Perspectives and Insight

Posted on December 28, 2015 by PLT Staff

Paper presented by Hannah Hofheinz for the Spring Institute for Lived Theology 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Hofheinz reflects over the rich discussions and presentations the conference has generated, urging her fellow theologians to consider many profound questions surrounding the interaction with, the productions of, and the relationships forged by lived theology.

Excerpt: “There is an intensification of meaning in the crucible of lived experience. What does it mean to speak, to write, and to teach honestly within the complexity of this space? To tell the truth, to be open to the possibility that the process of telling that truth honestly might perhaps offer an excess of theological meaning beyond the substance of the words used to tell it. To trust – even when there is significant risk and reasonable fear of doing so – in the worth of the outcome. Another way to say this: to have faith, and to let that faith seek understanding, however complex that understanding might be.”

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