Dear Friends of CPS,
It is a great pleasure to announce Andrew Schwartz as the new Managing Director of CPS. Andrew is a Ph.D. student in Philosophy of Religion and Theology with excellent knowledge in philosophy and the Whiteheadian process tradition, but also great organizational and visionary abilities. After serving CPS as a trusted coworker in numerous functions, we can now with confidence look in the future of the operation of CPS—after the resignation of John Sweeney left a hole that was not easy to fill. In addition to managing the CPS office and staff, Andrew will also be substantially involved in its future development regarding vision, outreach and fundraising. Please, join me in welcoming Andrew Schwartz.
Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb Professor of Process Studies
Executive Co-Director of CPS
Director of the Whitehead Research Project
Celebration: Important Change
August 1, 2013
Marjorie's birthday bash has
filled up, but we are pleased to announce that there will be a second
gala celebration on August 14th at CST.
As an added bonus, David Lull, the new
Director of Process and Faith, will also be there to meet you. Please
join us for what is sure to be an enjoyable evening.
Off The Press!!
June 19, 2013
Check out the latest publication of CPS Co-Director Roland Faber and CGU alum Jeremy Fackenthal: Theopoetic Folds: Philosophizing Multifariousness.
In complex philosophical ways, theology is, should, and can be
a "theopoetics" of multiplicity. The ambivalent term theopoetics is
associated with poetry and aesthetic theory; theology and literature;
and repressed literary qualities, myths, and metaphorical theologies.
On a more profound basis, it questions the establishment of the
difference between philosophy and theology and resides in the dangerous
realm of relativism. The chapters in this book explore how the term
theopoetics contributes to cutting-edge work in theology, philosophy,
literature, and sociology.
New Book in WRP's CWS Series
June 14, 2013
We are happy to
announce that the third book in the Whitehead Research Project's
Contemporary Whitehead Studies (CWS) series has been published! The
book is titled, Foundations of Relational Realism: A
Topological Approach to Quantum Mechanics and the Philosophy of Nature,
edited by Micheal Epperson and Elias Zafiris.
with Monica A. Coleman
June 10, 2013
On Wednesday, June 12, 2013 (1pm ET, 10am PT), Monica A. Coleman will be hosting a teleconference with WATER (Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual). She will discuss third wave womanist religious thought, which was the topic of her latest book¬ Ain‚€™t I a Womanist Too?: Third Wave Womanist Religious Thought (Fortress Press, May 2013). This is a great time to learn and ask questions, and it's completely FREE!! For registeration and other details see here.
Process Ontology for Contemporary Biology
June 4, 2013
John Dupr√©, Professor of Philosophy of Science at University
of Exeter, has been awarded a substantial grant from the European
Research Council (ERC), to pursue research on ‚€œA Process Ontology for
Contemporary Biology.‚€� The project, which willl employ three postdoctoral
research fellows, aims to rethink central issues in the
philosophy of biology by elaborating an ontology for biology that takes
full account of the processual nature of living systems - including a
special focus on Whitehead and the American Pragmatists.
Call for Papers: Whitehead
May 31, 2013
The Whitehead Psychology Nexus welcomes submissions for its 2014 workshop, to be held April 15-17 in Avignon (France).¬ Papers in meta-psychology are encouraged, also in¬ clinical psychology and neuroscience.
Each presentation will be 30 minutes, with 10 minutes for discussion. Please submit a title, a short abstract (of up to 500 words), and a brief bio to <[email protected]> by Sept. 01, 2013.¬ Decisions will be notified by Nov. 01, 2013. Proceedings will be published.¬ Accommodation costs of unaccompanied presenters and discussants will be covered.¬ There is no conference fee.¬
Cobb Awarded Honorary Doctorate
May 21 , 2013
Claremont School of Theology awarded an honorary doctorate to John Cobb at commencement today! Cobb has been a major inspiration to Claremont students, alumni/ae, and colleagues through the years, as well as to thousands of international scholars, leaders, and laypeople, especially in China.
