Director of Christian Education opening

Central Presbyterian Church, centrally located in in Iowa’s thriving capitol city, is searching for a qualified Interim Christian Education Director to serve as soon as possible on an independent contractor basis for one year (with the potential to become an ongoing position) 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 be a part of this church culture should e-mail a cover letter and resume to Bill Monroe, co-chair of the Human Resources Committee at: isubill13@gmail.com.

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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.

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.

“Ecofeminist Intersections” 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” will explore the variety of ecofeminisms that have developed over the past forty years.

The editor of “Ecofeminist Intersections,” 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).

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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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