REA2021 Schedule

Click on any session for more details, and click on the paper titles to read the papers In our REA2021 Proceedings.

Times are in the America/New_York timezone.

Monday, 5 July
9:00 am EDT
Welcome
REA
Boyung Lee, Boyung Lee
Monday, 5 July, 9:00 am - 9:30 am EDT - Enter the Session

Annual Meeting welcome with Program Chair, Dr. Boyung Lee

Monday, 5 July
10:00 am EDT
REA Orientation & Lightning Talks
REA
Lakisha Renee Lockhart, Mary E. Hess
Monday, 5 July, 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT - Enter the Session
Monday, 5 July
11:30 am EDT
Domestic Violence and the Classroom: Stories & Strategies for Religious Educators
Sponsored
Tawana Davis
Monday, 5 July, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Screening of a special Healing the Healers: Domestic Violence event tailored to the needs of religious education, seminary classrooms and chaplaincy training spaces, educators shared trauma-informed teaching practices for navigating the complex issue of domestic violence, equipping leaders to respond to victims and survivors, even amidst the skyrocketing rates of violence during and after the pandemic.

Rev. Tawana Davis, Soul 2 Soul Sisters

Dr. Danjuma Gibson, Calvin Theological Seminary

Rev. Dr. Katie Givens Kime, Odyssey Impact

Rev. Dr. Sally MacNichol, CONNECT: Safe Families, Peaceful Communities

Dr. Kate Ott, Drew University

Sponsored by Odyssey Impact.

Monday, 5 July
1:00 pm EDT
Contemplative Pedagogies
RIG
Annie Lockhart-Gilroy, Carmichael Crutchfield, Brian T. Blackmore
Monday, 5 July, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Carmichael Crutchfield (Memphis Theological Seminary)

This paper proposes that contemplative pedagogy is a way to break the silence on the subject of sexuality within the church. The paper will specifically address the needs of African American adolescents relating to sexuality/gender identity The paper will present various contemplative pedagogies and examine and explore strengths and weaknesses. Special attention will be given to the pedagogy of mindfulness.

This paper will address the African American church’s silence in its preaching/tea teaching as it relates to sexuality and how this affects ID formation in African American adolescents.

Brian T. Blackmore (Westtown School)

This paper presents observations from teaching a non-devotional secondary level course on Religion, Gender, and Sexuality. The author traces the evolution of the course from a traditions based approach, which tends to essentialize the ways that religions have related to gender and sexuality, to an approach which foregrounds the diversity of thought within and between religious traditions. Comparing two pedagogical models reveals the approach which emphasized the complexity within religions generated greater opportunities for students to practice critical thinking and self-reflection.

Monday, 5 July
3:00 pm EDT
Catholic Community of Practice
REA
Charles S. Chesnavage, Maureen O'Brien
Monday, 5 July, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Charles Chesnavage, "Digital Stories as a Creative Assignment for Studying World Religions". This presentation will show and explore some digital stories and analyze the digital stories with implicit or explicit religious themes chosen by students.

Monday, 5 July
4:00 pm EDT
Masters and Doctoral Student Gathering
REA
Gina Robinson
Monday, 5 July, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

First 30 minutes will be focussed on Master's students, the last 90 minutes will be focussed on Doctoral students.

Monday, 5 July
6:00 pm EDT
AANARE Working Group Meeting
REA
Heesung Hwang
Monday, 5 July, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

The Asian and Asian North America Religious Educator (AANARE) Work Group welcomes everybody who is interested in the exploration, development, and enhancement of Asian/Asian North American perspectives in religious education. As a Working Group of the REA/APRRE, we gather to provide one another collegial support and to stimulate thinking and discussion for the generation of new scholarship and resources.

