REA Annual Meeting 2021

5-9 July 2021, Online in Run The World

As scholars and practitioners of Religious Education and as members of the Religious Education Association, we approach teaching and learning as a holistic endeavor, and that is what often sets our work apart from other theological and religious fields. Taking the etymology of Religion and Education seriously, we engage people’s wholeness beyond their cognition for gaining information.

REA2021 invites participants to critically engage gender and sexuality as a fundamental way to pursue holistic religious teaching and learning. These are topics that are uncomfortable, difficult, or not encouraged, depending on contexts. We hope to avoid taking sides and, instead, explore the issues at stake, hold space for those in need, discuss topics with human wholeness in mind, and share healing and generative religious education models and approaches with one another.

See the call for papers for more about this theme, and read about the plenary speakers. You can also see the basic version of the schedule in a public form (more details available once you register).

Recent Updates

  • REA2021 Proceedings Available (posted on 9 July 2021 in Information)

    Our REA2021 Proceedings are now available. The proceedings include all the papers presented at Research Interest Group sessions during the conference.

  • Jordan plenary paper available (posted on 5 July 2021 in Information)

    We are sorry to announce that the plenary planned for Thursday, July 8th at 9:30am Eastern Time has been cancelled due to an unexpected illness. Please read what Dr. Mark Jordan was going to share with us, and he will join us at a later date this Fall to engage all of us in a ...

  • REA2021 Starts Tomorrow! (posted on 4 July 2021 in Information)

    We hope you are well and excited about our completely online REA Annual Meeting 2021 Gender, Sexuality, and Wholeness: Religious Education for Confrontation and Healing that begins tomorrow, July 5th! We wanted to share a few reminders as you make your plans: Everything kicks off tomorrow, July 5 at 9am Eastern Time with the Program Chair’s welcome, ...

  • Our meeting is about to begin! (posted on 4 July 2021 in Information)

    Excitement is building, as we are so close to the beginning of our meeting. Please make sure to read the papers ahead of the RIG sessions you are going to (linked in the schedule at this site), read through the business meeting materials prior to the business meeting (although note that some won’t go up ...

  • Updated schedule (posted on 28 May 2021 in Information)

    We are slowly populating the schedule with paper abstracts, full papers where available, and many more details. This page will be updated regularly, but you can subscribe to the ICS and that way whenever this is updated your calendar will also be update.

  • Basic schedule available (posted on 17 May 2021 in Information)

    As more and more speakers register, more and more sessions are becoming visible on the schedule of our meeting. You can see the basic public version here, and then register for more details.

  • Plenary speaker details (posted on 3 May 2021 in Information)

    Read the latest eREACH for detailed biographies and more information about dates/times of plenary speakers.

  • REA2021 going online (posted on 18 January 2021 in Information)

    Stay tuned for more details, but please note that today the REA Steering Committee decided to move our REA2021 full meeting online, due to continuing concerns with COVID-19. The deadline for proposals was shifted to January 31st, so keep in mind that your paper/panel/etc. will now need to take place in an online space. More details coming soonest!

  • CFP being extended (posted on 8 January 2021 in Information)

    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, but the precise deadline is still being formulated by the steering committee.

  • COVID-19 Update (posted on 11 May 2020 in Information)

    After careful consideration of all of the issues, and upon reaching the deadline past which the fees for cancelling a hotel contract become onerous, the REA Steering Committee has decided to postpone our annual meeting to 6-9 July 2021. In doing so we realize there are many things that will have to change, but we feel ...

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