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Carrie Rehak
Adjunct Lecturer and Director of the Renewal Program

Carrie Rehak, Ph.D., realizes her creative, spiritual, ministerial, and academic aspirations through a variety of modes and media, including restorative practices, nonviolence, and the arts.

For almost a decade, Carrie has been weaving the Work that Reconnects (WTR), Restorative Justice, and Nonviolence (NCV) into her work and life. In 2013, Carrie attended a life-changing WTR training with Joanna Macy, which she has continued to learn, practice, and facilitate. Also in 2013, Carrie began training in, practicing, and sharing NVC in and outside of educational settings. In 2014, Carrie earned a certificate in Restorative Justice with Simon Fraser University, where over the course of a year she learned techniques in mediation, harm prevention, and trauma healing, as well as ways to help communities in a variety of settings (neighborhoods, schools, prisons) create safer and healthier environments. She is also committed to and a lifelong learner of diversity, anti-oppression, racial justice, and decolonization.

Her approach – what Carrie finds most enlivening, transformative, fruitful, and authentic to who she is – is "art for life's sake": ethical aesthetics, theopoetics, and “art/life,” thanks in large part to the influence of such luminaries as Deborah J. Haynes, Linda Mary Montano, Maren Hassinger, and other contemporary visionaries who attempt “to dissolve the boundaries between art and life" (Montano), sacred and secular, personal and political, process and product, and ritual and performance. She also interweaves new cosmology into her work and lived experience.
Carrie received her M.A. and Ph.D. in theology, with an emphasis in the arts, from the Graduate Theological Union. As a graduate student, her earlier work focused on the revelatory and transformative potentialities of contemporary works of art by interweaving a diversity of thought in philosophy, theology, ethics, art theory, and art history. In her doctoral dissertation, she would bring the insights of Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin to bear on the intersection of ethics and aesthetics— particularly around issues of creative response and responsibility in art and in life. Carrie also has a B.F.A. and continues to be engaged in making and sharing her own creative works.

For over two decades, Carrie has held positions in nonprofit leadership and as program director and instructor in Catholic ministerial and educational settings - forums that challenge as well as keep real, meaningful, and concrete her training and interests. Her quest is one of meaning: What is the relationship between our experience and our reflections on and expressions of our experience? How does this relationship bear on personal, social, and environmental responsibility? Foremost, Carrie is committed to students: to formal and informal communities of makers, seekers, and learners as creative agents for transformation, liberation, and flourishing.

Since 2019, she has served as the Director of the Renewal Program at JST, where she also teaches.


The Art of Restorative Practices
Christ, Ecology, and New Cosmology
Toward a Spirituality of the Creative Life
Cosmic Story for Ministry, for Life
Renewal I - New Wine, New Winskins: Sabbath and Sabbatical
Renewal 2 - Global Church, Planetary People


"‘Mother, Mother…’: Contemplating Wounds with Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Fifty Years Later," in Theology and Protest Music, edited by Dr. Heidi M. Altman and Jonathan H. Harwell, Theology and Pop Culture series, Lexington Books/Fortress Academic (imprints of Rowman & Littlefield): forthcoming.

"The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Annunciation in Anne Sexton’s ‘The Fierceness of Female’", In Beauty, Art, and the Polis, edited by Alice Ramos, with an introduction by Ralph McInerny, Washington, D.C.: American Maritain Association, 2000, 147-15.

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