Monday, 5 July
8:00 pm EDT
Affirming Women's Experiences
RIG
Jennifer Ayres, Garam Han, Dori Grinenko Baker, Emily Paige Jendzejec
Monday, 5 July, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Garam Han (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)

The groaning of women in the Korean #MeToo movement is a warning to an androcentric society, one that has challenged individual abuse and also social diseases. Unfortunately, many Korean churches have failed to recognize the importance of engaging justice movements like #MeToo and have participated in the unjust system by maintaining silence or/and oppressing women. I argue Korean Protestant churches, through Christian religious education that empowers women to own their voices and focus on their rights, has the potential to liberate these women holistically from unjust practices in society.

Dori Grinenko Baker (Forum for Theological Exploration)

Over the past 15 years, understandings of gender, sexuality, and race underwent massive evolution. New scholarship better describes how these constructs intersect to create privilege for some and deny it to others. Liberating images of God from limiting views – a primary goal of the 2005 book Doing Girlfriend Theology -- undergirds broader cultural work toward diversity and equity. The reboot "Girl/Friend Theology" welcomes voices that went missing, broadening this story-based, intergenerational set of practices for the spiritual and psychological flourishing of young adults.

Emily Paige Jendzejec (Boston College)

This paper engages the paradoxical reality that while many young adult women acknowledge gender inequality in the Catholic Church, they are negotiating ways to participate and resist from within the community of the faithful. This paper illustrates that an experience of ambivalence often manifests from the dialectical nature of this negotiation. Drawing from the work of Mary Bednarowski, this paper argues that ambivalence, cultivated as a virtue, can serve as a prophetic posture from which to participate in transforming the Church.

Monday, 5 July
9:30 pm EDT
Presidential Address
Plenary
Boyung Lee, Patrick B. Reyes
Monday, 5 July, 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Monday, 5 July
10:30 pm EDT
Reflection Time
REA
Patrick B. Reyes, Boyung Lee
Monday, 5 July, 10:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Daily time that will set aside to reflect on day with our Program Chair Dr. Boyung Lee.

Tuesday, 6 July
8:00 am EDT
Sex Education Revisited
RIG
Joyce Ann Mercer, Emily Kahm, Bernardus Agus Rukiyanto
Tuesday, 6 July, 8:00 am - 9:30 am EDT - Enter the Session
Emily Kahm (College of St. Mary)

This paper will examine why professors and religious educators who plan to facilitate discussions on sexual ethics or morality should also be prepared to teach “sex ed” content to their learners, who otherwise may have inconsistent or incomplete knowledge about the biological and emotional realities of sex and sexuality. This piece will propose three areas – vocabulary, pleasure, and risks and rewards of sexual expression – where teachers can offer informational knowledge that will scaffold learners’ critical thinking around sexuality, with examples of activities to facilitate discussion.

Bernardus Agus Rukiyanto (Sanata Dharma University)

This research is entitled “Sex Education in University: Insights from Sanata Dharma University, Yogyakarta, Indonesia.” The goal of this research is to give some insights how Sanata Dharma University develops character and sex education for young people amidst the challenges of sexual abuses that happen in society. This research applies qualitative approach. The research sample is limited to students of Sanata Dharma University. The result of this study are expected as insights for education institution how to develop sex education. Key words: sex eduction, character, religious education

Tuesday, 6 July
9:30 am EDT
Gender and Sexuality Oppression and Spiritual Healing for Moral Injury Trauma
Plenary
Rita Nakashima Brock, Denise Janssen
Tuesday, 6 July, 9:30 am - 11:00 am EDT - Enter the Session

Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock is a leading international expert on moral injury in combat veterans, and Senior Vice President and Director of the Shay Moral Injury Center at Volunteers of America. A noted religion scholar and the first Asian American woman earning a Ph.D. in Theology/Religion, Dr. Brock was the Founding Director of the Soul Repair Center at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, where she also was a Research Professor of Theology and Culture. Dr. Brock has made her slides available.

