REA Annual Meeting 2019

Coexistence in Divided Societies:
Pedagogies of the Sacred, of Difference, and of Hope

1-3 November 2019, Toronto, ON

Please note that everything on this REA2019 site is a draft awaiting approval of the REA Board in November.

A growing chasm exists in democracies around the world today in which people of diverse religious and spiritual persuasions find it increasingly difficult to communicate across their differences in order to live together in a common civil society. These differences are often tied to political ideology, ethical orientation, moral proclivity, cultural identity, nationality, race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and more. Tensions between two trends in education for religious and spiritual affiliation, which are often conceived as more and less liberal, have contributed greatly to this chasm.

The theme of this year’s REA conference addresses varieties of religious and spiritual education that promote dialogue across these deep and apparently incommensurable divisions. Included among these educational approaches are ‘pedagogies of the sacred’ that initiate people into religious and spiritual traditions, from the inside, as it were, as well as ‘pedagogies of difference’ that teach from and about those traditions from the outside, so to say. Taken together they offer a pedagogy of hope that educates for peaceful coexistence across the chasm that currently plagues many democratic societies around the globe.

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  • Flyers for REA2019 (posted on 26 October 2018 in Information)

    Plans are under way for our REA Annual Meeting 2019 to be held November 1-3 in Toronto, Ontario. We now have two versions of a flyer that you can download and print, or send to friends and colleagues electronically. Color version of REA2019 flyer, best if you are sharing electronically or printing in color. Black and ...

  • Welcome to the REA2019 site (posted on 20 September 2018 in Information)

    This website is being launched in time to share with members at REA2018. Please remember that everything here is still in draft form until the REA Board meets and approves the theme and call. Feel free to let us know of any issues you see with the site any time.

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