Dr. Kathryn Reklis will once again be a Theologian-in-Residence (TIR) with us this summer. This year, she’ll lead us through an exploration of Truth through Untruth: Telling the Truth through Artistic Creativity. Building on her Forum series last summer, Professor Reklis will revisit the themes of art, spirituality and social justice with an exploration of new artists, art movements, and popular culture. In conversation with the church’s theme for the summer – Voices of Truth – this series will focus on what kind of “truth” art can offer the world and how creativity, imagination, and even fiction can be agents of truth and justice.
Sundays in Forum (9:00 AM, Church Parlor) on 6/30, 7/7, 7/14, & 7/28
Wednesday evening program on 7/24 (7:00 PM in the Church Parlor)
SUNDAY, JUNE 30: The Culture Wars and Artistic Truth-Telling
We will look at the work of artist Chris Ofili, who drew public outrage and protest from conservative legislators for his work The Holy Virgin Mary in the late 1990s.
SUNDAY, JULY 7: Conceptual Art and Radical Change
Using the philosophically-inspired work of Adrian Piper, we will discuss the idea of conceptual art. How can provocative artistic action change people’s ideas about everyday assumptions?
SUNDAY, JULY 14: Pop Culture Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals
We will look at the NBC sitcom The Good Place as a popular exploration of profound philosophical and moral questions. What does this fictional comedy have to teach us about what we owe to each other in this fractious time?
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24: Evening Program (7:00 PM in the Church Parlor)
We will screen a major work of popular culture to discuss themes of race, racial justice, popular story-telling, and what pop culture can teach us about the stories that bind our culture together.
SUNDAY, JULY 28: The Truth is Horrifying
Drawing on our July 24 evening program, we will explore how director Jordan Peele uses the horror genre to tell truths about pervasive racism in American culture and how “untrue” genres can yield prophetic truth in popular culture.
All programs are FREE and open to the public.
Dr. Kathryn Reklis is a Professor of Modern Protestant Theology at Fordham University in New York City, where she teaches classes on the history and practice of Christianity in the modern age, Christianity and colonialism, theology and aesthetics, theology and popular culture, and digital religion. She is an affiliate faculty in the American Studies program and the Comparative Literature program at Fordham, where she works with students on projects that explore the intersection of religion, secularity, popular culture, and social justice. She is also the author of the “On Media” column for The Christian Century, which won the Award of Excellence for a regular column from the Associate Church Press in 2017. In 2009, she co-founded the Institute for Art, Religion, and Social Justice with artist AA Bronson at Union Theological Seminary. From 2009-2016 the Institute brought artists, seminarians, and theologians together to explore the work of social justice through the vocations of art and spiritual leadership in both New York and Berlin. She lives with her husband, an English professor, their two kids, and a lot of books in Astoria, Queens.
Absolutely EVERYONE is welcome. Since 1997, FUMC Boulder has been a Reconciling Congregation, fully welcoming of LGBTQ people and their loved ones.