Eps 124 - LaKisha Lockhart
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SHOW NOTES and extras:

MIN 1:30

LaKisha Lockhart is President of ARC

• Theopoetics

The body matters -  Taking how she felt about her body and how it is talked about into her own hands.

-View previous Theopoetics episodes on Spark My Muse:

Callid Keefe Perry 

Michael J Wright 

MIN 5:00

  Making sense of the world and valuing all ways of seeing the world.

 MIN 8:00

Working in academics and in the embodied world.

Making space at the table

African women’s experience matters and pushes back on struggle which means everyone’s narrative matters.

 STREAM YTI - info link  

   With help from the Lilly Endowment - Lilly info lnk 

   - High School students in the summer

   Living out faith in the world 

Identity formation

 MIN 13:30

Talking about the body

“deny the flesh”

 Theatre of the Oppressed
Augusto Boal - Info link 

Image of God - bodies

Objectification of the body 

MIN 16:30

Disassociated from the body

 Being “enough” what you are supposed to be or enjoy.

Being forced to “jump a rope” in a game that never had you in mind.

Double Dutch


MIN 19:00

Theological Education

Doing “double dutch” together 

- play (jump rope game)

Adding a "womanist jumping rope"

 Benefitting from many voice and diverse voices. Teach across difference with difference.

Many narratives.

 MIN 24:30 

Emily Townes - Hegemonic Imagination

One dominant narrative, but womanism pushes back

Who is teaching, who is getting to speak?

 MIN 28:00

Dancing with others

How do we address our blind spots when it comes to diversity?

• Books (see list below)

• Get experiences. 

• Ask questions.

• Co-create. Who do you want to hear about?

(Ask) Who are we missing? 

• Get involved and get a consultant. Don’t put all the work on People of Color

MIN  33:30

Play and joy - a life-giving way of being.

Play in the classroom where "isms" can go unchallenged 

Play brings us to a better space.

Helps with emotions of all kinds (lament and happiness) -it’s rejuvenating. 

Contact LaKisha: (email)
[email protected]


ARC March conference in Boston 2018 - artsreligioncultrue.org 

 BOOK LIST from LaKisha:
(This is short and incomplete list. Please add your suggestions in the comments below, so we can all benefit by a diversity of voices, especially ones that are often silenced or go unheard. Thank you.)

-This Bridge Called My Back: writings by radical women of color. Edited by Cherrie Moraga & Gloria Anzaldua.

-The Womanist Reader. Edited by Layli Phillips

-Ain't I A Womanist, Too: Third-Wave Womanist Religious Thought. Edited by Monica A. Coleman

-In Search of Our Mother's Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker.

-Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk by Delores S. Williams

-Womanist Ethics and the Cultural Production of Evil by Emilie M. Townes

-Katie's Canon: Womanism and the Soul of the Black Community by Katie Cannon


Reflection Questions:

1. In what ways have you felt disassociated from your body?

2. Have you been usually taught by a variety of teachers, who have been from a variety of backgrounds, who have a diversity of stories and ways of being in the world? (Who has gotten to speak in your life?)

3. Where can you most sense that there is a dominant context/culture/norm which is set up for mainly one story or one kind of people group?

4. When you go to a conference, hear a panel of experts, view a book list, or are considering a problem that needs to be solved, how much do you or your group considering the voices or bodies that aren't typically being represented or heard?

5. Do you have any thoughts you'd like to share on the topic or insights you've gained from the episode? (please leave them below).


I hope you enjoyed this episode and I hope that it brought some new insights and gave you some challenges to consider playing with–as LaKisha would put it. 

What else can we do together to move forward? I'd like to hear from you. 

What other voices should I have on the show? You can write me here: [email protected]

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