Connection, Learning, and Performance
A gathering for those whose interests live at — or near — the intersection of justice-seeking religious reflection with spirituality, imagination, the arts, and embodiment. The interplay of these areas with one another has come to be named as theopoetics, the focus of the event. Organized for theological scholars, religious practitioners, performers, and/or those who are all three, this conference will be a mix of academic discussions, facilitated dialogue, performance, and workshops focused on developing practices that can be taken back to share with our communities of support and accountability. Details about presentations, performances, panel discussions, and workshops is on the Conference Content page.
March 9 & 10, 2018
Beginning promptly at 5:30pm on Friday and formally ending at the close of dinner on Saturday. An optional Sunday morning debrief is open to the whole community. The Conference Schedule page has additional details.
Art and Bodies Matter
There's an upswing in interest around the intersection of faith with imagination, the arts, and embodiment. We call that crossroads "theopoetics," and that is what this whole event is about. We hope to call together those for whom these topics are compelling, spur conversation, and encourage connections. This conference is a unique attempt to be a conference about theopoetics that is organized as theopoetics. A mix of voices, methods, and perspectives, each affirming the mutual influence that religious reflection, faith, imagination, the arts, and embodiment have upon one another. Participants have been clear that continuing events would be worthwhile and so here we are!
Lots of Folks (and You!)
Poets, preachers, rappers, professors and students of theology and religion, spoken word artists, clergy, musicians, visual artists, and perhaps you. Participants and presenters from social groups that have been historically marginalized in the academy and/or faith communities are particularly welcome. We are particularly eager for folks to come who are part of the New England Maritime Region of the American Academy of Religion and Boston Theological Institute partner schools. From ages 18 to 108 we want you there. To see who has currently registered see the Participants page.
How can I participate?
1) Offer a workshop, talk, or performance, or host a discussion that you are passionate about. The call for proposals is here and will be open until Dec. 3, 2017. Selections will be made by January 1, 2018.
2) Come and be a part of it. Registration is open now for $75 but the first 10 people to register get $25 off. Registration covers all conference events Friday evening through Saturday night, including Saturday’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Housing on site is available for separate charges.
There are limited funds available for folks between the ages of 18 – 22. For more information see Young Adult Scholarships,
With Advance Notice
Send us a message with info about age(s) and when you'll be needing support and we'll work with you to make it happen. Let us know by Feb. 20, 2018.