transcript of the highest degree earned, writing sample, and three confidential letters of recommendation. At later stages in the review process applicants may be asked to provide a sample of their work in digital media (e.g, podcast, videography, or web-based instruction).

Candidates should apply online at: by uploading the letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and writing sample. Letters of recommendation should be sent by recommenders and transcripts should be sent from the granting institution to: Public Theological Education, c/o Ms. Robyn Pollette, Faculty Development and Support Services, Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1531 Dickey Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322, if sent in hard copy; if sent electronically, email documents in Microsoft Word or PDF to rwpolle [at] emory [dot] edu. Direct any questions to Dr. Anthony Briggman, Search Chair, at anthony [dot] a [dot] briggman [at] emory [dot] edu.

The committee will begin reviewing applications in early October with an anticipated, though flexible, start date of January 2, 2019.

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Diana Butler Bass to speak at ALLLM gathering

The Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry (ALLLM), a related learning organization to REA, is pleased to announce that Diana Butler Bass will be the featured speaker on Thursday evening, just prior to the beginning of the REA annual meeting. Her comments will address topics of interest to ALLLM and REA member alike: the preparation and ongoing development of leaders for the church now and in the future. Bass is a well-known independent scholar, speaker and author specializing in American religion and culture. REA members may attend this event for the cost of the meal, but must sign up and pay via the annual meeting registration form to do so.

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Sign up now for the pre-conference visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture

In alignment with the 2018 conference theme, “Beyond White Normativity: Creating Brave Spaces,” the 2018 conference will commence with a pre-conference excursion to one of the brave spaces established in September 2016, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. The excursion will include careful observations of the D.C culture as we travel from the Hyatt Regency Reston (1800 Presidents Street, Reston, Virginia, 20190) to the museum (located at 1400 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.) via the Metro rail. Participants will purchase subway passes at the entry station for $5.35. Entrance to the museum is free. You will have over 4 hours to explore more than 36,000 artifacts at the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Following the museum experience participants may stay downtown for dinner, or return to the conference hotel. This special “Beyond White Normativity” excursion will be limited to the first 30 people who sign up. To sign up go to Log into Sched and choose this pre-conference on your own schedule.

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July E-REACH available online

The latest E-REACH is now publicly available on our website. Check it out for news of our upcoming annual meeting, messages from our president, program chair, and executive secretary and news from members.

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Registration for REA2018 now open

Registration for REA2018 is now open and early-bird pricing is in effect until mid-September. Register now!

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Brunel University London: Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Brunel University has recently posted a post-doctoral research fellow position in the area of researching religious literacy. More information is available at their website.

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UC Press book offered free of charge

Shenila Khoja-Moolji is excited to share that due to a grant from the Islamic Humanities program at Brown University, the electronic version of her forthcoming book, Forging the Ideal Educated Girl: The Production of Desirable Subjects in Muslim South Asia, is available for free download. You can access it here:

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Formative Education at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education

The Lynch School of Education at Boston College announces an open rank search for two tenured or tenure track colleagues to be appointed to one of our four departments. We seek colleagues whose scholarship focuses on a broad vision of education and human development that emphasizes the development of meaningful and purposeful lives and encompasses the transformation of the whole person in social context – including ethical, emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual and interpersonal dimensions. Candidates should share our commitment to an education that fosters wholeness across these dimensions of human functioning, an education that encourages young people and adults to work toward lives of meaning and purpose in community with diverse others. The successful candidates will have an opportunity to work with colleagues across the school and the university on campus-wide initiatives in formative education — including research collaborations, the development of interventions and communications that disseminate Boston College’s expertise in this area. More information about our vision is available at and Applicants should have a background in education, anthropology, history, philosophy, religion, sociology and/or psychology.

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