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.
Dr. M. Shawn Copeland is Professor of Theology at Boston College. The prophetic, womanist, Catholic theologian roots her work in theological and philosophical anthropology and political theology, as well as African and African–derived religious and cultural experience and African-American intellectual history. A former Convenor of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium, her more than 80 articles, reviews, and book chapters include Enfleshing Freedom: Body, Race, and Being; The Subversive Power of Love: The Vision of Henriette Delille: The Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality; and, with LaReine-Marie Mosely and Albert Raboteau, Uncommon Faithfulness: The Black Catholic Experience.
Rev. Barbara K. Lundblad is professor emerita at Union Theological Seminary. A well-known preacher and lecturer, she is passionate about preaching as a tool for social transformation and as an embodied art form that can bear a word of life or death to those who listen. Through many leadership positions in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America she has advocated for the inclusion of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons in the church. Her recent books include Marking Time: Preaching Biblical Stories in Present Tense and Transforming the Stone: Preaching Through Resistance to Change.
My name is Soraya Dorvilier. I’m a black Haitian American young woman living in St Paul. My pronouns are she, her, hers and I’m a second year at Hamline with an undecided major. I love to dance and I’m obsessed with food.
A Year of Re-Imagining
The 2018 Fall Soul Conference is part of the “A Year of Re-Imagining” events November 2017-November 201. These events celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the original Re-Imagining Conference in 1993.
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