REA Annual Meeting 2022

5-8 July, Online

Becoming Good Ancestors

Vulnerable as we are
walking together
Resilient in dialogue

The divine is co-creating

Listening to resilient generations

Our transformation

Learning Ancestor
Courageously co-creating
Transforming life

Be Courageous, resilient, alive
Making
Learning
Practicing
Finding
Co-creating

Celebrate ascending into the future
Departing, rejecting, holding, releasing
Breathing, honoring
Repeat
Celebrate ascending into the future
Departing, rejecting, holding, releasing
Breathing, honoring

Resilient transformation
Bring art in Balance
The ancestors
Are storytelling.

This is a poem written with the words of twenty-five of REA members’ six-word memoirs. These members responded to an invitation to the entire guild to co-create 2022’s theme. Pedagogically, it was crafted by taking each six-word memoir and scrambling them into a larger list of words. Teams were then asked to create a poem using only the words — representative of the very lives — of its members. The poem above is all of those individual poems pieced together. The collective lives, our words, weaved together to make art. 

What might be possible if we co-created within our guild? What bold idea, collaborative practice, or research might the guild do to advance the greater and common good? 

As a collection of religious education professionals — of some-bodies, not no-bodies — from across the globe, who are we really? What is the REA’s collective work? What could we accomplish together that might not be possible separate from each other? Who does our work serve? Why do we exist, together? These are questions of institutional purpose.

Recent Updates about REA2022

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  • Just one week away!
    Our annual meeting is now just one week away. Prepare by choosing your sessions on the schedule (this will also give the session moderators ways to reach you, if necessary), and then reading any of the papers for that session in advance (they are already linked online to each session). You can check out the … Continue reading
  • Treasurer, REA Board
    This is a 2 year term, from September 1, 2022- August 31, 2024. Rev. Dr. Denise Janssen is Associate Research Professor of Christian Education and Interim Assistant Dean for Academics at the Samuel DeWitt School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She brings decades of experience in higher education, nonprofit management, grant writing and fundraising, … Continue reading
  • Chair, Publications Committee
    This is a 2 yr term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024 Hosffman Ospino, PhD is an Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Education at Boston College, School of Theology and Ministry where he is also Chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry. He is Director of the university’s Graduate … Continue reading
  • Chair, Public Life and Global Community
    This is a 2 yr term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024. Dr. Tamar Wasoian is an Armenian educator and practical theologian from Syria. She is an independent scholar and taught in several theological seminaries in the United States and internationally. Currently, she is teaching at Lexington Theological Seminary and the Wesleyan Divinity … Continue reading
  • Chair, Proposals Committee
    This is a 2 yr term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024. Rev. Dr. Mark Chung Hearn is Associate Professor and Director of Contextual Education at Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA. Prior to this, he served as Director and Assistant Clinical Professor of Contextual Education at Seattle University School … Continue reading