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Welcome to the Religious Education Association, an Association of Professors, Practitioners, and Researchers in Religious Education. We meet and work together to advance substantive research, probing scholarship and practical approaches to religious education, particularly through our journal Religious Education and our scholarly monograph series Horizons in Religious Education.

 2016 Annual Meeting will be in Pittsburgh

We are an international multi-faith organization which gathers in person once a year. Our next meeting will be held in Pittsburgh, PA on November 4-6th, and will focus on Generating Hope: The Future of the Teaching Profession in a Globalized World. The call for papers for that meeting is available online, with a May 1, 2016 deadline.

Recent news from around the field…

  • Religion, media, empathy (posted on 23 June 2016)

    Magnum, known for its work in documentary photography, is leading a new project which will collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to produce in-depth and experimental projects on religion. The CFP notes: In our current environment of increased sectarian conflict, it is more important than ever to provide well developed, nuanced perspectives on the many roles religion plays in contemporary ...

  • Can REA Support Innovation in Religious Education? (posted on 27 May 2016)

    For five years I ran a “start-up” religious education program. I wanted to test out a model of family-based learning in the Jewish community for families who were opting out of synagogue life. The methodology and pedagogy was inspired by Scouting: a system of ranks and requirements provided the framework for kids (K-12) to learn ...

  • Conference update from program chair (posted on 20 May 2016)

    At the first of May the call for papers for the 2016 conference in Pittsburgh has come to an end. And you have been responding massively! At a first glance, the harvest looks great: interesting papers and posters from all over the world, focusing on the con-texts, texts and textures of hopeful teaching today. “Hope ...

  • Childhood, faith and the media (posted on 6 May 2016)

    The symposium on ‘Childhood, Faith and the Media’ is a plenary of the Leverhulme Trust-funded ‘Faith on the Air: a religious educational broadcasting history’ project at the University of Worcester. This one-day conference will provide an opportunity to engage in research-informed discussion of issues in religious broadcasting for children and young people in historical and contemporary ...

  • Brill announces new series in theology in practice (posted on 7 April 2016)

    Brill announces a new series — Theology in Practice — edited by Bonnie Miller McLemore and Elaine Graham, and with our own editor, Joyce Mercer, as a member of the editorial board. The series promises to: explore and reconstruct the centers and margins of practical theological discourse. The series will be marked by interdisciplinary conversations with related fields, ...

  • CFP for AKRK meeting in September 2016 (posted on 21 March 2016)

    The “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Katholische Religionspädagogik und Katechetik” (AKRK – Association of Scholars in Catholic Religious Education and Catechetics) is an international association of religious education scholars from German-speaking countries, working at universities, teachers’ colleges, theological academies and similar institutions. Researchers from other countries are frequently participating in the AKRK’s work as well. The AKRK announces its Annual Meeting to be held in Augsburg ...

  • 2016 Proposal Process now open (posted on 19 March 2016)

    The proposal submission process for our 2016 annual meeting — Pittsburgh, PA from the 4-6 of November — is now open. This year we are accepting proposals in Research Interest Group, Workshop, and Poster Presentation formats. There will be a particular emphasis on, and support for, Poster Presentations. You can propose a presentation in our ...

  • John Dewey celebration (posted on 18 March 2016)

    The John Dewey Society will be celebrating the Centennial of the publication of John Dewey’s magisterial Democracy and Education in Washington DC on April 7 and 8, 2016. The Centennial Conference will take place the historic Thurgood Marshall Center – where Thurgood Marshall and his NAACP colleagues developed the legal strategies for victory over school segregation ...

  • Academy of Religious Leadership meeting April 14-16 (posted on 18 March 2016)

    The Academy of Religious Leadership invites REA members to its Annual Gathering in Chicago, April 14-16, 2016 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile. The meeting will begin on Thursday evening at 8pm (reception) and conclude Saturday at noon. The Steering Team of ARL looks forward to reconnecting with people in April. The presenters include new and long-time members ...

  • Matthew Geiger has died (posted on 11 March 2016)

    We are deeply sad to note that Matthew Geiger, key leader in our Schools Working Group, has died. We reprint here his obituary, and welcome members who have specific memories they want to share sending them to us — we will have a formal memorial at our November annual meeting. Matthew William Geiger died on March ...

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