Callid Keefe-Perry

Lecturer in Practical Theology and Louisville Institute Postdoctoral Fellow

Callid Keefe-Perry’s teaching and research orbit around explorations of imagination, creativity, and education as a site of human and societal formation. His work revolves around questions of theological epistemology, public and practical theology, as well as the vitality of creative practice within spirituality. His book, Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer, details the academic history of the field of theopoetics, arguing also for its practical utility in contemporary congregational life. Additionally, he has worked significantly with issues related to trauma and learning, having worked in several denominations to support the development of trauma-informed cultures within church culture. He has published work related to this as well as the importance of considering moral injury in the context of the helping professions, especially public school teachers. His theological outlook is greatly shaped by The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), especially the Christocentric streams of that faith and practice. He is currently appointed to Ministry and Council of New England Yearly Meeting and has served as a Traveling Minister within and beyond his denomination since 2005, preaching, offering workshops, retreats, and consulting for non-profit organizations. Prior to working in the academy, he was a public school teacher, was the co-founder of a community theater, and worked in leadership for several arts-based non-profits.


Selected Publications


Way to Water: A Theopoetics Primer. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2014.


“Chess Boards and Boxing Gloves: Public Theology, Aesthetics and Post-Truth Politics.” In Religious Studies Scholars as Public Intellectuals. Routledge, 2018: 45-57.

“More Fully to the Risk: Hip Hop as Anatheistic Resistance.” In The Art of Anatheism. Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018: 163-174.

“Radical Theology and Theopoetics.” In The Radical Theology Handbook. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018: 757-768. Co-authored with J. Blake Huggins.


“Alvesian Theopoetics, the Academy, and What May Come.” Literature and Theology. 33.3 (2019): 321–335.

“Called into Crucible: Vocation and Moral Injury in U.S. Public School Teachers.” Religious Education. 113.5 (2018): 489-500.

“Courage in Chaos: The Importance of Trauma-Informed Adult Religious Education.” Religious Education. 114.1 (2018): 30-41. Co-authored with Zachary Moon.

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