Second Horizons book announced

The REA Horizons in Religious Education series announces the acceptance of the 2nd book in the series.  Open Minds, Devoted Hearts: Portraits of Adult Religious Educators written by Dr. Sarah Tauber will be published in 2015.  Dr. Tauber is Assistant Professor of Jewish Education at Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. She has published essays in Religious Education and Journal of Jewish Education.  In the book Dr. Tauber uses the qualitative research process of portraiture to explore the lives of three Jewish rabbis as adult educators.  Furthermore, she has developed a creative model of connecting literature on narrative, transformation, and spirituality in religious education.  The book will stimulate the conversation about the religious education of adults and our efforts to enhance the training of congregational leaders as adult religious educators.

More information on the series is available.

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Dir. Extended learning and Practical theology

The Church Divinity School of the Pacific is seeking a Director of Extended Learning who will also have a half-time faculty appointment in practical theology. The Director of Extended Learning will build upon the strengths of the established Center for Anglican Learning and Leadership (CALL) and expand its offerings in exciting ways, such as creating new programs of rigorous theological education for those serving in lay or ordained ministry and working with dioceses that are developing alternative paths for preparing congregational leaders. In the accredited academic programs, this person will share in teaching some area of practical theology—public ministry, evangelism, missiology, youth and young adult ministry, pastoral care, homiletics, or congregational studies. Additionally, this position will include offering electives in the person’s area of academic interest, which will involve teaching in the ecumenical and interreligious setting of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) at the M.Div., D.Min., and Ph.D. levels.

The successful candidate will have a broad grasp of the changing landscape of theological education and be able to articulate an innovative and compelling vision for the future that bridges the worlds of seminary and extended learning. He or she will have knowledge of the Episcopal Church; the ability to develop networks and participate in existing networks, including through the strategic use of social media; and be comfortable working with bishops and other senior diocesan leaders. Analyzing and communicating a marketable vision of the program will be a distinctive strength. He or she should hold a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Th.D., or D.Min.) and bring knowledge of online education and curriculum design, an understanding of adult learning, the ability to develop and implement educational programs, and the ability to recruit and supervise adjunct faculty.

This position is rank-open and will begin on July 1, 2015. The initial appointment will be for a three- to five-year period.

The Church Divinity School of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons who would increase the racial/ethnic diversity of our faculty are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, submit a cover letter, CV, contact information for three references, and a statement of up to 500 words describing how in your teaching and scholarship you would respond to the vision set out in this position description. Electronic applications are preferred.

Applications should be submitted by December 1, 2014. Send completed application materials to CDSP: PracticalTheologicalSearch@cdsp.edu. For questions about application process or the position, please contact Elsbeth Wetherill, ewetherill@cdsp.edu.

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ON Scripture: Bible project director

PURPOSE OF POSITION:

Supervise and direct the project ON Scripture-The Bible, a Christian resource. This includes supervision of the companion video; supervision of the written biblical commentary team and process; project grant deliverables and timelines. Guide strategy on emerging faith-based projects and opportunities at Odyssey Networks. Explore commercial and grant-driven opportunities to develop the product in accordance with the company’s Strategic Plan.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervise all aspects of ON Scripture-The Bible and align it with the strategic content and editorial goals and standards of Odyssey Networks.
  • Direct the project ON Scripture-The Bible through its multiple distribution platforms consistent with the expectations and directives set by Odyssey Networks’ President and CEO and Head of Programming.
  • Oversee production of weekly video and liaise with the Editor of written content to ensure content values, standards and delivery are consistent with overall Odyssey Networks goals.
  • Oversee the Grant Process for ON Scripture-The Bible including new Grant opportunities, Interim Reports and Final Reports; coordinate writing with the Grant Writing Consultant and Odyssey support team.
  • Work with Editor and Biblical Scholar to determine weekly content.
    Coordinate a process with the Long Form Factual division for ON Scripture-The Bible resources.
  • Oversee the creation of a marketplace model for ON Scripture –The Bible.
  • Create weekly update reports to the Head of Programming about project.
  • Responsible for coordinating the components of the Grant evaluations.
  • Supervise grant, editorial and production team for ON Scripture – The Bible.
  • Work with Odyssey senior staff to ensure consistent representation of Odyssey Networks brand and mission that increase visibility, exposure, of ON Scripture –The Bible.
  • Represent Odyssey Networks at appropriate industry markets and events

REPORTS TO: Head of Programming

WORKS CLOSELY WITH: ON Scripture-The Bible Editor, production team members for ON Scripture-The Bible companion videos. Manager of Social Media and Marketing, Social Media and Marketing Coordinator,

Education and Training: Theological Training and experience with Non-Profit Grant process preferred. Experience with social justice movement preferred. Experience with video production and social media preferred.

PLEASE CONTACT: cadolan@odysseynetworks.org

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New membership system

We’ve just inaugurated a new membership system that promises to help us stay more connected and networked. You can find details here. You may notice that we now send our first renewal reminder two months before your membership expires, which for many of our members means that you got a membership renewal notice today. Here is a quick reference sheet that can help you find your way through the renewal process. And remember that you can contact Lucinda Huffaker at secretary@religiouseducation.net with any questions.

