Narratives are powerful. We tend to live within and reenact the stories we tell ourselves. As such, the fantastique can serve as imaginative literature that reveals not only the world we know, but can also empower us to envision and manifest new lives and futures. On Tuesday, November 14th, join CTS PhD student Jess Peacock for a discssion on how narratives such as the film Okja and the Gospels can break our hearts and instigate revolution, challenging the culture to move beyond the narratives that compel the ritual of consumption, and embrace a new intersectional ethos of the sacredness of all life.
The event will be livestreamed at: youtube.com/ctschicagohd
Jess Peacock is the author of Such a Dark Thing: Theology of the Vampire Narrative in Popular Culture, has contributed to ReligionDispatches.org, Rue Morgue Magazine, and Famous Monsters of Filmland, and is the former editor-in-chief of Street Speech, a social justice publication produced by the Columbus (OH) Coalition for the Homeless. Among his academic distinctions, Peacock is the 2013 recipient of Methodist Theological School in Ohio’s Ronald L. Williams Book Prize in Theology and Ethics, as well as The Matey Janata Freedwomen Award for his research and work in women’s issues.