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APRRE exists to provide an ongoing
forum which will enhance the quality of teaching and research in religious
- Through sharing, critiquing and encouraging
publication of creative scholarly contributions to theological
education, to religious studies, and to the integration of theory
- Through ecumenical and interreligious dialogue
which stimulates participants to explore fresh visions of religious
education for the human family in our complex world community;
- Through the creation of networks of communication,
cooperation and support in order to strengthen the participants
as professionals, and religious education as a distinctive and
- Through interpretation of the integrity of
the field of religious education to the wider society and especially
to graduate students and others preparing themselves to become
professors and researchers in religious education in the future.
APRRE was organized in 1970 out of
a group originally sponsored by the National Council of Churches.
Our membership consists of Protestants, Catholics and Jews, representing
a wide spectrum of theological, denominational and educational perspectives.
Currently 31 different denominations and 11 different countries are
represented among members. This religious, ethnic, racial, ecumenical
and international diversity is represented in our annual programs
as well as in our organizational leadership.
APRRE meets in tandem with other
groups to further enhance the value of this diversity for our mutual
conversations, and to support our common interests. APRRE is actively
pursuing collaboration with the North American Professors of Christian
Education (which grew out of the National Association of Evangelicals),
and with the Network of Jewish Educators.
Membership in the Association is
open to those currently teaching at the college or graduate school
level in religious education and related fields; to those conducting
or supervising research in religious education; to doctoral students
preparing to teach and to conduct research in religious education;
to associates in related fields and professions and to retired members.
APRRE engages in the following activities
to fulfill its purposes:
- Annual Meetings.
APRRE holds an Annual Meeting during which members share their
current research and teaching practices with each other, offering
each other critical dialogue concerning issues of common interest
and importance. This sharing takes place in plenary sessions,
forums, task forces, research interest groups, colloquia, denominational
and student caucuses, common meals and informal fellowship. Worship
opportunities reflect the various religious traditions within
the membership. The "Call for Papers" goes out in March
to all current members.
APRRE publishes a quarterly newsletter which provides updates
on scholarly and other activities of members, and notices of news,
issues and meetings of interest to members. Newsletters are mailed
to all current members.
APRRE provides annual financial support for the journal: Religious
Education. One issue annually is devoted to publishing selected
articles by members from among the papers presented at the Annual
Meeting. In addition, articles submitted to Religious Education
by members for publication undergo a peer review process conducted
by APRRE members.
APRRE participates in and supports the Council of Societies for
the Study of Religion, which publishes a quarterly newsletter
distributed to APRRE members in good standing. This newsletter
reports the annual meeting locations, programs and news items
for twelve associations for the scholarly study of religion.
- Joint Meetings.
APRRE meets every other year in tandem with the Religious Education
Association, and with other organizations as appropriate. For
example, in 1996 we meet conjointly with the Religious Education
Association, and at the same time and place as the American Academy
of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature in New Orleans.
- Member communication.
APRRE sponsors communication among members by means of a published
directory of active members, and (with the assistance of Boston
College's Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry)
an internet list server for e-mail communication.
- Financial support.
APRRE provides a limited number of travel grants (for attending
the Annual Meeting) and other forms of support for newer participants,
due to the generosity of former executive secretaries.
- Student support.
Student members are encouraged to participate in APRRE by reduced
membership cost and reduced registration fees for the Annual Meeting.
APRRE sponsors a program during our annual meeting that provides
an opportunity for doctoral students to share their progress on
dissertation proposals and research, and seek constructive criticism.
- Employment Opportunities.
APRRE is increasing its efforts to stimulate and extend the formal
and informal networking about employment opportunities and the
job search process. The student caucus at the Annual Meeting also
regularly addresses such concerns.