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Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. Turns 90!
January 26, 2014
By Leah Griffin

Cobb Join us for a weekend to honor Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. in light of his 90th birthday. The weekend of February 7-9, 2015 will be a time of lectures, worship, food, film, and friends.

Saturday morning we Celebrate Cobb the Intellectual Activist at 9:00 AM in Irvine. That evening join Cobb for dinner and a movie at Pigrim Place in Claremont. Worship with Cobb Sunday morning at Claremont United Methodsit Church as we Celebrate Cobb the Fathful Christian. This will be followed by a time of story sharing. The day will conclude again with dinner. The weekend events will find their completion in a Celebration of Cobb, Theologian, Philosopher, Intellectual. For a full schedule and description of events click here or here to register.

14th Annual Whitehead International Film Festival Winner is named.
January 26, 2014
By Marjorie Hewitt-Suchocki

2015 films

Using our five criteria, this year’s jury selected a winning film that exhibits outstanding filming technique both in editing, camera angle, and lighting to sustain an illusion central to the film’s plot. The common good fostered by the film is a society where persons are valued rather than denigrated, whether or not they fit into our socially constructed norms. Dignity is the privilege of all, not just some. The hope of creative transformation is realistically developed. A major character is first shown as strong, cheerful, successful, despite his challenges; as the plot develops, we see his deep vulnerability. The other major character must deal with her own prejudices, deciding whether or not they shall rule her life. Resolution–and creative transformation–comes through the courage of both characters to risk a new future. The jury gives the Whitehead Award to the Argentinian film, Corazon de Leon. The jury gives honorable mention to another very high contender for top honor. This film pushes toward a society where women are viewed as persons within the public as well as the private sphere–a transformation that the film depicts as already occurring, already offering hope for continuing transformation into the future. This beautifully positive film is the Saudi Arabian contribution to our festival, the film Wadjda.
Originally printed on the Whitehead International Film Festival website.

January Events
"Third Ways in Philosophy of Religion,""Film & Faith," and Whitehead International Film Festival
reprinted on December 30, 2014
from posts made on November 5 and December 1, 2014
By Leah Griffin


John Quiring The Center for Process Studies is excited to offer a January course with John Quiring.
Syllabus Descritpion: This course explores ‘bridges’ between David Ray Griffin’s Panentheism and Scientific Naturalism and polarized orthodoxies of classical theism and secular naturalism. “Third ways” include varieties of religious naturalism, varieties of process thought (naturalist, polarity), open theism, continental philosophy of religion, and varieties of a/theology (negative, liberation, natural, philosophical, etc.). See full syllabus.
John Quiring is Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy at Victor Valley College and Program Director at the Center for Process Studies. See full resume.
For more information or to register for this course click here.


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The Center for Process Studies will be hosting the 14th Annual Whitehead International Film Festival. Join us January 16-19 for one, or multiple films.
"The Whitehead International Film Festival is based on Alfred North Whitehead’s process philosophy – a worldview that focuses on the radically interdependent nature of all that exists. Given this interdependence, we are each responsible for contributing as much as we can toward the common good. Intercultural appreciation and understanding is a component of the common good that can be fostered by viewing and discussing excellent films produced around the world."
There will be movies from all over the world. The Festival is also connected to the "Film and Faith" class taught by Marjorie Suchocki. Please consider joining us for a single film, all the films, or the films and class.
Click for Registration and a Full Schedule of Events

Open and Relational Theologies
"John B. Cobb,, Jr.: Work and Legacy"
December 15, 2014
By Leah Griffin


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From the AAR 2014 Program Book:
John B. Cobb, Jr., has exerted extraordinary influence on how scholars think about a wide range of topics. In addition to being a foremost spokesman for process theology, Cobb's work on economics, liberal theology, postmodernism, ecology, Wesleyan theology, politics, metaphysics, feminism, religious pluralism, science and religion, and more is remarkable. Cobb has authored more than 50 books, co-established a major theological center for research, and is recognized around the world as an extraordinary scholar of transdisciplinary studies. His stamp on theology—especially in America and China—is indelible. As Cobb nears his 90th birthday (Feb. 2015), this quad-sponsored session honors his intellectual legacy. Panelists explore Cobb's contributions to many subjects, and Cobb will be present in the session to respond. Below is a link to the American Academy of Religion session devoted to the work and legacy of John B. Cobb, Jr. In addition to a response from Cobb, included are presentations by Philip Clayton, Catherine Keller, Michael Lodahl, Gary Dorrien, Marit Trelstad, and Jay McDaniel; Thomas Oord offers a short introduction.
Click here for video.

