My name is Callid Keefe-Perry and I am a theologian that plays about in postmodern and liberation theologies, especially as they pertains to youth and education. I’m also an improv actor, spoken word artist, educator and consultant, Member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and, with my wife Kristina, the parent of a great kid, Nahar. If you would like more information about me feel free to check out my personal homepage. Most of my work connects to theopoetics, an idea at the intersection of theology with imagination, embodiment, aesthetics, and literature. I like to think of myself as a pragmatic idealist, so while I dream big, I also focus on the nitty-gritty. That is also the founding spirit of this blog, The Image of Fish. It is at least partially inspired by the following paraphrased Marshall McLuhanisms:
1. While we don’t know who discovered water, we are pretty sure it wasn’t the fish.
2. Anyone who tries to make a distinction between education and entertainment doesn’t know the first thing about either.
It seems to me that much of the what theology is about is trying to notice what it is we are swimming around in while we’re still in it. That doesn’t condemn or condone theology per se, but it does mean that our task is harder than if we were studying something else. Furthermore, if theology is to be useful it should be accessible to folks who aren’t theologians themselves. Thus this project is an attempt to engage theological topics and provide possible “So What” scenarios where theology can be seen to actually matter. I hope The Image of Fish will provide theological education in short segments that are accurate, condensed, and useful to folks outside of academia. Where I’ll end up is yet to be discovered.
The explorer is totally inconsistent. He never knows at what moment he will make some startling discovery. And consistency is a meaningless term to apply to an explorer. If he wanted to be consistent he would stay home. –McLuhan
I was trying to find agin the piece you posted as your reflection on what happened at a conference after Peter Rollins spoke and Vince Anderson did a cover of Maranatha – after which was a pregnant silence – remember? I was talking to Peter Rollins briefly at Wild Goose 2012 and referred to your piece and I’m not sure he saw it – but I think he’d be interested. can you send me the link?
Steven, the post in question is here: http://theimageoffish.com/2010/05/17/the-holy-spirit-and-us/
May I ask what the context was for recalling this?
Hope that helps!
I met Peter Rollins briefly at Wild Goose this year, listening to Vince sing – wishing he would do Maranatha again, but the mood was rowdy, not somber, so he didn't, and it would have been out of place. But that made me want to go back and see the video again – and I couldn't find it – so thanks much!
Hi Callid, I'm a Friend in the UK interested in seeing how Quakers can network with the wider spiritual community as we begin to find our way into a new understanding of what we refer to as 'God'. I came across you in Twitter, on which I'm total novice facing a steep learning curve. It would be helpful to me to keep and eye on what you're doing and maybe communicate from time to time. I don't know where the spirit's leading (do we ever?), but I feel some stirrings and have to step out on the water and see what happens.