2018 Conference Content

 
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Friday, March 9th

1:00pm – 5:00 | Pre-Conference Workshop

Art for Activism: This workshop teaches participants about the history of arts-based advocacy; introduces core concepts and frameworks; and then equips participants with best practices and new techniques in arts activism through a collaborative artmaking project.  The workshop will be co-facilitated by Ben Lasso, a hip hop artist, and Aliana Grace Bailey, a mixed media visual artist, both from Washington, DC.

5:30pm – 7:00 | Performance and Q&A Session

The Sanctuaries

7:00 – 9:00 | Welcome Reception

Saturday, March 10th

8:30am – 10:00 | Panel Discussion and Round Table

Art as it intersects with religion, theology, or spirituality

10:15 – 11:45 | Breakout Session 1

Presentations Room 1
Timothy Parker – Ornaments of an Interreligious Material Culture
Tuhina Rasche, Tamika Jancewicz, and Jason Chesnut – Embodying Devotion, Resistance, and Creativity in Online Community

Presentations Room 2
Ian White Maher– Ritual Sacrifice, Black Men, and the Creation of White Identity
James Howard Hill, Jr., Bryson White, and Taurean Webb – Phonoaesthesia and the (Theo)Poetics of Black Performance

Presentations Room 3
Film Showing: Spitting Fire - Spoken Word as Spiritual Formation
Q&A with director (Jeremy Fackenthal) and collaborator (Joe Davis) 

Workshop Room 1
 Darci Jaret and Ellen Gadberry – Telling Our Stories Through the Veil: a Hands-on experience with Visual Narrative Pastoral Care

12:00 – 1:30 | Lunch

1:45 – 3:15 | Breakout Session 2

Presentations Room 1
Lisa Lynott-Carrol - A Theo-Aesthetic Model: Learning to See God in Everyone Through the Universality and Intersection of Theology and the Arts
The Poetic Diaspora - The Poetic Diaspora is Theopoetics in Practice

Presentations Room 2
Jonathan Prater  – We Are What We Sing: How Music and Lyric Form Spirituality
Tamisha Tayler – Is Octavia Butler a Theopoet? 

Workshop Room 1
Chelsea MacMillan – Sacred Activists: Mystics on the Path of Prophetic Action

Workshop Room 2
Steffano Montano – Dungeons & Dragons and Ministry Formation

3:15 - 3:45 | Break

3:45 – 5:15 | Breakout Session 3

Presentations Room 1
Lis Valle – The Entanglement of Words and Flesh in Prophetic Performance
Eric Thomas – Sal, Luz, y Azucar (Matt 5:13-16): Toward an Africana Queer Christopoetics en conjunto 

Presentations Room 2
Tomi Oredein – Tongue: A Project of Hermeneutics, Self, and of the Divine
Jay McDaniel and Byrd McDaniel – Embodied Listening: Explorations at the Intersection of Performance Studies, Ethnomusicology, and Theopoetics

Presentations Room 3
Dan Hodge - Homeland Insecurity: A Hip Hop Missiology for the Post-Civil Rights Context
Jonathan Hoskin - Where is Literature Going? The subtle ways of God

Workshop Room 1
David Penn – Stepping Stones: Theopoetics, Pedagogy, and One Brave Spider

5:30 – 6:30 | Theopoetics 20 x 20s

6:30 – 7:15 | Alves Award Presentation

 

Sunday, March 11th

9:00am – 11:00(ish) | Open Meeting: Conference Debrief

Since the conversation around theopoetics is still a fairly small one and happens among a relatively limited number of people, we’re eager to have a space to reflect and “see what’s next” after a day of theopoetics events. The morning is a time to process the event and to reflect on the possibility of future events, collaborative projects, ways to work with ARC, etc. If this sounds like something you’d like to be a part of, please stick around! A light breakfast and coffee will be provided.