September 2010 - April 2011
"We are frustrated, even overcome at times, by our physical, finite nature and by failings and inadequacies specific to us as individuals. It is in just these experiences that we meet god. It is there—the godless vortex—that god is most often revealed to us, and that we feel known and seen by god."
—Transforming Shame: A Pastoral Response
Jill L. McNish M.Div. PhD.
With an established practice of creating events, text and ephemera around HIV/AIDS and queerness, 2010/11 Artist in Resident Ted Kerr, used his time at Union to apply his work through the lens of liberation theology, womanism and progressive Christian scholarship.
During his residency, Kerr hosted weekly drop-in sessions where he led students, faculty and the general public through simple art making, while engaging them in conversation around the body, the spirit and the connections.
Kerr also gave three public talks, one on World AIDS Day, another regarding Nag Hammadi texts and Ugly Betty, and a final talk centered around his idea Creaturosity: the curiosity of being alive.
At the 2012 Queer Christianities conference at the New School, Kerr presented a paper based on part on his time at Union entitled HIV and the Unending Cross: A Queer Question, inspired by General Idea and the Rev. Dr. Serene Jones.
Canadian born Theodore Kerr is a Brooklyn based writer and organizer whose work forcuses primarly on HIV/AIDS. He was the programs manager at Visual AIDS, as well as the programs manager at the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Juctice. He is currently at Union Theological Seminary where he is researching Christian Ethics and HIV/AIDS. His work has been published in IndieWire, Lambda Literary, The New Inquiry, HyperAllergic, The New York Observer, Women Studies Quarterly, The Advocate, POZ Magazine and The Body. In 2011 he was the Artist in Residence at the Institute for Art, Religion and Social Justice where he focused on his idea of Creaturosity.