CFP: Ecclesiology and ethnography

The conference on ecclesiology and ethnography welcomes papers that explore the dynamic relationship between the theological and the lived in ecclesiology.

This conference is part of the Ecclesiology and Ethnography network, which seeks to draw together scholars working with theological approaches to qualitative research on the Christian Church. We encourage single and multi-authored papers. All papers are to be circulated prior to the event to enhance conference conversations and interaction.

Established scholars, doctoral students as well as pastor/scholars working in church settings are welcome to propose papers. As per previous years there will be mix of plenary presentations and shorter papers. Proposals are due on June 1.  Please send your abstract and title (no more than 500 words), along with contact to Prof. Pete Ward

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Creativity and the Spirit

Given that our next annual meeting is focused on the theme of imagination, and also the fact that our call for proposals deadline is May 1st, many readers of this website should be interested in the March issue of the Interfaith Observer, which is focused on creativity and spirit.

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CFP: Mending the world

The Church of Sweden Research Unit, and the Church of Sweden Policy Unit, invite papers on the theme “Mending the world: Possibilities and obstacles for religion, church and theology,” to be included in a conference taking place in Uppsala, Sweden October 13-15, 2015.  More information is available online.

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New journal on game environments and religion

The Institute for Religious Studies and Religious Education at the University of Bremen is hosting a new journal, gamevironments, considering the interactions of games, religion and culture.

The journal welcomes contributions applying all approaches and highlighting all fields of investigation related to video games/gaming and religion, culture, and society.

The journal also explicitly seeks to acknowledge the steadily increasing impact of video games’ and gaming’s global aspects. In order to actively contribute towards establishing and maintaining a critical dialogue including perspectives beyond the so far dominant regional contexts the journal encourages contributions which address the diverse global video game and gaming landscape.

Gamevironments is hosted at the University of Bremen, Germany. The journal is an international and multidisciplinary collaboration effort by the two editors-in-chief, Kerstin Radde-Antweiler from the University of Bremen in Germany and Xenia Zeiler from the University of Helsinki in Finland.

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Glossary of associations

Many of our webpages and papers refer to specific associations or organizations by acronyms or letters alone. That can be very confusing! We have begun a webpage on this site that is a glossary of associations we either have some involvement with, our members are also active in, or we have referred to in various papers or workshops. We are not specifically endorsing any of these organizations, but are providing the page for easy reference. Let us know if you find an acronym or organization we should add to the list.

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ICJS Educator

The Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies has recently expanded the scope of its mission and is now developing educational programs to engage Jews, Christians, and Muslims. In the months to come, the organization will also change its name to reflect this important shift. To fulfill its expanded educational mandate, we are seeking an educator with a commitment to interfaith learning and experience with educational best practices that bring Muslims, Christians, and Jews into searching conversation and sustained study.

The responsibilities of the ICJS Educator will include the following:

Adult Education Programming

  • Develop and conduct adult education programs for Jews, Christians and Muslims; help in the design and development of educational resources, both written and online. Educational Outreach
  • Build relationships with local Muslim communities.
  • Work in conjunction with the Muslim scholar to advance programs for interfaith learning that include Muslim texts and traditions.
  • Work with the ICJS staff scholars to research, design, and develop additional curricular materials for various constituencies in the field of Jewish-Christian, Jewish-Muslim, Muslim-Christian, and Jewish-Christian-Muslim studies. Our constituencies include clergy, religious professionals, educators, scholars, adult learners, and community leaders.


  • Develop assessments that will enable the ICJS to evaluate programs and demonstrate effectiveness in achieving its mission.

The Educator will be accountable directly to the Executive Director. The Educator will work collaboratively with the ICJS staff scholars, and will have administrative support.

Preferred candidates will have graduate education in religion and/or education. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with education and experience. Candidates should send a complete dossier (including letter of introduction, CV or resume, writing sample, the names, positions, and contact information of three references, and a sample educational program) to Rev. Dr. Christopher Leighton, Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, 956 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, Maryland 21204. For further information, including details about submitting an application electronically, please call 410-494-7161. Review of applications begins May 1, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

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NT/Early Christianity at Rhodes College

RHODES COLLEGE, Department of Religious Studies, announces a two-year position as an Assistant Professor in New Testament/Early Christianity beginning August, 2015. The teaching load is six courses per year. The successful candidate will teach courses in biblical studies as part of the Life: Then and Now program, including the first course in the introductory sequence, Religious Studies 101: The Bible: Texts and Contexts. He or she will also be expected to teach in the first year of Rhodes’ interdisciplinary humanities program (The Search for Values in Light of Western History and Religion) as well as in upper-level biblical studies courses of the instructor’s choice. We encourage applications from individuals whose interests go beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries, in particular from candidates who can contribute to programs such as Africana Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Environmental Studies.

Information on these and other interdisciplinary programs, the department, and the College can be found at

Enthusiasm for teaching and the ability to teach well at the undergraduate level will be important criteria for selection. An earned Ph.D. is expected to be in hand by August 15, 2015.

Please apply online at; only online applications will be accepted. A complete application includes a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Please address in your cover letter your interest in teaching at a liberal arts college and how your experiences with teaching, scholarship, and/or service might contribute to a college community that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values. Background checks are required before candidates can be brought to campus for interviews. For additional information, contact Professor John Kaltner,

We will begin reviewing completed applications immediately and continue until the position is filled. Founded in 1848, Rhodes College is a highly selective, private, residential, undergraduate college, located in Memphis, Tennessee. We aspire to graduate students with a lifelong passion for learning, a compassion for others, and the ability to translate academic study and personal concern into effective leadership and action in their communities and the world. We encourage applications from candidates interested in helping us achieve this vision. Rhodes College values an inclusive and welcoming environment. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity in the workforce. Memphis has a metropolitan population of over one million and is the nation’s 20th largest city. The city provides multiple opportunities for research and for cultural and recreational activities. Read more about Memphis at

Apply Here:

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Proposals now being accepted

The submission process to propose a RIG paper, workshop, colloquy or poster session for our 2015 annual meeting in Atlanta is now live at the 2015 conference site. Please spread the word widely! This year’s focus on imagination provides lots of room for submissions from multiple fields. The deadline is 1 May 2015.

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AAR CFP on secularism, secularity and gender/race

The AAR group on secularism and secularity has published a CFP seeking proposals on “the secular’s complicated relationship with race and sex/gender. What new spaces has the secular opened up for women and people of color, and what new barriers has it created? What forms of activism does the secular enable that are not available in spaces governed by religious norms, and what forms does it foreclose? How does the divide between secular and religious map onto different kinds of feminism and struggles for rights and recognition? In turn, how do critical analyses of race and sex/gender disrupt that divide?
And why are self-avowed nonbelievers disproportionately white and male? We invite paper and session proposals that engage these and related questions through original historical or social scientific research.”

More information is available online.

I can’t help wondering if perhaps a group of REA scholars might have something useful to share on this!

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