New Editor-Elect for Journal Announced

The Board of Directors of the Religious Education Association has announced the selection of Rev. Dr. Joyce Ann Mercer as Editor-Elect of the journal RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, effective September 1, 2014. Dr. Mercer is Professor of Practical Theology and the Arthur Lee Kinsolving Chair in Pastoral Theology at Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, Virginia. She will work with editor Jack Seymour (Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary) through a transition period until she assumes the editorship of RELIGIOUS EDUCATION in January 2016. Read the complete announcement here.

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New Book Explores Biblical Wisdom on Intercultural Relationships

We congratulate HyeRan Kim-Cragg on her new book with EunYoung Choi in which they explore the reign of God as it is “sown and fulfilled through differences.” Translated from Korean by Lark Kim, The Encounters: Retelling the Bible from Migration and Intercultural Perspectives explores “the Biblical figures whose lives were marked by migration and crossing boundaries.” In these biblical encounters, we learn more about God who desires compassionate intercultural relationships.

HyeRan Kim-Cragg is Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies at St. Andrew’s College, Saskatoon, SK. The Encounters is available for purchase from the author or through the United Church Resource Distribution Store (www.ucrdstore.ca). The Kindle Edition can be purchased through the REA Bookstore (an Amazon Associate).  Thank you, HyeRan, for this significant new resource!

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New Book from Jack Seymour, RE journal editor

Hot off the press in March 2014 is a new book by Jack Seymour, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, editor of Religious Education and REA’s Horizons in Religious Education book series. Teaching the Way of Jesus: Educating Christians for Faithful Living (Abingdon) is the most recent volume from a senior scholar in religious education who makes a compelling argument for the significance of faith formation for public practice to transform the world. “With an emphasis on practices and mission, this book offers readers concrete ways to empower vital faith formation in congregations as it describes current trends, which include richer diversity, entrepreneurial spirit, and interfaith dialog” (back cover).

Order it here through the REA bookstore to donate a small percentage of the sale to REA. Congratulations, Jack!

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REA Horizons Series Publishes First Book!

With great pride and pleasure, we announce  that Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook’s book  God Beyond Borders: Interreligious Learning Among Faith Communities is now available from Wipf and Stock Publishers!  It is the first book to be published in Horizons in Religious Education, the new book publishing series from the Religious Education Association, in partnership with Wipf and Stock Publishers.

The book is a ground-breaking comprehensive account of current practices of interreligious learning in faith communities.  Jack Seymour, editor of the new series, writes in the book’s introduction that Kujawa-Holbrook demonstrates REA’s founding commitment to crossing religious boundaries “to learn from each other and to contribute to the education of the wider public,” producing a book that is a foundational work in interfaith education.  Order your copy now through the REA Bookstore!

 

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Mark DeVries presentation for Youth Ministry: Now! on April 2

Youth Ministry: Now! welcomes Mark DeVries on April 2 for the ongoing lecture series on dynamic youth ministry. All are welcome to the Yale Divinity School campus for a luncheon and lecture with Mark DeVries on Wednesday, April 2. DeVries is the founder of Youth Ministry Architects and the associate pastor for youth and their families at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville. He will speak on sustainable youth ministry, introducing attendees to the kind of foundational patterns that strengthen the fabric of any youth ministry program.

The free lunch begins at noon, with the lecture to follow at 12:30 p.m. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to kelly@youthministryinitiative.org. The event will also be available on live stream at new.livestream.com/yaledivinityschool/YMI.

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Recent REA Board member Mary Hinton named President, College of St Benedict

Today it was announced that Dr. Mary Hinton has been appointed the 15th president of College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN, sister campus to St. John’s University in Collegeville. Mary currently serves as the vice president for academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY, and she has just completed a three-year term as Member-at-Large on the REA Board of Directors. Her appointment at Saint Benedict will begin officially on June 15, 2014.

