REA statement on racism and hate crimes against Asian Americans

The Religious Education Association condemns anti-Asian racism, and the shooting of eight people including six Asian American women in Atlanta on March 16th, 2021. The tragic and senseless murder in a violent hate crime is the result of anti-Asian racism which targeted Asian women. The act of anti-Asian racism was aided and abetted by gun violence, another ongoing tragedy in the United States. The lack of strong gun policies in the United States continues to shock and horrify people. We are enraged as more people continue to become victims of gun violence in Boulder and elsewhere. We need legislators to implement serious gun control policies. 

Racism against Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) has a long and invisibilized history in the United States. The Page Act of 1875 was the very first American anti-immigration law aimed at preventing Chinese women from immigrating to the U.S because of hypersexualization. The Chinese Exclusion Act followed in 1882. The roots of anti-Asian racism lie in white supremacy and US trans-Continental militarism as well as pernicious Orientalism, hypersexualization, and fetishization of Asian women. This has been fostered in American culture, media, and academia. We witnessed this trope in comments denying the racism of the perpetrator after the targeting and murder of these six Asian American women among the eight killed in Atlanta. We are at a moment where we urgently need to call out and work against the ways Asian and Asian American people and especially women continue to be erased in our institutions and classrooms today. 

As an international association of Religious Educators, we are committed to teaching with the understanding that life is sacred. As such it is a travesty to erase, invisibilize, and objectify any person in our human family.  We are in solidarity with our colleagues who are Asian, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders. We name the ways their stories have been invisibilized in both the public sphere and in academe. We commit ourselves to growing in solidarity with AAPI and with all BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) communities. We encourage our guild to reach for greater amplification of AAPI scholars and voices in academic studies and research. We counter historic invisibilization with the explicit act of visibilization in our work with Asian American colleagues and students. We counter the white supremacist distortion of AAPI women throughout history and in academe by amplifying their lives and their scholarship. 

As a professional association of educators, researchers and practitioners, we call upon our membership to educate for change in our society and dedicate ourselves to the collective work of eradicating white supremacy and hate. We call upon our members to commit to solidarity and consider joining these calls to action and learning as part of our common understanding:

As acts of commitment and love, remember their names:

Xiaojie Tan
Delaina Ashley Yaun Gonzalez
Daoyou Feng
Paul Andre Michels
Soon Chung Park
Hyun-Jung Kim (Grant)
Yong Ae Yue
Suncha Kim

Board of Directors of the Religious Education Association
Patrick B. Reyes, Ph.D.
V. Rev. Anton C. Vrame, Ph.D.
Rev. Heesung Hwang, Ph.D.
Rev. Kathy Winings, EdD
Rev. Denise Janssen, Ph.D.
Jos de Kock, Ph.D.
Rev. Almeda M. Wright, Ph.D.
Rev. Boyung Lee, Ph.D.
Rev. Dr. Christine J. Hong
Lucinda Allen Mosher, Th.D.
Hosffman Ospino, Ph.D.
Min. Gina A .S. Robinson
Rev. Jose R. Irizarry, Ph.D.
Rabbi Hanan A. Alexander, Ph.D.

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April eREACH now available

The latest edition of our newslettereREACH (electronic Religious Education Association Clearing House) — is now available. It’s full of details about our July 5-9 annual meeting, as well as a strong statement from the REA Board condemning anti-Asian hatred, and urging action against white supremacy.

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Director, Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta

“Grounded in our purpose and priorities, the home area of Christian Community and Leadership (CCL) helps the ELCA reach and engage new, younger, and more diverse people, welcoming them into the Christian faith. To this end, we will energize and engage our core membership and work with the whole of the ELCA to recruit, develop and deploy the leadership, both lay and rostered, that the church needs to fulfill its purpose of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ and building the church.”

This is a full-time, deployed position based in the Atlanta, GA area and near the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) Campus.

The position will:

Create a national leadership center for a new, younger, and more diverse church.
Lead and recruit participants for non-degree and degree programs in theological education and spiritual growth among rostered leaders, candidates for rostered ministry, and lay leaders with an intentional focus on African Descent pedagogies and in the development of African Descent leaders and communities.
Equip all leaders for the gospel-centered work of doing justice and dismantling racism and systemic oppression; and
Deepen relationships with Historically Black communities of faith, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA.

More details are available online.

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Faith formation associate: Chelmsford, MA

Under the direction of the Director of Faith Formation, the Faith Formation Associate will serve as a ministerial member of the Faith Formation Team for the Chelmsford Catholic Collaborative. This is a two (with the possibility of becoming a three) parish collaborative in the Archdiocese of Boston. The Collaborative has a family-centered faith formation program. The Faith Formation Associate will assist with the development, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum and programming for the Collaborative’s Family Faith Formation in accordance with Archdiocesan policies and in keeping with the Collaborative’s vision for faith formation.


