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​NetVUE Regional Gathering

Religion and Justice Issues in the Undergraduate Classroom:

An AAR/SBL Pre-Meeting

Thursday and Friday, November 18–19, 2021
American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas

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

Registration Deadline: November 12, 2021

This gathering provides an opportunity for teachers and scholars in the field of religious studies to explore the ways that their undergraduate classrooms can become sites for deeper conversations about issues of justice. Students are increasingly interested in issues of religion and justice, and in how these concerns will impact their own future endeavors (including, but not limited to, their work careers). Hence, religion and justice issues tend to intersect with the work of helping students to undertake the work of vocational reflection and discernment in their own lives and in the various communities of which they are a part. These issues involve a great many aspects of religion and higher education, including the theological and ethical approaches of various faith traditions; the increasingly important role of interreligious and interfaith studies in the undergraduate curriculum; and the relationships among general education, professional preparation, and the personal lifestances of undergraduate students. This gathering will address questions such as these: 

  • How might the undergraduate classroom become a space in which the relationshps between religion and justice are more adequately articulated?
  • How are these issues related to the work of reflection and discernment that undergraduate students are doing as they look toward their future directions in life?
  • What resources (readings, discussion topics, and pedagogical approaches) are available to religious studies scholars who seek to emphasize the relationships among religion, justice, and personal reflection and discernment?
  • What obstacles are classroom teachers likely to face in addressing these issues in the religious studies classroom, and how can these obstacles be addressed?

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

Tentative Schedule of Events

Thursday, November 18  (Grand hyatt, crockett ab)

2:00 p.m.

Introduction: religion on display: love, fear, and justice

David S. Cunningham, Director of NetVUE
2:15 p.m.

Opening address: neighbor love through fearful days

Jason A. Mahn, Augustana College (IL)

2:45 p.m.

panel discussion: responses to jason mahn

Krista E. Hughes, Newberry College                                                                                                                                                                                            Mindy Makant, Lenoir-Rhyne University
Rajikumar Boaz Johnson, North Park University
Daniel A. Morris, Norwich University
3:45 p.m.


4:00 p.m.

discussion with panelists

5:00 p.m.

Reception (grand hyatt, republic b)

6:30 p.m.

Dinner at a local restaurant

Friday, November 19, 2021 (Grand hyatt, crockett ab)

9:00 a.m.

introduction: religion and justice: immigration, incarceration, and the environment

David S. Cunningham, Director of NetVUE
9:15 a.m.

environmental justice and religion

Catherine Wright, Wingate University
9:45 a.m.

crossing borders in the classroom: immigration, religion, and justice

Julia Lambert Fogg, California Lutheran University
10:15 a.m.


10:30 a.m.


Arminta M. Fox, Bethany College (KS)
11:00 a.m.

discussion with panelists

other optional sessions

Friday, November 19, 2:00–3:15 or 3:30–4:45 p.m. (feel free to attend either session) 
Grand Hyatt, Crocket CD 

Preparing to Facilitate Scriptural Reasoning at the 2022 NetVUE Conference 
Nick Adams, University of Birmingham  

NetVUE seeks volunteers who expect to attend the Conference and who are willing to facilitate small groups of eight to ten people each in the practice of Scriptural Reasoning. In this session, Nicholas Adams, Professor of Philosophical Theology at the University of Birmingham, will introduce the practice and provide initial training advice to future volunteer facilitators. Please join us if you plan to participate in the 2022 NetVUE Conference (March 24–26, 2022 in Dallas) and would be willing to serve in this capacity. 

Sunday, November 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (come and go as your schedule allows) 
Marriott Rivercenter, Grand Ballroom, Salon L  

NetVUE Reception for Members and Friends 
David S. Cunningham, Director of NetVUE, and Lynne Spoelhof, NetVUE Program Manager 

All SBL and AAR participants are invited to join us for this reception, whether or not their institutions are members of the network. Attendees can learn more about NetVUE (including faculty development and grant opportunities), connect with friends and colleagues with similar interests, and enjoy one another’s company.


Registered participants are invited to the Thursday reception (complimentary snacks, hors d’oeuvres, and bar); as well as dinner at a local restaurant.

Because this is a one-day conference, 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.

Registration: Register for this event.  Please remember you will need to sign in with your CIC login and password in order to complete registration.

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