Graham Rossiter presentation

The third plenary session of the REA annual meeting in 2015 featured Graham Rossiter exploring the topic of media and imagination in religious education. Marisa Crawford and Katherine Turpin offered responses.

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Exec. Dir. FORMA

FORMA is a grassroots association of members of The Episcopal Church and kindred individuals and institutions. Forma supports, networks, advocates for, resources, and celebrates Christian formation leaders in their Christian formation ministries.


The executive director will report directly to Forma’s Board of Directors and will work collaboratively with the board, seeking advice and counsel from the board’s president. The executive director is responsible for the overall administration of the association and for consistently achieving the organization’s mission and goals, including its financial objectives. The executive director will enact the policy, procedure, strategic plan and programmatic intentions of the board of directors. The first two of these—policy and procedure—is dictated to the director by the board. The second two—strategic plan and program—are determined collaboratively between the board and the director. A high value is placed on the director including the board and other volunteers in the programmatic life of the organization.


Leadership: Ensure ongoing organizational vitality and programmatic excellence to fulfill the mission. This includes administrative responsibility for the development, promotion, implementation and evaluation of the annual meeting and conference, the certificate programs and organizational collaborations and partnerships.

Management: Engage and grow the organization’s membership, providing support for new initiatives and working groups. Work with the president to develop and support a strong Board of Directors. Web site development and maintenance including: content curation, membership and registration processes.

Budget and Finance: Oversee day-to-day finances and implementation of annual budget. Develop and execute fundraising plan. Establish and sustain systems for regular reporting to treasurer, board and membership on organization’s progress and financial status. Complete annual financial audit and submission of IRS 990. Develop annual and event budgets for board review and approval.

Communications, Marketing and Public Relations: Develop and implement a comprehensive marketing plan to publicize Forma’s activities and establish strong relationships with dioceses, like-minded non-profit organizations and the wider church. Oversee internal and external communications, including: branding, listserv management, development of responsive web and social media strategy and presence.


The Executive Director will demonstrate a genuine commitment to the mission of Forma. Concrete experience and other qualifications include:

  •  Exceptional ability to communicate and publicly represent an organization  3+ years of demonstrated leadership experience
  •  Established fund raising experience 
  • Proven ability to manage finances, grow membership and achieve goals
  •  Strong team player able to work effectively with diverse groups of people  Social media and website proficiency


Near Term: Limited fund available for project support from contractors.

Future: Half time administrative assistant when funds become available Active volunteer board and working groups


Total Compensation Package $60,000 Inclusive of Salary, Benefits and Pension. The search committee will be accepting application through March.

To apply, email cover letter and resume to Forma provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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Nick Stuart and Fred Edie presentations

The second plenary session of the 2015 REA annual meeting featured Dr. Fred Edie (Duke Divinity) and Nick Stuart (Odyssey) exploring the power of imagination both within and outside of communities of faith.

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Emilie Townes’ presentation

We have now placed video recordings of all of the plenary speakers from last November’s meeting online. We will highlight each speaker in a news post here, and we encourage you to share the videos and use them in teaching.

In the opening plenary of the 2015 meeting Emilie Townes focused on the challenges of imagination in an era of deep injustice, and spoke with passion about counter memory and liberatory imagination.

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Director: Center for Spirituality

Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, seeks a dynamic and creative Director for its Center for Spirituality, an internationally recognized center. The Director position is a 12-month full-time administrative position. Now in its 31st year, the Center fosters an academic climate for the study of spirituality; develops and facilitates programs, activities, and projects that engage the College and civic community in fruitful dialogue; and promotes theological exploration and discourse on important topics in the Church and the world. Grounded in the tradition of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, the Center invites engagement with the multi-faceted nature of spirituality and cross-disciplinary inquiry, providing a unique opportunity to address broader issues of how faith and reason interact.

Candidates will be Roman Catholic with a doctoral degree in theology, spirituality, or a related field; have demonstrated excellence in academic leadership and familiarity with current issues in spirituality and theology; and have a robust network of academic as well as other professional colleagues and prospective lecturers. Demonstrated experience in administration, program development, and implementation, including budgetary experience, is required. The ability to work collaboratively with a wide variety of constituencies and outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills are expected. A full job description can be found on our website.

Qualified candidates should submit a resume to: Director of Human Resources, Saint Mary’s College, Facilities Building, Notre Dame, IN 46556 or send electronically to Saint Mary’s College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with the College’s mission, Saint Mary’s is committed to increasing racial and ethnic diversity at all levels – students, faculty, and staff – and seeks applications from candidates who share this commitment.

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CFP for Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment

Chapter proposals are invited for the edited book “Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment,” due by March 1, 2016. This volume will explore the intersection between transgender studies and ecology, with contributions from an international group of scholars representing a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to such fields as gender studies, environmental studies, literary criticism, history, philosophy, religious studies, women’s studies, anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, and political science.

