In November of 2003, at the annual American Academy of Religion meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, a group of diverse scholars came together to form the Open and Relational Theologies Unit of the AAR. The Center for Process Studies is a proud participant in this endeavor. The ORT unit is a diverse group, made up theologians from a wide array of backgrounds and affiliations, evangelical and liberal, including both openness and process theologies. Despite the diversity of origin, these scholars are united in their conviction that God is personal, loving, and relational, creatures are free, and the future is undetermined. If you would like more information about the goings-on of the ORT group, please contact Thomas Oord.
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The Open and Relational Theologies group, which meets during the American Academy of Religion (AAR) meetings, enjoyed two excellent sessions during its November, 2014 meeting.
"John B. Cobb, Jr.: Work and Legacy"
This session was held not only to recognize Cobb’s influence in many arenas. But it also was held in anticipation of Cobb’s upcoming 90th birthday (Feb. 2015).
AAR Program Description:
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.
"20th Anniversary of Book, The Openness of God"
When The Openness of God hit bookshelves twenty years ago, it created a stir, especially in Evangelical circles. Co-written by Clark Pinnock, Richard Rice, John Sanders, William Hasker, and David Basinger, the book offered a biblical challenge to the traditional understanding of God.
Jobb B. Cobb Jr. and Panelists for "John B. Cobb, Jr.: Work and Legacy"
John B. Cobb Jr. and attendee
John B. Cobb Jr. at CPS reception
Claremont School of Theology students in conversation.
Helene Russel in conversation with Gary Dorrien
Jung Mo Sung in converstation with CST student
Catherine Keller in Conversation
Panelist for "20th Anniversary of Book, The Openness of God"
Andrew Schwartz in converstation with attendees