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​NetVUE Regional Gathering

Vocation, Teaching, and Religious Studies:

An AAR/SBL Pre-Meeting

Thursday and Friday, November 21–22, 2019
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Diego, California

Registration Fee: $25 per person for NetVUE members; $50 for non-members

Registration Deadline: November 8, 2019

This gathering provides an opportunity for teachers and scholars in the field of religious studies to discuss the intersections of that field with programs for vocational reflection and discernment. Although the language of vocation, calling, and purpose is increasingly present in undergraduate education, its significance has remained relatively under-theorized in academic circles, including in religious studies generally. In addition, the broadening of the conversation about interfaith and interreligious studies is having an effect on the work being done on vocation (and vice versa). This gathering will address questions such as these:

  • Should the concepts of vocation and calling play a role in the religious studies classroom?
  • Can the concept of vocation, with its historically Christian roots, function in the increasingly multi-faith context of higher education?
  • What pedagogical assumptions undergird attention to vocation and calling in the teaching of religious studies?
  • What teaching strategies have been used—successfully or otherwise—to incorporate vocation into undergraduate coursework in religion?

This gathering will be of interest to those who teach undergraduate courses in religious studies, theology, and related fields, including those that focus on interreligious and interfaith studies.

Tentative Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 21  (Hilton Bayfront, Cobalt 500)

1:00 p.m.


David S. Cunningham, Director of NetVUE

1:30 p.m.

Opening Panel: Should Vocation Play a Role in the Religious Studies Classroom?

John D. Barton, Pepperdine University
Matthew R. Sayers, Lebanon Valley College
C. Hannah Schell, Council of Independent Colleges

3:30 p.m.

The Relationship of Vocation to Interfaith and Interreligious Studies

Jacqueline A. Bussie, Concordia College (MN)
Younus Y. Mirza, Shenandoah University
Noah Silverman, Interfaith Youth Core

5:00 p.m.


6:30 p.m.

Dinner at a local restaurant

Friday, November 22, 2019 (Marriott Marquis, Solana – South Tower, First Level)

9:00 a.m.

Vocation, Interfaith, and Religious Studies in the Classroom: Trial and Error

Anita M. Houck, St. Mary’s College (IN)
Katherine (Trina) Janiec Jones, Wofford College
Matthew Maruggi, Augsburg University
Martha (Marty) Stortz, Augsburg University

11:00 a.m.

does vocation matter if the world is coming to an end?

Rachel S. Mikva, Chicago Theological Seminary

Meals, Accommodation, and Transportation

Registered participants are invited to the Thursday reception (complimentary snacks and hors d’oeuvres; cash bar); dinner will be at a local restaurant (the cost of dinner is included).

Because this precedes the AAR/SBL meeting, lodging needs will vary. Members of the American Academy of Religion who are registered for the Annual Meeting can obtain discounted lodging through the AAR. Details concerning area hotels, as well as airport transfer and parking information, is available on the AAR website.

NetVUE is a program of the Council of Independent Colleges and is grateful to Lilly Endowment Inc. for its generous support of this event.