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The Power of Personal Story and Counternarrative


On this episode of the Imago Gei podcast, I talk with Dr. Melodie Roschman about her dissertation, "Identity, Counternarrative, and Community in Progressive Christian Women's Memoir." When we think about testimony in Scripture—eye-witness accounts, what a person heard or saw, life stories like Ruth and Esther, the testimony of John in Revelation, or the visions of Isaiah and Daniel—personal experience with the world and with God matters.

So what is the place of personal story and memoir when building a reflective theology? How do we include the proverbial Yelp review of certain Christian disciplines or traditions and use it to inform our present beliefs and practices? What is the role of feedback and should it be taken into consideration when building a belief about God?

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Imago Gei is a podcast brought to you by Kendra Arsenault, Spectrum, and SDA Kinship to share the latest on queer theology, stories, and a minority perspective on faith.


Kendra Arsenault, MDiv, is the host of the Imago Gei podcast and a graduate of the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

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On this episode of the podcast, a conversation with Dr. Melodie Roschman about reflective theology.

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