REA 2020 Postponed

After careful consideration of all of the issues, the REA Steering Committee has decided to postpone our annual meeting to July 6-9, 2021.

In doing so we realize there are many things that will have to change, but we feel very strongly that the REA community does its best work — both in scholarship and teaching — when we are able to gather in person.

So, please mark your calendars right now to come to St. Paul, MN July 6-9, 2021.

Many more details will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead, including some special events that will take place during what would have been our meeting in November.

peace — and may all of you stay well!

Hanan Alexander, President, REA board

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Theology in Practice seeking book proposals

Theology in Practice extends the horizons of the discipline and scholarship of practical theology. It promises to enrich the academic discourse and supply material of interest to scholars and professional graduate students. Books in the series will be in conversation with scholarship in the discipline and reflect engagement with diverse voices in the field (e.g., gender, race, international). They will feature developments in the theories of practice, experience, culture, and action that define the discipline, while also attending to the close study of lived faith and theologically significant practices. Authors will range from senior scholars presenting mature research to young scholars pursuing promising fresh avenues. The series is also open to edited volumes on emerging topics. Audiences will be practical theologians and other interested scholars and graduate students in established and emerging geographical, institutional, and religious contexts.

For more information regarding the series and possible submissions please contact Brill’s Acquisitions Editor for Theology and World Christianity, Tessel Jonquière (mail to: jonquiere [at] brill [dot] com).

Please help us to share this information — here is a flyer you can use.

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Search for Executive Secretary of the Religious Education Association

You are invited to apply for the position of executive secretary of the REA. Dr. Lucinda Huffaker is retiring after ten years of dedicated service to the association. The primary tasks of the executive secretary are administering all aspects of the association and overseeing daily operations. The executive secretary works closely with the REA networking coordinator, the program chair of the annual meeting, the officers, and the board of directors to see that the mission of the REA thrives. A full position description as well as list of current job responsibilities is available online.

A successful executive secretary will have an advanced degree in and knowledge of the field of religious education. The person will have a high degree of self-direction and administrative competence as well as collaboration and communication skills. The REA is committed to inclusion and embodies commitments to interfaith, international, and intercultural religious education.

Questions can be directed to search committee co-chairs: Dr. Mary Young (young [at] ats [dot] edu) and Dr. Jack Seymour (jack [dot] seymour [at] garrett [dot] edu). Please apply by May 15, 2020 by sending a letter, CV and a list of three references (please use a .doc format) to both of the search committee co-chairs: young [at] ats [dot] edu and jack [dot] seymour [at] garrett [dot] edu. Candidates will be accepted as long as the position remains open.

The search committee for the REA Executive secretary includes the following persons: Mary Young (co-chair); Jack Seymour (co-chair); Josh Lunde-Whitler; Maureen O’Brien; & Gina Robinson; with Hanan Alexander as ex-officio.

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LSTC: Lecturer, Program Director

The Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago is searching for a lecturer who can also be the MA/MDIV/MAM program director, and director of ELCA candidacy. Details available online, deadline of April 15.

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REA COVID-19 update

As the world struggles to respond to the challenges arising from COVID-19, REA wants you to know that we, too, are seeking to respond in ways that are faithful to our commitments and mission.

It is not yet clear whether we will be able to hold our full meeting in person in November, but whatever the future holds we will find ways to connect and to share our research. Towards that end, we are announcing that the Call for Proposals submission process for the 2020 meeting is now available on our website — but we are shifting the deadline to submit from our typical May 15th to July 1st. 

We hope by then the way forward will be clearer. In the meantime, please know that the REA Steering Committee is meeting monthly, and welcomes any ideas/suggestions/concerns you want to send.

We urge you to do all that you can to promote community and relationship in this time of physical distancing and global worries.

Peace to all of you, a peace which passes all understanding and cannot be contained solely in our human hearts.

