Explore REA governance proposals with the Board

Save the dates! The REA Steering Committee of the Board invites you to a live conversation via zoom of the governance proposals which will be voted upon in our November meeting. The first of two such zoom meetings will be July 18th (next Thursday) at 2 pm eastern time US, using this zoom link.

We will also be holding a session on September 5th at 3 pm eastern time US. More details for that session will be forthcoming here, but save the dates/times.

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Interfaith Leadership and Religious Literacy grant competition

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation is actively seeking proposals on interfaith leadership and religious literacy. Please see the extensive information available at their website.

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Announcing Thomas Groome’s Latest Book, Faith for the Heart: A “Catholic” Spirituality

Leading Catholic religious education scholar and longtime REA member Thomas Groome recently published a new book entitled Faith for the Heart: A “Catholic” Spirituality (Paulist Press, June 2019). He is convinced that it may be his “best ever,” especially for the challenges to educating-in-faith in our increasingly secular age. Tom reflects:

 “I wrote Faith for the Heart especially for the ‘nones,’ for the ‘spiritual but not religious,’ and for anyone challenged in their faith at this time. I’m convinced that engaging the hungers of the heart is key to sustaining people’s spiritual journey and to realizing (perhaps anew) that life lived with faith is far more rewarding than life without it.  While faith requires both the ‘heart’ and the ‘head,’ of course, I believe that in this postmodern age, we must turn again to the heart to engage with the truths, values and spiritual wisdom of Christian faith.

“I deliberately wrote the book in non-technical language and a readable style that should make it pleasant reading. It also has a built-in pedagogy that makes it an ideal text for group reflection and conversation, as well as undergraduate teaching. And ‘Catholic’ in quotes in the subtitle signals that while it arises out of the deep treasury of Catholic Christian faith – my own abiding resource – people in any faith community can benefit from its spiritual wisdom to enrich their own.” 

See this flyer for more information.

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Ideas Requested for 2019 Catholic COP Meeting at REA

At the November 2018 meeting of the Catholic Community of Practice in Washington, we decided to focus on the clergy sex abuse crisis for our 2019 discussion. (See 2018 minutes.) Please generate your creative ideas for the shape this meeting might take, and either post them as comments here, or email them to the COP convenor at obrien [at] duq [dot] edu. For example: you might suggest focusing questions for our reflection, helpful readings, members who might offer opening remarks to spark conversation, etc. Please indicate if you are willing to help plan the session as well.

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Wornom Innovation Grant Applications Encouraged: Deadline Sept. 15th

Summer is a great time to be creative! Apply for a Wornom Innovation Grant to get funding for your good ideas. This is a $3,500 award for innovative religious education projects and initiatives that further knowledge and deepen the practice of religious education, or that expand the field of religious education to a new area that is not traditionally associated with religious education. The annual application deadline is September 15. Awardees will be invited to present their work at the following year’s REA conference. Review the guidelines and apply online. Professors and mentors: please pass this on your graduate students and others you are guiding in developing projects.

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Pastoral Studies, St. Andrew’s College, SK

St. Andrew’s College in Saskatoon invites applications for a full-time ten-month limited term teaching appointment in Pastoral Studies, commencing 1 August 2019. The successful candidate will have academic qualifications in Pastoral Studies or a related field (Ph.D. or Th.D. degree or equivalent completed or near completion), knowledge and competence in congregational worship leadership, knowledge and critical appreciation of worship practices and ethos of The United Church of Canada. Deadline to apply is June 28, more details online.

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Part time Protestant advisor, Amherst College

Amherst College invites applications for the Protestant Advisor (Casual Position, No Benefits) position. Details online.

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Pedagogies in Dialogue conference

The Warwick Center for Educational Studies announces the 4th Warwick Islamic Education Summer School: “Pedagogies in Dialogue:
Engaging traditions of human formation in educational cultures of Islam and the West,” taking place 27-29 August 2019 at the University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom. It will be convened by Dr Abdullah Sahin. More details available online.

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Chris Ed Network series

Dr. Diane Shallue, long time member of the REA and past president of the Lutheran Association of Christian Educators (now the Christian Education Network of the ELCA) invites REA members to join her in a shared reflection on the five gifts of discipleship. The free series of zoom events begins May 30th. More information available online.

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DRE opening in Fort Huachuca, AZ

There is a full-time opening for a director of religious education at Fort Huachuca, AZ. Deadline to apply is May 15th, and details are available online.

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