Video of Robert Jackson receiving Harper Award

In November of 2013, the Religious Education Association gave the William Rainey Harper award to Robert Jackson. Here is video of him accepting the award, with his speech.


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Int’l Conference on Nature and the Environment

Nazareth College, Hickey Center for Interfaith Studies and Dialogue is pleased to accept abstracts for its  3rd international conference on Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Nature and Environment in the Sacred Texts of World Religions at Nazareth College, Rochester, New York in collaboration with   Department of Religious Studies at Hobart William-Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.  to be held on May 23-25, 2016 followed by a day or two site visits to area historical places in the Upstate, NY.

Please visit the website to know more about the conference submitting proposal and registration.

Please make copies of the poster and share it with your colleagues and friends: Sacred Texts Conference poster

The earlier scholars mail abstracts and a short bio, the sooner the committee will offer acceptance. The Conference is open for scholars in religious, theology, environmental studies and other scientists from US and abroad as presenters or participants.

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Belief in Dialogue conference

The Belief in Dialogue conference of the AULRE will be held on 1 – 3 September 2015,  at Mary’s University Twickenham.

The full details are listed on the new Association of University Lecturers in Religion and Education website including the link to book The conference is open to all, academics, researchers, teachers, education professionals, advisors, students and others who share an interest in the interface between religion and education.

Farid Panjwani will be talking about reforms in the Muslim educational movement, internal diversity within Muslim communities and the implications for freedom and autonomy. Farid recently was part of the team that organised the conference on Education, extremism and criticality in London and will bring important insights from that event and his long work in the field. He is relatively unknown to the “religious education community” and this oversight needs to be rectified.

Tania ap Sion will be talking about evidence from the Qualitative strand of the Warwick research notably the impact of religious schooling on attitudes to other faiths and the effect of RE of community cohesion and the common good. This is particularly relevant given the ongoing discussion around, so called “faith schools”, now arguably a problematised term despite its ongoing use in many debates.

The incoming Chair of the REC, Trevor Cooling, will be talking about the idea of Christian approach to teaching RE. This builds on his major study of schools negotiating a Christian approach to teaching in general terms. His thinking will challenge some of the categorisations that have been used in RE discourse that espouse ‘neutral secular’ RE over ‘biased confessional’ RE.

And finally, outgoing Chair of the REC, Joyce Miller, will be sharing her wisdom, expertise and experience about RE and extremism and the religious, education and professional life.

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Coordinator of online learning

Hartford Seminary

The Coordinator or Director of Online Learning, either a part-time position (20 hours a week) or a full-time position if qualified to be appointed as a Faculty Associate, will assume the following responsibilities:

Administrative Responsibilities:

  • Assisting the Dean to increase and balance the number of online courses among the three academic degree programs
  • Exploring with the Dean the possibilities of a 100 percent online degree program
  • Reviewing the course evaluations with the Dean to discuss opportunities to increase cohesion among the course offerings and addressing relevant observations provided by the students
  • Working with the Dean on identifying important qualities for online instructors
  • Working with the Dean on the scheduling of online courses

Instructional Design:

  • Assessing the design of the current offerings, in themselves and programmatically, to ensure compatibility with the 2010 and 2012 revised ATS Standards, the 2011 NEASC Standards, and the standards of institutions cooperating with Hartford Seminary
  • Assessing the technologies necessary for implementing an online teaching and learning environment and working with the administration and faculty to ensure they are provided and put in use
  • Assisting new and current faculty in the development of new course offerings within the Blackboard learning management system Initial Certification in Online Teaching and Learning
  • Working with new and current faculty to strengthen their readiness and motivation to teach online courses
  • Providing certification in online teaching and learning through the Catholic Distance Learning Network (or other certification body) to new and current faculty Continuing Education
  • Offering continuing education for new and current faculty who teach online
  • Providing ongoing support to new and current faculty during the implementation of an online course


  • Collaboratively engaged in working with others
  • Openness to working in an interfaith environment
  • 3-5 years’ experience in the instructional design of online teaching and learning environments
  • 3-5 years’ experience in the various sound methodologies of online teaching and learning
  • Teaching experience in religious studies preferred.

If an applicant is seeking the Faculty Associate position, they must have a doctorate (or near completion) in a theological discipline. Please emphasize this intention in the first paragraph of your cover letter. Deadline for applications is July 17, 2015.

