THEOLOGY & POETRY:
LANGUAGES THAT SHAPE THE SOUL

Saturday, May 3, 2003

The House of the Redeemer
7 East 95th Street
New York, NY

Religion and art are the two disciplines that, above all others, shape the human soul. Sometimes they hold much in common. But for centuries - at least since the Renaissance reintroduced humanism - they have had profound disagreements.

By lifting poetry and theology out of the immense fields of art and religion - with America's dominant strain, Protestant Christianity, in focus - we enter two linguistic modes, where those fields become more explicit than anywhere else. What are they saying to the human soul in 2003? And what would they like to say to each other? Getting poets and theologians together and listening to them read and talk in a permissive atmosphere should help us all understand where the trouble spots are in this relationship. (Catholics, Jews, and others may want to point out certain theological differences from Protestants in the discussion periods.)

At the end of the day, will ARC have improved the relationship of this mutually suspicious pair? Or will it have confirmed the wisdom of their polite distance? Or has time closed the gap so that the two languages more or less agree, as they guide our spiritual direction?

I have no idea; nor do the speakers. Only living into this adventure can reveal the answer. Welcome to reality at ARC!

Mary Jean Irion
Coordinating Fellow


THE PROGRAM

9:30 Registration, breakfast
and conversation

10:00 Introduction

10:15 First Theologian - Lee Barrett

10:45 First Poet - Richard Foerster

11:15 Second Theologian -
Riess Potterveld

11:45 Panel Discussion

12:30 Luncheon
Tara Potterfeld's sculptures on display

1:30 Second Poet - Margaret Gibson

2:00 Third Theologian - David Jasper

2:30 Third Poet - Robert Cording

3:00 Panel Discussion

3:45 Closing

4:00 Wine, cheese, conversation

The Presenters

Registration information:

Members/Fellows $45
Non-Members  $50; Students $15
Fee includes continental breakfast, lunch and reception.
($5.00 extra at the door.)

For registration information,
 please contact Charles Henderson
chashenderson@mindspring.com
or 
Tel: 212-870-2544

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More about ARC
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From time to time the Board of Directors elects as Fellows individuals it identifies as having made a distinguished contribution to their respective fields. The list of Fellows elected over a period of nearly four decades thus exemplifies what the Society understands as the necessary and vital connections between art, religion and culture.

ARC Fellows

PROGRAM ARCHIVE

Winter 2003
Tracing the Garden

Fall 2002
Drawing on the Human
Spirit

Spring 2002
MoMA's PAPA:
Alfred Barr and
the Religious Dimension of Modernism

Winter 2002
A Theology of Beauty

Fall 2001
Lifting the Veil

May 2001
Utopia/Dystopia

February 2001
Antigone
Performance and Symposium

November 2000
Illuminations & Transformations:
Cross-Cultural Spiritual Dynamics 
in Music, Text, Dance and Film

May 2000
Alternative Readings: 
Sacred Text Embodied in Visual Art

February 2000
The Meaning of Myth

November 1999
Myth, Ritual and the Mediation of Violence

May, 1999
Writers' Ways with Loving and Dying

February, 1999 
The Divine Image
Implications for a changing image of God.

October, 1998 
Uneasy Constellations of Meaning
Theological Perceptions and Visual Images in Sixteenth Century Europe &
The Religious Art of Andy Warhol

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May, 1998 Meeting
AYNI: The Andean Concept of Reciprocity

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Charles Henderson, Executive Director

 


 

 
             
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