Grant requests on Social Justice and Civic Engagement

The Wabash Center is seeking grant proposals for projects that are focused on pedagogies that encourage students to critically consider issues of public engagement and social action in relationship to the understanding of religion.

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CFP: Greek Journal of Religious Education

Greek Journal of Religious Education  is an open access,
peer-reviewed and refereed international journal published by KAIROS- –
Greek Theological Association for the improvement of the Religious
Education. It publishes original research and review articles without a

The main objective of ΕλΘΕ/GjRE is to provide an intellectual
platform for international scholars. ΕλΘΕ/GjRE aims to develop and
promote internationally, research, study and dialogue on Religious
Education based on the axis of theological, philosophical,
social/political, ecclesiastical/religious and cultural approaches.

The journal publishes research and review articles in the fields of
Education Sciences such as cross-Intercultural Education, Ethics,
Education on Values, Citizenship, Education for Peace and Human Rights,
Education for Democracy, Drama Education, Special Education and cultural
studies, development studies, ethics, law, linguistics, methodology,
philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, linguistics,
literature, performing arts (music, theatre & dance), visual arts, women
studies and so on.

The journal is Abstracted/Indexed in CrossRef, Google Scholar, and other
indexing processes.

ΕλΘΕ/ GjRE publishes original articles, review articles, case studies,
empirical research, educational material, presentations, and book reviews.

DOI® number
Each paper published in Greek Journal of Religious Education is assigned a
DOI® number. The DOI of this journal is 10.30845/ijhss

ΕλΘΕ/ GjRE is inviting papers for Vol. 2 No. 1 which is scheduled to be
published in April 2019. Last date of submission: January 30, 2019.
However, an early submission will get preference in case of review and
publication process.

Send your manuscript to the editor at info [at] gjre [dot] gr

For more information, visit the official website of the journal

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CFP: Advancing Education in Muslim Societies

Call for Submissions

The International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT), a private non-profit, academic institute headquartered in Virginia, USA is calling for book-length manuscripts to be published by IIIT or jointly with Indiana University Press under its newly launched Advancing Education in Muslim Societies (AEMS) book series.

For the past four decades, IIIT has published over 600 peer-reviewed titles that contribute to intellectual development in the nexus of Islamic thought, social sciences, and educational research. AEMS is an initiative that focuses on Muslim societies and communities, in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy, leadership and governance, policy, and evaluation and assessment. Our first book on hope in education is already underway and contains contributions by esteemed experts in education.

Manuscript Submission

Centered on transformative education, AEMS invites authors with research interests in education and expertise in socio-emotional and value-based education to submit proposals for book-length manuscripts.

Topics may address concepts that are critical for learning such as empathy, forgiveness, community mindedness, resilience and others that promote the wellbeing of Muslim learners in prek-12 and higher education. Also welcomed are manuscripts that address curriculum reform, policy implications and leadership initiatives on these topics.

Further details are available here.

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“Love Your Neighbor,” books from the Association of Jewish Libraries

The Association of Jewish Libraries presents “Love Your Neighbor,” a series of book recommendations for youth meant to grow readers’ understanding of the Jewish religion and its people. The first book list in the series, “Standing Up For Each Other,” was created in response to the tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. The picture books and chapter books on this list will touch readers’ hearts and inspire them to build a more welcoming world. This book list can be found at

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REA Statement on the synagogue attack in Pittsburgh

Today the Steering Committee of the Board of the Religious Education Association issued the following statement. We urge you to share it widely.

REA Statement on the Synagogue Attack in Pittsburgh

The Religious Education Association (REA) is shocked and saddened by the recent vicious attack on Sabbath worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
We pray for the healing of those who were injured at the hands of the gunman and send our heartfelt condolences to those who lost loved ones. And we grieve with the Jewish community of Pittsburgh. In the words of the traditional Jewish blessing for a house of mourning: “May God send you comfort among mourners for Zion and Jerusalem and may you never again know sorrow.”

The REA condemns this heinous act of antisemitism unequivocally. It stands in solidarity with the Jewish people in the United States and around the world at this trying time and with believers and unbelievers everywhere who reject hatred and affirm that all lives matter.

The rabbis taught that one human being was created in the beginning so that no one could justifiably say that my ancestor is greater than your ancestor, since everyone has the same ancestor, and to teach that destroying a single soul is equivalent to destroying an entire world, whereas saving a single soul is equivalent to saving an entire world, since the whole of humanity descends from a single soul (Mishnah Sanhedrin 4:5).

We call upon leaders and opinion makers the world over to seek an end to all forms of antisemitism, Islamophobia, racism, and intolerance and to promote diverse, inclusive societies in the spirit of the Abrahamic prophets, where every person dwells peacefully in his or her own vineyard and every community under its particular fig tree, and none makes them afraid (Micah 4:4); where the peacemakers are blessed, because they are the children of God (Mathew 5:9); and where enmity and hatred of others makes no one avoid justice (Quran 5:8).

Steering Committee of the REA Board

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FT Director of Religious Education

The US Army frequently makes available postings for full time directors of religious education. These are positions with good pay, benefits, and support. The latest is a position in Alaska. Details always available online.

