Twenty five years ago the Re-Imagining conference held in Minneapolis, gathered 2200 people from around the world to hear women theologians ‘re-imagine’ God, Jesus, Creation, and a church whose leadership, language and point of view was largely male. The diverse participants created, laughed, sang, danced, and left challenged by all they had heard. The backlash after the event brought calls of heresy and attempts to silence voices. But just as at Pentecost, the Spirit had been liberated and the re-imagining continued.
The task of re-imagining never ends. Our times call for us to see things afresh and live life anew. This year’s Fall Soul Conference equips us for the task by highlighting and continuing the feminist, womanist, mujerista, and theological Re-Imagining movement to engage contemporary issues of race, gender, sexuality: body, race and being.
Two participants in the original Re-Imagining will be our prophets and guides. Barbara Lundblad illumines our responsibility and the possibilities for a community re-imagining who we can be both individually and collectively. Anchoring us in body, race, and being, Shawn Copeland will challenge us to rearrange the scaffolding of the world that shapes our perspectives and destroys human life. Fall Soul musicians, artists, and ritualists will weave vibrant soundscapes around honest narratives of sacred humanity as we seek new ways to live for the sake of justice and peace in the world, in community, in being.