In his acceptance speech, Dr. Cobb spoke about the historic trajectory that led Claremont School of Theology to the place where it stands today, re-imagining the future of faith, and preparing to lead vital congregations and communities in a religiously diverse world. You can read the transcript of his speech here.
May 13, 2013
The 9th International Whitehead Conference will take place on
9-12 September 2013 in Krakow, Poland. The Conference is organized by
the Whitehead Metaphysical Society and the Department of Philosophy at
the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow and is supported by
the International Process Network. The title of the Conference is: Society
and Process - from Theory to Practice. This topic seems
particularly important for several reasons.
Construction" A Photo Exhibition
April 22, 2013
News Agency (the largest news agency in China), will be
hosting a Photo
Exhibition on the theme, ‚€œChina‚€™s Ecological Construction.‚€� This
gallery is in support the 7th International Forum on
Theology Summer Insitute
April 11, 2013
The Process Theology Summer Institue will be held, June 3-7,
2013 on the Claremont School of Theology campus. This Summer Instititue
offfers 1 week intensive courses in process thought by John B. Cobb,
Jr., Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, Jeanyne Slettom, and Jon Berquist.
7th International Forum on
April 4, 2013
On April 26-27 at Benson Auditorium at Pitzer College, we will
meet again for the International Forum on Ecological Civilization, in
conjunction with the 6th John Cobb Common Good Award Ceremony.
Remembering Frederick Ferr√©
March 28, 2013
Frederick Ferr√© passed away last Friday morning (March 22, 2013) after surgery to repair a ruptured aorta. Ferr√© was Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at The University of Georgia, past president of the Metaphysical Society of America, and longtime friend and member of the Center for Process Studies. Read his brief autobiography here.
The following is an announcement from Curry College:
Curry College is proud to announce that Dr. Les Muray, Professor of Philosophy and Religion, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study in his native Hungary during the spring of 2014. Dr. Muray will be researching the influence of French philosopher Henri Bergson on Mihaly Babits and Zsigmond Moricz, two major figures in early twentieth century Hungarian literature, whose work anticipated contemporary environmental ethics. While at Curry College, Dr. Muray has taught about Bergson‚€™s life and work as part of his ‚€œPhilosophies of Creativity and Process‚€� class. Dr. Muray will be hosted by the Institute of Philosophy at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, where his father, Rev. Dr. Remus F. Muray, took his second doctorate, and wrote his dissertation on Bergson.
Dr. Muray was notified of the Fulbright Scholarship via e-mail on February 15. He had previously applied for the Scholarship in 1996, 1997, and 1998. Dr. Muray is also one of Curry College‚€™s most prolific writers. He has authored two books, along with 62 articles that have been translated into five languages.
‚€œIn my home institution, in the classroom and in faculty researchers‚€™ dinners as well as other settings, I seek to make people more aware of other cultures. I intend to continue sharing my experiences and travels‚€”as well as the content of my research‚€”in interesting ways that will stretch the international and global awareness of my audiences,‚€� Dr. Muray said about his Fulbright Scholarship. ‚€œDrawing a larger group of international students is critical not only to support those who do matriculate, but also to ensure that their voices can make a significant impact in our classrooms and across our campus culture.‚€�
Each year, the government-sponsored Fulbright Program awards nearly 8,000 grants allowing scholars, students, and professionals to study, teach, or conduct research abroad. Dr. Muray is Curry‚€™s third Fulbright Scholar. The late Joseph Schneider, an English professor, was awarded the scholarship twice. Criminal Justice and Sociology professor Magueye Seck won a Fulbright Scholarship in 2006, allowing Dr. Seck to teach in his home country of Senegal.
‚€œThe Fulbright Scholar award is among the most prestigious in higher education, and very competitive. It raises the prestige of all the Curry faculty, representing both national and international recognition for our work,‚€� said William Nancarrow, the College‚€™s Interim Dean of Faculty. ‚€œDr. Muray is a wonderful colleague, friend, and scholar, and the award has both professional and personal meaning for him. Not only is it recognition of his scholarship and the value of his research, but an opportunity to return to the country of his birth.‚€�
The eight edition of the Chromatikon Yearbook
is now available!
