Assistant Director, Pluralism Project

Harvard University’s Pluralism Project is hiring an assistant director based in Cambridge, MA. More details are available online.

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Adjunct position in Christian education

Lexington Theological Seminary is seeking adjunct faculty to teach courses during 2016-2017 in its online Master of Divinity program that integrates intellectual, spiritual and practical dimensions of congregational life and leadership.  We specifically seek a person or persons to teach required and elective courses in Christian education.  Ph.D. or ABD is expected; but significant experience in congregational ministry and advanced knowledge of the relevant literature will be considered.  Candidates must demonstrate abilities to apply their discipline to contexts of ministry.  Candidates must also demonstrate strong technological skills and pedagogical experience that have prepared them to teach in an LMS environment (with discussion boards, chat rooms, online quizzes, online community formation, etc.), to create online audio-visual PowerPoint presentations, and to use other web tools to enhance course interaction.  For information about LTS, including the current roster of required and elective courses offered in Christian Education, see

Applicants should email a curriculum vitae and a letter of application, and have two letters of reference emailed to Richard D. Weis, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean, at:  Applications received by May 20 will receive the greatest consideration.

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Brill announces new series in theology in practice

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, such as feminist, liberation, or systematic/constructive theologies, while also exploring new domains, such as comparative/interreligious, sexual, postcolonial, post-Christian, and critical racial-ethnic studies. Concerned with ministry and religious leadership, it will address multiple expressions of Christianity, fostering the development of cognate research in other religions and in secular formations that take practice, action, and performance as central concerns.

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Contemporary Religious Context Assistant Professor

The School of Religion, Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with specialization in the Contemporary Religious Context, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2016.

We are seeking a specialist who uses social-scientific methods in the study of Religion with an emphasis on innovative religious movements. Some examples of the type of work that potential candidates might be undertaking include:

  • studying the presence and role of religion in the media, particularly digital media;
  • religion as a cultural phenomenon that extends well beyond affiliation with a single specific religious tradition;
  • research in the growing cultural phenomenon of people who self-identify beyond the bounds of specific religious traditions, such as those who identify as Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR) or as having an interest in religion but having no specific religious affiliation (“Nones”)

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree completed at the start date of the appointment. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will be required to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval by the University. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent
residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.

A complete application consists of:  a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);  a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications);  a statement of research interests;  a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available); and,  Three letters of reference to be sent directly to Cheryl O’Shea, School of Religion, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON, K7L 3N6. The deadline for applications is 4 April, 2016. Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application package electronically as PDFs to Cheryl O’Shea at, although hard copy applications may be submitted to: Cheryl O’Shea Assistant to the Director The School of Religion Queen’s University Kingston, Ontario CANADA K7L 3N6

The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs. If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Cheryl O’Shea in The School of Religion, at or 613-533-2109. Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA).

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CFP for AKRK meeting in September 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 (Germany),
September 8-11, 2016. The meeting theme is: “„Rendez-vous mit der
Realität. Religionspädagogischer Umgang mit herausfordernden Zeichen der
Zeit” (“Rendez-vous with reality. Dealing with the challenging signs of
the times”). Main topics are “inclusion”, “fundamentalism” and
“non-denominational students”. The program, call for papers and further
information can be found on

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2016 Proposal Process now open

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 process without being a member, but will need to join the association if your proposal is accepted through our blind peer process.

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John Dewey celebration

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 in Brown v. Board. The center is located at: 1816 12th St NW, Washington, DC 20009. More details are available online.

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Visiting asst. prof. in spirituality

The Department of Theology at the University of Portland seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor in Spirituality for a one-year position, for the 2016-17 academic year. Candidates must be rooted in the Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions. PhDs preferred; the minimum requirement is ABD status. Teaching load is four courses each semester, which includes three lower division courses (either Introduction to Theology, Bible Past and Present, or both) and an upper division or graduate course in Spirituality. Please submit letters of interest, CV, and three letters of reference to Dr. Will Deming via Hire Touch at

Located at 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., Portland, OR, 97203-5798, the University of Portland stands in the tradition of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and prepares ethical leaders who respond to the needs of the world and its human family. Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. The University of Portland is an Equal Opportunity employer fully dedicated to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, age, or sexual orientation or other categories protected by law. For more information, please visit our website at

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Academy of Religious Leadership meeting April 14-16

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 of the ARL.

