NT/Early Christianity at Rhodes College

RHODES COLLEGE, Department of Religious Studies, announces a two-year position as an Assistant Professor in New Testament/Early Christianity beginning August, 2015. The teaching load is six courses per year. The successful candidate will teach courses in biblical studies as part of the Life: Then and Now program, including the first course in the introductory sequence, Religious Studies 101: The Bible: Texts and Contexts. He or she will also be expected to teach in the first year of Rhodes’ interdisciplinary humanities program (The Search for Values in Light of Western History and Religion) as well as in upper-level biblical studies courses of the instructor’s choice. We encourage applications from individuals whose interests go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, in particular from candidates who can contribute to programs such as Africana Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies.

Information on these and other interdisciplinary programs, the department, and the College can be found at www.rhodes.edu.

Enthusiasm for teaching and the ability to teach well at the undergraduate level will be important criteria for selection. An earned Ph.D. is expected to be in hand by August 15, 2015.

Please apply online at jobs.rhodes.edu; only online applications will be accepted. A complete application includes a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Please address in your cover letter your interest in teaching at a liberal arts college and how your experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service might contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values. Background checks are required before candidates can be brought to campus for interviews. For additional information, contact Professor John Kaltner, kaltner@rhodes.edu.

We will begin reviewing completed applications immediately and continue until the position is filled. Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a highly selective, private, residential, undergraduate college, located in Memphis, Tennessee. We aspire to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We encourage applications from candidates interested in helping us achieve this vision. Rhodes College values an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workforce. Memphis has a metropolitan population of over one million and is the nation’s 20th largest city. The city provides multiple opportunities for research and for cultural and recreational activities. Read more about Memphis at http://www.rhodes.edu/about/369.asp.

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Proposals now being accepted

The submission process to propose a RIG paper, workshop, colloquy or poster session for our 2015 annual meeting in Atlanta is now live at the 2015 conference site. Please spread the word widely! This year’s focus on imagination provides lots of room for submissions from multiple fields. The deadline is 1 May 2015.

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Globalethics.net position open

Globalethics.net has announced that they are seeking an executive director. Details are available on their website, and there is a March 25th filing deadline.

Globethics.net is a worldwide ethics network based in Geneva, with an international Board of Foundation of eminent persons. It provides an electronic platform for ethical reflection and action.

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AAR CFP on secularism, secularity and gender/race

The AAR group on secularism and secularity has published a CFP seeking proposals on “the secular’s complicated relationship with race and sex/gender. What new spaces has the secular opened up for women and people of color, and what new barriers has it created? What forms of activism does the secular enable that are not available in spaces governed by religious norms, and what forms does it foreclose? How does the divide between secular and religious map onto different kinds of feminism and struggles for rights and recognition? In turn, how do critical analyses of race and sex/gender disrupt that divide?
And why are self-avowed nonbelievers disproportionately white and male? We invite paper and session proposals that engage these and related questions through original historical or social scientific research.”

More information is available online.

I can’t help wondering if perhaps a group of REA scholars might have something useful to share on this!

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Youth Theology conference in Germany

Our incoming vice-president and program chair elect (for the 2016 meeting), Bert Roebben sends greetings and an announcement of a conference on youth theology to be held March 6-7 in Dortmund, Germany. Details available here.



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Holy Spirit and Christian Formation conference

We have received notice of a conference focusing on the “Holy Spirit and Christian Formation” to be held March 20-21 at Regent University. Plenary speakers include M. Elizabeth Hall, Stanley Hauerwas, Stephen Post and James Bryan Smith. More information is available at the conference website.

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Director of Christian Education opening


LOCATION: Des Moines, IA

CHURCH SIZE: 500+ OUR MISSION: We strive to be a Christian congregation dedicated to a strong tradition of worship, committed to spiritual inquiry and growth, caring for one another and bearing witness to God’s love in the world.

