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Q. Why are you having everyone submit biographical information and a picture?
A. Many conferences just post the the headshots of the “big names” that are being brought in to talk and provide expertise. We tend to think that there are going to be lots of folks coming who bring their own sets of expertise and experience, and that the draw for folks shouldn’t just be two or three speakers at “the main session,” but the opportunity to engage with an event full of people that are themselves compelling. We’re hoping that this is less about the passive reception of information and more about connection, conversation, and mutual engagement. Will there be times when people will just be listening? Yup. And times for facilitated dialogue? Yup. And open times for networking and planning? Yup.
Q. So who exactly is coordinating this thing?
A. The Steering Committee of the Association for Theopoetics Research and Exploration: Patrick Reyes, Ashley Theuring, Callid Keefe-Perry, Blake Huggins, Kate Common, Lakisha Lockheart, Yara Gonzalez-Justinianoand, Jon Gill, and Dave Harrity. As the conference chair, though, Ashley Theuring did the lion’s share of the work. Many thanks to her!
Q. Do I have to use the word “theopoetics” to come? What if I don’t even like that word?
Nope. Not at all. We just find that “theopoetics” is a useful shorthand for “an emphasis, style, and positive concern for the intersection of theology and spirituality with the imagination, aesthetics, the arts, and embodiment, especially as it takes shape in ways that engender community affirming dialogue and transformation.” If you’re into any of that, this is the place for you. We hope. If, though, you are interested in seeing what has been written about the topic and/or what exactly it has meant so far, you might want to check out ATRE‘s theopoetics definitions list.
Q. What is the Sunday morning “open meeting” about? Do I want to be there?
Since the conversation around theopoetics is still a fairly small one and happens among a relatively small number of people, we’re eager to have a space to reflect and “see what’s next” after a day of theopoetics events. Part of what inspired this was a desire to call the question: So… is this “theopoetics” term (and conversation) useful? Does it accomplish anything not already addressed (either in content, style, or contributors) in “theological aesthetics” or “theology and art”? If so, (a) what is it that it does?, and (b) how can we be more supportive of that? We’re thinking that this morning would be a time for the planning committee to reflect on the possibility of future events, the online seminars we sporadically offer, collaborative projects, journal activity, etc. If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, please stick around!