Routledge has announced the publication of new volume in its Studies in Religion series: Theology and the Arts: Engaging Faith, by Ruth Illman and W. Alan Smith. In contrast to “the narrow emphasis of modernity on reason and the scientific method as the basis of all knowledge,” Illman and Smith focus on “discrete practices of faithful communities” that engage the arts. As a practical theology of the arts, the book “presents its theological claims through the careful analysis of several stories of communities around the world that have engaged in transformational practices through a specific art form, investigating communities from Europe, the Middle East, South America, and the U.S. The case studies explored include Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Druze, indigenous, and sometimes agnostic subjects, involved in visual art, music, dance, theatre, documentary film, and literature.” Read the publisher’s press release for a 20% discount. Better still, purchase it through the REA Bookstore!
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The May issue of Teaching Links has been published. Note that the Wabash Center is now receiving nominations for its annual New Teachers Dinner at the AAR-SBL meeting this November. It’s an excellent introduction to colleagues, senior scholars committed to conversations about teaching, and the Wabash Center programs. Please nominate your past students who have begun their teaching careers!
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The Religious Education Association has been accepted as a Related Scholarly Organization (RSO) by the American Academy of Religion (AAR). RSO status brings with it several benefits, including:
• Recognition as an RSO on the AAR website and a link to the RSO’s website.
• Recognition of the RSO in the AAR Annual Meeting Program Book front matter, including a brief description of the association.
• Discounted rates for meeting space at the AAR Annual Meeting and for AAR membership-list rental.
• Listing of the RSO’s program within the AAR’s program in the Program Book, rather than simply with other additional meetings.
We eagerly anticipate the opportunity for broader exposure of our field and its contributions within the expansive scholarly dialogue that characterizes AAR-SBL meetings. This year in Baltimore, Nov 23–26, will be an important inauguration, so please make it a priority to participate, if you plan to attend AAR/SBL.
Mary Hess has graciously agreed to spearhead our programming. As we await further instructions from AAR, I urge members to send us your best ideas for a session that will help the wider AAR understand what is distinctive and fascinating about the field of religious education! You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Board of Directors of the Religious Education Association has announced that Professor Robert (Bob) Jackson, PhD, DLitt, AcSS, will receive the William Rainey Harper Award at the 2013 REA Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.
The William Rainey Harper Award was named after the first President of the University of Chicago, who was the founder of the Religious Education Association in 1903. It is presented to outstanding leaders whose academic contributions and/or professional service from across the disciplines and fields of study has had a significant impact on the theory and practice of religious education. Previous esteemed recipients include Elie Wiesel, Margaret Mead, Paulo Freire, James Fowler, and most recently, Parker Palmer.
The award recognizes Jackson’s significant contribution to the study and advocacy of religions and education in the school experience of young people. Professor Jackson, who holds positions at Warwick University and the European Wergeland Centre in Oslo, is an expert consultant on religious diversity and education and Co-Editor of the Waxmann book series Religious Diversity and Education in Europe. Between 1994 and 2012 Professor Jackson led the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit (WRERU), the largest research team in Europe dedicated to religions and education.
“Simply the breadth of Robert Jackson’s work and the range of disciplines on which he draws makes him a very strong candidate for this award. I also appreciate the fact that his work has had impact in many interreligious, intercultural and international areas, and that makes him a worthy recipient in the context of the mission of REA,” wrote Sara Lee, a member of the Committee who recommends award recipients to the Board.
More information about Professor Jackson, including his extensive curriculum vita, can be found on the Warwick website.
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An ecumenical conference on the future of faith formation will be held May 31 — June 2, 2013, at the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria. e-Formation: Faith Formation for a Connected Digital World is intended to help participants learn how to integrate digital approaches into faith formation with all ages and generations.
“More and more, the work of Christian faith formation and discipleship is happening online, or at least with help from social media and other Web technology. Parishioners are forming support groups on Facebook to extend their communities’ mutual care beyond Sunday morning. Christians are tweeting if they ♥ Jesus. Digital disciples are praying and serving with help from Mobile content, and apps nurture their spiritual practices and encourage them to bring their Christian faith to bear on the many aspects of their busy lives. Although our proclamation remains the same, the world is changing very quickly; our ideas about ways to form disciples for that world need to change with it.”
For more information and to register, please go to www.eformationvts.org.
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Morehouse Publishing has announced the release of Julie Lytle’s new book, Faith Formation 4.0: Introducing an Ecology of Faith in a Digital Age.
“Framed by the Great Commission’s imperative to ‘make disciples,’ Faith Formation 4.0 shows how to reclaim the characteristics of the original oral tradition of the Early Church while using today’s tools of digital media for interactive faith formation and storytelling. It examines four distinct eras in faith formation and communications including 1.0 (Jesus telling stories and the oral tradition), 2.0 (Paul’s letters to build and guide the church), 3.0 (The Reformation, printing press, and rise of mass media) and 4.0 (reclaiming the oral tradition through digital media), providing an accessible guide for pastoral leaders as they navigate the digital landscape.” Read the publisher’s press release. Purchase it through the REA Bookstore!
