Teaching Civic Engagement by Forrest ClingermanTeaching Civic Engagement by Forrest Clingerman

Teaching Civic Engagement

EditorForrest Clingerman, Reid B. Locklin

Hardcover | January 4, 2016

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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 forteaching 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 volumeexplores 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 religionclassroom, belying the stereotype of the ivory tower intellectual.
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 theo...
Title:Teaching Civic EngagementFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 9.41 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:January 4, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019025050X

ISBN - 13:9780190250508


Table of Contents

ContributorsIntroductionSection I: What are the Dimensions of Teaching Civic Engagement in the Religious Studies or Theology Classroom?1. Reid B. Locklin, with Ellen Posman: Discourse, Democracy, and the Many Faces of Civic Engagement: Four Guiding Objectives for the University Classroom2. Ellen Posman, with Reid B. Locklin: Sacred Sites and Staging Grounds: The Four Guiding Objectives of Civic Engagement in the Religion ClassroomSection II: What Practical Strategies and Questions Emerge from Teaching Civic Engagement in Religious Studies and Theology?3. Melissa Stewart: Teaching for Civic Engagement: Insights from a Two-Year Workshop4. Marianne Delaporte: Giving and Receiving Hospitality during Community Engagement Courses5. Rebekka King: Civic Engagement in the Heart of the City6. Hans Wiersma: Engaging Media and Messages in the Religion Classroom7. Phil Wingeier-Rayo: Service and Community-Based Learning: A Pedagogy for Civic Engagement and Critical Thinking8. Nicholas Rademacher: Religious Diversity, Civic Engagement and Community-Engaged Pedagogy: Forging Bonds of Solidarity through Interfaith Dialogue9. Elizabeth W. Corrie: Stopping the Zombie Apocalypse: Ascetic Withdrawal as a Form of Civic LearningSection III: What are the Theoretical Issues and Challenges in Teaching Civic Engagement in Religious Studies and Theology?10. Carolyn M. Jones Medine: Thinking about the 'Civic' in Civic Engagement and Its Deployment in the Religion Classroom11. Karen Derris and Erin Runions: More than Global Citizenship: How Religious Studies Expands Participation in Global Communities12. Forrest Clingerman and Swasti Bhattacharyya: Political Involvement, the Advocacy of Process, and the Religion Classroom13. Tom Pearson: The Difference between Religious Studies and Theology in the Teaching of Civic Engagement14. Tina Pippen: Dreams of Democracy

Editorial Reviews

"If one can truly begin to teach with and through the core principles of civic engagement-ethics and impact, reflection and justice-it is in the religious studies classroom. Clingerman and Locklin offer us a valuable contribution of essays that do so with insight, compassion, and power." --Dan Butin, author of Service-Learning in Theory and Practice