Whiteheadians Take Over Claremont School of Theology for Two Weekends in December and January
December 1, 2014
By Leah Griffin


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The Whitehead Research Project will put on a conference the fisrt weekend in December 2014. The theme this year is:
"A reconsideration of Whitehead's Symbolism: Its Meaning and Effect. Given the scientific, cultural, and technological changes that have taken place since 1927 it seems quite appropriate to examine, in the spirit of Whitehead, the current attitude towards symbolism that we find in our current, early twenty-first century epoch."
There will be presenters from all over the world, including two lectures open to the public. The first is Steven Shaviro, “Whitehead on Causality and Perception” Thursday December 4 at 6:30 PM; and the second is Steven Meyer, “Guide Signs: Whitehead on Multimodal Perception and Empson on Types of Ambiguity” Friday December 5 at 6:30.
Click for Registration and a Full Schedule of Events



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Process and Faith will put on a conference the third weekend of January 2015.
"The Whitehead International Film Festival is based on Alfred North Whitehead’s process philosophy – a worldview that focuses on the radically interdependent nature of all that exists. Given this interdependence, we are each responsible for contributing as much as we can toward the common good. Intercultural appreciation and understanding is a component of the common good that can be fostered by viewing and discussing excellent films produced around the world."
There will be movies from all over the world. The Festival is also connected to the "Film and Faith" class taught by Marjorie Suchocki. Please consider joining us for a single film, all the films, or the films and class.
Click for Registration and a Full Schedule of Events

John B. Cobb Jr. in China
November 12, 2014
By Leah Griffin


CobbJohn B. Cobb Jr. just returned from a trip to China, where he spoke at several different events. Sparking the interest of many.
See what they had to say:

  • The Madame Sun Museum
  • Plenary session at the China Rural Development Forum
  • Speaking at the opening ceremony.
  • Lecturing at the forum.


  • January Interterm 2015:
    "Third Ways in Philosophy of Religion"

    November 5, 2014
    By Leah Griffin


    John QuiringThe Center for Process Studies is excited to offer a January course with John Quiring.
    Syllabus Descritpion: This course explores ‘bridges’ between David Ray Griffin’s Panentheism and Scientific Naturalism and polarized orthodoxies of classical theism and secular naturalism. “Third ways” include varieties of religious naturalism, varieties of process thought (naturalist, polarity), open theism, continental philosophy of religion, and varieties of a/theology (negative, liberation, natural, philosophical, etc.). See full syllabus.
    John Quiring is Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy at Victor Valley College and Program Director at the Center for Process Studies. See full resume.
    For more information or to register for this course click here.


    "John B. Cobb, Jr.: Work and Legacy"
    October 13, 2014
    By Leah Griffin


    Conference Logo There will be a quad sponsored event regarding the work of John B. Cobb Jr. at AAR this year.

    Philip Clayton of Claremont School of Theology, Catherine Keller of Drew University, Gary J. Dorrien of Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, Michael Lodahl of Point Loma Nazarene University, Marit Trelstad of Pacific Lutheran University, and Jay McDaniel of Hendrix College will be presenting papers. According to the description in the program book, "Panelists explore Cobb's contributions to many subjects, and Cobb will be present in the session to respond." Thomas Oord of Northwest Nazarene University will be presiding.
    The program will be held Saturday November 22, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:30. For more information click here.
    In addition, the Center for Process Studies will be hosting a reception that evening from 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. The reception will be held in the Coronado Room at the Marriott Marquis & Marina Hotel. CPS Co-Directors John Cobb, Roland Faber, Philip Clayton, and Monica A. Coleman will be present. "Join" the event on Facebook for the latest updates.


    The National Faith Leaders, Educators, Small Business and Youth Conference: "Civil to Silver Rights"
    September 29, 2014
    By Leah Griffin


    Conference Logo Mark Whitlock, a board member for Pando Populus, will be holding a conference the first weekend in October.

    In view of the 60th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement (Brown v. Board 1954), the conference mission is to prepare communities for the today's fight for socio-economic opportunity. This event is a multicultural celebration welcoming ALL people from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
    The conference mission is to empower communities by fostering a dialogue with faith leaders, small business owners, educators, political advocates, and the community at large.
    Prominent speakers and subject matter experts will lead discussions centered on our four theme Pillars:
    1. Driving Faith-Based Community Development:
    (Socio-economic Equality, Civic Engagement, Social Justice)
    2. Small Business Development
    3. Financial Literacy
    4. Accessing Educational Opportunities
    Learn more and registar.

    Pando Populus is an affiliated organization of the Center for Process Studies.


    Wolfhart Pannenberg (1928-2014)
    September 8, 2014
    By Phillip Clayton


    Pannenberg Wolfhart Pannenberg has often been called the greatest theologian of the second half of the 20th century. With his death Friday, the world has lost a brilliant interpreter of Christianity, and I have lost the mentor who molded me as a scholar, theologian, and person. Read more...


    Process Century Press Announces its Newest Title:
    Panentheism and Scientific Naturalism

    September 3, 2014

    PP Cover Can scientific naturalism, according to which there are no interruptions of the normal cause-effect relations, be compatible with divine activity, religious experience, and moral realism? Leading process philosopher of religion David Ray Griffin argues that panentheism provides the conceptual framework to overcome the perennial conflicts between these views, with important implications for religious pluralism, the problem of evil, and the academic study of religion. Panentheism—God as the soul of the world—explains how theism can be fully natural while still portraying God as distinct from and more than the world. Griffin’s Panentheism and Scientific Naturalism is an essential source for philosophers of religion and others seeking to reconcile faith with science and Christianity with other religions.

    This is the second in the Toward Ecological Civilization Series, in preparation for the 10th International Whitehead Conference, “Seizing an Alternative” scheduled for June 2015 in Claremont, CA.

    Other books published by Process Century Press:
    Reason & Reenchantment, ed. John B. Cobb, Jr., Richard Falk, and Catherine Keller
    An Axiological Process Ethics,by Rem B. Edwards



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