Design thinking as support for the Wornom Innovation grants

During the 2019 REA Annual Meeting, Dr. Sarah Tauber (chair of the Harper Wornom committee) offered a workshop on design thinking as support for the Wornom Innovation grant process. She has graciously made available her powerpoint slides from that workshop.

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Science and Religious Education in Divided Societies

One aspect of our current social divides involves a raging debate over the possibility of “post-truth,” “alternative facts,” and “fake news.” Among other issues, this debate revolves around the proper relation between empirical evidence, on the hand, and various political, cultural, and religious narratives, on the other. One way to consider this debate is by addressing relations between science and religion.

The final plenary of the REA 2019 annual conference featured the theme: “Science and Religious Education in Divided Societies.” The panel of speakers for this session included Michael Reiss, Anglican Priest and Professor of Science Education at University College, London, and President of the International Society for Science and Religion, and Sybrina Atwaters, Director: OMED Educational Services at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Rachel Pear, Research Fellow at the University of Haifa, and Anila Asghar of McGill University.

The moderator for the session was Ari Y. Kelman, Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education.

The speakers have graciously made their powerpoint slides available, and you can access them by their names: Michael Reiss, Sybrina Atwaters, Rachel Pear, Anila Asghar.

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Education for co-existence: Pedagogies of the sacred, of difference, and of hope

The fourth plenary from the 2019 Religious Education Association annual meeting, held in Toronto, ON from November 1-3 was scheduled to be the Presidential Address. Due to health challenges, the REA Program Chair and incoming President, Hanan Alexander of the University of Haifa, was unable to deliver his address. Instead, his colleague and friend, Marc Silverman, of Hebrew University, read Dr. Alexander’s paper, entitled “Education for co-existence: Pedagogies of the sacred, of difference, and of hope.”

Following this paper, HyeRan Kim-Cragg, Timothy Eaton Memorial Associate Professor of Preaching, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, and Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, offered responses.

Boyung Lee, Academic Dean and Professor of Practical Theology, Iliff School of Theology, moderated the session.

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Disrupting the consequences of difficult histories through education

The third plenary from the Religious Education Association’s annual meeting, held in Toronto, ON November 1-3, 2019 was entitled “Disrupting the consequences of difficult histories through education” and featured Greer Anne Wenh-In Ng, Emerita professor of religious education, Emmanuel College in Victoria University in the University of Toronto, and Tsafrir Goldberg, Senior lecturer, University of Haifa. Katherine Turpin, Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Education Director of the Master of Divinity Program, Iliff School of Theology was the moderator for the session.

Tsafrir Goldberg has graciously made his powerpoint slides available.

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Hermeneutics of the Other and Theologies of Difference

The second plenary from the 2019 Religious Education Association meeting held in Toronto, ON November 1-3 was entitled “Hermeneutics of the Other and Theologies of Difference,” and involved a panel discussion amongst Elie Holzer, Ochs Chair for Teaching Jewish Religious Studies and Director of the Stern Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Education, Bar Ilan University; Michelle Voss Roberts, Principal and Professor of Theology, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto; and Deborah Kerdeman, Emeritus professor, College of Education, University of Washington.

The panel was moderated by Mehmet Hilmi Tuna, Institute for Islamic Theology and Religion, University of Innsbruck.

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2019 Wornom Innovation Award Announced

REA is delighted to announce that the 2019 Wornom Innovation Grant has been awarded to Dr. Elliot Ginsburg for a project called “Beloved Land: Israel and Palestine Through the Kaleidoscope,” sponsored by The Aleph Ordination Israel and Palestine Program. This practitioner-oriented project is designed to create possibilities among Jewish congregational leaders and religious educators for engaging in peaceful dialogue and mutual understanding between Jews and Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank. It requires an intensive online preparatory course followed by an immersion experience in the Land, concluding with an online seminar.

The project brings its Jewish participants into dialogue with Muslims, Christians and others in order to wrestle with the varied claims on the Land and the consequences for faith identity and practice in a region suffering long-term fractures. It thus addresses the REA’s concern for diversity, interreligious engagement and orientation toward building a world of greater justice and peace. The designers are deeply convinced that “As religious educators, we will not, cannot, succumb to living in a post-hope world.” REA is privileged to join as a sponsor of this important initiative.

