Dean, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

In response to President Rick Barger’s pending retirement effective September 1, 2017, the Trinity Board of Directors last May appointed a Search Team for a new Seminary president. With the fall decision by the respective Boards of Trinity and Capital University to begin a process of reunification, the search team was broadened to include representation from Capital University and its mission evolved from that of a presidential search to a search for the Dean of the Seminary.

The new Dean will be a faithful, adaptive, interpersonally-skilled, and experienced leader. As chief executive officer of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, the new Dean will embrace and continue to bring to life Trinity’s mission of forming leaders for Christ’s Church at Work in the World. This individual will also passionately own and execute the vision and strategic direction of the Seminary as set by the Trinity board and aligned with the Capital University/Trinity Lutheran Seminary reunion plan. Trinity’s Dean will work hand in hand with the Board and will serve on the leadership team of Capital University.

The Dean will be selected by a diverse group of individuals led by Search Committee Co-Chairs the Rev. Frederick Fritz of the Trinity Board of Directors and Dr. Terry Lahm, Associate Provost at Capital. The search team includes Trinity board members and students as well as faculty from both Trinity and Capital. The team has already met several times to define the process and ensure common understanding of the skills and disposition anticipated in Trinity’s new Dean.

Nominations and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The candidate pool will be narrowed in the week of March 6, 2017 and applications will be accepted until a new dean is selected. The dean will be invited to begin work no later than August 1, 2017.

All applications and questions relating to the search should be directed to Search Committee Co-Chairs Frederick Fritz and Terry Lahm at

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Religion and Civics education

The Robert Wagner School of Public Service at NYU has put together a five module program – video presentations, facilitator guides and other resources — on religion and civics education in the US. This is a rich resource, and given the lack of information and formation most people have on these issues in the states it’s a very timely resource!

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CFP: Women and Gender in Religions

Nazareth College, Hickey Center for interfaith Studies and Dialogue is pleased to announce its 4th international conference on Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Women and Gender in Religions on July30-August1, 2017. The Conference is open to scholars in religious, theology, women and gender studies and other social scientists from US and abroad as presenters or participants.

  • The proposal should be no more than 550 words.
  • Send a 225-word resume that presents expertise in the area of your presentation.
  • Include your address, telephone number, and email address.
  • Notice of acceptances will be sent soon after evaluation with guidelines for full presentation.
  • Selected papers are published
  • Last date to receive your proposal is March 15, 2017, earlier is preferred.
  • Proposals are to be emailed to: or

Please visit the website to know more about the conference sub-topics, submitting a proposal and registration:


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Mary Young, Leadership Education at ATS

With joy and excitement the REA offers congratulations to our long time member and colleague, Mary Young, who has been appointed to direct leadership education at the Association of Theological Schools. From the ATS press release:

Young was selected after a comprehensive national search and will assume her new position on June 1, 2017. She will be responsible for planning and impletmenting leadership education programs for administrators in ATS member schools, including conferences and workshops for chief academic officers, development personnel, chief financial officers, and student personnel administrators, as well as the programs for Women in Leadership and the Committee on Race and Ethnicity.

Young comes to ATS after 23 years in service to Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia. Most recently, she served as associate dean, assistant professor of Christian education, and director of the Master of Arts in Christian Education program. Among the courses she has taught have been Philosophy of Education, Education in Context, Technology in the Church, and Faith and Human Development.

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Dean of the School of Divinity, Howard University

The School of Divinityat Howard University has begun a search for the position of Dean. RPA, Inc.  is handling the search, and seeks nominations and inquiries for application. Full consideration of applications will begin on March 8.

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2016 Plenary Four available

The fourth main plenary from our 2016 annual meeting, held in Pittsburgh, PA from 4-6 November 2016 is now available at vimeo. Reggie Nel, University of South Africa, and Elizabeth Conde-Frazier, Vice-President and Dean of Esperanza College, focused on teaching amidst globalization. Courtney Goto was the moderator.

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Memorial service for Yolanda Smith, January 27th

There will be a memorial service for our former president, and beloved scholar, Yolanda Smith at Yale Divinity’s Marquand Chapel on Friday, January 27th starting at 4 pm. Everyone is welcome, and if you are not able to come you are invited to hold the community in prayer at that time.

