RFP Science and theology course development

The “New Visions in Theological Anthropology” project at the University of St Andrews has announced two new rounds of course development grants in Science and Theology.

Deadline 31 October 2020 and 28 February 2021

This project seeks to encourage research and teaching on science and theology/religion. It encourages the development of new courses which use empirical research in some aspect of theology/religion. While they are especially drawn to the pairings of (1) Moral Theology & Evolutionary Biology, (2) Spiritual Formation & Developmental Psychology, and (3) Ecclesiology & Cognitive Science, the project welcomes proposals for any syllabus that engages theology with empirical science. The competition is open to scholars from around the world, and includes course development at the secondary school level.

Since developing any new course will take time away from other research, the University of St. Andrews has launched this series of Course Development Grants and offer stipends of £2,000.

Full details including how to apply.

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Church in color: Free web symposium on youth

Nazarene Theological Seminary is offering an event on November 12th: Church in color: Addressing racial identity and racism with children and youth. Several REA members will be presenting!

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Join us for a fall gathering!

November 5- 8, free, online: More information and registration details

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Assoc. Dir. Children’s Spirituality Research & Innovation Hub

Union Presbyterian Seminary is searching for an Associate Director of the Children’s Spirituality Research & Innovation Hub. Working collaboratively with the Hub Director, the Associate Director will have significant responsibility for the ‘innovation’ aspects of the Hub’s work across the U.S.

The Children’s Spirituality Research & Innovation Hub is a major project funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. to address the faith formation needs and experiences of children from birth to age 12 and their families. It seeks to promote cutting edge research in many academic disciplines in relation to children’s spirituality, assist in translating that research into resources for effective faith formation at home and in communities, provide a central public location for curated materials for and conversations about nurturing children’s faith, and support experimentation and reflective practice regarding new approaches to the formation of children’s religious identity in a post-Sunday School era. The Associate Director will assist with all aspects of the Hub’s work, with specific attention to organizing, supporting, and evaluating several mini-hubs for experimental faith formation models that the project plans to create.

More details are available in this position description or by contacting Karen-Marie Yust.

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Rabbi Dr. Sarah Tauber has died

We are deeply saddened to share the news that Rabbi Dr. Sarah Tauber has died.

Sarah had a very rapid, seven-week decline from pancreatic cancer and is survived by her parents, Joseph and Phyllis, her brother Daniel, and her two young adult children, Benjamin and Hannah. She was an incredible colleague—she co-founded the Religious Persecution & Vicarious Trauma working group at REA with Jennifer Haddad Mosher — and a wonderful friend.

Dr. Mosher wrote to us that “I am so grateful that REA published her book, Open Minds, Devoted Hearts, but am so grieved that there will not be more books, lectures, honest and excellent questions, that we all have been deprived of her brilliant mind and her deeply encouraging and humane presence as a teacher and a mentor in religious education.”

Here is a video of Sarah teaching that you might enjoy as we pray and offer condolences for her family:

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Wabash Assoc. Dir.

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion announces a search for an associate director of educational design. Extensive details on the position, and how to apply for it, are available at their website. Review of applications will begin October 1st.

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Pop-up Zoom August 12

We are experimenting with “pop-up zoom” meetings — the first is tomorrow, August 12th 9 pm NYC time (10 am August 13 Seoul time). All are welcome to join us for a syllabus/teaching brainstorming session. Please register in advance.

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Meet & Greet recording

On Tuesday, August 4th we held a zoom session for members to “meet and greet” our new executive secretary, Dr. Lakisha Lockhart. We’ve now made the video available at our YouTube channel for anyone else who’s interested in learning a bit more about Dr. Lockhart. Feedback is always welcomed either to our networking coordinator, or our new executive secretary!

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Islam and Western Secular Modernity: A Conversation with Nilüfer Göle

The Georgetown University Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs is hosting a zoom conversation with noted scholar Nilüfer Göle on Thursday, August 6th at 12:30pm EDT.

This free event requires a pre-registration, with details available on the event’s website.

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August 12th Teaching/Syllabus Brainstorming Session

Who is on your syllabus? What practices are you teaching? Are they current, relevant, representative of global voices and meeting the needs of students right now? We find ourselves in a very unknown place this fall. We will be teaching students, many online for the first time, during a global pandemic in a time of great racial injustice and resistance. Now, more than ever, it matters what we teach. It matters what voices are on our syllabi. It matters who we ask to guest lecture. It matters what practices we are engaging to stay connected virtually. No one person has all the answers, but if we can come together to brainstorm ideas, thoughts, readings, podcasts, video clips, practices and so much more we can all benefit from the wisdom of many to make our classes spaces of transformation this fall. We hope you can join us…we need your voice!

Join us on Wednesday August 12, 2020 at 9pm New York (10am Thursday in Seoul).

If interested, please register or copy and paste this link to register in advance for this meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0qc-mvrDstE9L8sz3DnWE8Z-eTLoQ_zvoA
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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