Laurel C. Schneider, Professor of Theology, Ethics, and Culture at Chicago Theological Seminary delivered the second annual Georgia Harkness Lecture. In tribute to Georgia Harkness’s own interest in poetry, Dr. Schneider explores ways in which theopoetics, an emergent mode of theological reflection, can offer pathways for embodied, queer theology that is “other-wise.”

As Dr. Schneider notes, “Theology that is responsive to recent critiques in queer theory as well as race, gender, class and postcolonial theories cannot do business as usual. The ‘usual’ practices of doctrinal formulation, no matter how well-intentioned, functionally erase the very embodied differences that matter, because the dominant modes of theological reasoning and imagination inherited from the past continue to create the past, theologically speaking.”