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BC Asst. Director of Admissions

The Assistant Director of Admissions is responsible for executing the enrollment strategy of the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) in consultation with the Associate Dean of Enrollment Management. The Assistant Director will generate prospective student interest to meet the STM’s annual inquiry, application, and enrollment goals. The Assistant Director serves as the primary representative for the STM at external recruiting events. The Assistant Director will also aid in the marketing efforts of the STM as well as build and maintain connections with specific Catholic organizations.

Title and Salary are dependent on candidate’s qualifications.

The position requires:

  • A commitment to and appreciation of the mission of a Catholic, Jesuit theological school
  • Excellent customer service, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational, prioritization, and project management skills
  • Strong computer skills and a thorough knowledge of social networking sites
  • A cooperative and collaborative individual who works well in a team-oriented, fast-paced office environment
  • A highly energetic and enthusiastic individual with the motivation to exceed goals
  • Significant travel throughout the year (heaviest during the fall recruitment season) and regular evening and weekend work
  • A working knowledge of higher education/admissions/enrollment management (preferred)
  • Coursework in graduate theology and/or ministry (preferred)

Candidates should possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required; master’s degree in higher education or theology and ministry strongly preferred
  • Three or more years of admissions and/or marketing and recruitment experience within higher education strongly preferred


Candidates must apply through Boston College’s Human Resource system:

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Director of Field Education and Professor of Practical Theology

Theological reflection upon supervised practice in ministry is integral to the strength of the Master of Divinity education at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The seminary now seeks a creative colleague to direct its field education program and to teach in the area of practical theology. Candidates for this position must have a heart for teaching, experience in congregational ministry, administrative expertise, and a passion for helping to form the next generation of pastoral leaders.

Louisville Seminary has been serving the Reformed tradition for more than 160 years, and is committed to continuing that relationship: candidates must be able to move comfortably within a Reformed context and guide students preparing to minister in churches of the Reformed tradition. At the same time, Louisville Seminary is an increasingly diverse ecumenical community embracing many traditions. We are committed to growing as a multicultural and anti-racist place of learning and living and committed to deepening interfaith dialogue and ecumenical relations.

Job Responsibilities

MDiv students at Louisville Seminary are required to be in part-time field education placements for two of three years; we are eager to find a colleague who can prepare students for ministries which are theologically reflective, historically informed, and engaged with the larger society in faithful ways. This person will work closely with supervisors from local, regional, and national ministries as well as colleagues in the faculty’s Practical Theology area to develop both field- and classroom-based educational opportunities. Depending upon the area of expertise, the person will also have the opportunity to teach students in more focused courses within Practical Theology (e.g., church administration or Christian education) for both masters-level and Doctor of Ministry degrees. In addition, she or he will have opportunity to participate in the Black Church Studies program, the Doors to Dialogue initiative, and the Master of Arts in Spirituality shared with Bellarmine University.

Job Qualifications

Candidates must have earned the PhD or DMin degree in a pertinent field; be an excellent teacher; have demonstrated superior gifts and skills as an administrator and strategic thinker; and possess ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff, and others of diverse backgrounds. Louisville Seminary is committed to building and sustaining a community of diverse people, who embody differences such as gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity, sexual orientation and denominational affiliation. We follow EEO guidelines and Affirmative Action procedures and particularly encourage women and candidates of color to apply.


Louisville Seminary offers a full range of benefits including a generous vacation package, 403b pension benefit, and health insurance. Salary is commensurate with experience.


We hope to make an appointment to begin in the summer of 2016. An application will include:

your curriculum vitae,

  • a list of at least three references with their email addresses,
  • a letter of application expressing your vision for the role of field education and practical theology in theological education

Send these materials electronically, by October 31, 2015, to:

Dr. J. Bradley Wigger, Search Committee Chair

c/o Ms. Jean Newman

Review of applications will begin November 2015.

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Rooted and Grounded CFP

Many people are becoming increasingly aware of the intimate connection between the environmental crisis and our detachment from the land. In response, Christian churches are called to root themselves more deeply in the biblical text in order to remember and imagine ways of living on the land that are restorative and reconciling. Last year’s AMBS Rooted and Grounded conference began these conversations, with 170 participants from across North America. Building on the enthusiasm of that event, the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary announces a second Rooted and Grounded conference, and invites submissions for papers and workshops.

The conference will take place October 1-3 on the AMBS campus in Elkhart, IN. Details are available at the conference website, and the open call for papers can be downloaded.

