Saint Paul School of Theology: Non-Tenure Piosition in Ethics or Church/Society

Saint Paul School of Theology invites applications for a full-time faculty appointment in Ethics or Church and Society at the rank of assistant professor. The position is non-tenured with renewable contract and with possibility of tenure-track in the future.

Candidates for the position must have a Ph.D. or equivalent academic degree in a relevant field. Expertise in racial or ethnic studies is highly desirable, and the cover letter should indicate scholarly and teaching competence in other areas relevant to theological education. Preferred candidates will also have empirical skills for social science research. Successful applicants should be equipped to teach on-campus, hybrid, and online courses. The appointment begins on July 1, 2021.

Saint Paul welcomes nominations for the positions, and the search committee will begin processing applications on November 1, 2020. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants should send the cover letter, CV, and 3 letters of reference to: Questions about the search may be addressed to Jeanne Hoeft, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean (, or Nancy Howell, chair of the search committee (

Saint Paul School of Theology ( is a seminary of The United Methodist Church with campuses in Leawood, KS, and Oklahoma City, OK. The seminary is unique in its relationships with Leawood United Methodist Church of the Resurrection and Oklahoma City University, each of which contributes to the quality of the curriculum. Faculty are committed to rigorous education of students from diverse denominational contexts, to common interests in social justice, and to flexible course delivery. The seminary offers MACM, MATS, MDIV, and DMIN degrees shaped by action/reflection approaches and committed to equipping students for Christian leadership in diverse contexts. In addition to teaching and scholarship, faculty are engaged in service to the seminary, the church, and to peace and justice efforts. Saint Paul School of Theology is an EEOC employer.

September 22, 2020

Temporary Data Assistant , United Church of Christ

(part-time, 10-12 hours/week) – Application Close Date: October 9, 2020 
Ministry Team Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data (CARDD)  
Reports To Director, Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data (CARDD)  
FLSA Status  
Salary Grade  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Category National and Global Ministries, Cleveland, Ohio  
Starting Salary  
Description GENERAL PURPOSE OF TEMPORARY POSITION The Center for Analytics, Research & Development, and Data (CARDD) seeks temporary assistance with the cleaning and preliminary analyses of multiple data sets related to recent research projects. This assignment will be about 10-12 weeks and the person will be responsible for: ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Cleaning data sets, including identifying and removing duplicate lines of data, ensuring the response coding is consistent, and other related duties Coding open-ended survey responses Conducting preliminary analyses of the data sets in order to assist the team in planning further analyses and final research reports  
Position Requirements MINIMUM QUALIFICATION: A college degree or equivalent in a social science or data-related discipline, or a combination of academic study and experience. Master’s degree preferred. Experience using SPSS and Excel Prior experience in data cleaning and analyses Familiarity with religion-related sociological research and data This job description is not intended to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for the position and is subject to review and change at any time in accordance with the needs of the ministry. Since no job description can detail all duties and responsibilities that may be required from time to time in the performance of a position, duties and responsibilities that may be inherent in a position shall also be considered part of the position holder’s responsibility. It is expected that the person who holds this position will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the policies of the UCC and in a manner that will reflect positively on the organization. All staff are encouraged to nurture safety within the work performed on behalf of the UCC by being attentive to self-care, education, maintaining appropriate boundaries, and the importance of referring those in need to supportive and helpful resources.  
Comprehensive Benefits Package N/A  
Application Deadline October 9, 2020  
About the Organization The United Church of Christ

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Hartford Institute for Religion Research

Appointment Status:  Non-Tenure Track

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Hartford Seminary. The appointment is for two years, with the possibility of an extension.  The start date is September 1, 2020 (or as soon as possible) with a project end date of June 30, 2022. We seek applications from scholars whose research addresses issues at the intersection of religion and congregational research. 

Applicants should be scholars of the social scientific study of religion or religious studies, and experience with religious congregations as organizations is essential.  However, scholars whose interests are in other disciplines such as cultural studies with a focus on race, class or gender in the United States are also encouraged to apply. 

Fellows will be expected to conduct fieldwork, to know ethnographic methods, to be proficient in both office and research software (either quantitative or qualitative), to stay abreast of current literature, and to function as part of a working research team with four research staff and national teams of researchers, scholars and graduate assistants. Fellows will also be encouraged to pursue their own research interests within the bounds of the project and to create their own written products for publication or presentation at professional conferences.  Fellows will be expected to teach one course per academic year at Hartford Seminary.

Applications received by August 24, 2020 will be given full consideration; however, the search will remain open until suitable candidates are found.

Basic Qualifications: Should have received the Ph.D. within the last 5 years in a social science or humanities field with interests in congregations or other religious organizations, but will accept applications from ABD students with expected graduation date by May 2021. Experience in ethnographic methods preferred. Must be able to work with diverse constituencies, be able to conduct research on-site at various congregations, demonstrate technical proficiency, and be able to communicate well both orally and in writing. The successful candidates must demonstrate the ability to work both independently and with teams of researchers in a time-sensitive project.

Questions concerning the position should be addressed to Dr. Scott Thumma

Salary $50,000. Medical benefits and housing are included.

A complete application includes a cover letter outlining relevant education and training experience, an abbreviated CV, and names and contact information for three references.   Please send to Dr. Scott Thumma ( ).  Applications received by 8/24/2020 will receive full consideration.

Funding opportunity: call for proposals on gratitude to God

Biola University, with the help of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and under the direction of Peter Hill and Robert Emmons, welcomes proposals from various disciplines to investigate questions that concern gratitude to God*. Letters of intent are due January 29th, 2020.

Proposals may be for projects that utilize the methodologies of the psychological sciences, philosophy, theology, or religious studies. Empirical projects may be multi-method, qualitative, theoretical, cross-cultural, employ behavioral measures, or incorporate developmental approaches (though none of these are required). For the empirical projects, experi­mental methodologies are encouraged. There are four separate award competitions: (1) empirical large grants, (2) empirical early career grants, (3) non-empirical large grants, and (4) non-empirical early career grants. Total funding available for this RFP is $2.8M. For more instructions and more information, visit Queries may be sent to

We anticipate proposals for empirical and non-empirical projects that address one or more of the questions listed below:

  • What is the basic structure of gratitude to God? How does gratitude to God differ from gratitude to others?
  • Why and how do people express gratitude to God or fail to?
  • How is cosmic gratitude an alternative to gratitude to God?
  • What functions does gratitude to God serve?

*For the sake of this proposal and the anticipated projects that we hope it generates, we are using the term “God” to encompass the supreme God of monotheistic traditions, as well as other supernatural or superhuman beings with agency and powers (gods, spirits, ghosts, saints), whether personal or impersonal, with capacities to “make things happen or prevent them from happening, especially obtaining goods and avoiding bads” (Smith, 2017, p. 22). The phrase “personal or impersonal” implies that the superhuman powers may or may not be believed to possess consciousness, intentions, feelings, desires and other properties of the mind. We use the term “cosmic gratitude” in the RFP to depict the state that is felt by people who are inclined to feel gratitude for things not plausibly attributable to human agency nor to a personal supernatural or superhuman agent (Roberts, 2014).