New book: Leading Congregations and Nonprofits

REA member and Luther Seminary professor Terri Elton’s latest book was just published: Leading Congregations and Nonprofits in a Connected World: Platforms, People, and Purpose

Writing collaboratively with Rabbi Hayim Herring, Terri explores emerging practices for leading and organizing congregations and nonprofits in our increasingly networked lives. Drawing on studies of congregations across denominations, and nonprofits with historic ties to faith communities, Hayim Herring and Terri Elton share practical, research-based guidance for how these organizations can more deeply engage with their communities and advance their impact in a socially connected world.

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New Book: Theology Made in Dignity

Our president,  Bert Roebben, announces the publication of his latest bookTheology Made in Dignity: On the Precarious Role of Theology in Religious Education

“In a post-secular society contemporaries are challenged to raise and face existential questions in the midst of a plurality of (religious and non-religious) worldviews. Children, adolescents and young adults are especially eager for orientation in negotiating this plurality. Religious Education in European schools can provide them with solid insights and a safe space to accept this challenge. In this book the narrative, communicative and spiritual dimensions of religious education are discussed. In the act of theologizing with children, adolescents and young adults, “in each other’s presence” and with a view to wisdom traditions, they are empowered to patiently engage in new ways. Alternative patterns of framing identity and community, experience and interpretation, transcendence and immanence, can then emerge. The book is rooted in the teaching praxis of the author and reaches out to the centers of initial teacher education, where future leaders learn to discover the theological dignity of religious education.”

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Save the date! Cátedra Freire

March 23-25, 2017

Sponsored by the Hispanic-Latino/a Center at Garrett – Evangelical Theological Seminary, the 2017 Cátedra Paulo Freire will explore the notion of hope from a variety of angles identifying where small seeds of hope are germinating and multiplying despite the current desolate and hardened soils of our communities and cities. In a world traumatized by practices of marginalization and violence against individuals, communities, and the environment, participants will be invited to expand their horizons by imagining new possibilities of living in solidarity with one another. Seminar speakers will include Garrett -Evangelical professors Dr. Nancy Bedford, Dr. Angela Cowser, and Dr. Timothy Eberhart. In their seminars they will address hope through the lens of ecology, power, violence and trauma, and Latin American theology. Flyer available here.

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Associate Director Youth in Theology and Ministry

Saint John’s University School of Theology and Seminary (Minnesota) is accepting application for this full time benefit eligible position. This leadership position collaborates with the YTM Director in coordinating, planning, and providing administrative services for the Lilly Youth Theology Network 2017-2018 grant and the Youth in Theology and Ministry program. The YTM Associate Director will have the potential to teach practical theology courses in youth ministry in the CSB/SJU department of theology. A description of the position responsibilities, qualifications, and application process can be found at: http://employment.csbsju.edu. Applications will start to be reviewed on December 15th.

Submitted by: Dr. Jeffrey Kaster, 320 363-2620

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Grieving the death of Yolanda Smith

We are deeply sad to share that our former president and longtime colleague Yolanda Smith has died. Here is the announcement from Yale:

Colleagues,

It is my sad duty to report that Yolanda Smith has passed away. Yolanda was a beloved member of our community whose gentle but buoyant and courageous spirit inspired all of us. We will miss her sorely.

Yolanda was educated at three different institutions. She remained in her home state for her undergraduate training and earned her bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University. She then headed east and earned an M.Div. from Virginia Theological Seminary (1990) before returning to the West where she completed her education by earning a M.A. and Ph.D. in theology at Claremont (1997).

She joined the YDS faculty as a visiting assistant professor in Christian education in 2000. She became member of the core faculty as an assistant professor in 2002, serving in this capacity until 2008 when a bout with cancer forced her to change directions. On disability, she continued to serve YDS part-time as a research scholar and a lecturer. She was able to teach at least one course each year through the 2014-2015 academic year. She was recognized by her peers in the profession when she was elected president of the Religious Education Association (2012-2013).

While at YDS Yolanda launched a project that has had an impact on all of us, “Been in the Storm So Long.” It chronicles the history of African-Americans in theological education with a focus on YDS. Lecia Allman ’16 M.Div. worked on this project with Yolanda while she was a student at YDS and from this project provided a great deal of the material that we have used during Black History Month. If you have not visited the web site, I urge you to do so. Listen to Yolanda explain the project: http://storm.yale.edu.

About a year and a half ago, Yolanda went home to Phoenix to care for her dying mother. While she was there, she had a relapse of her own cancer. She was positive about her future, even though the odds were against her. In all of the conversations that I had with her about her illness and arrangements with YDS, she never expressed self-pity or asked for special consideration. In my first year as dean, I gave her my word that as long as her health permitted and I was dean, she would have a place at YDS, a promise that I have never regretted.