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Dynamics of Disaffiliation and Clues for Our Responses

Saint Mary’s Press Research Group and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate published Going, Going, Gone in 2017 (Winona, MN: Saint Mary’s Press). Through a survey and in-depth personal interviews of disaffiliated young people (ages 15-25) who had been raised Catholics, the researchers identified three “preliminary categories” and six “common dynamics” of disaffiliation. In subsequent blogs, videos, podcasts and other means, they have let young people share their stories in their own words, and provided commentary by experts along with accounts of creative ways that the questions and yearnings of these young people can be addressed. For example, REA’s own Theresa O’Keefe discusses how parishes can encourage greater engagement by youth. Another entry profiles how a movement called The Dinner Party supports young adults who have experienced bereavement, providing community, ritual and “sacred space” without the overt trappings of religion.

Let’s kick off this conversation with reflections on the findings of the SMP Research Group, both on the Catholic Community of practice webpage and in our Catholic Community of Practice meeting to be held at REA’s annual meeting on Nov. 4, in Washington, DC. You can sign up for our gathering via Sched.

Suggested activities:

  • Read Going, Going, Gone and/or browse its offshoots at SMP Research Group.
  • Reflect on any of the following questions, in the Comments section on this webpage or at our meeting in Washington:
    • Where do I see evidence in my own RE practice, research and other sources that supports or questions the findings of GGG? 
    • How are recent developments in the Catholic Church, such as the worldwide crisis of clergy sexual abuse, affecting efforts to respond to the dynamics of Catholic disaffiliation?
    • Among the stories by young people represented in GGG, what is one that is especially compelling for you? If you were to meet that person, what kind of dialogue would you have with him or her about the role of Catholic faith in his or her life?

We look forward to the conversation!

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Asst. Professor, Practical Theology and Religious Education at Fordham

Fordham University invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE). Areas of specialization are open. Teaching will include hybrid (campus and digital learning) formats. Applicants must have completed the Ph.D. by May 2019.
GRE seeks a highly qualified, diverse applicant pool and especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Successful candidates will have a knowledge of and a commitment to the goals of Jesuit education. Faculty appointment will begin in August 2019.

Fordham is an independent, Catholic University in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from all backgrounds.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy/interest, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Tom Beaudoin, Search Committee Chair. Materials will only be accepted electronically. Review of applications will begin on 1 November.

Fordham University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

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Rossiter book available for free

Graham Rossiter has recently published a new book — Life to the full: The changing landscape of contemporary spirituality — Implications for Catholic School Religious Education. He is excited to announce that it is being made available as a free PDF to religious educators.

In addition, he writes that:

…the book is linked with complementary audiovisual and study materials that are related specifically to most of its chapters — especially chapters 5-7 concerned with the iconography of what might be called contemporary consumerist ‘religion’ and the importance of including such ‘religious’ studies within school religious education.

Download page for the free pdf file of the book.

Videos of lectures and associated presentation materials from the Study Day on Catholic school Religious Education during which the book was launched (P Hughes, G Rossiter and G Rummery presenters)

Download page with links to audiovisual and other study materials that relate to specific chapters in the book Life to the full.

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MAR-AAR CFP released

The Religion and Education Section of the Mid-Atlantic region of the AAR has just released its call for papers.

This section invites proposals that respond to this year’s regional conference theme: Out of Place: Migrants and Race, Tribalism and Fear, Within and Without as it connects to religion, schooling, and education. Schools and other educational spaces are not insulated from global tensions, shifts, and conflicts in politics, economies, and cultures. In fact, these issues are echoed and often amplified through education. Educators are tasked with guiding and forming students for their future roles as citizens and leaders, and it would be irresponsible to ignore the influences and intersection of religion with many forms of education. Given this contemporary landscape, what are the normative commitments of education about religion in academic and non-academic settings? What are the content, skills, values, and dispositions that constitute the learning objectives of the academic study of religion in K-12 schools, higher education, and community settings? Should religious studies education promote efforts to establish common ground among disparate groups? How can the intersection of the classroom and the study/learning of religion assist in reframing conversations about migrants and race? Should the academic study of religion seek to create compassionate leaders devoted to justice and equity? Does our current political and cultural moment require a reconceptualization of the goals for religious studies education?

Proposals might address the following themes:

• Education about the intersections of religious and other identities

• Teacher preparation to teach about religion and conflict

• Impacts of education about religion at multiple levels: students, families, schools, and communities

• Content, skills, values, and dispositions that guide religious studies education and/or that constitute the learning objectives of education about religion

• Pedagogies in the religious studies classroom to interrogate and dismantle oppressive structures

• Religious studies education and social justice

• Religious studies education for interfaith or inter-religious understanding

• Approaches to education about religion from insider and outsider perspectives Paper proposals on other topics relating to religion and education will also be considered.

Submit proposals to:

• Janice McLean-Farrell (Co-Chair), New Brunswick Theological Seminary, mclean-farrell [at] nbts [dot] edu.

• Kate Soules (Co-Chair), Boston College, soules [at] bc [dot] edu.

• Benjamin Marcus (Co-Chair), Religious Freedom Center, bmarcus [at] freedomforum [dot] org

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