Welcome to the Senior Scholars Think Tank

This Think Tank began its life as a work group at the November 2013 REA/APPRE meeting in Boston.

Our most recent meeting was in DC in 2018.

We continue to ponder the paper first presented in 2016:

AN INVITATION TO A NEEDED CONVERSATION: THE MISSION OF THE FIELD AND DISCIPLINE OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

We still invite you to contribute to this conversation by adding a comment at the end. Here are the minutes of the Pittsburgh 2016 meeting.

Our past discussions:

ATLANTA 2015

In preparation for our meeting in Atlanta in 2015 we asked our Think Tank participants for a one page statement. All senior members of REA were invited to contribute even if unable to attend the November meeting.

How Was I Formed As a Religious Educator?

  • What was the passion that which moved me into this field for a lifetime of work?
  • What were major intellectual influences on me in my direction?
  • Has a passion shifted?

Minutes Atlanta 2015

Contact Bob O’Gorman rogorma@luc.edu if you have any questions.

CHICAGO 2014

Three links to the three discussion issues – our work March 1- September 15, 2014

  1. The relationship of religious education as a field to the field of practical theology.
  2. The future of religious education: in the contexts of our professional organization (REA/APRRE), the denominations, the academy/profession, the congregations, public life.
  3. The identity of religious educators – past, present and future (This topic allows us to tell our stories of our journeys, our present identity and what we see in the future – perhaps by way of our students)

A link to notes from the summary of the Chicago 2014 Meeting.

BOSTON 2013

A link to the initial proposal for this Task Force (formulated summer of 2013)

A link to the minutes of the Boston 2013 Meeting

A link to the summary of our prioritizing. Of topics – 2013