Yolanda died Wednesday morning in Dallas. She was staying with her sister Valencia, who was caring for her. I know that I speak for faculty, staff, and students who knew her when I say that we have lost a wonderful human being and a fine Christian. We will all miss her quiet and polished presence, her calmness in the face of death, and her contributions to our community. We do not yet have details about the arrangements for a funeral but will pass them on when we have them. I am grateful that I could call her a colleague and friend.

Best wishes,

Greg Sterling

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Bert Roebben reflects on Pittsburgh…

As our meeting in Pittsburgh winds down, program chair and incoming president Bert Roebben continues to reflect on what we are learning.

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Remembering Allen Moore

Boston University has now published a lengthy celebration of Allen Joe Moore’s life and work. You can also access the full obituary, and a recording of the memorial service which was held on October 4th. We will make Allen’s passing at the REA meeting, but in the meantime we hope these links invite joyful memories!

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Dir. of MA in ED, tenure-track position

Eastern Mennonite University announces a search for the Director of their MA Program in  Education, a tenure-track position.

The Director of the Master of Arts in Education program is responsible for the vision, vitality and everyday functions of a successful and innovative CAEP-accredited multi- site program in graduate teacher education. The department’s mission is to increase professional knowledge and competence among current practitioners by developing leadership, becoming agents of change who advocate for children and youth, promoting caring learning environments, and teaching boldly in a changing world through an ethic of care and critical reflection. This half time administration and half–time teaching position (based on a 24 semester hour load extended over a 12 month period of time) directs the Master of Arts main-campus-based program and collaborates with the Assistant Director of the Master of Arts in Education and Associate Provost at Lancaster, Pennsylvania along with teaching duties. The director is responsible for developing and promoting new programs, recruiting, advising incoming MA candidates, planning and evaluating curriculum, overseeing state and national accreditation processes, and formulating and managing budget within the program. The ability to work collegially as part of an integrated graduate and undergraduate program is essential. Demonstration of a strong record of teaching, service and scholarship is also required. Knowledge and interest and/or experience in restorative justice in education is highly preferred.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education: An earned doctorate in education and experience as a P-12 educator along with strong leadership, administration, program development and marketing experience preferred. Teacher licensure, higher education experience, scholarly research, experience with restorative justice in education and knowledge of CAEP (formerly NCATE) desirable.

Special Skills: The ability to work collegially as part of an integrated graduate and undergraduate program is essential. Demonstration of a strong record of teaching, services and scholarship is also required. Knowledge and interest and/or experience in restorative justice in education is highly preferred.

INQUIRIES

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, transcripts (unofficial acceptable) and three letters of reference:

Dr. Michael King Vice President and Dean of School of Graduate and Professional Studies Eastern Mennonite University 1200 Park Road Harrisonburg, Virginia 22802 graduate@emu.edu http://www.emu.edu

Eastern Mennonite University is an equal opportunity employer, committed to enhancing diversity across the institution. Eastern Mennonite University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, or gender identity. EMU conducts criminal background investigations as part of the hiring process.

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Interreligious exploration of homelessness

Seattle University invites people to apply for an interreligious exploration of homelessness in a collaborative program of research. Details at their website.

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Practical Theology and the Practices of Ministry

Wake Forest University School of Divinity invites applications for a position in Practical Theology and the Practices of Ministry, with preference given to candidates with advanced academic work in Homiletics, Leadership Studies, or Education and Community Formation. The ideal candidate will have multiple competencies in these teaching and research areas. This is an open rank full-time, tenure-track/tenured position beginning July 1, 2017. Preference given to candidates who engage Womanist perspectives and/or critical race theory with these disciplines. Experience with ethnographic and community-based methods will also strengthen the application.

Qualifications include completed PhD or equivalent, a strong commitment to teaching excellence, and demonstrated promise for creative research and publication. For complete details and to apply, go to http://wakejobs.silkroad.com or call (336) 758-4700. Applications must include a teaching philosophy, statement on research, transcript of highest completed degree, and a CV. Candidates must also supply three confidential letters of reference to be sent separately by their authors to Janice Huesman at huesmajh@wfu.edu (pdf preferred, Word documents accepted).

Wake Forest University seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but the committee will begin reviewing applications on December 15. Only online applications will be accepted. Specific questions about the position may be addressed to Professor Jill Crainshaw, search committee chair, at crainsjy@wfu.edu.

Wake Forest University is an EEO/AA employer.

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