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 pre-conference issue of the journal (Volume 117, Issue #2), and you can consider the various candidates standing for election.

Soon we will also publish a more complete agenda for the business meeting.

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Treasurer, REA Board

This is a 2 year term, from September 1, 2022- August 31, 2024.

Denise Janssen, PhD

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, and pastoral ministry which equips her broadly for board leadership and the role of treasurer of REA. Denise holds the Ph.D. in Christian Education and Congregational Studies from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, and a B.A. from the University of Sioux Falls. Her books include Pressing Forward: Faith, Culture, and African American Youth with Carmichael Crutchfield (Judson, 2022); United Against Racism: Facilitator’s Guide with Lakisha Lockhart, Joseph Crockett, and Lynne Caldwell (Friendship Press, 2019); Educating for Redemptive Community: Essays in Honor of Jack Seymour and Margaret Ann Crain. Editor and Contributor. (Wipf and Stock, 2015); Reclaimed: Faith in an Emerging Generation (Judson Press, 2015); and Fostering Faith: Teaching and Learning in the Christian Church, with Diane Janssen Hemmen and Sallie Verner (Judson Press, 2014). Denise is a native of South Dakota but considers Chicago a second home. She lives in Richmond, Virginia with her husband, a pastor and professional musician.

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Chair, Publications Committee

This is a 2 yr term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024

Hosffman Ospino, PhD

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 Programs in Hispanic Ministry. Hosffman has served as the principal investigator for several national studies on Hispanic Catholics. He has authored/edited 15 books and more than 150 essays, academic and general. Hosffman serves on the boards of several national organizations, including the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). He is currently the President of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) and an officer of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). He served the Religious Education Association (REA) as the Chair of the Proposals Selection Committee from 2018 until 2022, and thus was a member of the REA Board of Directors. He has served on the Editorial Board of REA’s Horizons in Religious Education series since 2016, became a co-editor in 2019, and is currently the Chair of the co-editorial team for the series.

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Chair, Public Life and Global Community

This is a 2 yr term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024.

Tamar Wasoian, PhD

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 School in the Philippines.

Believing that religious education is deeply rooted in ministry, she recently joined the Urban Pastoral Ministry Residency program with the City Mission and the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Boston, Massachusetts. This program is funded by the Lilly Endowment and provides active ministry opportunities with programs in homelessness prevention, education and formation, and stewardship and development.

‘Storied Learning’, feminist pedagogies, public spirituality, faith, and identity formation are at the core of Dr. Wasoian’s research and expertise. Tamar has global experience in ministry and teaching and throughout her teaching, she has helped emerging leaders discern their call and find their voice in ministry against the backdrop of shifting local and global realities. Wasoian serves as a member of the RE in Public Life Committee at the REA and we are nominating her to chair the same committee.

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Chair, Proposals Committee

This is a 2 yr term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024.

Mark Chung Hearn, PhD

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 of Theology and Ministry. He currently serves on the Nominations Committee of the Religious Education Association and has participated for the last fifteen years in the guild through plenary speaking, session facilitation, search committee work, and paper presentations. He holds a Ph.D. from Claremont School of Theology in Practical Theology with an emphasis in Religious Education and Spiritual Formation.

Hearn has published on Korean American religious experiences, the social construction of Korean American men, antiracism, and critical inquiry into sports. His current research interests include antiracist work in the congregation, changing church and its compelling reasons to exist today, and the sacred work of BIPOC healing in secular spaces. His hermeneutical lens is intersectional with a bend towards race, and he advocates that antiracist and decolonial work is not about changing epistemologies only, but about changing ontologies and the way we show up in academic and professional spaces.

He is an ordained minister in the Pacific Northwest Conference of The United Methodist Church and has served in faith communities of color and in white faith communities throughout various denominations including the United Methodist Church, the Nazarene Church, the Assemblies of God, and the Christian and Missionary Alliance. He has coached women’s and girls’ volleyball and basketball in college and high school athletics and when he can, enjoys playing most sports or watching his daughter run (really fast) on her track team.

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Chair, Advancement Committee

This is a 2 yr term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024.

