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Friday, November 1 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Breakout 1.07: Interreligious and Interfaith Education in Pluralistic Society

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Teaching the Black Christian Story and the Revival of African-American Religious Education within Black Pentecostal Movement
Darryl Brackeen (YMCA)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] The Black Pentecostal experience has been separated from its historical origins and they are seen as conservative Bible viewers and are marginalized. This problem persists because of the unique social and cultural circumstances that have shaped Black Pentecostal religious education and spirituality. Therefore, the separation may have been synonymous to survival in a racially divided nation. The thesis of this historical reflection and research is to insist on the reunification of African American religious education, historical context, and the Black spiritual Pentecostal experience.

A “Necessity of the Age”: The 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions as a Public Pedagogy of Hope
Dennis Gunn (Iona College)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] The 1893 World’s Parliament of Religions offered a public pedagogy of hope by promoting the idea of coexistence amidst religious diversity. The Parliament advanced the cause of interreligious dialogue as the one of the first gatherings devoted to the cause of interreligious cooperation in the modern era. This paper raises up lessons from the Parliament for the present that suggest both the challenges and the possibilities of fostering peaceful cooperation between religious traditions.

Nurturing Coexistence in Divided Societies: A Model Account of Common Language for a Pluralistic Religious Education
Abe Rabinowich (Fordham University)

Research Interest Group. [Paper] For this year’s REA conference topic “Coexistence in Divided Societies: Pedagogies of the Sacred, of Difference, and of Hope” I present a newly research study of the journey of the Jewish Education Committee (JEC) in the later part of the early twentieth century (1944-1950). The JEC attempted to unify the multiple denominational groups within Judaism by creating a common language for a pluralistic Jewish religious education. The JEC sought to centralize and establish a common goal for Jewish religious education. The study will also explore some of the similar challenges faced by Christian religious educators to unify the multiple denominational groups within the Religious Education Association (REA). By discussing the parallel challenges faced by the JEC and the REA, the study will offer a model account of common language for nurturing coexistence in divided societies today.

Keywords: "beyond-denominational" , "centralization" of religious education, "pluralistic-model" of religious education, "rea" quest for unity, finding-unity" within diversity, historical methodology, interreligious, rea, world's parliament of religions.

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Harold (Bud) Horell

Assistant Professor of Religious Education, Fordham University

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Darryl Brackeen

District Executive Director, Central Connecticut Coast YMCA
Hon. Darryl Brackeen Jr, is New Haven native who is an elected official serving on the City of New Haven Board of Alderman. He also serves as the District Executive Director of the New Haven, Hamden/North Haven YMCA. Darryl has served as a long time youth & young adult ministry leader... Read More →

Dennis Gunn

Iona College
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Abe Rabinowich

Doctoral Student and Research Assistance, Fordham University, School of Religion and Religious Education

Friday November 1, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm EDT
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  Breakout, Research Interest Group

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