Share our REA2018 meeting flyer

Plans continue for our next annual meeting to be held November 2-4 at the Hyatt Regency Reston near Washington, DC. We now have two versions of a flyer that you can download and print, or send to friends and colleagues electronically.

This is a great way to start a conversation about our organization, and invite people to join us for the meeting.

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Principal of United Theological College in Montreal

United Theological College, nestled in the heart of McGill University in Montreal, is seeking a Principal. There are extensive position descriptions available in both English and in French.

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REA President Selçuk to speak in DC

The Taha Al-Alwani Lectures in Muslim-Christian Dialogue will be presented this year on March 14, 2018 from 6 to 9 pm, at the El-Hibri Foundation in DC. Dr. Mualla Selçuk, our current president, will be speaking along with Dr. Ian Markham, from Virginia Theological Seminary.

The title of their lectures is “Religious Education in a Diverse Society: Ta’aruf and Co-Existence.” More information, including public transit directions, is available.

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Director, Religious Education, Camp Humphreys, South Korea

Required duties:

Administer religious education and youth ministry program for one or more faith groups. Assess religious education needs of various groups such as junior enlisted personnel, young married couples, NCOs, officers, civilians, family members, DoD contractors, and retirees through use of surveys, questionnaires, and through personal community involvement.

Ensure a comprehensive religious education strategy for soldiers, authorized civilians, and family members. Identify cutting-edge religious education and youth ministry resources and trends. Ensure integration of these resources into installation religious education systems. Guide and mentor religious education volunteers, other religious educators, and assigned military personnel. For more information and to apply follow

More information is available online.

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Associate Director of the Intern Program at SMU

SMU announces a position as associate director of their intern program. It is open to people with an MDIV, although a DMIN is preferred. More details are available, the position will be open until it is filled (meaning: apply soon).

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Int’l Conference on Children’s Spirituality

The International Association for Children’s Spirituality and the Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences of Université Laval are very pleased to announce the 16th International Conference on Children’s Spirituality, Quebec City, 24-27 July 2018.

The conference will interest practitioners and researchers coming from a diversity of disciplinary, cultural, and professional backgrounds, who are concerned with the spiritual well-being and development of children and young adults, from 0 to 20 years old.

They are pleased to welcome proposals for papers, workshops and short symposiums from academics and practitioners from various disciplines: education, social work, health care, counseling, psychology, chaplaincy, religious education, practical theology, the arts, humanities and others. Conference registration is open.

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CFP: Religious identity and education

A special issue in the Forum for International Research in Education slotted for publication in fall 2018 is calling for papers on the topic: “Religious identity and education: A response to contemporary global pressures”

One of the challenges and pressures which globalization has engendered for national education systems, schools, and classrooms worldwide is the growth of religious diversity. Thus, in many places, religious diversity has become a new reality of schooling, to which educators do not necessarily know how to properly respond. Moreover, in the context of religious resurgences around the globe, the growth of religious diversity is often associated with the increase in significance of one’s religious identity and its ardent embrace. By contrast, in secularized settings, there is often resistance and animosity to open manifestations of religious identities. Furthermore, as is true with any social identity, religious and secular identities often become markers that differentiate “us” and “them,” and, therefore, may breed inter-group tensions and conflicts. This special issue addresses this new social reality and its educational implications. We invite papers, which discuss if and how educational establishments worldwide, whether public or private, religious or secular, respond to the problems associated with the surge in diversity and significance of religious identity in the age of globalization and its pressures. We especially welcome papers which comparatively examine if and how teaching of, about, or from religious or spiritual traditions reflects, aggravates, or alleviates social, cultural, economic, or political inter-group tensions inside or outside school walls.

Keywords: religious diversity; religious identity; secular identity; education; secularization; religious tradition; spiritual tradition

Deadline: February 9, 2018. In your submission, please include:

A 250 word abstract to describe and clarify the article you would like to contribute,
5-6 key words in relation to your abstract, the professional name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and email address(es) of the author(s).

FIRE accepts manuscripts in other languages, so long as an English translation of the full manuscript is submitted as well. If you would like to submit in this format, please let us know when you submit the abstract. Note: The English and non-English manuscripts will both be reviewed.