Michel Weber et Ronny Desmet (sous la direction de),¬ Chromatikon VIII. Annales de la philosophie en proc√®s ‚€” Yearbook of Philosophy in Process, 2012.¬ (209 p.¬ ; 22¬ ‚‚¨¬ ;¬ 978-2-930517-36-0)
Order at: http://www.i6doc.com/en/livre/?ISBN=9782930517360
2013 Open and Relational Theologies Call
The Open and Relational Theologies group plan to explore two themes. First, we invite proposals exploring Postcolonial theology in relation to themes common in Open, Relational, and/or Process theologies. Such themes may include but are not limited to power, love, social structures, redemption, justice, violence, forgiveness, salvation, and authority. We prefer proposals addressing these themes or others from overtly Open, Relational, or Process theological perspectives.
Second, we invite papers exploring the Emergent church. Proposals may explore theological, social, institutional, cultural, ecclesial, or doctrinal issues or related matters. We prefer proposals that show a link or potential connection between Emergent church issues and Open, Relational, and/or Process thought.
The Open and Relational Theologies group Steering Committee decides which proposals will eventually be on the program. Each proposal is carefully refereed in an anonymous procedure (i.e., without the name of the proposer being provided to the referees). All proposals, abstracts, and completed participant information should be submitted online to the Open and Relational Theologies section of the AAR website. The deadline for proposal submission is Friday, March 1.
January 28, 2013
Beyond the Bifurcation of Nature: A Common World for Animals and the Environment
February 26 and 27, 2013
Haddon Conference Room, CST
Details at: bbn.claremontlincoln.org
January 10 , 2013
We have learned that there will be two memorial services to honor the life of the Rev. Dr. Mary Ellen Kilsby and we wanted to pass this information on to you:
Saturday, January 19th at 2:00 p.m. held at First Congregational Church, Long Beach
Sunday, January 20th at 4:00 p.m. at Claremont United Church of Christ
January 4 , 2013
After a prolonged illness and entering hospice, Mary Ellen Kilsby, a long-time member and friend of the process community, died on January 4, 2013. Mary Ellen will be deeply missed by many whose lives she touched, including her four children, eleven grandchildren, but also by her process friends.
Growing up in Los Angeles, church was a regular part of Mary Ellen‚€™s childhood. After graduating from Pomona College with a BA degree in sociology and religion, she married her Pomona boyfriend Bud. He soon got involved in his family‚€™s steel business, allowing time for her to take courses at the Claremont School of Theology. In time, Mary Ellen received both MA and Doctor of Ministry degrees, including process theology in her studies.
Mary Ellen served as pastor of a UCC church in Altadena, Calif., from 1983 to 1987. In 1988, First Congregational Church of Long Beach had the courage to hire the Rev. Dr. Mary Ellen Kilsby as Senior Minister, eventually serving there for twelve years. She was the first woman to hold this position in the 1,000-person church, and guided them through the Open and Affirming process to become LGBT friendly.
Retiring in 1999, Mary Ellen discovered a second passion for philanthropy through her support of Pomona College and organizations like the Long Beach Museum of Art and the Claremont School of Theology. She was a major supporter of process theology, and helped endow the Kilsby Family/John B. Cobb, Jr. Chair in Process Studies, of whom Roland Faber was the first and current professor to occupy the chair starting in 2010.
Among her many other accomplishments, Mary Ellen was a past president of Progressive Christians Uniting, an organization that was co-founded by John Cobb.
January 4 , 2013
Dec 01, 2012 Registration and Submissions open
Jan 31, 2013 Early bird registration and submission deadline
Mar 31, 2013 Registration and Submission deadline
Apr 15, 2013 Notification of accepted speakers
Apr 30, 2013 Conference fee payment deadline
Sep 09, 2013 - Sep 12, 2013 Conference
The official call for papers may be downloaded here.
Registration and other information here.
Date: January 15-17, 2013
Location: Craig 110
Instructor: C. Robert Mesle, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy & Religion, Graceland University
See syllabus, registration, and more info here
November 21, 2012
"Our court shall be a little academe, Still and contemplative in living art."