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Getting ready for our annual meeting

Head over to the annual meeting page for details on how to read RIG papers, arrange transport from O’Hare airport to the hotel, and a host of other useful information.

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Director of Ministry Studies, Andover Newton

The Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor who serves Andover Newton as Director of Ministry Studies provides faculty-level educational leadership for ministry studies across Andover Newton’s programs, including vision, planning, and implementation. Andover Newton Theological School currently seeks a full-time, tenure-track faculty member for this position to start in the summer of 2015. Andover Newton invites applications from scholar-practitioners in a wide range of ministry studies-related fields. Compensation will be aligned with Andover Newton’s faculty salary ranges. Responsibilities (and therefore distribution of time for the faculty member selected) strongly emphasize educational leadership, program design and implementation, educational event planning, and ministry partnerships in the community.

The Director of Ministry Studies leads academic programs related to ministerial education across the life-span and at different levels of professional commitment. The Director collaborates with the Dean of the Faculty and is supported with approximately 30 hours per week of administrative and collegial assistance from academic staff members. Duties include the following, plus regular faculty leadership responsibilities related to advising and service to the School.

Direct Field Education Program, including

  • Advising students on placement
  • Identifying and equipping appropriate learning sites
  • Training and supporting supervisors
  • Coordinating the Professor-Practitioner Program
  • Envisioning future paths for the Program in consultation with the faculty and Dean
  • Teach two courses each academic year in academic discipline, according to the needs of the curriculum
  • Plan and implement educational programs for clergy and laity, including but not limited to
  • Directing the DMin Program in collaboration with the faculty-led DMin Committee

More details are available at the website.

Qualifications sought: Educational leadership potential and/or experience; Ph.D., Ed.D., or D.Min.; deep knowledge of the work of ministry, including recent experience in a ministry setting; and entrepreneurial and/or creative gifts.

Applicants should please send cover letters, CVs, a relevant writing sample, and lists of four professional references to:

Director of Ministry Studies Search Committee
Prof. Gregory Mobley, Prof. Robert Pazmiño, Co-Chairs
Care of Mr. David Ames, Administrative Assistant to the Deans
Andover Newton Theological School
210 Herrick Road
Newton Center, MA 02459
dames@ants.edu (electronic submission preferred)

Review of applications will begin November 14, 2014 and continue until a candidate has been selected.

Andover Newton is a graduate seminary serving approximately 300 full- and part-time students with 70 full and part-time faculty and staff. Traditionally covenanted with the United Church of Christ and the American Baptist Churches, the School’s student population has nearly 35 denominations represented with a large Unitarian Universalist cohort. The school is situated on a beautiful 27-acre campus in Newton Centre, MA, a residential suburb just outside Boston, MA. A short walk from public transportation, the campus is adjacent to Hebrew College and Rabbinical School with which it shares many programs and operations. Andover Newton is an Equal Opportunity employer.

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Congregational and Community Care Leadership, Luther Seminary

Luther Seminary is seeking a theologically reflective and imaginative person for a tenure-eligible position in Congregational and Community Care Leadership. Candidates should have ministry experience and be committed to communal-contextual and intercultural paradigms of pastoral care. Candidates should demonstrate the capacity to relate theology with psychology and other social sciences in caring for persons, congregations, and communities. The ability and willingness to give theological leadership in a Lutheran seminary committed to the missional character of the Christian faith is essential.

Responsibilities include teaching foundational and elective courses in Congregational and Community Care leadership in a variety of academic programs: M.A., M.Div., and advanced theological degree programs. Capacity to collaborate in the portfolio-based vocational formation of students in an innovative educational culture is expected. The ability to engage in effective web-based and web-enhanced teaching and learning is required. A Ph.D. in pastoral care, congregational ministry, practical theology or the equivalent is required. The person selected may be eligible for appointment to the George Weinman Chair in Pastoral Theology and Ministry and will serve in the faculty’s Leadership Division.

Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. Women, persons of color, and those fluent in Latin American, African, or Asian languages and cultures are encouraged to apply. The position will begin July 1, 2015. Review of applications will begin after November 14th 2014 and will continue until position is filled.

Direct applications or nominations to:
Office of Human Resources
Luther Seminary
2481 Como Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
employment@luthersem.edu

Please include cover letter, CV, and references in application.

Founded in 1869, Luther Seminary is faithful to its mission of educating leaders for Christian communities. As one of the eight seminaries of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the seminary prepares about a third of the ELCA’s pastors and a growing number of lay leaders for ministry. In addition, the seminary educates numerous ecumenical students to serve around the world. The seminary has nearly 30 faculty members and more than 600 full-time and part-time students who are being equipped to share the love of Christ. Of these students, 28 percent are from non-Lutheran faith traditions and 9 percent are from countries other than the U.S.

