Welcome to ATFE

What’s New:

  • Across the Divides:

    We all face divides that we seek to cross in fulfilling our mandate as theological field educators. Cultural, social, technological and linguistic divides are prime examples. Our next biennial consultation will encourage us to reflect together upon ways to cross divides and so strengthen the work we do. It will be hosted at the historic St. Paul Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota, January 19 – 21, 2017. The hotel provides a setting that is warm, elegant and intimate, well suited for much interaction and conversation. It also allows attenders to step right into the celebration of winter that the city of St. Paul is famous for. Click on Consultation 2017 for much more information, and–with more to come–check back again soon.

  • Membership dues for 2016. If you haven’t yet paid your 2016 membership dues, please follow this link to retrieve the form.
  • Perkins School of Theology is looking for an Associate Field Education Director. See under Membership and then Positions Listing for the job description.
  •  Volume 36 of Reflective Practice is now available online.  The theme is: “HOW DO ADULTS LEARN?Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry seeks to provide a framework for reflection on supervision and formation for a range of ministries, in a variety of contexts, and from different faith traditions. This is an OPEN ACCESS journal free to anyone with Internet access thanks to support by ATFE.  Go to http://journals.sfu.ca/rpfs/index.php/rpfs and simply click on archives in order to access this volume – or any previous volumes – of Reflective Practice.  No registration is necessary.
  • Important publishing event for ATFE! Barbara J. Blodgett and Matthew Floding have edited a book: Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Cases in Ministry (Pickwick Publications); ISBN 13: 978-1-62564-996-6. The book opens with a chapter on theological reflection within field education and is followed by eleven case studies. It usually has two theological field educators reflecting on each story to demonstrate how different approaches to theological reflection can yield varied theological and ministry implications. You can contact Toni Erebor  at toni@wipfandstock.com to order or to find out more. Or you can click on this link: Brimming with God: Reflecting Theologically on Cases in Ministry. The book has strong possibilities for use in classes.


  • New page on this website– “How to Get Published”                                                                It offers guidance from an experienced editor, who regularly attends our ATFE Consultations, Beth Gaede. We appreciate her work for many of us and her willingness to offer her wisdom to us all. You can find it under the main tab for Research and Publications.
  • Call for Papers
    Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry invites CPE supervisors/Field Education Supervisors to submit papers or essays on the general theme: “Supervising the Angry Student,” keeping in mind that anger takes many forms and expressions: externalized anger, internalized anger, passive aggressiveness, righteous anger, self anger, anger at God, etc. If we get enough thoughtful submissions, we envision publishing a symposium within an upcoming issue on the theme.  Submissions, ideas or questions may be sent to Scott Sullender, Editor.  Email: ssullender@sfts.edu.
  • Another Call for Papers
ATFE members have specifically been invited to submit papers in response to this call:
Special Issue on Religious Education and Racism

Religious Education
The January-February 2017 issue of Religious Education  seeks papers for a special issue critically exploring religious education in relation to race, racism, and anti-racism. What is the role of religious education in addressing racism today? Around the globe racism’s presence and effects manifest themselves in situations as varied as acts of racially motivated violence in the US; the global migration- and refugee- crisis; resurgence of anti-Semitic groups; policies of mass incarceration; and colonialism’s racially organized conflicts in places such as Indonesia, South Africa, and the Philippines. When has religious education encouraged or supported racism? How can it participate in creating change? Where is religious education significant in anti-racism movements and curricula? How might diverse religious traditions address and educate differently around matters of race through the lens of their particular religious identity and history? For this issue we seek papers that attend not only to race/racism as an interpersonal phenomenon, but also to religious education in relation to structural, systemic elements of racism, and to intersectionality. We also welcome papers addressing religious education and constructions of race/racism in contexts outside of the U.S., recognizing the varied conceptualizations of race and racism in different parts of the world.

Submission Instructions

Papers will be peer reviewed and should follow the standard guidelines for preparation and submission, available on the journal’s web page, www.editorialmanager.com/re.

The due date for submission of manuscripts is July 15, 2016.

Editorial information

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