Tuesday, 6 July
11:30 am EDT
Board Meeting
Business
Hanan Alexander, Lakisha Renee Lockhart, Mary E. Hess
Tuesday, 6 July, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Closed to members of the Board

Tuesday, 6 July
11:30 am EDT
Domestic Violence and Faith Contexts: Supporting the Journey From Victim to Survivor
Sponsored
Tawana Davis
Tuesday, 6 July, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Screening of “Supporting the Journey From Victim to Survivor”, Episode 1 from Healing the Healers: Domestic Violence film series (29 min.), which features Rev. Tawana Davis speaking with mother and daughter clergy, Rev. Bonita Chase Darby, author of “Daughter Your Faith has Healed You” and Rev. Dr. Regina Groff, Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, about journeying through trauma and self-care as faith leaders. Following the screening, Rev. Davis will moderate a brief discussion with workshop participants. 

Sponsored by Odyssey Impact.

Tuesday, 6 July
2:00 pm EDT
Black Experience Working Group Meeting
REA
Annie Lockhart-Gilroy
Tuesday, 6 July, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

This is a meeting of the Black Experience Working Group. It is open to all who identify as black, African American, or part of the African diaspora.

Tuesday, 6 July
4:00 pm EDT
Queering Religious Education
RIG
John Falcone, Barbara E. Davis, Heesung Hwang
Tuesday, 6 July, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Barbara E. Davis (The First Presbyterian Church in the City of New York)

Religious Education is a diverse multi-disciplinary field. At first, it may seem as if queer theory and pedagogies are incompatible with religious education because of the historical discomfort with queerness within various religious practices. However, a fresh look at the definition of queer in relation to the current understanding of religious education reveals a deep connection. This paper will tease out the conflicts between religious education and queerness while ultimately showing not only how religious education can be queer but must be queer to reach its fullest potential.

Heesung Hwang (Chicago Theological Seminary)

This paper is based on the teaching experiences and insights I gained over the past two years while teaching LGBTQ+ identity development and advocacy to different groups. I taught two different groups: one group is LGBTQ+ seminarians, and the other group is Asian clergy allies. The wounds suffered from the religious culture and church education and the reconciliation process with their own body and faith are the source and reason for this research. This paper insists that a paradigm shift in faith communities and religious education is a priority to achieve the LGBTQ+ affirming environment.

Tuesday, 6 July
6:00 pm EDT
A Conversation of Boundaries of Affiliation
Collaborative Session
Patrick R Manning, Greg Baker, James Nagle, Theresa O'Keefe
Tuesday, 6 July, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Patrick R Manning (Seton Hall University)
Greg Baker
James Nagle (Xavier High School)
Theresa O'Keefe (Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry)

At the early decades of the 21st century there is a decreased likelihood that young people will claim affiliation within the Christian churches, a trend that has caused great apprehension within these churches. Rather than responding in fear, this panel seeks to address these issues more openly and holistically by posing questions such as, What does it mean for young people to be at the borders of our churches? What are our hopes for them? How does this impact ministry and catechesis? Panelists draw from their perspectives as scholars and practitioners of religious education and ministry.

Tuesday, 6 July
8:30 pm EDT
Renewing the Call for Justice
RIG
Mary Elizabeth Moore, Rondee Gaines, Carl Procario-Foley, Moon Son
Tuesday, 6 July, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Rondee Gaines (New York Theological Seminary)

This discussion will explore how Powell, Sr. and his son effectively developed and implemented a koinonia curriculum that served the black community, those associated with Abyssinian and beyond. Ministry, in the Powell legacy, intimated a livable womanist ethic of survival that seamlessly followed the highest Christian commandments: loving God, first with all of our heart and, secondly, loving each other as ourselves. the paper explores the religious education community approaches of Adam Clayton Powell, Sr. and Jr.

Carl Procario-Foley (Iona College)

The World Synod of Catholic Bishop’s 1971 document, “Justice in the World,” is often revered for its bold articulation that “action on behalf of justice is a constitutive dimension of the preaching of the Gospel.” In its jubilee year, it is timely to assess the relevance of this document today especially as religious educators address behemoths of injustice such as racism, sexism, and many forms of inequality. In highlighting gaps in the church’s approach to racial justice, this paper examines how lessons learned from the past 50 years might guide future implementation of this important teach

Moon Son (Yonsei University)

This study focuses on the vulnerability of our society and environment under the Covid-19 pandemic. The medical descriptions about severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus disease 2019 provide the serious manifestation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and a new resilient hope of its vaccination. Moreover, with the perspective of feminist practical theology, the author explores a resilient possibility to reconstitute an ecological relationship between our society and environment.

