The meeting’s focus was on the impact of employing non-propositional poetics in areas of theological exploration. Does it simply yields “vague language,” and/or does it provide a substantive contribution to discourse pertaining to the Divine? This gathering should provide an opportunity for mutual engagement for those whose studies and/or practices fall in the intersection of theological thought, poetics, faith, and religion. N.B. The panel is not for the purposes of showcasing religious poetry: content should primarily be focused on a reflection of the impact of poetic perspectives on theological thought.
The Working Group met at the annual AAR/SBL session in San Francisco, from 9:00 – 11:00am, Saturday 11/19/11. As per the subversive methodology of theopoetics, the time was spent somewhat outside of normal academic conventions: the working group met for two hours, during which time a panel of five individuals was each given 12 minutes to highlight key topics from their papers/projects. At the close of their presentations the panel was opened up to a dialogue format in which panelists and attenders are encouraged to engage in conversation emerging from ideas presented.