- W. Shakespeare, Love‚€™s Labour‚€™s Lost, Act I, Scene 1
The Whitehead Psychology Nexus is happy to announce that it has resumed its yearly meetings in Fontar√®ches (Avignon, France). The focus of the 2013 meeting is Process Approaches to Consciousness in Psychology and Philosophy of Mind. Twenty research seminars will be devoted to some aspects of the potential synergies existing between Whiteheadian process thought and the various facets of the contemporary psychological field. This year‚€™s program includes papers by Bogdan Rusu (Paris I Sorbonne), Luca Vanzago (Universit√ di Pavia), Denys Zhadyaev (State University, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine), Jason W. Brown (New York University Medical Center), Simon Lehel Alp√°r (University of Debrecen, Hungary), Levente Szil√°gyi (University of Debrecen), Ella Csik√≥s (E√∂tv√∂s University, Budapest), Anna Csetverikov (University of Debrecen), Maria-Teresa Teixeira (Universidade de Lisboa), David T. Bradford (Neuropsychologist, Austin, Texas), Harald Atmanspacher (Institut f√ľr Grenzgebiete der Psychologie und Psychohygiene, Freiburg), Hans-Ferdinand Angel (Karl-Franzens-Universit√§t Graz), Gary Goldberg (Medical College of Virginia), Don Tucker (University of Oregon), Michael Katzko (Nijmegen, The Netherlands), Clive Sherlock (Cambridge Adaptation Practice), Michel Weber (Centre de philosophie pratique, Brussels), John Pickering (Warwick University), Paul Stenner (Open University, London), Ronny Desmet (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), David Roy (The Creative Transformation Institute, Fresno Ca), Tina R√∂ck (Universit√§t Innsbruck), Jonathan Weidenbaum (Berkeley College, NYC), Eleonora Mingarelli (Universit√ di Milano Statale). If you wish to be kept informed of our agenda, please drop a note to <[email protected]>.
November 12, 2012
Society and Process: From Theory to Application
September 9-13, 2013
Location: Krakow, Poland
details at: http://www.iwc9-poland.com/
The coordinators for the 9th IWC are looking for prospective section chairs. If you are interested, please submit proposals to [email protected] for sections listed on the website or new sections
November 5, 2012
Mayors, governors, talking heads and more are connecting the dots between the devastation caused by Frankenstorm Sandy with the growing threat of climate change. New York governor Andrew Cuomo put it this way:¬
"Climate change is a reality. Extreme weather is a reality. It is a reality that we are vulnerable."
This is our chance to push, and push hard, to win real solutions to the climate crisis -- it's the least we could do for the thousands of people who have had their lives upended by Sandy.¬ The Do the Math tour will bring together tens of thousands of people over one month to put our movement into a higher gear.Can you be there for the stop in Los Angeles?
Click here to get tickets:¬ act.350.org/signup/la-do-the-math/
What: Do the Math in Los Angeles
Where: Ackerman Ballroom, UCLA Student Union, 308 Westwood Plaza
When: November 11th, Doors at 6 PM, show at 7 PM
Featuring: Bill McKibben and musical guest Nellie McKay
October 31 , 2012
Join CST Alumni/ae and Friends at the Seattle University for a Reception and Lecture featuring
Dr. Paul O. Ingram '64
Theological Reflection and Religious Pluralism
Paul O Ingram received his M.Th degree in 1964 from the Claremont School of Theology and his Ph.D in History of Religions from the Claremont Graduate university in 1968. From 1966-75 he taught at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa and from 1975-2006 at Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma. His research interests include Whiteheadian process theology, Buddhist-Christian dialogue, and science-religion dialogue, Among his most recent books are Wrestling With the Ox, Wrestling With God, Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in an Age of Science, The Process of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue, and Theological Reflections at the Boundaries. He is currently working on a book entitled Passing Over and Returning: A Lutheran's Dialogue with the World's Religions.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
6:00 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Lecture
October 08 , 2012
The Whitehead Psychology Network is organizing its 2013 meeting, April 3-5, 2013, in Fontar√®ches (near Avignon, France). The theme is Process Approaches to Consciousness in Psychology and Philosophy of Mind. We plan to schedule a total of 15 research seminars, devoted to some aspects of the potential synergies existing between Whiteheadian process thought and the various facets of the contemporary psychological field. The working language will be English.