For a more complete job description, including qualifications and position responsibilities please see, https://chelmsfordcatholic.org/job-opportunities. Send cover letters and resumes to hhannaway [at] chelmsfordcatholic [dot] org

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Asian and Asian American Feminist Theologies

The Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM) has partnered with Candler Foundry at Candler School of Theology in Emory University, USA to offer a summer short course for 5 Tuesdays in May-June in 2021. More details are available online, and the course will be held online.

Guest faculty will include Sharon A. Bong, Aruna Gnanadason, Zayn Kassam, Septemmy Lakawa, Boyung Lee, Maggie Low, Muriel Orevillo-Montenegro, Keun-Joo Christine Pae, Gale A. Yee.

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AME to focus on justice education

The Association for Moral Education is focusing its next meeting — to be held online in November of 2021 — on justice issues. Proposals are due May 1, more information is available.

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Prep Level Campus Ministry, CA

SHS seeks a talented and highly qualified full-time Campus Ministry teacher at the Preparatory. The successful candidate collaborates with the Campus Ministry team and Religious Studies department to implement a vibrant, student-centered program that addresses the spiritual, ethical, and emotional needs of a religiously diverse student population.

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS) is rooted in a strong and deep history. Founded in 1898 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, an international congregation of Catholic women religious, it is a Roman Catholic, independent, coeducational school dedicated to the educational philosophy expressed in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools. Located on a beautiful 64‐acre campus in the San Francisco Bay Area, SHS is one of 24 schools in the U.S. and Canada Network of Sacred Heart Schools and is affiliated with a network of over 200 Sacred Heart schools worldwide. SHS is made up of two divisions: Preschool through Middle Schools (P-eighth grade) and Preparatory (grades nine through twelve). Today, SHS is a vibrant, thriving, and dynamic institution, committed to educational excellence and the teachings of a Christ as expressed in forgiveness, compassion, respect and generosity. From preschool through high school, our world-class, diverse faculty and staff guide students of all faiths to become thoughtful and caring young adults through a rigorous curriculum and mission-driven programs, the development of active leadership skills, and emphasis on personal integrity. These are the hallmarks of the SHS experience, and the core of our Sacred Heart spirit.


To learn more about Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, please see our website. More details about the position are also available.

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Prep Level Religious Studies, CA

SHS seeks a talented and highly qualified full-time Religious Studies teacher at the Preparatory. The candidate must be able to teach high school students in grades 9-12. Successful candidates must prove excellent skills as a teacher and a strong ability to collaborate with colleagues. Excellent candidates will demonstrate a passion for preparing curriculum and teaching teaches high school students any of the following topics: Introduction to Catholicism, Personal Morality, Hebrew/Christian Scriptures and Social Ethics. A healthy sense of humor is always a plus.

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton (SHS) is rooted in a strong and deep history. Founded in 1898 by the Society of the Sacred Heart, an international congregation of Catholic women religious, it is a Roman Catholic, independent, coeducational school dedicated to the educational philosophy expressed in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Schools. Located on a beautiful 64‐acre campus in the San Francisco Bay Area, SHS is one of 24 schools in the U.S. and Canada Network of Sacred Heart Schools and is affiliated with a network of over 200 Sacred Heart schools worldwide. SHS is made up of two divisions: Preschool through Middle Schools (P-eighth grade) and Preparatory (grades nine through twelve). Today, SHS is a vibrant, thriving, and dynamic institution, committed to educational excellence and the teachings of a Christ as expressed in forgiveness, compassion, respect and generosity. From preschool through high school, our world-class, diverse faculty and staff guide students of all faiths to become thoughtful and caring young adults through a rigorous curriculum and mission-driven programs, the development of active leadership skills, and emphasis on personal integrity. These are the hallmarks of the SHS experience, and the core of our Sacred Heart spirit.


To learn more about Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, please see our website. More details about the position are also available.

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REA 2021 Call for Candidates

The Religious Education Association would like to issue an open call for candidates. We have several open positions within our organization and would like to extend an invitation for interested members to apply. The open positions available are:

Vice President for a 2 year term from Sept. 1, 2021 – Aug 31 2023
Student Representative for 2 year term from Sept. 1, 2021 – Aug 31 2023
Chair of Academic Disciplines & Institutions Committee for 2 year term from Sept. 1, 2021 – Aug 31 2023
Member-at-Large of Nominations Committee for 2 year term from Sept. 1, 2021 – Aug 31 2023

If you are interested in being considered for one or more of these positions please click here and provide us with your information by April 30th. Thank you in advance for considering being a part of the leadership for this organization.

The Nominating Committee
Religious Education Association
March 2021

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Inaugural Crain and Seymour Endowed Lecture in Christian Education and Deacon Studies

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary is proud to welcome Rev. Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore for the inaugural address of a newly established endowed lectureship in Christian education and deacon studies named for long time REA members Margaret Ann Crain and Jack Seymour. An ordained deacon in The United Methodist Church, Moore serves as Professor of Theology and Education, Co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology, and Dean Emerita of the School of Theology at Boston University. The inaugural address will be held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, at 11:10 a.m. (CDT), and available for all via Zoom.

More information and a link to register to receive the Zoom link is available online.

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