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Muslim Youth Association on Capitol Hill

We do not usually publish press releases, but this one came across our desktop this week and it is pertinent to our membership.

On Friday, May 1st, Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), the youth organization of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA, brought 150 young Muslim leaders from across the country to Capitol Hill for its second annual “Muslim Youth Day on the Hill” event. The youth had organized and individually met with 100 members of congress and their staff during the day about stopping the growth of radicalization and seeking their support for House Resolution 1568, which aims to protect religious minorities who are being persecuted by ISIS – particularly Christians and Yazidis.

A highlight of the day was when the youth joined Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA) and Ted Poe (R-TX) in the Capitol building to re-launch the Ahmadiyya Muslim Caucus for the 114th Session, which aims to stand up for persecuted religious minorities. The event was attended by the U.S. State Department, U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, HIAS Refugees, U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, and Shia Rights Watch

Representative Speier was the first to speak at the Caucus launch event, where she identified the problem of religious intolerance around the world and the work of AMYA to combat radicalization. “Your efforts to denounce and stop the radicalization of young Muslim women and men is deeply appreciated by all of us in this country,” Rep. Speier remarked. “The religious intolerance that we see today is frightening, and it then foments, I think, some of the militaristic actions that we have seen by some and that we must put down.”

Representative Poe then addressed all in attendance expressing not only outrage for the persecution that many religious groups face around the world (including the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community) but also praising AMYA for its work. “Efforts like this are a great way to expose the brutality of ISIS and to eliminate that philosophy that a lot of people throughout the world have: that all Muslims are the same. And with a broad swipe, [they] blame all Muslims for the conduct of a radical group of Muslims.”

The event closed with remarks by Dr. Basiyr Rodney, Executive Vice President of AMYA. Dr. Rodney began by addressing the carnage created by ISIS in a large region of territory between Iraq and Syria. Dr. Rodney spoke about the ongoing commitment of AMYA to counter radicalization, epitomized in the nationwide STOP THE CRISIS initiative. After explaining how protection of non-Muslims is an Islamic duty firmly established by the Prophet Muhammad 1,400 years ago, Dr. Rodney said: “we have another opportunity to stand up against the forces of destruction and aggression by offering our unyielding support for all refugees who have fled ISIS’s grip. We ask our congressional representatives to adopt house resolution HR 1568 sponsored by Rep Vargas, which calls for protecting religious minorities persecuted by ISIS. It is an important step toward granting freedom to victims of brutality, and we support all efforts towards the universal protection of freedom of conscience.”

The 150 Muslim youth then gathered at the National Mall outside and performed the Islamic Friday Prayer service in the open public. People passing by both listened in to the sermon and took pictures of the young Muslims engaged in worship.

About Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association:
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) is a nationwide youth group that works with young Muslim men and boys around the country. The association serves as the young men and boys auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. Officially established in the United States in 1939, AMYA is one of the earliest Muslim Youth organizations in the United States.

AMYA is a dynamic and vibrant association serving not only the needs of its members but of its local communities and nation. The association is comprised of more than 3,000 men and boys aged 7 to 40, spread across 70 local chapters. Previous members of AMYA include Grammy Award winning artists and Pulitzer Prize winning journalists. AMYA is headquartered in Silver Springs MD.

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Wimberly presentation at Yale

The Youth Ministry Initiative at Yale will be featuring our member and past president, Dr. Anne Wimberly, in a presentation on May 6th at 12:30 pm eastern time. It will be live-streamed, so even if you aren’t in New Haven, you will be able to hear her lecture.

The session will include an overview of meanings assigned to the term “disconnected youth,” also called “unchurched youth,” and will highlight profiles of disconnected youth, internal and external relational challenges churches face in reaching these youth, and examples of effective ministry paradigms that build bridges of connection between these youth and churches. The lecture will draw on preliminary data uncovered in the Youth Hope-Builders Academy (YHBA) research project entitled “Building Bridges of Hope: The Church’s Role in Reaching Disconnected Youth.”

Previous presentations in the Initiative are also archived online.

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Share our meeting flyers!

Plans continue for our next annual meeting in November, to be held the 6-8th in Atlanta. We now have two versions of a flyer that you can download and print, or send to friends and colleagues electronically.

This is a great way to start a conversation about our organization, and invite people to consider proposing a paper or workshop.

Remember that the CFP deadline is May 1st.

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