Fontar√®ches is a little town near N√ģmes (30 mins), Arles (40 mins) and Aix-en-Provence (a little over an hour), that can be easily reached with Ryanair (N√ģmes airport) or the TGV [high speed train] (Avignon, 40 mins). Participants will be picked upon arrival and driven for their departure.
Seminar proposals have to be submitted as soon as possible to <[email protected]>.
For further information, please contact either of the organizers : Jason Brown <[email protected]> or Michel Weber <[email protected]>
September 06 , 2012
"Open Theology for the Church ‚€” The Future of Openness"
April 4-6, Woodland Hills Church, St. Paul, MN
To date, most organized events exploring Open theology have been designed for scholars in the academy. This conference is different. As its subtitle indicates, the Open Theology Conference is aimed at the wider church. It‚€™s the very first event of its kind!
With this wider church perspective, the open theology conversation will be freed to ¬ take new forms. At this conference, new voices‚€”you!‚€”are invited to discuss issues that matter most. Together, we can all express the hope and insight that comes from affirming a God of love in relationship with creation whose future is open.
The 2013 Open Theology Conference is meant for Christian leaders of all types. Lectures, table discussions, and ‚€œdreaming of the future‚€� sessions will explore theological issues and practical concerns with an eye toward relevance for contemporary Christians.
In addition to the features speakers, conference participants will explore a variety of pressing questions, including‚€¶
1. What does practical ministry look like from an Open view?
2. How should we think about science and culture as Open theists?
3. What biblical insights have Open theists to date either underemphasized or not noticed?
4. How should Open theists think about pain and suffering?
5. Can the Open view help us think better about prayer and pray with greater conviction?
6. What voices at the margins need to be heard for Open theology to be expanded and/or embraced by others?
7. What might missions and missional theology look like from an Open view?
8. Does the Open view suggest any new insights into Christology, pneumatology, or Trinity?
9. Where should the Open theology conversation go in the future? How might the insights of Open theology be more widely disseminated?
There is no better time than now to register for this ground-breaking event!
Registration and more info
August 31, 2012
Rupert Sheldrake, one of the world’s most innovative biologists and writers, is best known for his theory of morphic fields and morphic resonance, which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory.
He worked in developmental biology at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Clare College. He was then Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.
His new book, Science Set Free: 10 Paths to New Discovery, is the American edition of his book The Science Delusion: Freeing the Spirit of Enquiry, which was published in the UK and Ireland.
On October 31 and November 1, 2011, CPS held a conference with Sheldrake featuring the then unpublished manuscript of his book, Science Set Free, which is being officially launched this September. The American version is expected to differ slightly from the British, as a result of discussions had during that meeting.
Overall, during this, and a previous visit to the Center we discovered that Sheldrake had come, independently of direct study of Whitehead, to many of the same conclusions. He provides us with up-to-date confirmation and reinforcement of many of our Whitehead-type criticisms of the dominant Cartesian metaphysics that still shapes so much of science.
As discussed in Science Set Free, the delusion of science occurs when scientific dogmas are treated as truths, rather than beliefs. He retorts that, science is much more interesting, much more fun, and much more free when you turn the dogmas into questions. And this is exactly what Sheldrake does in Science Set Free. A shift of this kind, he argues, will hopefully lead to new scientific discoveries, encouraged by free and open scientific inquiry.
You can watch a video of Sheldrake introducing Science Set Free here;
and order copies of the book on Amazon.
August 29, 2012
First gay head of major Christian church evangelizes with poetry and¬ jazz. Rev. Gary Paterson, moderator of the United Church of Canada, believes liberal Christians, following thinkers such as Jay McDaniel and John Cobb Jr., are in a much better position than Biblical literalists to engage in ‚€œmutually-enriching‚€� conversation with both Buddhists and scientists.