Tuesday, 6 July
10:30 pm EDT
Reflection Time and Connecting Among International Participants
REA
Patrick B. Reyes, Boyung Lee
Tuesday, 6 July, 10:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Daily time that will set aside to reflect on day with our Program Chair Dr. Boyung Lee.

Wednesday, 7 July
7:00 am EDT
Religious Education in Academic Disciplines & Institutions Standing Committee
REA
Jos De Kock
Wednesday, 7 July, 7:00 am - 8:00 am EDT - Enter the Session

This Standing Committee focuses on the engagement in and advancement of religious education in academic disciplines and in schools, colleges, universities, and graduate schools of religion and theology.

Wednesday, 7 July
8:00 am EDT
Questioning Texts & Media
RIG
Dave Csinos, Ashar Johnson Khokhar, Aybiçe Tosun
Wednesday, 7 July, 8:00 am - 9:30 am EDT - Enter the Session
Ashar Johnson Khokhar (Forman Christian College (A Chartered University))

This study reviews the content of the Islamic education and Ethics taught to pupils at classes 9 and 10 and published by the state Textbook Boards. The textbook content analysis method is used to analyse and study textbooks. The textbook content was analysed using the following criteria; (a) positive self-concept; (b) good health and compassion (inner peace); (c) tolerance, solidarity and social responsibility (social peace); (d) respect for life in all its forms (e) care for the environment (peace with nature).

Aybiçe Tosun (Eskisahir Osmangazi University)

Textbooks are important means for transmitting behaviours, attitudes and ideas about gender and gender equality. Representation gender in educational materials are highly significant for students perceptions on gender issues. Compulsory religious education in Turkey has problematic debates about gender equality. This study use critical feminist discourse analysis to analyze religious education textbooks. The textbooks which written by Ministry of Education include gender stereotypes, picture woman in traditional roles and relate woman to concepts of compassion, love, care, and self sacrifice.

Wednesday, 7 July
10:00 am EDT
Business Meeting
REA
Hanan Alexander, Lakisha Renee Lockhart, Mary E. Hess
Wednesday, 7 July, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

The Business Meeting is open to all members of REA. Please review the Business Meeting materials to learn more about the adgenda and the decisions which will be made at the meeting.

Wednesday, 7 July
12:00 pm EDT
Domestic Violence and Faith Contexts: Spiritual Care for Survivors
Sponsored
Tawana Davis
Wednesday, 7 July, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Screening of “Spiritual Care for Survivors: Tools and Resources”, Episode 2 from Healing the Healers: Domestic Violence film series (30 min.) which features Rev. Tawana Davis speaking with Chaplain Jennie Wachowski-Estes, resident chaplain at Tulsa Family Safety Center about confronting hidden violence, and reconciling sacred texts and beliefs, including complexities around forgiveness and shame. Following the screening, Rev. Davis will moderate a brief discussion with workshop participants.

Sponsored by Odyssey Impact.

Wednesday, 7 July
2:00 pm EDT
Embodied Digital Pedagogies for Trauma-informed Teaching and Learning Context
Collaborative Session
Darryl W. Stephens, Kate Ott, Mary E. Hess
Wednesday, 7 July, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Darryl W. Stephens (Lancaster Theological Seminary)
Kate Ott (</kate>)
Mary E. Hess (Luther Seminary)

Religious learning environments often relegate sexuality to the null and implicit curriculum while failing to consider how digital technology affects learners and the learning space. Trauma-informed pedagogy attends to embodied realities, such as physiology, socially constructed identities, recurring memories, and other aspects of life experience that shape the learning environment, whether in-person or virtual. This session considers how in-person and digital spaces require different pedagogical choices, addressing issues of trauma, race, gender, sexuality, and embodiment.

