Courtney T. Goto is an Associate Professor of Religious Education and a co-Director of the Center for Practical Theology at Boston University’s School of Theology. Her research interests include aesthetic teaching and learning; imagination, creativity, and embodied knowing in adult religious education; and intersections of power, privilege, and culture in practical theology. Her most recent book is The Grace of Playing: Pedagogies for Leaning into God’s New Creation (2016). Her current book (in progress) is a moral project on dynamics of power and oppression in discourse, research, and teaching in practical theology. Goto is a third generation Japanese American United Methodist.
Lakisha Lockhart is a playful womanist scholar-activist. She is currently the Director of the STREAM Youth Theology Institute and Assistant Professor of Practical Theology at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University. She is also a doctoral candidate at Boston College in Theology and Education working on her dissertation: Doing Double-Dutch: Womanist Modes of Play as a Pedagogical Resource for Theological Education. This southern lady hails from Columbus, GA by way of Waynesville, MO. She received her B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Claflin University, M.Div with a concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Wesley Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in Ethics and Society from Vanderbilt University. She has also been a Zumba Instructor since 2013 and loves to move and dance. She believes in the power of play, movement, aesthetics, and creative arts in life and in theology. She actively advocates for the usage of the body as a locus for doing theology through engaged and embodied pedagogical practices.