Yale: Christian Spirituality

Yale Divinity School invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position in Christian Spirituality to begin July 1, 2022. The rank of the appointment is open. 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.

More details as well as information on how to apply are available online.

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Wabash Center: Associate Director posting

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion has just posted a position description for an associate director. More information is available online.

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Gabriel Moran, RIP

We are saddened to note that Gabriel Moran died on October 15th. His obituary is available online, and we will be sharing more of his legacy as the year goes on. Many of us remember him with great respect and fondness, and note that his scholarly contributions continue to sustain the field.

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Watch and share Rita Nakashima Brock’s plenary

For those of you who were not able to join in the REA2021 annual meeting, held online this year in Run The World, you can now watch the plenary sessions at our YouTube site. As you watch Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock’s plenary — “Gender and sexuality oppression and spiritual healing for moral trauma” — know that you can also access her slide deck here, with her gracious and generous permission.

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2022 Wabash workshop information

The Wabash Center has recently released the dates, faculty, and application information for their menu of 2022 workshops. Please check it out and share widely! Maybe you know someone who would benefit from a workshop but doesn’t even know they exist.

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Aching as we mourn Steffano Montano’s passing

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Steffano Montano

Ancestors walk among us. It is with a heavy heart I write to let you know Dr. Steffano Montano passed away on September 24. More than a prophet, poet, and pedagogue, Dr. Montano was and is a beloved friend, father to Malaya, partner to Christina, and colleague to us all. In volume 115, issue 1 of our journal, Dr. Montano challenged the field to “look deeply into the cultural structures, identities, and needs of those whom we are engaging in religious education.” He challenges us to see and hear our members and our communities into their full humanity. Steff did that for all of us. He saw us, his colleagues, into deeper existence. We will miss his presence and hope to share his vision for the guild: one where love and justice go hand-in-hand.

You can read more about Steffano’s life and support his continued work and legacy.

by Patrick Reyes, REA VP and 2022 program chair

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Instructional designer at Union Presbyterian

Union Presbyterian Seminary (UPSem) invites applications and nominations for an Instructional Designer. The physical location of this position will be on the Richmond or Charlotte campus and is negotiable. Wherever located, the incumbent in this position will serve instructional design needs on both campuses and therefore will travel to the campus where the position is not located.

This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position with primary responsibility in administration, with year-round responsibilities. The person appointed to this position will be assigned a faculty rank commensurate with their background and qualifications for this position, and will report to the VP for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean (Richmond campus).

Review of applications will begin October 15th, and many more details are available online.

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BJRE Special Issue CFP announced

The British Journal of Religious Education has announced a call for papers for a special issue focused on “Genders, Sexualities and Religious Education: Theory, Policy and Practice.” This is a theme much in line with our most recent annual meeting. Mary Hess, the REA networking coordinator, is one of the editors for this issue. The deadline to submit an abstract proposal is December 13, 2021, with acceptances announced in March of 2022, and final papers due in July of 2023. This is a robust timeline, and the call has a lot of useful detail. More information is available online.

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Cong&Community Care, Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary, an ELCA seminary in St. Paul, MN is seeking a theologically reflective and imaginative person for a tenure-eligible position in Congregational and Community Care Leadership. Candidates should have ministry experience and be committed to communal, contextual, and intercultural paradigms of pastoral care. Candidates should demonstrate the capacity to relate theology with psychology and other social sciences in caring for persons, congregations, and communities. The ability and willingness to give theological leadership in a Lutheran seminary committed to the missional character of the Christian faith is essential.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2021 and more details are available online.

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Santa Clara: Black and African-American theologies

The Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit and Catholic university, invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position to begin Fall 2022 in Black and African American Theologies, either Christian or Islamic, with expertise in the sociohistorical context of North America. We encourage applications from individuals with research and teaching interests that bridge historical contexts with contemporary issues, communities, or ethical concerns, which may include work with the Black Liberation, Womanist, or Muslima theologies. Members of our faculty possess familiarity with the Christian theological tradition, whether as the context for their own work or as a dialogue partner for their work in other traditions and methodologies, and understand and support the University’s Jesuit, Catholic mission.

Candidates should demonstrate potential for excellent teaching, promise of a research program leading to scholarly publication, and capacity for service to the department, College, University, and profession. We are particularly interested in candidates familiar with inclusive pedagogical practices that would advance SCU goals of diversity and equity, and with demonstrated experience teaching and mentoring a diverse population of undergraduate students.

Minimal qualifications include completion of the doctoral degree by the time of appointment, evidence of potential for effective and excellent university-level teaching primarily at the undergraduate level, and evidence of an agenda for scholarship and promise of peer-reviewed publication. This search is part of a cluster hire in “Race, Inequality, and Social Justice” taking place in seven departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The application deadline is September 20, 2021. For information on the department, visit https://www.scu.edu/religiousstudies; the full posting for this position, with detailed application instructions, is available through https://www.scu.edu/hr/careers/.

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