August 15, 2012
Jay McDaniel, Professor of Religion at Hendrix College, has created an incredible video series titled "What is Process Thought?" This series draws from McDaniel's book, What is Process Thought?, published by P&F Press (the publishing division of Process & Faith, a program of the Center for Process Studies) in 2008. The videos are structured as an introductory online course in reading Whitehead, and is intended to be a useful complement to John Cobb's Whitehead Word Book.
August 15, 2012
There are three process-related courses being offered this falll at Claremont Lincoln University, Claremont School of Theology. The courses are "Process Theology and Religious Education,‚€� with John Sweeney; ‚€œReligion and Science," with John Sweeney; "Whitehead and World Religions:¬ Adverntures in Global Spirituality," with Bruce Epperly; "Process, Spirituality, and Ministry," with Bruce Epperly; "Ecclesiology: Theology of Congregational Transformation," with Bruce Epperly; and "The Word So Loved: Prayer from a Process-Relational Theology," with Jeanyne Slettom. Please consider taking these courses! If interested, contact the CST Registrar at [email protected]
August 8 , 2012
This issue contains articles by Franklin I. Gamwell, Jean Bethke Elshtain, William J. Meyer, Samuel Fleischacker, Daniel Dombrowski, Paul Weithman, Jennifer A. Herdt, Catherine Keller, Ryan Coyne, Stephen K. White, and Kevin Schilbrack. view the journal contents Ľ
July 25, 2012
Interested in presenting at a conference or publishing an article? Then check out our new Call for Papers page here.
June 4, 2012
We are pleased to officially announce and recognize a new Center for Process Thought established as a university center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This center will provide a wonderful resource to Central Africa. The center is staffed by a number of professors, who plan to begin offering programs for doctoral seminars as early as August 2012. The official opening of the center will take place around the 15th of November 2012.
read more Ľ
May 31, 2012
It is with great sadness that we report the death of James Bradley, Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. James passed away on May 17th, 2012. James was on the International Board of Academic Advisors for the Whitehead Research Project (WRP), a Research Member of WRP, and participated in numerous conferences sponsored by WRP. More importantly, he was a valued colleague, mentor, and friend. He will be sorely missed.
May 15, 2012
This issue contains a Special Focus Section on Charles Hartshorne, includes some exciting unpublished material, and is edited by Donald W. Viney.
April 1, 2012
We are pleased to announce the publication of the second volume of the Contemporary Whitehead Studies series: Butler on Whitehead: On the Occasion. This volume is based on the first set of formal conversations which brings together the dynamic philosophies of two eminent thinkers: Judith Butler and Alfred North Whitehead.
more information Ľ
Here are some links to news articles about the conference:
This summer, Process and Faith will be hosting their annual Process Theology Summer Institute. If you are interested in studying process theology in a relaxed summer setting with world-renowned process theologians and a community of like-minded learners, then this is the place for you!
John Cobb will be teaching a Topics in Process Theology course addressing: ‚€œReligions in the Making: The Actual and Potential Role of Process Thought in the Multiple Faiths and Beyond.‚€�
John Berquist will be teaching Process Theology and Biblical Interpretation. This course will examine biblical interpretation from a process perspective, focusing on incarnation and embodiment in the Hebrew Bible.
Marjorie Suchocki will be teaching an Exploring Process Theology course. This course is an introductory-level exploration of key ideas in process-relational theology, especially as they relate to the nature and power of God, incarnation, community, and eschatology.
Jeanyne Slettom will be teaching: Process Theology in Practice, or How Does This Work in the Church? This course is a facilitated discussion open to all registrants, and will focus on one topic each day, such as preaching, music and liturgy, faith formation in children, youth, and adults, and pastoral care. A great time for class attendees to get to know each other and share ideas.
Cost: $300 per course (P&F members $250) - if you would like to take a class for credit, you must register directly through the CST registrar's office: (909) 447-2502. (Please do not register through the Process & Faith registration page if you would like to take a course for credit).
All classes take place at Claremont School of Theology.