Wednesday, 7 July
4:00 pm EDT
ALLLM Plenary: Wholeness and the Whole Life of Ministry, Navigating the Shifting Landscape of Theological Education
Plenary
Erica Knisely, Jin Kim, HyeRan Kim-Cragg, Melissa Wiginton, Joshua Lunde-Whitler
Wednesday, 7 July, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session

What does the future of theological education have in store? Many of us have seen the research: the sobering statistics of ministerial burnout, of seminary closures and decreased enrollments, etc. We have also seen instances of creative adaptations, and of a renewed sense of institutional calling. This seminar will explore both the challenges, and the signs of life, that the entire field of theological education is facing. As a Related Learning Organization with the REA, ALLLM (the Association of Leaders in Lifelong Learning for Ministry) invites all who are interested in this topic to join us for a panel discussion and dialogue.

Given our conference theme, we would like to explore wholeness as a lens through which to view the present and future aims – and in turn the practices, pedagogies, processes, and institutions – of theological education. Wholeness means seeing and cultivating the whole person throughout the lifespan of their ministry. It involves making such efforts more accessible, and celebrating the fullness of humanity in all of its diversity. It will require us to reimagine institutions themselves, as well as teaching approaches. And creating communities of wholeness challenges us to consider the neighborhoods, towns and cities in which we are located, and to seek to promote wholeness and healing at the community and societal levels.

Wednesday, 7 July
6:00 pm EDT
Addressing Sexual Violence
RIG
Gina Robinson, Mary Elizabeth Moore, Eunjin Jeon
Wednesday, 7 July, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Mary Elizabeth Moore (Boston University)

The paper analyzes forces of gender and sexuality that stir controversies in religion, society, and politics, and influence discrimination and violence. Exploring the roots of such violence, the paper analyzes cases of marginalized sexual minorities, anti-abortion violence, and domestic abuse as they relate to assumed truths. Truth claims can be threats to human life, as revealed by social psychological and theological analyses of such claims. The paper aims to uncover the power of gender and sexuality in generating truth and post-truth and to pose a liberative pedagogy of truth-seeking.

Eunjin Jeon (Emory University)

This paper explores how faith communities can cultivate restorative practices for young women who have been sexually abused by clergy. By examining a case study of the Korean immigrant church, I argue that the church has likely mistreated young women, marginalizing them and silencing their voices. I suggest practices of restorative justice for both the young women and the church, which create intimate, safe spaces for listening to silenced voices without judgment. These spaces cultivate communal awareness, radical compassion, and solidarity with young women, as seen in the #ChurchToo movement.

Wednesday, 7 July
8:00 pm EDT
Advisory Council
REA
Patrick B. Reyes
Wednesday, 7 July, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session

The Advisory Council consists of members of standing committees and all who choose to show up. All person's present will be the advisory council for that year.

Wednesday, 7 July
10:30 pm EDT
Reflection Time and Connecting Among LGBTQIA+ Participants and Allies
REA
Patrick B. Reyes, Boyung Lee
Wednesday, 7 July, 10:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Daily time that will set aside to reflect on day with our Program Chair Dr. Boyung Lee.

Thursday, 8 July
11:30 am EDT
Board Meeting
Business
Hanan Alexander, Lakisha Renee Lockhart, Mary E. Hess
Thursday, 8 July, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Closed to members of the board

Thursday, 8 July
11:30 am EDT
Domestic Violence and Faith Contexts: Religion and Masculinity
Sponsored
Tawana Davis
Thursday, 8 July, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Screening of “From Harmful to Helpful: Religion and Masculinity”, Episode 3 from Healing the Healers: Domestic Violence film series (31 min.) which features Rev. Tawana Davis speaking with Imam Mohamad Magid is Executive Imam at Adams Center, All Dulles Area Muslim Society and an Advisory Board Member and Trainer at Peaceful Families Project about the Power Wheel and patterns of abuse, misuse of sacred texts, and navigating family systems. Following the screening, Rev. Davis will moderate a brief discussion with workshop participants.

