Recording from Fall Gathering available

For those of you who were unable to join us for this year’s informal fall gathering on November 3rd, Drs. Mark Jordan and Lucila Crena gave us permission to record the presentation and make it available to you. Please note that the paper they refer to is the one Dr. Jordan offered for our July 2021 meeting, but was unable to present live at that time.

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Congregational Organizer for Environmental Justice

The Minneapolis synod of the ELCA is seeking to hire a full-time congregational organizer for environmental justice. This position draws on the tradition of professional community organizing methodology, facilitated through the institution of the Lutheran church. It is centered on building a network of relationships among congregational leaders that can be organized for effective and strategic change on issues of environmental and climate justice.

More details are available online.

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Flyer to Announce REA2022

Please download and post this flyer with details about the REA Annual Meeting 2022, Becoming Good Ancestors. Feel free to send it to your colleagues or post on social media.

Color 8.5 x 11 inch flyer:

Black and white 8.5 x 11 inch flyer (best when making plain copies):

Widescreen JPEG for use on slides:

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REA Staff position in inclusive excellence

REA is seeking a part-time Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer (DEI Officer). This individual would be someone with interest, commitments and expertise in creating diverse, inclusive, and equitable spaces and events. This individual would be someone with interest and expertise in connections among diverse groups of individuals – through social media, pop-up workshops, and other events —a colleague in religious education who will enable REA members and friends to not only see and understand the necessity of diversity, inclusion and equity work, but to experience it in action through various events, conversations, and organizational actions.

The DEI Officer will collaborate with the REA leadership to assess the need for, and recommend and/or lead training initiatives on racial justice, cultural diversity, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values. The DEI Officer, working closely and collaboratively with the president, REA leadership and the staff, would also make sure that REA’s leadership make-up, programs, and operations embody its declared diverse, equitable and inclusive commitments. The DEI officer will help with building more inclusive and equitable relationships across our current membership and with other groups and organizations, providing leadership in hosting regional gatherings and listening sessions, and naming areas where diversity, equity and inclusion are needed.

Time commitment would be approximately 15 hours each month, plus REA Board & Steering Committee meetings and the Annual Meeting. This position reports to the Board of Directors. Many more details are available online.

Deadline to apply is Dec. 20, 2021. Please send a resume and cover letter via email to secretary [at] religiouseducation [dot] net.  

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LGBTQ+ and Allies Working Group Zoom Gathering (Nov 13, 2021)

The LGBTQ+ and Allies Working Group will be having an informal gathering via Zoom on November 13, 2021 (9.00-10.30AM, Central Time USA, Chicago). As a newly formed working group, we are looking forward to having more people join us. We welcome all who share in our hope of being a think-tank for queering religious education, as well as provide collegial support to LGBTQ+ religious educators & scholars. If you would like to participate in our online gathering on Nov 13 but are not in our mailing list, please email either one of your friendly coordinators: Robin (rferguson002 [at] luthersem [dot] edu) or Alfred (aplit [dot] tutor [at] gmail [dot] com).

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Yale: Christian Spirituality

Yale Divinity School invites applications for a tenure-track/tenured faculty position in Christian Spirituality to begin July 1, 2022. The rank of the appointment is open. Yale Divinity School provides an ecumenical environment in which students are prepared for ordained and lay ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of professional careers, including additional advanced degrees in academic and professional schools, not-for-profit work, and public service.

More details as well as information on how to apply are available online.

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Wabash Center: Associate Director posting

The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion has just posted a position description for an associate director. More information is available online.

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Gabriel Moran, RIP

We are saddened to note that Gabriel Moran died on October 15th. His obituary is available online, and we will be sharing more of his legacy as the year goes on. Many of us remember him with great respect and fondness, and note that his scholarly contributions continue to sustain the field.

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Gabriel Moran, 15 October 2021

We mourn the passing of Gabriel Moran on October 15 of 2021. A full obituary was published in the New York Times, and Kieran Scott offered this graveside reflection:

Friends, Sisters, Brothers and Colleagues,
It is good for us to be here.

We have been privileged and honored, to be included in “the great cloud of witnesses,” that have accompanied Gabriel in life and now in his death.

We have been deeply blessed to live life in his presence.
He has left an indelible mark on all our lives.

Gabriel was our godly teacher. He has shown us how to live life with integrity (in so many ways), and now he has shown us how to die…with faithfulness.

We may never witness the like of him again in our lifetime. He was one of a kind.

He has shown us how to live uniquely into the fullness of life.

Gabriel was a compassionate humanist, a contemplative, a daily mystic. His guiding light was: all is sacramental.
He was a living sacrament to us.

What more can be said? We are left nearly speechless… in deep silence.
And, yet, Gabriel would insist: we need to use words, human language.

As our wise teacher, he shows us how to use the miracle of language in all its depth and breath. He taught us the history and geography of some of the key words in our human civilization.

We now stop – in-our tracks – when we see (on a page) or hear (in a speech) the words:
Responsibility, uniqueness, America, teaching, religious, education, adulthood, and of course, Revelation.

He revealed to us how these words (in all their depth and breath) are what makes us uniquely human. 
A few weeks before Gabriel died, I had a phone conversation with him about a passage in his last book. I asked for some clarification – i.e. if he was up-to-it?
Oh, was he up to it! He came alive! His brilliant mind was still alert and crystal clear.
After simply and profoundly attending to my inquiry, I said to him:
“Gabe, you are very, very orthodox – you are and have always been a correct believer.”

He chuckled, and we laughed knowingly together-
how true it was.

As our teacher(of wisdom), he showed us how to be traditional – honoring the best of what has gone before us and discarding what has become stale and antiquated.
He reached down deep into our tradition to retrieve its richest wisdom so as to refashion and reshape it in light of our human experience.

Hemingway wrote: “Courage is grace under pressure “.
Gabriel exemplified that courage all his life.

So, on this very sad occasion, we deeply mourn his passing with Mary, his sister, his nieces and nephews, his extended family, his close friends and all his DeLaSalle brothers.
We pray and trust that in his death “a terrible beauty is born,” and 
that his spirit will unite with the Great Spirit and the spirit of his beloved Maria.

So, as we lay his mortal body to rest, may his spirit be resurrected and incarnated in our bodily and communal lives.

Together we trust and believe his presence will not end with his death.

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Watch and share Rita Nakashima Brock’s plenary

For those of you who were not able to join in the REA2021 annual meeting, held online this year in Run The World, you can now watch the plenary sessions at our YouTube site. As you watch Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock’s plenary — “Gender and sexuality oppression and spiritual healing for moral trauma” — know that you can also access her slide deck here, with her gracious and generous permission.

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