Education, Purpose and Human Flourishing Uncertain Times

St. Anthony’s College in the University of Oxford is holding a series of seminars available online for free on the topic of “education, purpose, and human flourishing in uncertain times.” Dr. Hanan Alexander, REA’s president will be speaking on January 19th, with the specific topic “Dialogue between Science Education and Religious Education: Evolution Instruction, Pedagogy of Difference, and Human Flourishing.” He will be joined by Dr. Rachel Pear.

There are several other seminars in the series, and you can find extensive information, as well as the link to register, by downloading this flyer.

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CFP deadline being extended

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the call for proposals for REA2021 is being extended. At this point we know only that we will accept proposals at least until January 31st. The precise deadline is still being formulated by the steering committee.

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REA2021 CFP deadline near!

The deadline to submit a response to the REA2021 call for proposals is upon us. The deadline is January 8th, and it’s an online process. Details are available on the conference website. Please remember that you do not need to be a member to submit a proposal, but if your proposal is accepted you will need to join or renew your membership.

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From Lament to Advocacy

The 2020 REA Fall Gathering included a powerful panel discussion of the new book edited by Anne Streaty Wimberly, Nathaniel West, and Annie Lockhart-Gilroy: From Lament to Advocacy: Black Religious Education and Public Ministry (Foundry Books 2020). It was an energizing discussion, and the video is now up at our video site. We made sure it has clear captions, so it’s a great resource to use in many settings.

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Claremont: Interreligious Ed position

Claremont School of Theology wishes to welcome to their faculty a creative and productive scholar and teacher in Interreligious Education, preferably a person who has experiential grounding in a tradition other than Christianity. The position is full-time and tenured/tenure-track at the assistant or associate professor level.

The position is as of August 1, 2021, and more details are available online.

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Mary Elizabeth Moore’s “last lecture”

The Boston University School of Theology (STH) presents Dean Mary Elizabeth Moore’s Last Lecture, the final public lecture of her 12-year deanship at STH. A post-lecture conversation on the significance of her lecture and academic work with Boyung Lee and Almeda Wright, two of her former students, will follow. Join us as we honor the exceptional scholarship and indelible leadership of Dean Moore one more time!

The lecture will be live streamed via zoom on December 10th at 7 pm EST. Please download the flyer for the details — and please help us share it widely!

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USMC: Keenan Chair

The University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto seeks to fill the Keenan Chair in Religious Education. Applications for the chair — rank of assistant, associate, or full — will be accepted until the January 15, 2021 deadline. Note that the successful applicant will have a PhD in theological studies.

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BC tenure track position in RE and Contextual ed

Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry (STM) seeks to appoint a tenure-track professor in Religious Education with a focus in youth and young adult faith. The professor in this position also oversees the Contextual Education Program; rank is open. This appointment will be within the STM’s Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry (DREPM), to begin Fall 2021. More information on Boston College, the School of Theology and Ministry, and the position can be found here. Deadline is January 29, 2021.

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Christian Education, Union Presbyterian, tenure track

Union Presbyterian Seminary announces a position in Christian Education at the rank of assistant or associate, tenure track.

The person appointed to this position will be based in Richmond and will teach courses on both the Richmond and Charlotte campuses, as well as across all degree programs and platforms, and through in-person, hybrid, and distance formats. The candidate is expected to be a generalist who will offer courses that meet core competency requirements and electives in areas of professional interest. The primary focus in teaching is the preparation of pastors and educators for ministry in diverse congregations and non-parish contexts through engagement with contextual pedagogies and reflective practice. The person will be expected to make significant scholarly contributions to the field through research and writing and participate in appropriate academic guilds. The new faculty member will have academic advising responsibilities and collaborate with departmental colleagues for new course development, program assessment and the ongoing work of the Global Mission Center for Christian Education. The person will serve as a seminary resource to congregations, denominational entities, and Christian education related organizations.

More information is available, and you may also contact Ken McFayden, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean, Richmond Campus, Union Presbyterian Seminary, 3401 Brook Road, Richmond, Virginia 23227. Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2021.

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Lifelong learning survey

The Association of Lifelong Learning in Ministry (ALLLM), the professional guild supporting directors in lifelong learning — and REA’s related learning organization — is launching a research project. The goal? To map the landscape of continuing education in North America for the first time in nearly 40 years – and they need our help!

Phase 1 of the research project is a survey designed to give an overview of lifelong learning initiatives – who is leading them, how they are structured, what they provide. What we know right now is that these programs exist in a variety of locations – seminaries and theological schools; denominational judicatories; and conference, camp, and retreat centers. What we don’t have is a single, comprehensive database with all of the program directors.

You can contribute to the success of the survey in two ways.

If you are a leader in lifelong learning / continuing education, please access the survey.

Send this post to people who might be off our radar screen – but whom you know to be leading such a program.

With our help, ALLLM hopes to construct a comprehensive map of who is engaged in this educational work, where they are doing it, and how it is unfolding. This will help them as a guild support and advocate for this work more effectively. Current data indicates that the future of theological education might well be in such non-degree and alternative educational programs – and this research will be crucial in ALLLM’a ability to scaffold such a future.

All responses to the survey will be held in the strictest confidence, and any survey responses used in reporting will not identify the respondent or their institution unless express permission has been granted. Phase 2 will include interviews from among those who have granted permission to be contacted.

Thank you for your support in this important work! And please contact Helen Blier, ALLLM member and Lead Researcher at hblier [at] pts [dot] edu or Sarah Erickson, President of ALLLM at ericksons [at] ctsnet [dot] edu if you have any questions.

Helen Blier, PhD, Lead Researcher
Director of Continuing Education, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Sarah Erickson, DEdMin, President, ALLLM Executive Committee
Director of Lifelong Learning, Columbia Theological Seminary

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