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Assist. Prof. Formation and Supervision

Memphis Theological Seminary seeks a full-time, tenure track faculty member to serve as Assistant Professor of Formation and Supervised Ministry. The faculty member will direct and teach in the spiritual formation and supervised ministry programs and will also work in collaboration with the Center for Faith and Imagination. Preference will be given to applicants with a terminal degree (PhD preferred but DMin acceptable) in a practical theological discipline, such as Pastoral Care, Christian Education, Practical Theology, Congregational Studies, Spiritual Formation, or Christian Leadership. Applicants with proven ministry experiences in congregational or clinical settings will receive special consideration. We welcome all qualified applicants, especially those from underrepresented populations. Send letter of application, vita, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference electronically to Dr. Peter Gathje, VPAA/Dean, formationsearch [at] memphisseminary [dot] edu. Review of applications will begin March 30, 2020.

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IAPT July 2021: Coping with Crisis

The International Association for Practical Theology has announced their 2021 conference, to be held in July of 2021: Coping with crisis: Hospitality, security, and the search for faithful connections. The Call for Papers is open through September. Please see their website for more details.

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Children’s Spirituality Summit

“Spiritual Formation of Children: Personal, Communal, Cultural”
JUNE 8-10, 2020 / Children’s Spirituality Summit at Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

The Children’s Spirituality Summit brings together children’s ministers, developmental psychologists, spiritual formation leaders, lay leaders, pastors, teachers, sociologists, parents, and theologians from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions to collectively explore children’s spiritual formation.

More information is available online.

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Fellowship: Revitalize Pedagogy in Christian Higher Education

The Yale Center for Faith & Culture (YCFC), with the generous support of the Texas Methodist Foundation, is now accepting applications from educators at institutions of Christian higher education, to serve as Pedagogy Fellows for the Pedagogy of Christ & Being Human project. 

The deadline to apply for this $6000 fellowship is April 1st. Most details are available in their online site.

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Professor of World Christianity, Nazarene Seminary

Nazarene Theological Seminary is seeking applicants for a full-time, open-rank, professor of World Christianity. Position is open until filled with a start date as early as August 2020.

Candidates must hold (or be near completion of) a terminal degree, preferably a Ph.D. or Th.D., and have a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and ecclesial practice. Ideal candidates will have a corresponding specialization in the History of Christianity or Theology from which to engage one or more aspects of World Christianity (global theologies, history of Christian movements, etc.). Familiarity with or expertise in global developments of Methodism, Holiness movements, and/or evangelicalism will be advantageous.

Responsibilities will include teaching graduate introductory and specialized courses, advising Doctor of Ministry students, and participation in the spiritual formation of students. NTS faculty teach in online/hybrid and traditional formats and have standard teaching loads of 6 courses per year. Candidates should demonstrate familiarity with changing ministerial contexts and innovative approaches to teaching and Christian practice.

Nazarene Theological Seminary is a graduate school of theology in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition that prepares women and men—academically, professionally, and spiritually—for ministry in various contexts. As part of its mission, NTS seeks to be a theological resource to the Church of the Nazarene (a global denomination with approx. 75% of its membership outside North America) and the broader Christian Church. NTS offers four master’s degrees, a Doctor of Ministry degree, and various courses and events through its Center for Pastoral Leadership. Candidates must share a Wesleyan perspective and affirm the theological identity and mission of NTS. To learn more about NTS visit www.nts.eduhttp://www.nts.edu.

Application Process:

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. NTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae with a list of at least three references
  • 500-word statement that describes the candidate’s pedagogical approach and scholarly agenda

Please submit all materials electronically to: HR [at] nts [dot] eduHR [at] nts [dot] edu. Please include “Faculty position – YOUR NAME” as the subject line. Questions regarding the position should be directed to both Dr. David Wesley, Chair of the Search Committee, and Dr. Josh Sweeden, Dean of the Faculty.

Dr. David Wesley, Professor of Intercultural Studies: dwwesley [at] nts [dot] edudwwesley [at] nts [dot] edu

Dr. Josh Sweeden, Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Church and Society: jsweeden [at] nts [dot] edujsweeden [at] nts [dot] edu

Nazarene Theological Seminary

1700 E. Meyer Blvd.

Kansas City, MO 54131

816-268-5412

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