We are pleased to announce that State of Formation will be hosting a workshop at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) this November. As many of you know, AAR recently approved the Interreligious and Interfaith Studies
group, which is a significant step forward for interreligious studies as a discipline. In the coming weeks, we will announce specific opportunities to present at the workshop for our Contributing Scholars to be involved. Here is a run down of events for State of Formation Contributing Scholars at the AAR:
State of Formation Workshop - Sunday, November 24th from 2-5pm
If you are committed to interreligious understanding and interested in making your voice heard in conversations playing out in a virtual public square with over 150,000 annual readers, join us for this interactive workshop. State of Formation (SoF) is an online forum for emerging religious and ethical leaders. Engage in conversation with founders of SoF, current featured bloggers and a panel of professionals who are providing quality content about religion in the online environment. This workshop is open to current and aspiring contributors to State of Formation. For additional information regarding this workshop contact Dr. Jennifer Peace email@example.com. The Workshop will be held on Sunday, November 24th from 2-5pm (Please confirm final time and location by checking the AAR program book).
Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group Reception - Saturday, November 23rd from 7-8:30pm
A reception in honor of the Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group, hosted by the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies (ICJS), co-sponsored by The Center for Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education (CIRCLE) at Andover Newton and Hebrew College as well as The Pluralism Project at Harvard University."
Other Intrereligious and Interfaith presentations and panels:
Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group and Transformative Scholarship and Pedagogy Group
Theme: Transforming Campus Culture Through Interreligious Learning and Action
Diana L. Eck, Harvard University, Presiding
Saturday - 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
Join us for a creative conversation about how models of interreligious learning and action (both within and outside the classroom) can transform campus culture and how campus culture in turn impacts interreligious education/pedagogy. Drawing on innovative models of interfaith pedagogy and curriculum development at seminaries, colleges and universities, this session is an invitation to bring your own insights and questions from your own context to the table.
Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group
Theme: Religious Self / Religious Other
John Makransky, Boston College, Presiding
Sunday - 9:00 AM-11:30 AM
The papers in this panel raise questions about how we imagine the religious other in relationship to the religious self, proposing theological orientations as well as practical models for engagement. At the same time, the papers challenge reductionist approaches to conceptualizing difference.
Study of Islam Section, Study of Judaism Section, Interreligious and Interfaith Studies Group,
and Scriptural Reasoning Group
Theme: Election and Supersessionism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Rachel Mikva, Chicago Theological Seminary, Presiding
Monday - 9:00 AM-11:00 AM
Peoples in the ancient Near East had special relationships with their tribal gods; in essence, each was “chosen.” Initially formed by this model, Israelite religion had to grapple with the profound implications of monotheism on such a relationship. What does it mean for the God of all worlds to choose a nation? As Christianity and Islam emerge, Judaism’s assertion of election becomes increasingly contested and competing religious claims play out in governance, art, scriptural exegesis and other literature with significant historical consequences. Beginning in the modern age, moral objections are raised in regard to the principles of election and supersession, and some voices within the traditions seek out ways to reform or reject the ideas. A first step in wrestling with the issue is to review more carefully the scriptural record and the history of its interpretation. Even before the Hebrew Bible, New Testament or Qur’an was canonized, each was multiply interpreted. For centuries, understanding of these texts has been fluctuating, polysemous, contested.