Interested authors should send a 300-word abstract, 200-word biography, and sample of a previously published chapter or article to by March 1, 2016. First drafts of full chapters (8,000 words) are due by September 1, 2016, and final versions are due November 1, 2016. Both transgender and cisgender contributors are welcome. Preference will be given to authors who have completed their doctorates. Only previously unpublished works will be considered.

Confirmed chapters include:

“Transgender Nature in the ‘In-between’ Ecopoetry of Yu-hong Chen,” Peter I-min Huang, Ph.D., Tamkang University, Taiwan

“Ominous Foreboding: Transgender Prophecies in Clark-Bekederemo’s ‘Ivbie’ and Okara’s ‘The Fisherman’s Invocation,’” Idom T. Inyabri, Ph.D., University of Calabar, Nigeria

“Transsexual/Transgender Survivors of Eco-Apocalypse: New Perspectives on Angela Carter’s ‘The Passion of New Eve,’” Julia Tofantšuk, Ph.D., Tallinn University, Estonia

“Theorizing Transgender and Transhuman Possibilities: Empathy and Ecology in Élisabeth Vonarburg’s ‘Le Silence de la Cité,’” Anna Bedford, Ph.D., St. Mary’s College of Maryland, USA

“Sexuate Ecologies and the Landmarking of Transgender Cultural Heritage,” Nicole Anae, Ph.D., Central Queensland University, Australia

“Trans-Appalachia: A Millennial Roadmap to an Unromantic Relationship with the Mountains,” Theresa L. Burriss, Ph.D., Radford University, USA, and Izzy Broomfield, Stay Together Appalachian Youth (STAY), USA

The relationship between gender and the environment has been studied extensively, with much attention given to the problems of relying on rigid dualities such as male/female and nature/culture. This volume seeks to provide novel insights into ecological and environmental issues by drawing on specifically transgender perspectives. Proposals that explicitly critique cisnormativity and cissexism are especially welcome. For purposes of this volume, the meaning of transgender will follow GLAAD’s definition: “Transgender is a term used to describe people whose gender identity differs from the sex the doctor marked on their birth certificate. Gender identity is a person’s internal, personal sense of being a man or a woman (or someone outside of that gender binary). For transgender people, the sex they were assigned at birth and their own internal gender identity do not match.”

The editor of “Transecology: Transgender Perspectives on the Environment,” Douglas Vakoch, is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as general editor of Lexington Books’ Ecocritical Theory and Practice Series. Vakoch’s earlier edited books include “Ecofeminism and Rhetoric: Critical Perspectives on Sex, Technology, and Discourse” (2011), “Feminist Ecocriticism: Environment, Women, and Literature” (2012), and (with Fernando Castrillón) “Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment: The Experience of Nature” (2014).

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Spirituality and the professionalism of the RE teacher

Bert Roebben, our incoming annual meeting program chair, has posted a paper which further lays out some of his ideas for the upcoming meeting. Here’s the abstract:

This contribution is situated in the European discourse on the role of the teacher of religious/worldview education in schools. Based on the assumption that every child and youngster has the right to deal with existential questions in a safe and solid learning environment, the author focuses on the specific role of the teacher to enhance religious/worldview competence and identity development in the students. Within the idea of professionalism three roles can be discerned: the teacher as a guide in fostering identity, celebrating diversity and building community. These professional roles have a counterpart in the spiritual disposition of the teacher. This argument is developed through a specific reading of the medieval German mystical theologian Meister Eckhart. Surprising thoughts on who the teacher is and what he should do (and eventually not do) are evoked and discussed.

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Dir. of Online and Media Engagement

The Veritas Forum, based in Seattle, WA, seeks a director of online and media engagement. The position can be either part-time or full-time, depending on the candidate’s needs and fit with the organization. More details are available.



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Executive for Spiritual Growth

The Executive for Spiritual Growth is responsible for guiding people to a deeper appreciation, understanding use of and devotion to the Word of God in their everyday lives. The Executive Secretary for Spiritual Growth will ensure that the Bible-focused spiritual growth operates in a clear, compelling manner in keeping with the mission, vision and values of spiritual growth and the United Methodist Church.  This work connects to the purpose of United Methodist Women (become whole persons through Jesus Christ, supportive creative fellowship) and to the vision of how we are shaping our future, as an organization, turning faith, hope and love into action, on behalf of women, children and youth around the world.

This position is full time, based in NYC, requires at least a master’s degree in theology, and welcomes applicants who are laypeople.

More information is available.


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CFP Nat’l Society for Experiential Education

The National Society for Experiential Education announces the call for papers for its September 2016 conference, “Experiential Education: Institutional Impact, Diversity, and Student Success.” A variety of formats will be considered, more details are available online. The deadline is January 29, 2016.

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