Way To Water; Way to becoming materially queer

Recently, Wipf and Stock sent me Callid Keefe-Perry’s latest book:  Way To Water:  A Theopoetics Primer.  I have long since been interested in both the concept and practices of theopoetics, after reading Catherine Keller’s work for years.  In Callid Keefe-Perry’s Way To Water: A Theopoetics Primer, the reader is met with a robust history of theopoetics that creates new pathways for understanding how the theo-logic can be transformed with the theo-poetic.  Attention to the overwhelming reality of experience in formulating theological frameworks brings the poetic into clearer vision; the reader is seduced into an experience of theopoetics and in turn begins to taste theology differently. Poesis is an important category in thinking through and about theology for...

Public Writing

I’ve long thought that public writing can help contribute to radical social change. I’ve recently been gifted with three opportunities to participate in public discourse on progressive politics, progressive religion, and issues related to gender & sexuality! These are regular gigs! I’m excited about the potential these three very different writing gigs have. I’m also aware that I’ve been trained as an academic & learning to translate ideas into consumable strands of digestible information is very important! I often think about myself as being a translator of theory & philosophy–ideas that can radically disrupt normative ways of thinking!! So, I made my first post over at Emerging Voices blog. I also posted it...

You can’t give it up, can you?

This is the post that I created for Emergent Voices.  You can find the original link here. Several years ago, after what I thought was a horrible ordination process, I decided to leave the church.  It was a weekday when I decided that I would never step back into the church.  The only problem was that I was serving as a chaplain in a level II trauma center outside of Chicago, IL, so I had to be confronted with normative Christian discourse and theologies that I found to be hugely problematic.  But, nonetheless, I decided to leave.  I had completed my undergraduate degree in religion/theology at a Texas baptist university, studied both Greek and Hebrew (but I don’t remember much of the languages), and had decided in 2002 to attend Seminary at...

When ‘crazy’ is a distant relative

I’ve not been blogging as of late, largely because I’ve been working on the dissertation.  There’s always something grabbing my attention, though, and Sarah Lund’s new Book Blessed Are The Crazy was it!  As we raise awareness to National Mental Illness week, I’ve decided to break the silence about the reality of mental illness existing in my family! I have had a long relationship with mental illness existing in my family, but it was like a distant relative; it never affected me.  My Mexican mother raised me with loose connections to her family, I think in part due to the history of mental illness and addiction existing in her family.    These features of life remain taboo, and folks are stereotyped as being crazy!  In fact, following...

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We Have Never Been Queer: The Highs and Lows of Theories of Bodies, Subjects and Desire

Consider the following course that the Global Center for Advanced Studies is offering! Professors Beatriz Preciado (Testo Junkie) and J. Jack Halberstam (Gaga Feminism) will be teaching a seminar entitled, “We Have Never Been Queer: The Highs and Lows of Theories of Bodies, Subjects and Desire” (PARIS, France–September, 2014) [This seminar can also be taken live and on-line in our fully interactive classroom] DESCRIPTION: “Queerness is not yet here. Queerness is an ideality. Put another way, we are not yet queer. We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality. We have never been queer, yet queerness exists for us as an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a...

Philosophy and Poetry of Difference

I’m lecturing at the University of San Francisco next month and I’ve been thinking about preparing my lecture–what things should be a part of it, what things shouldn’t, and what method the lecture should be delivered.  I tend to spend a lot of time thinking about presentation and delivery before I actually sit down to write.  I like to write at a bar or coffee shop and have a pint of my favorite IPA on hand when I’m writing and tweezing out ideas.  Today, I’m at my favorite coffee shop in Denver (Hooked on Colfax) and am drinking a Macadamia French Soda (an Italian soda w/ the cream). As I think about the intersection of philosophy and poetry, my mind is drawn to several different thinkers:  Deleuze, Heidegger, Gadamer, and...

The Future or Death of Religion

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The Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium @ Drew

Here’s my Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium paper as a Wordle.  I present the paper next month at Drew Theological School.  I’m very excited about this opportunity to be a part of the TTC, the papers I will hear, and the new collegial relationships that will be formed!  I am also grateful that I have continued to become a theological nomad, materializing along the plane of...

EXPLAINING NONRELIGION AND SECULARITY IN THE U.S. AND BEYOND

Call for Papers| 19-20 November 2014, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA   EXPLAINING NONRELIGION AND SECULARITY IN THE U.S. AND BEYOND                                    Conveners: Ryan Cragun (ryantcragun@gmail.com), Christel Manning (manningc@sacredheart.edu), and Phil Zuckerman (phil_zuckerman@pitzer.edu)   Keynote speakers:   Professor Darren Sherkat (Sociology, Southern Illinois University) Professor Lori Beaman (Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottowa)   The study of nonreligion and secularity, long neglected by religion researchers, has recently become a growing field of inquiry. The NSRN is an international, interdisciplinary association of scholars from various fields (religious studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology,...

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