Director of Online and Hybrid Programs, Boston University School of Theology

The School of Theology at Boston University is seeking a director of online and hybrid programs. Long time REA member and leader Eileen Daily writes “I am retiring from my post at Boston University School of Theology at the end of August. My successor would inherit a thriving hybrid Doctor of Ministry in Transformational Leadership and the opportunity to launch a fully online Master of Arts in Religious and Public Leadership.”

You can find details of the position and application information online.

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Sign up for REA2022 sessions and invite others to do so

The schedule for REA2022 is now available and you can use it to sign up for sessions today! If you REA membership is paid through July, you can attend REA2022 at no extra cost, so sign up for sessions now.

This year will be our second annual meeting in a row to be held entirely online. The REA Board is eager to use this moment as an opportunity to expand our visibility and to invite people who might otherwise not know much about our organization to come to the meeting. If you are a paid member of REA, you can also nominate someone else for a free trial membership, which will include access to the Annual Meeting and to the electronic version of our journal. Just look for “Nominate a Scholar” at the bottom of the schedule after you log in. Spread the word! Post the REA2022 flyers! This is a unique opportunity to share our energy, passion, and wisdom in the field.

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Log in with your phone number

The REA website now allows you to log in with your phone number. We know that for many members, it is hard to remember yet another password for your REA account, so we wanted to make logging into REA even simpler.

If you have a mobile phone number on your REA profile, then you can now use that number to get a one-time verification code by text message. You simply type in that one-time code instead of a password, and you are logged in!

If you don’t yet have a mobile phone number on your REA profile, log in with your password and add the number. From then on, you can use that phone number instead of your password to log in.

Of course, as always, feel free to reach out to tech [at] religiouseducation [dot] net with any questions. We do hope this makes getting to your REA membership benefits easier.

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Asst. Prof. Pastoral Studies at Loyola New Orleans

Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) of Loyola University New Orleans invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Pastoral Studies with a focus on young adult ministry. This position supports a grant project funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc. entitled “F.I.E.L.D.: Faithful Innovation through Encountering, Listening, and Discerning: Practicing Synodality in Ministry with Young Adults.” The purpose of this project is to collaborate with parishes across the country to become more synodal and create innovative ministries and initiatives in ministry with young adults marked by synodality. This position will be funded for five years.

More details on how to apply are available online.

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Godly Play: Director of Community Engagement and Training

More details are available online, but here is a short summary from the site:

“For nearly 30 years, the Godly Play Foundation has been cultivating a network of adults around the globe committed to nurturing the spiritual lives of children. Through storytelling resources, training, mentoring, and research, we help leaders in churches, schools, hospitals, and social service agencies build spaces for children to explore their spiritual lives through story, wondering, and play. Godly Play is a Montessori-inspired and unique approach to Christian education grounded in the belief that children have innate spiritual experiences and connections with God. We see the work of children’s spiritual formation to be about the nurtured exploration of their relationship with God.

We are a small staff of eight across the United States. We are a flexible and innovative team, and, in all our work, we intentionally collaborate taking a team-approach to serving our mission. We work together to catalyze our shared commitment to Godly Play.

The position will play a significant role in helping the Foundation build our infrastructure, strategy, and team to support our growing community engagement and Godly Play training needs. We are looking for an innovative and inspiring leader committed to working alongside and supporting our Godly Play trainers and helping to cultivate learning communities (in-person and online) for adults who mentor children in Godly Play to deepen their practice.”

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Faculty positions at Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary is searching for two full-time, 4 year contract faculty, one in spiritual formation and one in theology and culture. These two positions are grant-funded, and will participate heavily in Luther’s digital platforms. Applications will be reviewed starting May 1st for a July 1st start date. Luther Seminary is an ELCA seminary located in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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REA welcomes Dr. Christine J. Hong as DEI officer

The Religious Education Association (REA) is an association of professors, practitioners, researchers, and religious educators that was formed in 1903 by William Rainey Harper, President of the University of Chicago, to interpret and advance the nature, purposes, and value of the field of religious education. We have a growing membership of over 370, an internationally highly cited scholarly journal, Religious Education, a book series, Horizons in Religious Education, and Annual Meetings held in major cities in the U.S. and Canada that attract over 150 scholars and practitioners from multiple countries around the world. A fourteen-member Board of Directors, elected to specific terms at the Annual Meeting each year, governs the Association.

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce its unanimous decision to appoint as REA’s first Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Officer, Dr. Christine J. Hong, Associate Professor of Educational Ministry; Director of the DEdMin Program at Columbia Theological Seminary.

According to the Association’s Bylaws (to be approved at our Annual Meeting in July 2022,) “The DEI officer is responsible for considering REA’s interest, commitments  and expertise in creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable spaces and  events. The DEI Officer will collaborate with the REA leadership to assess the need for, and recommend and/or lead training initiatives on racial justice, cultural diversity, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values.”

Dr. Hong is a  creative and knowledgeable practical theologian and religious educator. She has a refreshing familiarity with religious institutions and the academy as well as the potential public impact of our field. Her vision for what REA can become is rich with creativity, relevance, optimism, and adaptive change towards justice and equity. She shares the commitments of REA to a widening and inclusive vision of our association and its potential impact.  

It is with enthusiasm and pride that we announce Dr. Hong’s appointment.

REA Vice President Dr. Anne Walker announces DEI appointment
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Assoc Dir of Spirituality Programs

Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA is seeking an Associate Director of Spirituality Programs who will administer, coordinate, and promote the Certificate in Spiritual Formation and the Certificate in Spiritual Direction programs, as well as other spirituality-related events. This position reports to the Director of Lifelong Learning.Much more information is available online.

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IACS CFP now available

The call for papers for the International Association of Children’s Spirituality 2022 Virtual Symposium is now available online. The symposium will take place online July 14-15 & July 18-19 utilizing zoom. Proposals are due April 1st, and there is no charge for attending the symposium.

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Director of Eco-system Strategy for the New Pluralists

The “New Pluralists Collaborative is a cross-ideological funder and field collaborative catalyzing a culture of pluralism in America. We believe the promise of pluralism is core to America realizing our founding ideals of liberty, equality, and justice. When we’re able to live among, work with, and care about people who are different from us – including across race and ethnicity, faith, geography, and political affiliation – and when we can navigate conflict well, we can strengthen our communities, and solve the challenges we face as citizens of a healthy and peaceful democracy.”

They are currently searching for a director of eco-system strategy. More details are online.

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