POSITION SUMMARY: Central Presbyterian Church, centrally located in Iowa’s thriving capital city, is searching for a qualified Christian Education Director to serve as soon as possible while the congregation awaits the arrival of a new called Pastor. CPC is looking for a candidate with strong Christian Education credentials and someone who understands the power of passion, faith and fun. The candidate selected will oversee all C.E. programming for this church of 567 members. During the past 12 months, this 167-year-old- church has gone through a historic transformation as facilities have been remodeled and updated. Young and old, the membership is engaged in planning and excited to welcome new staff. Applicants who would like to a part of this church culture should e-mail a cover letter and resume to hr@dmcpc.org.

QUALIFICATIONS: • Have a comprehensive knowledge of the Christian faith • Possess experience at organizing and leading a religious education program • Have general working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Outlook, or the equivalent software, social media and desktop computer hardware • Work with Session and their committees on the following duties including but not limited to: o Christian Education Committee o Worship Committee o Membership & Evangelism Committee In addition, this position requires: • A background check • A minimum age of 21 • Applicants are requested to have two church related and two community related references

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Plan, conduct, coordinate, evaluate, select & provide resources for the church’s ministry to both youth and adults • Build relationships of integrity with youth that become the basis of meeting needs, sharing Christ, and involving youth in peer ministry with other youth • Coordinate all aspects of the middle and high school age Christian Ed Experience, and that youth are encouraged to participate in various outreach efforts, ministry opportunities, both in and outside the local church • Coordinate all aspects of ensuring there is opportunity to develop fellowship, spiritual formation, discipleship, and the experiencing of Christian community. Various material and age appropriate styles of presentation are encouraged. • Create and coordinate roles and responsibilities of developing a youth leader team • Attend regularly and specially called staff meetings • Other duties as directed by the Senior Pastor

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CFP Korean Journal of Christian Education

Call for Papers

Journal of Christian Education in Korea Volume 41 (English)

ISSN: 1229-781X

Paper Submission Deadline: January 30, 2015

Paper Publication: March 30, 2015

The Journal of Christian Education in Korea is an international and interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that addresses all areas of interest to Christian Religious Education. The journal endeavors to enhance scholarly research, professional development, and situational practice in the various fields of Christian Education.

This quarterly publication is distributed by the Korean Society of Christian Religious Education, which has served as a focal point for academicians and professionals seeking to improve theological and educational research and practice in South Korea since 1961.

Interested potential contributors are highly encouraged to submit their manuscripts/papers via email to journalkscre@naver.com. Please indicate “Journal of Christian Education in Korea Volume 41″ in the subject box during submission. All submissions will be sent in for blind peer review and will undergo the review process within approximately two weeks of submission.

Contributions must be original, not previously or simultaneously published elsewhere. Accepted papers will be available freely in their full-text on our website (http://www.kscre.org/core/?page_id=89) upon receipt of the final version on March 30, 2015 and will be published in print after completion of all necessary publishing steps. All authors will receive several printed copies via mail.

For paper guidelines and further information, please visit our website at http://www.kscre.org/core/?page_id=69

Any questions regarding paper submission should be forwarded to executive editor Yunsoo Joo at yun-soo.joo@ptsem.edu 

Editor-in-Chief (General): Dr. Hyun-Sook Kim, Yonsei University

Editor-in-Chief (English): Dr. Sung Joo Oh, Methodist Theological University

Executive Editor (English): Dr. Yunsoo Joo, Busan Presbyterian University

Prof. Yunsoo Joo, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor, Busan Presbyterian University

Executive Editor, Journal of Christian Education in Korea

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Director of Field Ed, Pittsburgh Theological

Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, a graduate institution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), seeks a Director of Field Education with the gifts and the vision to help the Faculty imagine and build a field education program that will equip future leaders to serve in ever changing contexts. This is a faculty position, and the successful candidate will also teach in a field for which he or she holds the requisite academic credentials.

