open and relational theologies group...

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.

YouTube YouTube Channel: Check out the Open Theology channel on YouTube, where you can watch presentations by the leading openness theologians. Visit it here.



"John B. Cobb, Jr.: Work and Legacy"
Saturday, November 22, 2014, 9:00am-11:30am

This will be a special quad-sponsored session. Participants explore the work and legacy of John B. Cobb, Jr.


  • Liberal Theologies Group
  • Open and Relational Theologies Group
  • Religion and Ecology Group
  • Wesleyan Studies Group
  • 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.


  • Thomas Oord, Northwest Nazarene Universityy
  • Presenting:

  • Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology
  • Catherine Keller, Drew University
  • Gary J. Dorrien, Columbia University, Union Theological Seminary
  • Michael Lodahl, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Marit Trelstad, Pacific Lutheran University
  • Jay McDaniel, Hendrix College
  • Responding:

  • John B. Cobb Jr.
  • Business Meeting:

  • TBA presiding

  • "20th Anniversary of Book, The Openness of God"
    Sunday, November 23, 2014, 9:00am-11:30am

    The Open and Relational Theologies session will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Openness of God.


  • Brenda Colijn, Ashland Theological Seminary
  • Presenting:

  • Richard Rice, Loma Linda University
  • John Sanders, Hendrix College 
  • David Basinger 
  • Responding:

  • Bethany Sollereder, University of Exeter
  • Terry C. Moore, New City Covenant Church 
  • Thomas Oord, Northwest Nazarene University

  • Business Meeting:

  • Thomas Oord, Northwest Nazarene University, Presiding 

  • Previous Meetings

  • 2013 Meeting
  • 2012 Meeting
  • 2011 Meeting
  • 2010 Meeting
  • 2009 Meeting
  • 2008 Meeting
  • 2007 Meeting
  • 2006 Meeting
  • 2005 Meeting
  • 2004 Meeting
  • 2003 Meeting