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Pittsburgh Theological Seminary has a long tradition of continuing education with a robust program that serves around 2500 learners on an annual basis. Building on this success the Seminary is poised to enhance and expand its offerings in continuing education both for professional development and lifelong learning – particularly in the area of hybrid/online opportunities. To that end the Seminary has made a substantial investment to support the marketing, administration, and delivery of continuing education courses and programs. The new director will have an outstanding opportunity to develop new programs to meet the changing needs of continuing ministry education in the 21st century.
The Director of Continuing Education is responsible for oversight and management of the overall operations of the Seminary’s Office of Continuing Education and Special Events; provides leadership in delivering educational opportunities for multiple audiences including clergy and laypersons; serves as liaison to religious and community organizations in matters pertaining to continuing education. See complete job posting.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Master’s degree required; Doctorate preferred. The ideal candidate will have experience in continuing education administration for a seminary, university, college, school, or business. A demonstrated record in developing innovative new programs will also be highly regarded. Candidates with well-established networks of professional and continuing education thought leaders are desired. The ideal candidate will be ordained and familiar with academic culture, possess an understanding of theological education, and have a Christian commitment compatible with Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.
The expected start date for this position is July 1, 2013. The search committee will begin to review applications on April 1, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must supply a letter of intent, résumé, and names and contact information of at least three references. In addition, applicants are expected to supply a 2–3 page summary of their ideas about how to build a continuing education program to meet the needs of the 21st century church. All these materials are to be submitted to Diane Reynolds, Executive Assistant to the Vice President for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 616 N. Highland Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15206. Electronic submissions to email@example.com are preferred.
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Comparative Religion: Instructor/Visiting Assistant Professor in the religious traditions of America to teach introductory undergraduate courses in Comparative Religion and transnational American Studies.
Required: PhD (for appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor), ABD (for appointment as Instructor) in Comparative Religion, American Studies, or related fields (history, literature, etc.).
Desire: Training in comparative study of religion in the context of American culture, particularly in the context of globalization and transnational studies and the experience of religious minorities in America. One-year appointment for the 2013–14 academic year. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation to Stephen Nimis, Department of Comparative Religion, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056; email submissions welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org. Screening of applications begins May 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.
Miami University is an EOE/AA employer with smoke-free campuses. Right to Know – Consumer Information http://www.miami.muohio.edu/about-miami/publications-and-policies/student-consumer-info/. Hard copy upon request.
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HARTFORD SEMINARY Announces Endowment Scholarship for the BUILDING ABRAHAMIC PARTNERSHIPS PROGRAM.
The endowment fund, The Rev. Drs. Eleanor and Jay Ebersole and Family BAP Fund, will provide annual income to underwrite student tuition, travel and accommodation expenses to participate in this 8-day program each summer. The donor’s preference is that the scholarship be awarded to current United Church of Christ pastor in the Southern Conference, within which Dr. Ebersole resides in retirement.
Building Abrahamic Partnerships is an interfaith community of learning for Jews, Christians and Muslims that provides a solid foundation in interfaith ministry and education. This year, it will be held from June 23 through June 30 on the Hartford Seminary campus.
About Building Abrahamic Partnerships
The program goals are to:
- Enhance understanding of the beliefs and practices of all three faith traditions
- Create a safe and supportive environment in which seminarians, clergy, religious educators, and lay leaders can forge mutually beneficial relationships across communal boundaries
- Develop pastoral skills integral to effective interfaith ministry
- Generate leadership strategies for promoting interfaith relations in our pluralistic society.
For further information about this Hartford Seminary program click here or contact Jonathan Lee, Director of Institutional Advancement, 860–509-9556 email@example.com
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The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University is seeking a Director for its Doctor of Ministry program. The School of Theology is one academic unit within Virginia Union University; an American Baptist related historically African American institution of higher education. The faculty considers itself a community of reverent scholars with a vested interest in the life of the church. This tenure-track position will begin on July 1, 2013. The position requires leadership through administrative and advising responsibilities for the Doctor of Ministry program. The director will be responsible for teaching two courses within the Master of Divinity curriculum. Faculty rank is negotiable. The ideal candidate will hold the M.Div. degree, an academic doctorate (Ph.D., Th.D., Ed.D.) in a related discipline, full ordination within a recognized denomination, and demonstrate a commitment to congregational life.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, official transcripts for all earned degrees, and three letters of recommendation. Preference will be given to persons with advanced degrees in homiletics, and pastoral care and counseling. Nominations and application materials should be sent to Ms. Ronda Bond, The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA 23220. We strongly encourage applicants to submit materials electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. The search will continue until the position is filled. Virginia Union University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to cultural, racial, gender, and ethnic diversity. The university also complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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