REA COVID-19 update

As the world struggles to respond to the challenges arising from COVID-19, REA wants you to know that we, too, are seeking to respond in ways that are faithful to our commitments and mission.

It is not yet clear whether we will be able to hold our full meeting in person in November, but whatever the future holds we will find ways to connect and to share our research. Towards that end, we are announcing that the Call for Proposals submission process for the 2020 meeting is now available on our website — but we are shifting the deadline to submit from our typical May 15th to July 1st. 

We hope by then the way forward will be clearer. In the meantime, please know that the REA Steering Committee is meeting monthly, and welcomes any ideas/suggestions/concerns you want to send.

We urge you to do all that you can to promote community and relationship in this time of physical distancing and global worries.

Peace to all of you, a peace which passes all understanding and cannot be contained solely in our human hearts.

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Assist. Prof. Formation and Supervision

Memphis Theological Seminary seeks a full-time, tenure track faculty member to serve as Assistant Professor of Formation and Supervised Ministry. The faculty member will direct and teach in the spiritual formation and supervised ministry programs and will also work in collaboration with the Center for Faith and Imagination. Preference will be given to applicants with a terminal degree (PhD preferred but DMin acceptable) in a practical theological discipline, such as Pastoral Care, Christian Education, Practical Theology, Congregational Studies, Spiritual Formation, or Christian Leadership. Applicants with proven ministry experiences in congregational or clinical settings will receive special consideration. We welcome all qualified applicants, especially those from underrepresented populations. Send letter of application, vita, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference electronically to Dr. Peter Gathje, VPAA/Dean, formationsearch [at] memphisseminary [dot] edu. Review of applications will begin March 30, 2020.

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IAPT July 2021: Coping with Crisis

The International Association for Practical Theology has announced their 2021 conference, to be held in July of 2021: Coping with crisis: Hospitality, security, and the search for faithful connections. The Call for Papers is open through September. Please see their website for more details.

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Children’s Spirituality Summit

“Spiritual Formation of Children: Personal, Communal, Cultural”
JUNE 8-10, 2020 / Children’s Spirituality Summit at Lipscomb University, Nashville, TN

The Children’s Spirituality Summit brings together children’s ministers, developmental psychologists, spiritual formation leaders, lay leaders, pastors, teachers, sociologists, parents, and theologians from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions to collectively explore children’s spiritual formation.

More information is available online.

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Fellowship: Revitalize Pedagogy in Christian Higher Education

The Yale Center for Faith & Culture (YCFC), with the generous support of the Texas Methodist Foundation, is now accepting applications from educators at institutions of Christian higher education, to serve as Pedagogy Fellows for the Pedagogy of Christ & Being Human project. 

The deadline to apply for this $6000 fellowship is April 1st. Most details are available in their online site.

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Professor of World Christianity, Nazarene Seminary

Nazarene Theological Seminary is seeking applicants for a full-time, open-rank, professor of World Christianity. Position is open until filled with a start date as early as August 2020.

Candidates must hold (or be near completion of) a terminal degree, preferably a Ph.D. or Th.D., and have a record of excellence in teaching, scholarship, and ecclesial practice. Ideal candidates will have a corresponding specialization in the History of Christianity or Theology from which to engage one or more aspects of World Christianity (global theologies, history of Christian movements, etc.). Familiarity with or expertise in global developments of Methodism, Holiness movements, and/or evangelicalism will be advantageous.

Responsibilities will include teaching graduate introductory and specialized courses, advising Doctor of Ministry students, and participation in the spiritual formation of students. NTS faculty teach in online/hybrid and traditional formats and have standard teaching loads of 6 courses per year. Candidates should demonstrate familiarity with changing ministerial contexts and innovative approaches to teaching and Christian practice.

