The great creation poem that begins the book of Genesis culminates with the revelation that human beings are created “in god’s image.” Mystics and poets throughout history have witnessed to an existence that both transcends, and is woven into, this one — and affirm that we have the potential of accessing it in this life, here and now. This two-part class offers a framework for how to do so.
It begins by exploring the meaningful connection that exists between our being made in god’s image, and being endowed with imagination — specifically, through the lens of poetry (a word, from poiesis, that means ‘doing or making’) and theopoetics (ways of “making God [present]”). Through contemplation and close-readings of poems, we will consider the array of insights opened up by the crucial truth that the imagination is not only a means of creativity, but also our faculty for hope and empathy. Through guided writing exercises, we will draw on our innate powers of imagination to begin living from an awareness of our identity as rooted in god’s image, and then cultivate methods for integrating that life-giving insight into our work, relationships and lives.
Rev. Travis Helms, PhD
Feb 25, Mar 4 (Th)
$50 (Pre-registration required)
Presented Virtually via Zoom
The Rev. Travis Helms, PhD, is Campus Missioner to the University of Texas + other Austin area colleges and universities. He received his PhD in Divinity from Cambridge University in 2017, with a focus on theological elements in the work of four American poets (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, Wallace Stevens and Hart Crane). He also directs LOGOS Poetry Collective, a “poetry church” missional community that congregates in East Austin, and currently serves as Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest.