The Journal of Interreligious Studies is a forum for academic, social, and timely issues affecting religious communities around the world. It is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to innovative research on and study of the interactions that take place within and between religious communities. Published online, it is designed to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders and scholars. By fostering conversation, the JIRS hopes to increase religious literacy, contribute to the field of interreligious hermeneutics, and address the issues surrounding interreligious relations, dialogue, theology, and communication. The JIRS solicits articles of an interdisciplinary nature and with the aim of producing resources for interreligious education, pedagogy, theology and cooperation.

Listening and Responding to the Signs of the Times: The Emerging and Evolving Roles of Chaplaincies in the Post-Secular Era

2019-08-02

The editors and editorial board of the Journal of Interreligious Studies invite article submissions for a special issue tentatively entitled “Listening and Responding to the Signs of the Times: The Emerging and Evolving Roles of Chaplaincies in the Post-Secular Era.” The editors are asking chaplains, scholars, students, and practitioners to convey and critically analyze what is unfolding on university campuses today regarding the new (non)religious landscape of North America.

The issue seeks manuscripts that explore and critically analyze the emerging and evolving religious, secular, and spiritual identities found on university campuses today, interacting in what is known as the post-secular era (defined below). Contributors will examine the impact of rising religious and spiritual pluralism, along with disaffiliation (“nones”), on current models of chaplaincies, which include various faith, interfaith, and secular professionals who serve in pastoral roles in higher education. What are the new paradigms of chaplaincies in higher education taking shape in the twenty-first century in response to the changing needs of students vis-à-vis the increased awareness of identities, positionalities, and intersectionality? How do priorities of diversity, equity, and inclusion fit into university chaplaincies? How have chaplaincies evolved from a predominantly Christian ministry into a multireligious and nonreligious office that supports the ethical, religious, and spiritual lives of students often attuned to issues of social justice, diversity, and “big questions” regarding meaning and purpose in life?

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No 27 (2019): Issue 27

This is the second issue in collaboration with the Harvard Divinity School Religions and the Practice of Peace Colloquium.

Published: 2019-05-24

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