Interfaith Summit on Happiness

A gift for the holidays: The Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University has put several recordings of presentations from the Interfaith Summit on Happiness up at YouTube.

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Parker Palmer Receives the Harper Award

Parker Palmer received the 2010 William Rainey Harper Award at the REA 2010 Annual Meeting. You can view the award honors including Mary Hess, Boyung Lee, Thomas Groome, Lucinda Huffaker, a letter from Craig Dykstra, and a few words from Parker Palmer himself.

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Performances of religion

Given some of the discussions at the annual meeting, this video might be of interest to several people. It was produced on an artist’s commission funded by Pavilion.

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Business meeting agenda

Here is the agenda for Tuesday afternoon’s business meeting, which will take place towards the second half of Plenary #6 (click on the links to see the documents):

I. Flowing Forward: generating possibilities from earlier Tuesday sessions

II. Review and approve minutes from 2009 Business Meeting

III. Budget Report and Vote (see Proposed 2011 Budget)

IV. Executive Secretary Report

V. Networking Coordinator Report

VI. Editor Report

VII. Archivist Report

VIII. Proposed By-Laws Changes and Vote. Please see the existing by-laws.

IX. Elections (see Nominations slate in registration packet)

X. 2011 Meeting Theme Announcement

XI. Retirements and Memorials

XII. Book Raffle

XIII. Adjournment

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And… we're off!

The meeting started with a short video meditation (which we’ll post later, when we have time to upload the whole thing). Our first plenary was TVbyGirls, represented by Rebecca Bullen, Molly Nemer, and Rachel Quednau. They showed clips of their film Undercover, and a panel composed of Claire Bischoff, Evelyn Parker, and Joyce Mercer responded. If our cameras worked, we’ll have video for you later, but for now check out their website.

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Preparing for Denver

One fun way to begin to get ready for our meeting in Denver might be to watch some digital short stories created by local residents. You could meet Carlos Fresquez, for example:

or listen to Tim Roessler tell a story about building a high rise:

or you might enjoy hearing from Karen Nakandakre about the Dragon Boat festival:

or Bess Turner fighting for integration of schools:

or Bill Tall Bull talk of his parents move to the area:

We’ll use one of these in our opening gathering sequence, but there many more at the Mile High Stories site.

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Nominations slate

These are the candidates being proposed by the Nominations Committee. If you would like to nominate another person for any of the positions, please ascertain his/her willingness to serve and then contact Maureen O’Brien at obrien at duq dot edu prior to the business meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9

  • Yolanda Smith (VP/Program Chair-Elect)
  • Kathy Winings (Recording Secretary)
  • Anabel Proffitt (Treasurer)
  • Joyce Mercer (Harper Committee)
  • Dean Manternach (Forum for RE in Public Life and Global Community)
  • Cindy Kissel-Ito (Forum for RE in Academic Disciplines and Institutions)
  • Aldona Lingertat (Forum for RE in Faith Communities)
  • Mary Hinton (At-large member)

Continue reading

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Papers are ready to read

Don’t forget that you can read many of the papers for REA 2010 before you arrive in Denver. In fact, if you plan to attend a Research Interest Group (RIG) we ask you to please read those papers before the meeting. Check our new Papers page for instructions on how to find these papers!

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Calling all task force chairs

This is a general “shout out” to anyone who’s been involved with chairing a task force. We’re trying to make sure we have rooms for each task force that’s continuing to meet, but we’re not sure we’ve heard from all of you. So: if you’re chairing one, please let Mary Hess (mhess at luthersem dot edu) know that you are, ASAP.

In the meantime, we’re excited to note that the Black Experience Task Force has plans to meet in Denver, and in particular will be engaging the topic: “Care, Colleagues, Classroom, and Congregation: The Black Self in Relationship.”

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2009 Business Meeting Minutes

The PDF version of the 2009 Business Meeting minutes is now available. Remember that these are last year’s minutes, and we’ll post the minutes from the business meeting this year once we have them.

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