Welcome to the Religion & Education Collaborative (REC)! We are an interdisciplinary network comprised of educators, graduate students, and early career and established scholars who examine issues involving religion and education in the United States and around the globe. The REC strives to bridge gaps between academic fields and educational arenas to recognize the necessity of working together to address the challenges of teaching about religion in elementary and secondary schools, promoting religious literacy, and advancing religious liberty in all schools.

The REC meets regularly via video conference during the academic year for members to present on works in progress, seek feedback on projects, and share findings and experiences with initiatives related to religion and education. Most meetings are recorded and available for viewing in the archive

Current Initiatives

Member Directory

We are compiling a member directory to help facilitate connections between members and provide contacts for those interested in learning more about the field of religion and education. Join or update your membership today!

Resource Library

As a growing interdisciplinary field, there are always more resources to discover. Find recommended books and articles, PK-12 curriculum materials, related events, publishing opportunities, and more. Your contributions will help the library grow. Sharing is caring!

Reading Group

We are looking to start a reading group to discuss new work in the field. The group would focus on one article or chapter for each session. Please reach out if you are interested in leading or participating in this group.

About the REC

Membership: 

The membership of the Religion & Education Collaborative includes researchers, educators, graduate students, and others whose work intersects with the topics of religion and schooling. The Membership Directory provides a listing of current members who have consented to being included in the public directory.

History:

 

The Religion & Education Collaborative was founded in 2016 by Kate E. Soules and Nathan C. Walker. The idea to form the REC originated from a conversation about the challenges of connecting with other people who were interested in the intersections of religion and education, especially as doctoral and early career scholars. Nate and Kate had both experienced the difficulties of sustaining conversations and collaborations when many of the people in the field worked primarily in education research or in religious studies, but not both. The REC was born of the desire to bridge gaps between these fields and create a space where both scholarly and social connections could be built outside of the constraints of geography, academic disciplines, or years of experiences. With support from the Religious Freedom Center, the REC held its first online meetings in the Summer of 2016 with an initial roster of approximately two dozen members.

Over the past four years, the REC has grown to close to 100 members and continues to host regular online meetings. When possible, members also meet in-person at academic conferences and related events. In 2020, the REC received sponsorship from The Foundation for Religious Literacy, which has allowed us to expand our online presence and being to build additional supports for this thriving community. The REC is currently directed by Kate E. Soules, PhD.

 

 

 

 

RE Teachers and Academic Knowledge on Facebook

October 28, 2020 – Knut Aukland will discuss an ongoing study of a Norwegian RE teacher group on Facebook. This research examines teacher engagement with researcher, research, and academic knowledge and the relationship between academic and practitioner knowledge

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Mentoring Roundtable

November, 18, 2020 – This session will begin an ongoing conversation about mentoring in the field of religion and education. Topics of Discussion will include: areas of professional development, research and publishing mentoring, and building a network of mentor-mentee relationships.

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RE Teachers and Academic Knowledge on Facebook

October 28, 2020 – Knut Aukland will discuss an ongoing study of a Norwegian RE teacher group on Facebook. This research examines teacher engagement with researcher, research, and academic knowledge and the relationship between academic and practitioner knowledge

Read More »

Mentoring Roundtable

November, 18, 2020 – This session will begin an ongoing conversation about mentoring in the field of religion and education. Topics of Discussion will include: areas of professional development, research and publishing mentoring, and building a network of mentor-mentee relationships.

Read More »

The Religion & Education Collaborative is supported by the Religious Freedom Center and The Foundation for Religious Literacy.