Courtney T. Goto

Title
Associate Professor of Religious Education
Email
cgoto@bu.edu
Phone
(617) 353-3899
Education
B.A. Mills College
M.T.S. Harvard University Divinity School
Ph.D. Emory University

Courtney T. Goto is Associate Professor of Religious Education and a co-Director for the Center for Practical Theology.  Her research interests include intersections of racism, culture, and faith; as well as aesthetic teaching and learning, creativity, and embodied knowing.  She is author of Taking on Practical Theology: The Idolization of Context and the Hope of Community (Brill, 2018).  In this book, she explores the regnant paradigm to which the field of practical theology is captive, reflecting on issues of power and privilege in knowledge production from her perspective as a Japanese American.  Goto is also author of The Grace of Playing: Pedagogies for Leaning into God’s New Creation (Pickwick, 2016).  She designs courses that explore both theory and practices, often through experiential learning and community-based research.

Books

Taking on Practical Theology: The Idolization of Context and the Hope of Community (Brill, 2018)

The Grace of Playing: Pedagogies for Leaning into God’s New Creation (Pickwick, 2016)

 

Articles & Chapters

“Beyond the Black-White Binary of U.S. Race Relations: A Next Step in Religious Education,” Religious Education 112, no. 1, Jan-Feb 2017

“Experiencing Oppression: Ventriloquism and Epistemic Violence in Practical Theology,” International Journal of Practical Theology 21, no. 2, 2017, p. 175-93.

“Hybridity: Retrieving the Real-life Messiness Erased by a Reified Concept” Journal of Asian/North American Theological Educators 2, no. 1, 2016, p. 16-31.

http://janate.org/index.php/janate/article/view/1315

“Writing in Compliance with the Racialized ‘Zoo’ of Practical Theology,” Conundrums in Practical Theology, ed. B. Miller-McLemore and J. Mercer, Leiden: Brill, 2016.

“Teaching Love: Embodying Prophetic Imagination through Clowning,” Religious Education 111, no. 4, July/September 2016.

“Reflecting Theologically by Creating Art: Giving Form to More than We Can Say,” Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry 36, 2016, p. 78-92. http://journals.sfu.ca/rpfs/index.php/rpfs/article/view/426/413

“Asian American Practical Theologies.” In Openings to Practical Theology, ed. K. Cahalan and G. Mikoski. (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2015).

“Issei Garden as Performative Space.” Amerasia Journal 38, no. 3 (2012), 76-97.

“Pretending to Be Japanese: Artistic Play in a Japanese American Church and Family.” Religious Education 103, no. 4 (July-September 2008), 1-16.