Sponsored by Odyssey Impact.

Thursday, 8 July
2:00 pm EDT
A Closer Look at Curriculum and Pedagogy
RIG
Patrick R Manning, Jack L. Seymour, Sheryl H Johnson, Tamar Wasoian
Thursday, 8 July, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Jack L. Seymour (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)

Values and commitments are embodied in our teaching. This analysis of over 50 syllabi of introductory Christian religious education classes from REA members describes how Christian education is taught. To search for the field and to assess how it addresses wholeness, we could analyze monographs, interview scholars, or examine how we teach students. Choosing the latter, this study examines class goals, guiding assumptions, resources used, contexts and cultures addressed, and practices of education. The result is a set of embodied pictures of Christian education.

Sheryl H Johnson (Graduate Theological Union)

(How) can embodied critical pedagogy be used in the online theology classroom? What is the educational benefit of engaging embodiment even when students are in their own homes? This project arises from experiences of teaching theological classes that engage a wide variety of embodied pedagogical practices (i.e. role play, drama games, Theater of the Oppressed exercises, spiritual practices from a variety of world religions) which moved online due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic.

Tamar Wasoian (Independent Scholar)

Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education curriculum is born out of the marriage of two denominations, Unitarian Universalist Association and United Church of Christ, in the 1990s. This unique collaborative work, with age specific curriculum and denominational faith components, presents a comprehensive approach to teaching sexuality as significant component of human experience. In this paper presents the history, the guiding principles and the development this curriculum to reflect the changes in wider society.

Thursday, 8 July
4:00 pm EDT
Future of Research in Religious Education
Plenary
Dave Csinos, Hosffman Ospino, Aaron Ghiloni, Joyce Ann Mercer, Jack L. Seymour, Almeda Wright
Thursday, 8 July, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session

What creative and innovative inquiries are emerging in Religious Education research and publications? Where are we currently feeling called and how do we imagine RE scholarship and publication helping us address justice and inclusion? How must our scholarship and publication pivot in order to address our current realities and to become exemplary public scholarship? How do we make this happen? This session creates space both for dreaming about the future of Religious Education publications and for gaining practical tips for publishing in current streams, particularly the Horizons book series and the Religious Education Journal.

Thursday, 8 July
6:00 pm EDT
Sacred Spaces, Sacred Friendships, Sacred Workings
Collaborative Session
Jennifer Moe, Gina Robinson
Thursday, 8 July, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Jennifer Moe (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)
Gina Robinson

A diverse group of scholars from a variety of backgrounds discuss the gifts that young adults bring to congregations. The scholars have all participated in a research project involving sustained listening to young adults, believing that they are experts on their own lives. What they have found, along with how certain communities of practice are working with and for young adults, will help participants of the collaborative session begin to rethink a church culture that puts young adults front and center rather than at the margins.

Thursday, 8 July
8:30 pm EDT
Vocational Provocations
RIG
Dori Grinenko Baker, Alfred Kah Meng Pang, Anne Carter Walker, Peter Cariaga, Jennifer Moe
Thursday, 8 July, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Alfred Kah Meng Pang (Independent Educator)

Research on LGBTQ inclusion in Catholic schools has largely been silent on the experiences of non-heterosexual Catholic educators. I address this lacuna by considering how Judith Butler’s conception of precarity sheds light on the complex identity work that LGBTQ Catholic religious educators navigate in the homo- and transphobia reproduced in Catholic school settings. This precarity, I argue, provokes us to construct a more dynamic theological understanding of teaching as a call that incorporates sexuality as erotic life force, which incites passion in teaching for belonging as just healing.