Nazarene Theological Seminary is a graduate school of theology in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition that prepares women and men—academically, professionally, and spiritually—for ministry in various contexts. As part of its mission, NTS seeks to be a theological resource to the Church of the Nazarene (a global denomination with approx. 75% of its membership outside North America) and the broader Christian Church. NTS offers four master’s degrees, a Doctor of Ministry degree, and various courses and events through its Center for Pastoral Leadership. Candidates must share a Wesleyan perspective and affirm the theological identity and mission of NTS. To learn more about NTS visit www.nts.edu

Application Process:

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. NTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae with a list of at least three references
  • 500-word statement that describes the candidate’s pedagogical approach and scholarly agenda

Please submit all materials electronically to: HR [at] nts [dot] eduHR [at] nts [dot] edu. Please include “Faculty position – YOUR NAME” as the subject line. Questions regarding the position should be directed to both Dr. David Wesley, Chair of the Search Committee, and Dr. Josh Sweeden, Dean of the Faculty.

Dr. David Wesley, Professor of Intercultural Studies: dwwesley [at] nts [dot] edudwwesley [at] nts [dot] edu

Dr. Josh Sweeden, Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Church and Society: jsweeden [at] nts [dot] edujsweeden [at] nts [dot] edu

Nazarene Theological Seminary

1700 E. Meyer Blvd.

Kansas City, MO 54131


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Design thinking as support for the Wornom Innovation grants

During the 2019 REA Annual Meeting, Dr. Sarah Tauber (chair of the Harper Wornom committee) offered a workshop on design thinking as support for the Wornom Innovation grant process. She has graciously made available her powerpoint slides from that workshop.

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Science and Religious Education in Divided Societies

One aspect of our current social divides involves a raging debate over the possibility of “post-truth,” “alternative facts,” and “fake news.” Among other issues, this debate revolves around the proper relation between empirical evidence, on the hand, and various political, cultural, and religious narratives, on the other. One way to consider this debate is by addressing relations between science and religion.

The final plenary of the REA 2019 annual conference featured the theme: “Science and Religious Education in Divided Societies.” The panel of speakers for this session included Michael Reiss, Anglican Priest and Professor of Science Education at University College, London, and President of the International Society for Science and Religion, and Sybrina Atwaters, Director: OMED Educational Services at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Rachel Pear, Research Fellow at the University of Haifa, and Anila Asghar of McGill University.

The moderator for the session was Ari Y. Kelman, Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Education.

The speakers have graciously made their powerpoint slides available, and you can access them by their names: Michael Reiss, Sybrina Atwaters, Rachel Pear, Anila Asghar.

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Education for co-existence: Pedagogies of the sacred, of difference, and of hope

The fourth plenary from the 2019 Religious Education Association annual meeting, held in Toronto, ON from November 1-3 was scheduled to be the Presidential Address. Due to health challenges, the REA Program Chair and incoming President, Hanan Alexander of the University of Haifa, was unable to deliver his address. Instead, his colleague and friend, Marc Silverman, of Hebrew University, read Dr. Alexander’s paper, entitled “Education for co-existence: Pedagogies of the sacred, of difference, and of hope.”

Following this paper, HyeRan Kim-Cragg, Timothy Eaton Memorial Associate Professor of Preaching, Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, and Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, offered responses.

Boyung Lee, Academic Dean and Professor of Practical Theology, Iliff School of Theology, moderated the session.

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Disrupting the consequences of difficult histories through education

The third plenary from the Religious Education Association’s annual meeting, held in Toronto, ON November 1-3, 2019 was entitled “Disrupting the consequences of difficult histories through education” and featured Greer Anne Wenh-In Ng, Emerita professor of religious education, Emmanuel College in Victoria University in the University of Toronto, and Tsafrir Goldberg, Senior lecturer, University of Haifa. Katherine Turpin, Professor of Practical Theology and Religious Education Director of the Master of Divinity Program, Iliff School of Theology was the moderator for the session.

Tsafrir Goldberg has graciously made his powerpoint slides available.

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