Anton Vrame, PhD

Rev. Dr. Anton “Tony” Vrame currently serves as Treasurer of the Religious Education Association. He is Executive Director of Holy Cross Orthodox Press of Hellenic College-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA and Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Education there. He has been a member of the Religious Education Association since the late 1990s and has served on the Board of REA two times, including this term. He has also taught at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA and St. Vladmir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, NY. He holds degrees from DePaul University (B.A.), the University of Chicago (M.A.), Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology (M.Div.), and the Ph.D. in Religion and Education of Boston College. He is a priest of the Greek Orthodox Church. His interest in serving as the Chair of the Advancement Committee is a reflection of his experience with fundraising, his understanding of finance, and the challenge of meeting the needs of current members while reaching out to newer members of our field to get involved with the work of REA.

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Member, Advancement Committee

There are two spots available, for a 2 year term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024.

Mary Elizabeth Moore is Dean Emerita and Professor Emerita of Theology and Education, Boston University School of Theology. Her current research focuses on reshaping practical theology and religious education in relation to sacrality and tikkum olam, or repair of the world. She combines investigative research with poetry, pursuing questions in practical theology, religious education, culture and race theories, leadership, interreligious relationships, peacemaking, ecological justice, gender/sexuality, and transformational practices. Her most recent book is the co-edited Deep Understanding for Divisive Times. Her most recent articles include: “Disrupting White Privilege,” “Sacred, Revolutionary Teaching,” “Embracing Sexuality and Gender,” “The Hidden Force of Gender and Sexuality,” and “Responding to a Weeping Planet.”

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Member, Advancement Committee

There are two spots available, for a 2 year term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024.

The Reverend Dr. Javier A. Viera is President and Professor of Education and Leadership at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Prior to joining Garrett in 2021, he served as dean and professor of pastoral theology at Drew University Theological School from 2014-2021. His academic work and interests center on adult learning and development, interreligious dialogue and the learning that takes place across religious and/or ideological difference, and Latin American decolonial epistemologies. Prior to his time in higher education, Dr. Viera’s professional life unfolded in various places such as Capitol Hill in D.C., university campus ministry, congregational pastoral ministry, and the founding and leadership of several non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of Florida Southern College, Duke, Yale, and Columbia universities.

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Member, Advancement Committee

There are two spots available, for a 2 year term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024.

Dr. Cynthia Cameron is the Patrick and Barbara Keenan Chair of Religious Education and Assistant Professor of Religious Education at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto. She teaches primarily in the Masters of Religious Education degree program, offering both core courses and a wide variety of religious education elective courses. As a part of the Toronto School of Theology, she works with doctoral students in religious education and serves as an Associate Editor of the Toronto Journal of Theology. Prior to coming to St. Michael’s she was Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Rivier University in New Hampshire and had a twenty-year career as an administrator and teacher in Catholic secondary schools. Cindy has been a member of REA since 2013, has presented at several annual conferences, and is the convener of the Adolescent Girls Faith Formation Working Group.

Cindy is completing a book with fellow REA member Christopher Welch entitled Life Abundant: God and the Created Order in Catholic Social Perspective, due out in the summer of 2022. With REA members Emily Peck-McClain and Lakisha Lockhart, she is also co-editing a volume exploring mistake-making, adolescents, and Christian religious education. Her contribution to the volume investigates the ways that Catholic school teachers address questions of sin and mistake-making with girls. Her other research interests revolve around questions of female adolescence in Christian theological anthropology and Catholic secondary education. She is especially interested in the ways that the theological tradition has neglected adolescence in general and female adolescence in particular and in the ways that Catholic schools can help the church think theologically about adolescent girls.

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Member, RE in Academic Disciplines and Institutions Committee

There are two spots available. This is a 2 year term from September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024.

Karen-Marie Yust, PhD

Rev. Dr. Karen-Marie Yust is the Josiah P. and Anne Wilson Rowe Professor of Christian Education and the Director of the Children’s Spirituality Research & Innovation Hub at Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond, Virginia, USA). She has strong ties with the American Academy of Religion and the International Association for Children’s Spirituality as well as REA, and is excited to help revive the work of the RE in Academic Disciplines & Institutions Committee so that scholars outside the guild might benefit from interaction with the REA, and REA members might discover new connections in their areas of interest.

Karen-Marie’s current research studies the effects of digital culture on spirituality, particularly among children, youth, and young adults. She is also exploring new findings regarding young children’s moral development that suggest encouraging curiosity and expanding social ideals of kinship will better nurture spiritualities that embrace diversity, than traditional faith formation methods. She is interested in taking religious education outside conventional programming to other venues, such as online sites (www.RealKidsRealFaith.org) and non-religious gathering spaces.

She is an ordained pastor and certified Christian educator, with dual standing in the United Church of Christ and Disciples traditions, as well as the parent of three young adult children.

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