Anne Carter Walker (Saint Paul School of Theology)
Peter Cariaga (Oklahoma Christian University)

This paper names the challenges for people with hybrid identities in engaging three predominant approaches to vocation and identifies inter-referencing in one’s mother tongue as a fruitful starting point for shaping an epistemology of vocation from the perspective of cultural hybridity. We propose a framework for hybrid identities rooted in inter-referencing other hybrid perspectives and the particular contexts from which those perspectives arise, and name several constructive elements in fashioning an understanding of vocation for culturally hybrid people.

Jennifer Moe (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary)

An urban upstart church in Chicago focuses on friendship among its largely young, queer population. After learning that one of the greatest struggles of the young adults in its congregation is loneliness, Gilead Church Chicago spends one year focusing on the theme of friendship in order to strengthen the bonds of its members and attenders. Through this focus on friendship, the church grew both in number but also in depth of presence with each other through deliberate acts of connection.

Thursday, 8 July
10:30 pm EDT
Reflection Time and Connecting Among Participants of Color
REA
Patrick B. Reyes, Boyung Lee
Thursday, 8 July, 10:30 pm - 11:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Daily time that will set aside to reflect on day with our Program Chair Dr. Boyung Lee.

Friday, 9 July
7:00 am EDT
Reconceptualizing God Who Embraces Everyone
RIG
Hosffman Ospino, Julia Suleeman, Erich Von Marthin Elraphoma, Stephen Suleeman
Friday, 9 July, 7:00 am - 8:30 am EDT - Enter the Session
Julia Suleeman (Universitas Indonesia)

No one wants to be sexually assaulted, especially when you are in the middle of doing ministry. This paper reflects the struggle in faith of a seminary female student who had been raped. A common theme is that she felt sadand guilty while blaming herself for being so stupidto prevent this from happening. She felt so close to God before the incident happen, but where was God in times like that? A process in reconceptualizing relation with self, others, and God is outlined, not necessarily linear, changing from text-related teaching and understanding to experiential learning. The final step is a concept of God as Omnipresent who understands pain and suffering.

Erich Von Marthin Elraphoma (Yonsei University)
Stephen Suleeman (Jakarta)

For many Christians and people of other religious concepts, LGBT is often viewed as people living in sin, condemned by God, and living outside the faith. This view has caused many LGBT people leaving their faith community and feeling unaccepted. Jakarta Theological Seminary has for many years conducted programs related with LGBT themes. Although at first many LGBT friends looked at our programs with suspicion and fear of being to be converted into being Christian and persuaded to leave their LGBT lives, they later realized that JTS never had those intentions. It even held its programs by inviting speakers from Muslim backgrounds.  When our LGBT friends find out that JTS is always open and embracing towards them, they feel that God is good and they have allies who are accepting to them. Many of them felt they can reconcile with their previous faiths that they had left behind. 

Friday, 9 July
9:30 am EDT
Beyond Heteronormativity
RIG
Heesung Hwang, Emily A. Peck-McClain, John Falcone, Tabita K Christiani
Friday, 9 July, 9:30 am - 11:00 am EDT - Enter the Session
Emily A. Peck-McClain (Wesley Theological Seminary)

United Methodist polity bars “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” from ordination and prohibits same-sex weddings. Recently the consequences for disobeying church polity have increased in severity and the denomination is expected to split. Based on interviews with youth who disagree with the denomination’s polity, this paper will include pedagogical suggestions for teaching youth to theologically understand sexuality and gender expression, frame what is happening denominationally, and intentionally practice faith as they seek for the denomination to be more accepting of different sexualities.

John Falcone (Union Theological Seminary; Drew)

I present a basic and cogent conceptual framework for embracing embodied pedagogy in religious and theological education. Unpacking my own practice of lectio visceralis (embodied theological reflection) in classroom and community, I weave together different elements to present a new vision of education for "integral liberation": scientific (neurology and consciousness studies), philosophical (American Pragmatism in an indigenous key), educational (popular pedagogy in Latin America) and theological (liberationist Practical Theology).