We proudly note that the press release notes Mary’s connections with religious education and REA!  ”Hinton’s work has been published in…Religious Education”; “served on the boards of…Religious Education Association”; “holds a Ph.D. in religion and religious education with high honors from Fordham University.”  Read the complete press release here.   Congratulations, Mary!

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Livestreamed: Rodger Nishioka on “Youth Ministry and Technology”

March 12, 12:30 p.m. EST.     Youth Ministry: Now!, a program of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, presents Dr. Rodger Nishioka on “Youth Ministry and Technology,” on the Yale Divinity School campus. The event includes a free lunch, beginning at noon.

Dr. Nishioka will explore the best techniques for doing youth ministry in a technological age. He will address creating appropriate boundaries on social media sites, as well as the attraction of phenomena like “technology Sabbaths.” Dr. Nishioka is the Benton Family Associate Professor of Christian Education at Columbia Theological Seminary.

If you plan to join us, please RSVP to kelly@youthministryinitiative.org. The lecture, which begins at 12:30 p.m. EST, will also be available live online at http://new.livestream.com/yaledivinityschool/YMI.  This event is made possible through partnerships with the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Berkeley Divinity School and the Youth Ministry Initiative.

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Symposium on Urban Youth Ministry, June 2-6, Yale Divinity School

Yale Divinity School, New Haven, CT, will host a week-long symposium June 2-6, 2014: God Power! Youth Power! Transforming the City: A Yale Symposium on Building and Sustaining Urban Youth Ministries.

This week-long offering will include both morning and afternoon courses. In the mornings, there will be daily lectures and lunches by leading scholars and practitioners of urban youth ministry. In the afternoon, Yale professors Yolanda Smith and Almeda Wright will offer a five-day course on the core practices of youth ministry entitled, “My Faith, My Way: Youth Spirituality and Christian Practices.”  Morning lectures will feature Rev. Dr. Anne E. Streaty Wimberly, Dean Evelyn L. Parker, Dr. Mark R. Gornik, Pastors Rebecca and Jorge Gonzales, and Dr. Gregory C. Ellison II. See description here.

For more information, contact Rev. Skip Masback <harold.masback@yale.edu>.

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Youth Ministry: Now! presents Dr. Evelyn Parker on Youth Ministry and Race

On February 5, Youth Ministry: Now! will sponsor Dr. Evelyn Parker at Yale Divinity School speaking on “The Elephant in the Room: Conversations about Race with Youth.” Dr. Parker is the associate professor of practical theology and associate dean for academic affairs at the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Lunch is served at noon and the lecture begins at 12:30 p.m. EST.

Lay and ordained leaders are welcomed to explore their shared commitment to the faith and flourishing of our young with the Youth Ministry: Now! lecture series. Each gathering offers a presentation by a renowned scholar, a catered lunch and opportunities for networking with fellow youth ministry leaders.

If you plan to join us, please RSVP to kelly@youthministryinitiative.org. The lecture will also be available live online at http://new.livestream.com/yaledivinityschool/YMI. This event is made possible through partnerships with the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Berkeley Divinity School and the Youth Ministry Initiative.

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Part-time Director of Children’s Ministries, Nashville

Second Presbyterian Church in Nashville, Tennessee, seeks a Director of Children’s Ministries to oversee all aspects of programming for children from birth through sixth grade and their families. A growing church with an average worship attendance of 230, Second Presbyterian is known for its vibrant children’s ministry, its intentional embrace of LGBT families and individuals, and its long history of expressing Christ’s love through a deep commitment to social justice and community outreach.

Qualifications include:
•  A minimum of 5 years professional experience including at least two years in a leadership role in children’s ministry;
•  A bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to children’s ministry;
•  Ability to “hit the ground running” from the first day of employment;
•  A calling to nurture the spiritual lives of children and their families;
•  Alignment with the beliefs and practices of the Presbyterian Church USA as well as the mission and core values of Second Presbyterian Church.
For more detailed information and to submit a resume, please email dcmsearch@secondpresbyterian.org.

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