The Director will have administrative oversight and responsibility for the field education program. Duties will include oversight of theological reflection groups, including identifying ministerial and faculty leadership. The Director will also be responsible for recruiting and preparing site supervisors who are committed to the Seminary’s curricular goals and are equipped to participate in the assessment of the progress students are making toward meting those goals.

In addition to teaching, the Director will serve on faculty committees and contribute to the academy and the church. This person must have a commitment to the preparation of women and men for the Christian ministry, be an active participant in the life of a Christian community, and possess the ability to work collegially in a Reformed context.

Tenure and rank are negotiable. A Ph. D. or its equivalent is required. Ministerial
experience is necessary, preferably in more than one context. Women and members of historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Send application letter, CV, and letters of reference to the Dean of Faculty at
facultysearch@pts.edu. Applications will be acted upon as received, beginning January 20, 2015.

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Call for Book Chapters: Ecofeminist Intersections

When d’Eaubonne coined the word “ecofeminism” in 1974, related ideas were already being discussed in a range of social sciences and humanities. Within anthropology Ortner (1974) argued that the universal devaluation of women relative to men could be explained by assuming that women are seen as being closer to nature than men, while men are seen as being more intimately connected with the “higher” realm of culture. Other disciplines seriously engaged the connections between feminism and ecology only later. It was not until the 1990s, for instance, that literary critics began to examine in depth “‘the woman/nature analogy,’ defined by Warren as ‘the connections—historical, empirical, conceptual, theoretical, symbolic, and experiential—between the domination of women and the domination of nature’” (Carr 2000, 16).

In recent years, ecofeminism has played an increasingly important role in a range of disciplines. This new book project, “Ecofeminist Intersections,” explores the manifold ways that ecofeminism has been used across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to such fields as history, philosophy, religious studies, women’s studies, literary criticism, anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, and political science.

Chapter proposals are invited for two new book projects, “Ecofeminist Intersections” and “New Voices in Ecofeminist Activism,” due by March 1, 2015. Both books explore the manifold ways that ecofeminism has been used across a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to such fields as religious studies, literary criticism, history, philosophy, women’s studies, anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, geography, and political science. Current doctoral students are especially encouraged to submit proposals for “New Voices in Ecofeminist Activism,” though all proposals will be considered for both books.

We invite proposals for chapters that explicitly address the intersections between ecofeminism and other approaches or perspectives (for example, posthumanism, postcolonial studies, or queer studies). We especially encourage authors to highlight the unique contributions that ecofeminism, in combination with other approaches, brings to their primary discipline.

Interested authors should send a 300-word abstract, 200-word biography, and sample of a previously published chapter or article to dvakoch@ciis.edu by March 1, 2015. First drafts of full chapters (6000 words) are due by September 1, 2015, and final versions are due November 1, 2015.

The editor of “Ecofeminist Intersections” and “New Voices in Ecofeminist Activism,” D. A. 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 F. Castrillón) “Ecopsychology, Phenomenology, and the Environment: The Experience of Nature” (2014).

“Ecofeminist Intersections” and “New Voices in Ecofeminist Activism” will be guided by Quinby’s (1990, 126) observation that “Like the ecology and feminist movements from which it derives, ecofeminism is not devoid of impulses to develop a ‘coherent’ theory.” And yet, Quinby argues, coherence is limited in the face of modern power relations through which domination occurs. By Quinby’s (1990, 123) analysis, ecofeminism is most effective in opposing the oppressions of modern power by fostering a range of practices and theories: “Against such power, coherence in theory and centralization of practice make a social movement irrelevant or, worse, vulnerable, or—even more dangerous—participatory with the forces of domination.” Contrary to this pull toward uniformity, “Ecofeminist Intersections” and “New Voices in Ecofeminist Activism” will explore the variety of ecofeminisms that have developed since d’Eaubonne coined the word “ecofeminism” in 1974.

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