REA Annual Meeting 2022

5-8 July, University of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota

Becoming Good Ancestors

Vulnerable as we are
walking together
Resilient in dialogue

The divine is co-creating

Listening to resilient generations

Our transformation

Learning Ancestor
Courageously co-creating
Transforming life

Be Courageous, resilient, alive
Making
Learning
Practicing
Finding
Co-creating

Celebrate ascending into the future
Departing, rejecting, holding, releasing
Breathing, honoring
Repeat
Celebrate ascending into the future
Departing, rejecting, holding, releasing
Breathing, honoring

Resilient transformation
Bring art in Balance
The ancestors
Are storytelling.

This is a poem written with the words of twenty-five of REA members’ six-word memoirs. These members responded to an invitation to the entire guild to co-create 2022’s theme. Pedagogically, it was crafted by taking each six-word memoir and scrambling them into a larger list of words. Teams were then asked to create a poem using only the words — representative of the very lives — of its members. The poem above is all of those individual poems pieced together. The collective lives, our words, weaved together to make art. 

What might be possible if we co-created within our guild? What bold idea, collaborative practice, or research might the guild do to advance the greater and common good? 

As a collection of religious education professionals — of some-bodies, not no-bodies — from across the globe, who are we really? What is the REA’s collective work? What could we accomplish together that might not be possible separate from each other? Who does our work serve? Why do we exist, together? These are questions of institutional purpose.