News and Updates: Fordham well represented at Religious Education Association Conference

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fordham well represented at Religious Education Association Conference

Some of the twelve Fordham attendees at the annual REA conference (left to right): Carl Procario-Foley, Kieran Scott, Chuck Chesnavage, Bud Horell, Gloria Durka, Anta Filipsone, Kevin Sandberg.

Fordham faculty, alumni, and current students recently attended the annual conference of the Religious Education Association: An Association of Professors, Practitioners and Researchers in Religious Education in Denver, Colorado, November 7-9. The conference initiated many of our students more completely into the guild, and otherwise deepened friendships among colleagues in the discipline.

No program was better represented than Fordham’s PhD in Religious Education. Our entire core faculty was in attendance (John Elias, EdD; Gloria Durka, PhD; Kieran Scott, EdD; Bud Horell, PhD) and was supplemented by five current doctoral students (Chuck Chesnavage, Carl Procario-Foley, Elena Soto, Fred Abi-Hassoun, and Kevin Sandberg, CSC) and three alumni (Anta Filipsone ’02, Judith Brady ’06, Valerie Torres ’08). Dr. Durka is a past president of the REA/APPRRE.

The theme of the 2010 meeting was “In the Flow: learning religion and religiously learning amidst global cultural flows.” Four of our attendees presented papers:
• Dr. Kieran Scott, Swimming Against the Flow: Language and Political Design in Lay Ecclesial Ministry
• Dr. Bud Horell, Christian Moral Education in a Globalized, Postmodern Age
• Valerie Torres, PhD, In the Flow and How Things Really Go
• Kevin Sandberg, A Curriculum Ideology of Cultural Redemption: What Labor Relations Has to do with Religious Education

Chuck Chesnavage moderated the Men’s Luncheon discussion of Amy-Jill Levine’s article, “Misusing Jesus: How the Church Divorces Jesus from Judaism” (Christian Century, Dec. 26, 2006) and two of our attendees gave “lightning talks”—five minutes at the microphone to tell colleagues about current research, to identify issues which the guild should address, or to share important information from the field—Dr. Bud Horell on education for peace and justice and Kevin Sandberg on “Neither Mosque nor Ground Zero: Cordoba House, Politics and Religious Education”).

Finally, Dr. Kieran Scott was recognized for completing his service as Member-at-Large on the REA Board of Directors. Dr. Horell continues to chair the forum on Religious Education in Public Life and the Global Community.

The Religious Education Association is an incorporation of the venerable 100 year old association (REA) of persons who have gathered semi-annually, published and taught religious education during this past century and the Association of Professors and Researchers in Religious Education (APRRE), the group of professors, scholars and researchers who for the past 30 years have gathered annually as a guild of scholars building and sharing a body of theory and research. Learn more about the REA at


  1. It is really great to see Fordham at the forefront of Religious Education in North America. Congratulations to staff and fellow students on this great achievement. I have yet to attend the REA Conference, but I hope to attend and present a paper next year. Bishop Suriel

  2. GSRRE 1993 alumn Dr. Carolyn Johnson presented a Research Paper at REA, entitled:
    A Breath of Fresh Air: Creating Space for the Emerging Roles of Women in the Catholic Church.