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History of the Religious Education Association
The Religious Education Association (REA) was founded in 1903 by William Raney Harper, the first President of the University of Chicago. That year, hundreds of outstanding religious and educational leaders from the United States and Canada converged on Chicago for the first convention, which featured speakers such as John Dewey and George Albert Coe. This was the first of many meetings that helped shape the objectives and strategies of the REA.
Throughout its century-long existence, REA has supported research into moral and religious development in many ways, including conferences, workshops, and in-depth studies. This support, with its emphasis on high quality publications, gives REA a leading role in the field.
REA is rich with diversity; its membership
includes those from the Baha'i, Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Jewish,
Muslim, Protestant and other traditions involved in all aspects of
REA Historical Dateline
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