Teaching Civic Engagement

ISBN : 9780190692995

Forrest Clingerman; Reid B. Locklin
336 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Aug 2017
AAR Teaching Religious Studies
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Using a new model focused on four core capacities-intellectual complexity, social location, empathetic accountability, and motivated action-Teaching Civic Engagement explores the significance of religious studies in fostering a vibrant, just, and democratic civic order. In the first section of the book, contributors detail this theoretical model and offer an initial application to the sources and methods that already define much teaching in the disciplines of religious studies and theology. A second section offers chapters focused on specific strategies for teaching civic engagement in religion classrooms, including traditional textual studies, reflective writing, community-based learning, field trips, media analysis, ethnographic methods, direct community engagement and a reflective practice of "ascetic withdrawal." The final section of the volume explores theoretical issues, including the delimitation of the "civic" as a category, connections between local and global in the civic project, the question of political advocacy in the classroom, and the role of normative commitments. Collectively these chapters illustrate the real possibility of connecting the scholarly study of religion with the societies in which we, our students, and our institutions exist. The contributing authors model new ways of engaging questions of civic belonging and social activism in the religion classroom, belying the stereotype of the ivory tower intellectual.


Section I: What are the Dimensions of Teaching Civic Engagement in the Religious Studies or Theology Classroom?
Chapter 1: Reid B. Locklin, with Ellen Posman, Discourse, Democracy, and the Many Faces of Civic Engagement: Four Guiding Objectives for the University Classroom
Chapter 2: Ellen Posman, with Reid B. Locklin, Sacred Sites and Staging Grounds: The Four Guiding Objectives of Civic Engagement in the Religion Classroom
Section II: What Practical Strategies and Questions Emerge from Teaching Civic Engagement in Religious Studies and Theology?
Chapter 3: Melissa Stewart, Teaching for Civic Engagement: Insights from a Two-Year Workshop
Chapter 4: Marianne Delaporte, Giving and Receiving Hospitality during Community Engagement Courses
Chapter 5: Rebekka King, Civic Engagement in the Heart of the City
Chapter 6: Hans Wiersma, Engaging Media and Messages in the Religion Classroom
Chapter 7: Phil Wingeier-Rayo, Service and Community-Based Learning: A Pedagogy for Civic Engagement and Critical Thinking
Chapter 8: Nicholas Rademacher, Religious Diversity, Civic Engagement and Community-Engaged Pedagogy: Forging Bonds of Solidarity through Interfaith Dialogue
Chapter 9: Elizabeth W. Corrie, Stopping the Zombie Apocalypse: Ascetic Withdrawal as a Form of Civic Learning
Section III: What are the Theoretical Issues and Challenges in Teaching Civic Engagement in Religious Studies and Theology?
Chapter 10: Carolyn M. Jones Medine, Thinking about the 'Civic' in Civic Engagement and Its Deployment in the Religion Classroom
Chapter 11: Karen Derris and Erin Runions, More than Global Citizenship: How Religious Studies Expands Participation in Global Communities
Chapter 12: Forrest Clingerman and Swasti Bhattacharyya, Political Involvement, the Advocacy of Process, and the Religion Classroom
Chapter 13: Tom Pearson, The Difference between Religious Studies and Theology in the Teaching of Civic Engagement
Chapter 14: Tina Pippin, Dreams of Democracy

About the author: 

Forrest Clingerman is Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy at Ohio Northern University. He is co-editor of Interpreting Nature: The Emerging Field of Environmental Hermeneutics (2013) and Placing Nature on the Borders of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics (2011). He has published on different topics related to environmental theology and philosophy, as well as in the scholarship of teaching and learning.; Reid B. Locklin holds a joint appointment in Christianity and Culture at Saint Michael's College and the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Spiritual but Not Religious? (2005); Liturgy of Liberation (2011); and other works in comparative theology, Hindu-Christian studies, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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