Please send all submissions to W. Y. Alice Chan. This cfp is initially set for CIES R&E SIG members but submissions from others are welcome. Please feel free to share this with others in your network as well.

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NET: new online journal of faith-based distance learning

Here is an invitation we’ve received:

NET, an eJournal of Faith-Based Distance Learning is currently receiving paper submissions. NET is a peer-reviewed, online, open access publication sponsored by Faith-Based Online Learning Directors (FOLD). The journal seeks to publish articles that promote distance education at faith-based institutions.

Articles may comprise scholarly research, reports, case studies, best practices, reviews, essays, and other related works. Due to the nature of a rolling publication date, Net accepts submissions continuously.  For priority peer-review, submissions for the 2018 edition (issue 2) should be submitted as soon as possible.

The editorial staff of the FOLD eJournal welcomes submissions encompassing a variety of subjects, including any aspect related to online theological education, according to the following guidelines:

All submissions should be original articles (normally between 3000-6000 words).

1)      Submissions should be formatted according to APA 6th edition guidelines. Figures and tables should be placed within the body of the document. Tables should be created using software tools and not using tabs. Manuscripts should be submitted as Microsoft Word documents.

2)      All submissions will undergo peer review. Authors must send the following documents:

  1. a)       Submission should include a cover page that includes the author’s name, contact information, title of the article, and an abstract no longer than 300 words.
  2. b)      The cover page must also include a statement that verifies the submission is not currently under review by another journal.
  3. c)       In addition, the cover page should include a short paragraph identifying the author(s), institution(s), current position(s), and, when appropriate, the author’s relationship with the project/topic.

3)      The manuscript should include at the top of the document the title, abstract, and key words. The author’s name must not be included in this document.

4)      If quoting Scripture, include the Bible translation with each reference.

5)      The latest editions of Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary are the preferred resources for current spelling.

6)      Submissions should be emailed to: editor [at] distancelearningdirectors [dot] org

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2018 Cátedra at Garrett

Join the community at Garrett-Evangelical for their annual 2018 Cátedra Paulo Freire, March 14-15. The theme this year is “Resistencia: Contesting Racist Legacies,” and the keynote speaker is Dr. Donaldo Macedo. Macedo is a professor of English and a distinguished professor of liberal arts and education at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His work with Paulo Freire broke new theoretical ground, as it developed a critical understanding of the ways in which language, power, and culture contribute to the positioning and formation of human experience and learning.

More details available online.

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PSR Practice of Ministry and Engaged Learning

Faculty Opening in The Practice of Ministry and Director of Community Engaged Learning

This three-year, renewable, non-tenure track faculty position oversees program development, administration, and curriculum development for the seminary’s Field Education, Contextual Learning, and Community Education programs. This faculty person is expected to publish creative and recognized scholarship and to engage in the life of the school through advising, committee work, involvement in PSR programming and community events, and contributions to development and public relations activities.
Persons from underrepresented groups within the profession are especially encouraged to apply.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

As Faculty in the Practice of Ministry (approximately 40% of position):
 Offers courses for Masters-level students at PSR and the wider Graduate Theological Union (GTU)
 Teaches theory and practice of mentoring to site mentors and field-based communities
 Advises students regarding field requirements and provides vocational counseling

As Director of Community Engaged Learning (approximately 60% of position):
 Develops varied praxis-based Field Education programs and placements
 Oversees recruitment and teaching of adjunct faculty for Social Change Field
Work and Field Education
 Cultivates and facilitates local, regional, national, and international immersion
 Identifies contextual partnerships compatible with the vision and mission of PSR
 Reviews and approves self-designed immersion applications with the Dean
 Supervises Associate Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Director and the
Program Director of PSR’s Theological Education for Leadership (TEL) Program

 A Master of Divinity degree required, PhD or equivalent desired
 Ministry experience, including but not limited to church-related settings, for at
least five years
 Familiarity with seminary education, especially previous work experience in a
seminary setting
 Educator experience in small group processes and critical analysis of theological

Complete Job Description and instructions on applying are available online.

Applications are due by 15 February 2018 in order to be considered for preliminary interviews.

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