Luther Seminary is known for its transformative education and innovative curriculum. The seminary offers a wide variety of theological degrees ranging from the Master of Divinity to the Master of Arts in a host of concentrations including children, youth and family ministry. Advanced degrees include the Ph.D. program, the Master of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry with concentrations in congregational mission and leadership or biblical preaching. Both in-residence and distributed learning options are available for a number of degrees.

Luther Seminary is located in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of 3 million people. Nestled in the heart of the cities, it is in close proximity to the University of Minnesota, three other seminaries and numerous private colleges and universities. This provides access to diverse thought, cultures and faiths. For more information, see www.luthersem.edu.

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Library Director, Memphis Theological

Memphis Theological Seminary seeks qualified applicants for the position of Library Director. Qualifications include an M.L.S. with professional experience. A theological degree such as the M.Div (or equivalent) with experience in theological bibliography is preferred. Ph.D. or other terminal degree is desirable. The rank of administrative faculty will be considered for candidates who have the appropriate degree and/or experience. Applicants should show a willingness to work in the setting of an ecumenical Christian seminary with a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. Applications from traditionally under-represented populations are encouraged. The position is set to begin in the summer of 2015.

Responsibilities for the position include:

  • Oversight of the existing collection
  • Strategic planning for acquisitions of texts and periodicals in both print and digital formats
  • Managing staff (both full-time and part-time)
  • Managing an annual budget
  • Visioning for the library’s continuing transition into a multiplatform learning commons in the digital era
  • Ability to teach writing and research skills with reference to the theological disciplines
  • Primary leadership in coordinating/providing research assistance for faculty and students in the library’s collection and digital resources

Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to Dean Stan Wood, Memphis Theological Seminary, 168 E Parkway South, Memphis, TN 38104. Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2014.

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Homiletics and Worship, Lenoir Rhyne LTSS

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary of Lenoir-Rhyne University, located in Columbia SC, announces a search for a full-time faculty position to teach courses in the areas of homiletics and worship. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in homiletics, liturgics, or a related field (Ph.D. or THD); be an ordained Lutheran pastor and a skilled preacher; and have demonstrated academic excellence in homiletical, liturgical, biblical, or theological disciplines. This person will teach five required and elective courses per year in preaching and in worship within the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry curricula, and also participate in the Master of Arts in Religion and Master of Sacred Theology programs. This position entails normal expectations of faculty regarding teaching, academic advising, life in the church and community, committee responsibility, and research and publication. The position will be tenure eligible, and rank will depend on prior teaching experience. The successful candidate can expect to begin teaching in the fall 2015 semester.

LTSS is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America serving an ecumenically diverse student body, and the successful candidate is expected to function effectively in an ecumenical context shaped by a Lutheran ethos. The person hired for this position will also place a high priority on the spiritual and pastoral formation of the students, and be committed to the primary mission of LTSS in preparing women and men for public ministry as pastors and leaders in the church.

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is committed to diversity among its faculty, and all qualified persons are encouraged to apply. Interested applicants are asked to submit a letter of interest; curriculum vitae;  a 500-700 word statement outlining their approach to the teaching of homiletics and worship within the context where about half of the students are Lutheran and others are UMC, Baptist, PCUSA, and various other traditions;  graduate school transcripts (official copies will be required at time of hire); and contact data for 3 references. These documents are to be uploaded as PDF or Word documents as part of the online application found here:

http://hr.lr.edu/jobs

Review of applications will begin November 10.

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Homiletics, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago welcomes applications and nominations for a tenure-eligible position with primary teaching responsibilities in the area of preaching, with an appointment beginning in the fall semester of 2015. The person appointed to this position will be installed in the Axel Jacob and Gerda Maria (Swanson) Carlson Chair of Homiletics and will join a faculty committed to a lively engagement between the church and the life of the world.

The successful candidate will have a solid record in the teaching and practice of preaching, and possess a compelling research agenda in the area of preaching or a related field (e.g. bible, practical theology, etc.). Active involvement in the church is an essential criterion, with preferential consideration given to ordained and rostered leaders of the ELCA and its ecumenical partners. LSTC seeks to foster gender, racial-ethnic and international diversity within its faculty. Women and representatives of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. Candidates should hold a PhD or its equivalent. Rank is open.

Responsibilities include teaching courses in preaching and other areas of expertise; preparing and advising students in candidacy for rostered ministries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and in other church bodies; and working with students in all degree programs, including the ecumenical DMin and ACTS DMin in Preaching Program. This seminary values a collegial and collaborative approach to teaching, governance, and community life.

Please send a letter of application, CV, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Benjamin M. Stewart, chair of the search committee, at homiletics.search@lstc.edu by 14 November 2014. All materials should be submitted electronically.

About LSTC

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC), a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, forms visionary leaders who bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. It provides high-quality seminary and graduate education for women and men in a community that is global, multicultural, ecumenical, interfaith, and urban. LSTC faculty provide resources for the whole church through their research, writing, and workshops and presentations around the world. Graduates serve in every type of ministry setting as they work to realize the gospel vision of peace and justice.  To learn more about the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, visit www.lstc.edu

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