2017 Business Meeting Materials

The 2017 Business Meeting will be held following the reception on Friday later afternoon. Please make sure you have read the reports listed here, because we will be using a consent agenda for the first time. As you will see from the Business Meeting Agenda, currently the following items are on the consent agenda:

2016 Business Meeting minutes
2017 Business Meeting agenda
Slate of nominees
Executive Secretary’s report
Treasurer’s report
Networking Secretary’s report
Proposed changes to the by-laws
REA Balance Sheet (with previous year comparison)
REA 2018 proposed budget
REA Revenue and Expenses

A consent agenda is a process whereby items which generally do not elicit much conversation are presented to the membership in advance of the meeting. Then, at the meeting itself, these items are clustered together in a format that makes clear that they are on the consent agenda. The chair of the meeting inquires of the membership if there are any items they would like moved from the consent agenda to the regular agenda, thus allowing for discussion of them. Any member may ask for something to be moved, and one request is all that is necessary for that movement. Any items remaining on the consent agenda are adopted in whole as they are presented.

This is a mechanism that makes it possible to move through items more quickly, thus creating more room for substantial discussion of items that truly require discussion.

The Association-wide Survey will be discussed at the Business meeting. For this part of the meeting you will find the following document useful:

Final Report from the 2017 Association-wide Survey

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Please read papers in advance!

Excitement is growing as our meeting approaches (next week in St. Louis!).

Given how collaborative and collegial our RIG sessions are, it is important to read the papers or outlines in advance of each session. Some find it easiest to do so by clicking on the link in Sched in the session you’re going to (you can download papers directly from that link, specific to the session). Other find it easier to download the entire Proceedings and read them there. However you do it — please make sure to read in advance.

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Dr. Fatih Koca to offer music

We are excited and very pleased to note that Dr. Fatih Koca, the leader of Bismallah (the Divinity faculty music group at Ankara). He plans to join  us with his instruments, oud/ lute and reed flute. He will offer mystical songs on the value of  encountering each other.


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Share our meeting flyers!

Plans continue for our next annual meeting to be held November 3-5 in St. Louis, Missouri. We now have two versions of a flyer that you can download and print, or send to friends and colleagues electronically.

This is a great way to start a conversation about our organization, and invite people to join us for the meeting.

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Early registration now open

Early registration for the 2017 REA Annual Meeting is now open. Early bird rates are only available through September 22nd, so be sure to register before the deadline. Once registered you will receive an invitation to Sched, where you can update your personal profile. In late July we will send another email via Sched inviting your to sign up for specific paper sessions, and other elements of the meeting. Join us for this exciting conference!

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Pope Francis urges encounter

In a startling move, Pope Francis does a TED talk. It’s a beautiful exhortation of the value of encounter — such a pertinent theme for this conference!

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Call for Proposals process now open

We are excited to announce that the submission process for proposing Research Interest Group papers, collaborative sessions, and poster presentations is now open and available on this website. Please remind people that you do not have to be a member to make a proposal, but once your proposal is accepted you must be a member to present. Please share this news widely! Note the final deadline of May 1, 2017.

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An Invitation

Please bring us your experiences how encounter embedded in your ways of learning, the practices by this learning conveyed and the understanding which is behind.

Let us rediscover our own faith and the faith of our neighbour!

Let us talk to each other, to celebrate the richness of diversity and learn from each other the benefit of intercultural and interreligious exchange.

Let us enhance our common ground and respect differences!

Let us work together for the strides that still need to be made to respect human dignity and human rights!

Let us cultivate our imaginations, visions and practices towards self and other!

Let us speak our wisdom in the wider world and work together for a world where inclusion difference and uniqueness can be lived in a common place.

Let us impact the world we share!

“My heart has become capable of every form;
It is a pasture for gazelles and a convent for Christian monks,
and a temple for idols and the pilgrim’s Ka‘ba,
and the tables of the Torah and the book of the Qur’an.
I follow the religion of Love:
whatever way Love’s camels take, that is my religion and my faith!”

Ibn Arabi (d.1240)

Please visit our Call for Papers.

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