What is Theopoetics? Centering Creativity, Imagination, and The Arts in Spirituality With Lakisha Lockhart and Callid Keefe-Perry

Creativity Can Dismantle Power


Western religious culture is often suspicious of creativity and imagination. Artsreligionculture.org (ARC) is seeking to change that. We talk with Lakeisha Lockhart and Callid Keefe-Perry about how they're seeking to bring academic theology and religious conversation out of the ivory tower and down to earth by collaborating with artists, poets, and activists. We also talk about ARC's upcoming conference and how you can be be part of it.


Lakisha Lockhart is a gregarious and playful scholar activist. She is currently a doctoral candidate at Boston College in Theology and Education researching play as a cultural signification for women of color, which can provide a space for agency and authenticity for these women both in the pulpit and the academy. She is Assistant Professor of Practical Theology & Director of STREAM Youth Theology Institute at The Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She not only believes in the power of play and embodiment in theology, but she actively advocates for the importance of the body as a locus of doing theology. She believes that “doing theology from and through the body allows us to see the other as they are, not as we want them to be. Play and embodiment provide hope for theological education.” She received her B.A from Claflin University, M.Div. from Wesley Theological Seminary, M.A. in Ethics & Society from Vanderbilt University and has been a Zumba instructor since 2012.


Callid Keefe-Perry is a proud father and husband. He is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and travels in the Ministry serving within and beyond that denomination. He is an organizational consultant, retreat leader, and teacher of discernment deeply influenced by both Quakerism and Ignatian spirituality. He is the author of Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer, has been a public school teacher, is a performer and coach of improv theatre, and was the co-founder of a community theater in Rochester, NY. Academically his work is at the intersection of public theology with creative practices and their connection to education and spiritual formation. Organizationally he focuses on helping groups clarify their goals and make sure that their commitments to justice and equity become more than just aspirations and good intentions.

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