Stay tuned for details regarding the 2020 Wornom Grant, with an application deadline of Sept. 15, 2020.

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Please share this survey for an REA PhD student

One of our long time members, Callid Keefe-Perry, is circulating a survey as part of his dissertation research. Please participate and share it widely. Here is his introduction:

Colleagues in the world of Religion and Education!
I’m writing with hopes that you might be able to assist me in completing some research that is a part of finishing my doctoral studies. I have a survey that I’m hoping to have a diverse group of folks from across the US fill out, and I’m wondering if you might be one of them and/or help me to find others who would take it. Are there any folks in your circles that you can imagine would be willing to spend 20 or so minutes completing a survey about schooling? They can be religious or not. They just need to be above 18 years old, currently live in the USA, and willing to share their opinions about the following:
The survey is an investigation of how people think about public schooling, some of the ways that schools are part of how people make meaning in their lives, and how (if at all) schools and spirituality are connected. 
The survey itself is here (https://forms.gle/G2UbsMVki8NwGfb3A), and if you would be willing to take it yourself, share it with any friends, colleagues, or family, I’d be very grateful.
With thanks in advance just for considering it,
Callid Keefe-Perry
Boston University School of Theology

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GETS: Faculty position in community-based education

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary seeks to make an appointment to an open rank faculty position in Community-Based Education. The person in this position will serve as a faculty member in an area of practical theology, directing and advancing community-based education on all levels in the seminary. The ethos of the position is to connect the needs and strengths of students, the seminary, and the community to each other for the greatest advantage.

A central part of this position is directing the seminary internship program, currently referred to as Field Education. The Field Education program is a core curricular component of the MDiv and other Masters degrees. This position oversees all aspects of the Field Education program, as well as leading the seminary to develop robust curricular and pedagogic models to support the supervision and evaluation of students while they are engaged in community-based education. This work is essential to the formation of students for ministry and community leadership as well as to the integrative nature of various degree programs.

Review of applications will begin on November 30, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Please see the extensive position description for details.

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CFP: Values, Worldviews and Religions in Education

Call for papers: Values, Worldviews and Religions in Education: Changing Realities in the City, 8-11th of June 2020 in Stockholm, Sweden

Over the the past decades, religion has become a globally relevant societal issue also in the educational settings. Both due to increasing immigration and the growing interest in new religious movements and spirituality, religious diversity in Europe and beyond is more heightened than ever. This situation presents us with challenges where competence about religion becomes increasingly important. Societal education is in a special role here, as Early Childhood Education and Care, schools, universities, and other educational settings gather together the children or students from a wide variety of backgrounds. Thereby, understanding religion as a phenomenon, as well as the ability to analyze how religion and other worldviews, whether religious or secular, can take on different expressions in society, is necessary for all teachers and support staff in educational settings, in order for them to also support children and youth in constructing critical competences as regards these global citizenship skills.

Our 2020 conference will host keynote lectures by Dr Anna Strhan (University of York, UK), Dr Tünde Puskas (University of Linköping), Professor David Thurfjell (Södertörn University), and Professor Martin Ubani (University of Eastern Finland). Please submit your abstract (250-300 words) to earlisig19 [at] su [dot] se by 15st December 2019.

Conference website: https://su.powerinit.com/Data/Event/EventTemplates/2602/?EventId=414

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YDS: Christian Spirituality

Yale Divinity School invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Christian Spirituality to begin July 1, 2020. The rank of the appointment may be assistant or associate professor with or without tenure. 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.

Candidates must hold (or be on the verge of completing) a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have strong potential as an instructor. The successful candidate should have expertise in the field of Christian Spirituality. The subfield within this specialization is open. Candidates might work in ascetical theology, contemplative studies, creation spirituality (eco-spirituality), the history of spirituality, materiality and spiritual practices, mysticism, or the spirituality of activism; they might utilize an interdisciplinary framework such as psychology and religion or spirituality and leadership; or they might engage in scholarship that blends attention to politics, cultural studies, and spiritual practices within congregations or other communities of conviction.

A letter of application with curriculum vitae and three letters of reference should be submitted online at [http://apply.interfolio.com/69867].] Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2019. We will accept applications until the position is filled.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and especially encourages applications from women and gender-nonconforming persons, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.

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