Tabita K Christiani (Duta Wacana Christian University)

LGBTIQ issue has been controversial in Indonesia, because this issue can change many concepts of family, sexuality, sexual orientation, human relationships etc. Some readings show it seems young people see this issue more as a private domain where people are free to choose a sexual orientation. The aim of this research is to understand Christian youth’s perception on LGBTIQ issue. The methodology is quantitative, through electronic questionnaire. The results of this research will be analyzed through the lenses of normalcy, both from LGBTIQ and theology of disability studies.

Friday, 9 July
11:30 am EDT
Domestic Violence and Faith Contexts: Men Speaking Out on Theology, Power, and Transformation
Sponsored
Tawana Davis
Friday, 9 July, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Screening of “Men Speaking Out: Theology, Power, and Transformation”, Episode 4 from Healing the Healers: Domestic Violence film series (37 min.) which features Rev. Tawana Davis speaking with Dr. Ron Clark, Executive Director for Kairos Church Planting Support and domestic violence advocate, and Rev. Cary James, Jr., Senior Pastor of Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. and Chaplain for the Baltimore City Police Department about hegemonic masculinity and the role of law enforcement in community cooperation. Following the screening, Rev. Davis will moderate a brief discussion with workshop participants.

Sponsored by Odyssey Impact.

Friday, 9 July
1:00 pm EDT
Sex Education in Muslim Spaces
RIG
Addie Walker, Ina ter Avest, Reem Javed
Friday, 9 July, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Ina ter Avest ("Z-in-gesprek", consultancy & coaching)

This contribution is situated in the discussion on sex education, in relation to 'Islamic Pedagogy' and 'Islam and Pedagogy." Both positions function as a background for the development of teaching materials for sex education designed for Islamic primary schools in the Netherlands. Sex education is a compulsory, yet sensitive subject in Dutch primary schools, included in the subject of Citizenship Education. This chapter focuses on sex education included in Islamic religious education in primary schools. For (future) teachers active in this area of education, personal reflection on their cognitive and affective relation regarding their own sexual positioning, with Islam and with sex education, is recommended. It is expected that this kind of deep reflection will stimulate the development of normative professionalism among sex educators to Dutch Islamic primary education.

Reem Javed (Graduate Theological Union)

In this paper, I will offer pedagogical perspective for education and re-education about Islam for first generation Muslim Americans, specifically those of Desi, or South Asian background. The insights and the perspective offered will also be beneficial for Muslim Americans of other ethnicities, as well as individuals of other faith backgrounds, looking for a healthier and deeper understanding of Islam and the practice of Islam in the context of the United States.  Note: This session will not be recorded, only available live during the conference.

Friday, 9 July
3:00 pm EDT
Adolescent Girls and Faith Working Group
REA
Emily A. Peck-McClain
Friday, 9 July, 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session
Friday, 9 July
6:00 pm EDT
Sexuality, gender and wholeness from various perspectives
Plenary
Mark A Hicks, Su Yon Pak, Yohana Agra Junker, Christine Hong
Friday, 9 July, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT - Enter the Session

Dr. Yohana Junker is an educator and visual artist, and Assistant Professor of Art, Religion, and Culture at Claremont School of Theology. Dr. Junker’s research probes the intersections among the fields of art history, eco-criticism, and decolonial studies, with special attention to contemporary Indigenous and diasporic art practices.

Dr. Mark Hicks is the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School. He collaborated with PBS to develop the curriculum companion to the PBS documentary, Defying the Nazis: The Sharp’s War. His interfaith curriculum, We Who Defy Hate, is being used by congregations, college faith groups, and community organizations seeking to find common ground on social issues.

Dr. Su Yon Pak is the Senior Director and Associate Professor of Integrative and Field-based Education at Union Theological Seminary. Dr. Pak has taught at Teachers College Columbia University, Mercy College, and Auburn Theological Seminary. Her life and research passions include: criminal justice, the elderly and spirituality, chaplaincy, women’s leadership, and integrative and critical pedagogies.

Friday, 9 July
9:00 pm EDT
Closing Gathering Celebration
Ritual
Boyung Lee
Friday, 9 July, 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT - Enter the Session

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