Join us for an online Fall Gathering!

Join us November 2nd from 7 to 9:30 pm ET for our fall gathering! It’s free and online — please help us to share the news widely. And if you’re a student, come early — from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pmET to network.

Our focus this year is “Re-Imagining Religious Education After Pandemic” and we will be hosting a panel discussion led by Tamar Wasoian (including Anton Vrame, Tammy Wiens, Denise Janssen, and Karen-Marie Yust), followed by open Q&A and networking. 

We are concerned about the trajectory of religious education in our churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious gathering places after the pandemic. In the USA, it is clear that parish and congregation based religious education programs suffered during the pandemic. While overall parish life may be rebounding, religious education programs have not.

Our hypothesis is that COVID brought to the surface a wider range of issues that our field was already struggling with. Our round table conversation will represent the diversity of REA to the best of our ability. We are eager to engage these issues, by sharing experiences, strategies, methodologies, about religious education in a post-COVID congregation.

More details and link to register to receive the zoom link are available.

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Center for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization director

The Center for Youth and Young Adult Evangelization at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in Indiana is seeking a director. Application deadline is November 1.

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Counseling LGBTQ+ Persons of Faith: Dilemmas and Double Deals in zoom on Nov. 12

The LGBT-Allies Working Group will be holding a Zoom gathering on Nov 12 (Sat), at 8.30am-10.00am (ET).

To encourage interdisciplinary thinking on issues of gender and sexuality, the Working Group has invited Dr. Chuan Fei Chin – a philosopher and counsellor based in London – to share on “Counseling LGBTQ+ Persons of Faith: Dilemmas and Double Deals.”

Members of the REA are welcome to attend. Should you wish to attend, please send an email (by Oct 30) to Alfred and Robin at voicingqueerancestorsoffaith [at] gmail [dot] com

Abstract of this talk:

How do ethical questions create unexpected dilemmas in counselling LGBTQ+ persons of faith? I want to explore three dilemmas which center on their experiences of discrimination, feelings of shame, and need for belonging. In each dilemma, clinical concerns come entangled with ethical ones, such that both call for an inquiry into how a person can lead a good life. I will present cases from Singapore and the UK that highlight some challenges in keeping this inquiry open with a trauma-informed and culturally sensitive approach to counselling.

Chan Fei Chin (Phil Oxford, MCouns SUSS) is a philosopher and counsellor based in
London. He works for a charity that provides trauma-informed counselling for LGBTQ+
abuse and violence survivors, and those who have experienced “conversion
therapies.” As an educator, he created an award-winning course on everyday ethics in
Singapore, which promotes moral dialogues on contested social issues. He is now
designing a graduate-level course that cultivates ethical reflection in experience and new counsellors.

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REA seeks Networking Coordinator

Mary Hess is retiring as REA’s networking coordinator, and we are looking for someone to join us in this paid staff role. Here are Lakisha Lockhart (REA’s executive secretary) and Christine Hong (REA’s justice, equity, diversity and inclusion officer) explaining some of what we are seeking!

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Help us find a new networking coordinator!

As you know, from our July meeting and past eREACH issues, Mary Hess is retiring from her role as REA’s networking coordinator as of next July’s annual meeting. We are very much in search mode, and seeking applications by October 15th. Here is the position description again:

“You are invited to apply for the position of Networking Coordinator. Dr. Mary Hess is retiring after eight years of dedicated service in the position. The primary tasks of the networking coordinator include overseeing REA’s website and related communications work. The networking coordinator works closely with the REA executive secretary, Tenseg (our tech team), REA’s Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion officer, 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 is available from the executive secretary: Dr. Lakisha Lockhart (secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net). A successful networking coordinator will have an advanced degree in and knowledge of the field of religious education. The person will have a high degree of self-direction, administrative competence as well as collaboration, technological skills and know how and communication skills. The REA is committed to inclusion and embodies commitments to interfaith, international, and intercultural religious education. Please apply by October 15, 2022 by sending a CV, cover letter and a list of three references to secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net. Candidates will be accepted as long as the position remains open.”

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Lancaster Seminary looking for an adjunct

Looking for someone in the PA-NJ-DE-MD to teach a hybrid class at Lancaster Theological Seminary (meeting in person 3 hours and online asynchronous for 1 hour of the remainder of the week) Christian ed class). The class meets Fridays, 6:30-9:30pm, 11/4/22-2/4/23. If interested please contact Associate Dean Vanessa Lovelace at vlovelace [at] lancasterseminary [dot] edu

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Dir of RE in Hohenfels, Germany (Civilian military)

The Army Chaplain Corps invites applicants for this Civilian position as an
Army Director of Religious Education (DRE) in Hohenfels, Germany. Army DREs
are Civilian professional staff members of the U.S. Army Chaplaincy who have
been educated and trained in religious education and faith formation
processes. The Religious Educator is a subject matter expert in all
religious education and youth ministry matters for the Garrison Chaplain.
The Religious Educator provides guidance, direction and advice to Chaplains,
faith groups, volunteers, contractors, families and individuals. The
Religious Educator conducts programs and processes while providing
opportunities and venues to foster healthy spiritual growth and faith
sustainment for all religious groups. Follow the link to submit your
application on the website. If you have any questions about the
application process you may contact: Dr. Grace Yeuell, Religious Education
Program Director, Installation Management Command-Europe.

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Christian Ed and Formation

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary announces a tenure-track position in the area of Christian Education and Formation. The person appointed to this position will focus their teaching on Christian education and formation within and beyond the congregational context. A particular research focus on the religious formation and Christian education of children, youth, and young adults is strongly desired. This faculty member will serve in the Department of the Church’s Ministry and will teach in all degree programs (MATS, MAMP, MAR, MAYM, MDiv, and DMin) as well as non-degree certificate programs. This faculty member plays a central role in the Master of Arts in Youth Ministry program, which offers courses on both the Austin campus and at the Nashville extension. The successful candidate will engage with diverse pedagogies of religious education originating in the Global South and the United States, including trends in digital and virtual pedagogy.

Successful candidates will demonstrate skills in teaching and have strong commitments to scholarship and research. The PhD or its equivalent (completed or nearly completed) in the field of Christian Education, Religion and Education, Practical Theology, Christian Formation, or a related theological discipline is required. Rank is open, and the person appointed may be considered for appointment to the C. Ellis and Nancy Nelson Chair in Christian Education. Women and candidates from historically-marginalized racial and ethnic groups are encouraged to apply.

Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and hosts students, faculty, and staff from a variety of Christian traditions. Austin Seminary is an equal opportunity employer. Send letter of application, contact information for three references, and a current curriculum vitae to: Margaret Aymer, Academic Dean, 100 E. 27th St., Austin, Texas, 78705; dean [at] austinseminary [dot] edu. Review of applications will begin in January 2023 and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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Exec. Dir. Louisville Institute

The Louisville Institute is actively seeking an executive director. More details are available online. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2022.

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Regina Coll, 8 August 2022

REA mourns the loss of former member Regina Coll, who passed away on Aug. 8 at the age of 93. Dr. Coll was a Catholic Sister of St. Joseph of Brentwood, New Jersey, and an accomplished scholar and teacher who was active in the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education (APRRE). Her books included Supervision of Ministry Students (1992) and Christianity and Feminism in Conversation (1994). She published articles in Religious Education and a number of other venues on education and empowerment, feminism and the role of symbols, etc. Regina was a strong and gracious presence to all who knew her.

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