In 1903, the Religious Education Association (REA) was established “to inspire the educational forces of our country with the religious ideal; to inspire the religious forces of our country with the educational ideal; and to keep before the public mind the ideal of Religious Education, and the sense of its need and value.” For over a century, REA has been a community of vision and reflective conversation, composed of peoples from diverse faiths and cultures, focused on scholarship, research, teaching and leadership in religious education—which is now commonly called religious formation. Although predominantly Protestant in the beginning, its membership includes those from the Baha’i, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Mormon, and other traditions involved in all aspects of religious formation. Its membership is 80% professors and researchers but includes clergy, directors of religious education, public leaders, and teachers in elementary and secondary schools. Thus it maintains its commitment to scholarship informed by and accountable to practitioners. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
REA has sustained and inspired rigorous reflection and research on religious education, formation, and moral development. Its journal, Religious Education, published continuously since 1906, is a leading scholarly education publication. In 2012, a new book series, Horizons in Religious Education, was launched with Wipf and Stock Publishers, with the first volume on interreligious learning published Spring 2014.
REA meets annually on the first weekend in November, in addition to its session at the AAR & SBL Annual Meetings. For more information, see https://religiouseducation.net/