I (my name is Callid, which rhymes with salad) began this site in 2007 after having co-facilitated a workshop in which the topic of theopoetics was emphasized. Realizing then that I wanted to be able to point folks towards a central resource, I underwent the process of culling together materials and arranging them for easy access. This site is up as an act of passion, and isn’t particularly supported by anything other than my time. This is a labor of love for me, so feel free to get in touch.
I’m also available (in person or via Skype) for speaking engagements or workshops at congregations, schools, and most places you can think of.
Beyond this site, I’m involved with a variety of things, mostly orbiting around the Arts and/or Theology. I act with an improvisational comedy theatre troupe I co-founded, consult on the use of the Arts in public school classrooms, work as the national coordinator of the Transformative Language Arts Network, and am currently finishing my thesis on theopoetics at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.
I travel in the Gospel Ministry within, and beyond, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), often with my wife Kristina serving as Elder. I am member of Rochester Monthly Meeting in Western New York, and have served as a teacher of Quakerism at the Pendle Hill Retreat Center for Friends, producing the educational web series, “Jewels of Quakerism.” I am strongly interested in the Emergent Church conversation and am a co-convener of the Rochester Emergent Cohort.
Most of my work connects to language and how it shapes our dreams and hopes for the future: I am deeply fascinated by the discovery of new media in which to practice our faith. Academically I am captivated by issues of communal hermeneutics, Ricoeur’s notion of the Second Naivete, and the places where phenomonology intersects with descriptions of the Divine. In addition to this site, I also maintain The Image of Fish, a video-based blog that addresses issues of theology and hermeneutics, but in a broader way than just theopoetics. Pastorally I am committed to helping people find their own voice with which to express their experience of the Divine, exploring how expression influences experience, and encouraging dialogue rather than debate.
I believe in the possibility of a Just World while I still live.