The theme is Engaging Sacred Texts for Teaching Religious Leadership and will focus on the following questions:

  • How do we, as teachers and leaders, engage sacred texts in the teaching and practice of leading?
  • How do theological perspectives dictate the ways in which we approach text in the teaching of religious leadership?
  • What are the methodological assumptions that we employ in our engagement with sacred texts for leadership formation?
  • What are the pedagogical practices or implications for engaging sacred texts for leadership formation?

The agenda will include presentations and responses from scholars and leaders who engage sacred text(s) for the teaching or practice of religious leadership.

ARL has a history of welcoming new members, who are professors, pastors, religious leaders, and masters and doctoral level students.


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Matthew Geiger has died

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 9, 2016, in his home in Alexandria, Virginia, surrounded by his parents and loving wife Emily. He had battled cancer for the last two years. Matthew was the son of William Ebling Geiger, Jr. and Edwina Pordum Geiger. He was born on November 8, 1972 in Carbondale, Il, and moved with his family to Vermont in 1974. He graduated from Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington after receiving his primary education in Essex Junction schools. After one year at SUNY Oswego, Matthew transferred to UVM, where he completed majors in both History and Religion, as well as a minor in Philosophy, in 1997. He lived with Benedictine monks in Chicago while doing graduate studies at the University of Chicago, from which he received a Master of Divinity in 2004. Following several adjunct instructor positions at local colleges, he began his high school teaching career at St. Mark’s School in Southborough, MA. He moved in 2007 to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (SSSAS) in Alexandria, where he taught in the Religion department up until his death. He continued his studies while doingaward-winning teaching at SSSAS and earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 2013.

Matthew’s commitment to the service of others was evident from a young age. While at Rice, he was involved in missionary trips to Selma and to Caracas, Venezuela. He later traveled with teams to Guatemala and El Salvador. These experiences reinforced his growing commitment to service of those in need and inclusion of all in the human family.

Matthew found a confluence of his interests in scholarship and service in high school teaching. In his brief academic career, he made substantive contributions to the teaching practices of high school religion and ethics. He published papers and essays having their origin or foundation in his doctoral work (“Religious Education Person to Person: the Reflective and Relational Practice of ‘Notebooking’ in an Academic Setting”) in major journals, one reviewer characterizing the work as ‘groundbreaking’. Matthew’s manuscripts recently accepted by Religious Education and by British Journal of Religious Education will be published posthumously. Matthew also gave a number of invited lectures and organized workshops at national meetings of the Association of Religious Education. The substance of his teaching was one-on-one interactions with his students, and he was deeply committed to each of them. After his illness became known, he received countless cards, texts, and visits responses from former students who recalled specific conversations that they had with Matthew which were important in their paths to personal development. Matthew and his family were heartened and encouraged by these outpourings and offer their deep thanks and gratitude to all who reached out.

He enjoyed reading, classical music, and going anywhere with Emily. As a young man, Matthew loved playing sports, and was a Little League all-star pitcher and infielder. He was a four-year varsity basketball player at Rice, where he became an accomplished point guard and set a school record for assists. He continued to enjoy playing and watching these sports as an adult, and was a regular attendee at Washington Nationals games. He eventually forgave his father for raising him as a Buffalo Bills fan.

Matthew’s greatest good fortune was meeting the math and economics teacher Emily Catherine Repp at SSSAS. Matthew and Emily were married in Alexandria, VA on July 18, 2009 and built a deep relationship based on mutual unconditional love. Emily remained Matthew’s greatest strength and source of meaning during his illness. Matthew is survived by Emily, by his loving sister Karen Marie Geiger, and by his mother Edwina and father William. A viewing will be held at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Service on Sunday, March 13, 5-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on March 14, 11 AM, at Our Lady of Queen of Peace in Arlington, VA, and a memorial service will be held on March 16, 9 AM, for SSSAS students and faculty at the Virginia Theological Seminary. Matthew has requested that donations in his name be made to Monastery of the Holy Cross, 3111 S. Aberdeen St., Chicago, IL 60608 or on-line at – See more at:

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