Ulrich Riegel

University of Siegen, Germany


Elina Kuusisto

University of Helsinki, Finland



                                     JURE Assistant Coordinator: Daniel Fleming

                                            The Broken Bay Institute, Australia

Mission Statement 

Religious and spiritual education is an interdisciplinary field of research into education, learning, development, and socialization at various levels at schools, universities, families, or communities with respect to religion and spirituality. Religion and spirituality are closely related fields of interest. Spirituality can be perceived as an ability to transcend to something (someone) which is greater than the self, and religion as a set of practices for establishing relationship to a transcendent reality, for the sake of obtaining human good or avoiding harm.
The Religious and Spiritual Education SIG brings together researchers from various backgrounds as theology, religious studies, psychology, pedagogy, educational studies, and philosophy. The SIG 19 is advocating empirical research that includes cognitive, social and emotional components.

The SIG 19 will focus on the following topics and themes:

  • schools, families and communities as contexts for religious and spiritual learning and instruction
  • constraints and affordances for religious and spiritual development in schools, families and communities
  • educational and formation goals and practices of schools with respect to values, beliefs and worldviews
  • religious and spiritual socialization within families and communities
  • new ways of understanding religion and spirituality as educational fields




SIG 19 "Religious and Spiritual Education"
Dates: 21st - 23rd of September, 2016
Theme: Experiencing Religion and Religious Experience in Religious Education
Place: University of Siegen, Germany

First call for papers

Deadline for proposals: 30th of November, 2015
Deadline for EARLY BIRD registration: 15th of January, 2016 



Please find a list of the sig 19 newsletters here.