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100 days, 100 letters

There is a new effort underway — American Values, Religious Voices— to have religious scholars send 100 letters in the first 100 days of the new administration in DC. The letter writers have already been chosen and are working on their letters. The effort is asking organizations and individuals to publicize it, and to draw on the letters — which will be made available on the web as they are sent out — as a source of conversation and for learning events. You can find out more at their website, which has many ideas for how local organizations can take action.

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Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education

Fordham University invites inquiries, nominations, and applications for the position of Dean of the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education (GRE). Founded in 1841 and located in the heart of New York City, Fordham’s nine colleges and schools enroll over 15,200 students, including over 6,400 graduate and professional students. As the Jesuit University of New York, Fordham fosters the intellectual, moral and spiritual development of the whole student and prepares him or her for leadership in a global society. Both reflecting and contributing to the vibrancy of New York City, the University is actively engaged in a strategic planning process that aims to make Fordham the model urban Jesuit university for the 21st century.

The Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education serves the mission of Fordham University by charting future directions in religious education, pastoral care and counseling, pastoral studies, and the study and practice of Christian spirituality.

Drawing on the expertise of 8 full-time faculty, GRE currently serves over 230 students in its various programs. Degree candidates and non-matriculated students originate from across North America, as well as from Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe.

Students may choose to pursue a Ph.D. in religious education; a D.Min. with concentrations in Christian spirituality, pastoral ministry, practical theology, and Latino ministry; an M.A. with concentrations in pastoral studies, pastoral counseling, pastoral care, religious education, and Christian spirituality; and advanced certificate programs in Christian spirituality, faith formation, and Latino ministry. Though GRE is housed on Fordham’s Rose Hill campus in the Bronx, coursework can be pursued on-campus, online, and in a hybrid format.

GRE seeks a Dean who is an accomplished academic leader and is firmly committed to cultivating the Catholic, Jesuit, and ecumenical dimensions of Fordham University’s mission. S/he will have an earned doctorate, along with a strong record of teaching and scholarship commensurate with an appointment to the tenured faculty within one of the academic areas of the School. The Dean will also possess the appropriate management, fundraising, and grant-writing skills, as well as the creative imagination to respond programmatically to the evolving shape of religious education, pastoral care and counseling, Christian spirituality, and pastoral studies and practice-based theology. Familiarity with trends in the integration of technology and education, with a focus on distance learning and the globalization of education, will be necessary for future programmatic development. A commitment to mentoring faculty, helping them to identify appropriate professional goals and fostering their ongoing development as scholars and teachers, will also be necessary.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a capacity to articulate and advance a vision for the GRE that draws upon its programmatic strengths and affirms the mission of Fordham University. S/he will possess an understanding and appreciation of contemporary society and culture, including the capacity to engage with international members of the student body and the concerns of diverse faith communities. S/he will be dedicated to a collaborative style of leadership and collegial governance and will build strong relationships with faculty; with the Provost; with other University administrators; with colleges, schools, and departments across the University; as well as with the local leadership of the Catholic community and other local faith communities. S/he will embrace Fordham University’s commitment to diversity, that is to being a community that welcomes and honors all who come to us—whether as students, faculty members, or members of our staff. Successful candidates will also have a knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Jesuit education.

Applicants should provide a letter describing their interest in and qualifications for the position, a current CV, and the names and contact information for five references. More information about GRE, as well as about Fordham University and its mission, may be found at:

All inquiries, nominations, and application materials should be sent electronically to: Application deadline is February 10, 2017. Review of candidates will begin immediately thereafter. The search will be conducted with full confidentiality, and candidates will be notified before references are contacted. The Dean will be appointed in Spring 2017, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2017.

Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in West Harrison, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

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2016 Plenary Three available

The third main plenary from our 2016 annual meeting, held in Pittsburgh, PA from 4-6 November 2016 is now available at vimeo. David Hansen, the Weinberg Professor in the Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education, Teachers College, Columbia University spoke on “Cosmopolitanism as Education: A Philosophy for Educators in Our Time.” Aaron Ghiloni, Dean of Research, Trinity College Queensland offered a substantial response, and then the audience participated in Q&A. Siebren Miedema moderated.

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