Process, Pragmatism, and Religious Pluralism
January 10-12, 2012
Butler 201, Claremont School of Theology
with C. Robert Mesle
This is a January Course sponsored by the Center for Process Studies. This course will explore the challenges of religious pluralism, and especially how they might be addressed through the resources of process relational thought and American pragmatism. Attention will also be given to the work of John Hick and others. We will explore questions about the nature of truth, creative transformation, unilateral and relational power, different visions of God, and what approaches best help us to seek compassionate wisdom and make the world. [learn more]
Whitehead International Film Festival/Faith
and Film Class
January 13-16, 2012
Mudd Theatre, Claremont School of Theology
Films are the common language of people around the world; we share our cultures through film; we share our perceptions of what it is to be human, our trials and our transformations. Through film, the ‚€˜strangeness‚€™ of other cultures can turn into appreciation and understanding. And through appreciating and understanding one another, we exercise care for one another, doing what we can to seek and promote the common good. The Whitehead International Film Festival selects films of artistic excellence that do this very thing. Each film speaks of human dignity, of our responsibilities to one another, of problems common to us all, and of the hope of creative transformation in our very togetherness. Whiteheadian philosophy provides a worldview that fosters social and personal responsibility to one another and to the earth that sustains us. For registration and more information Visit the Conference Website.
Offered in conjunction with the 11th Whitehead International Film Festival, is the Faith and Film Class taught by Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki. The class fulfills several purposes: 1) to increase our ability to understand the artistic merits in film; 2) to explore ways of utilizing films to probe issues of faith; 3) to serve as a jury for the 11th Annual Whitehead International Film Festival, deciding which of the nine contemporary feature films best meets the criteria of ‚€œCelebrating Films that Promote the Common Good.‚€� For registration and more information Visit the Course Website.
Postmodern Youth Ministry Under the Influence
January 25, 2012
4pm - 5:30pm
Haddon Conference Center, Claremont School of Theology
with Tripp Fuller¬
On January 25, Tripp Fuller will be leading a seminar titled "Postmodern Youth Ministry Under the Influence of Whitehead." Fuller is a graduate of Campbell University and the Divinity School of Wake Forest University. He is currently finishing his PhD in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. Fuller is an ordained minister of and serves as the Minister of Youth at Neighborhood Church of Palos Verdes, CA. He is also the co-founder of the very successful Homebrewed Christianity Podcast. Hope to see you there!
Emergent Church & Process Theology
January 31 - February 2, 2012
Haddon Conference Center, Claremont School of Theology
The Emergent Village Theological Conversation has quickly established a reputation for deep thought and rich interaction. This year‚€™s conversation will engage Process Theology as we explore the dynamic conception of the living and life-giving God. Monica A. Coleman, John Cobb and Philip Clayton will lead the conversation engaging with Jeanyne Slettom, Bruce Epperly, Julie Clawson and Daniel Shroyer - with plenty of other partners to be added.
Cobb has proclaimed that the church should ‚€œjoin God in working for the salvation of the world.‚€� This strong assertion flows right out of the open and relational vision of theology he has pioneered throughout his career. It is our belief that in conversation with Cobb a progressive, missional, holistic, and radically relational theology with legs will emerge.
After setting the context with an introduction to process theology we will immediately turn towards the biggest challenges facing the world, making those essential conversations for all creation the location for doing theology. Through practical engagements of Process and Emergence we will reflect on how God relates to the world, works within the world, and do what all theology is suppose to be doing: seeking to engage and transform the world as it exists in reality. This will take us into ecology, economics, religious pluralism, secularism, and the relational ramifications for the Church both locally and globally. Click here for registration and more information.
Prayer from a Process Perspective
February 6 - March 2, 2012
with Jeanyne Slettom
Jeanyne Slettom will be teaching an Online Intensive Continuing Education Course offered through Claremont School of Theology titled: "Prayer from a Process Perspective." Prayer engages our spiritual/worshiping selves as well as reflecting our understanding of God, human beings, and how they relate in the world. This course explores the meaning, practice, and language of prayer from the perspective of process-relational theology, with practical applications for worship, pastoral care, and personal enrichment. [learn more]
Conviviality in a Multireligious Community
February 22-24, 2012
Haddon Conference Center, Claremont School of Theology
The World Parliament of Religions adopted Hans K√ľng‚€™s precept that there will be "No peace among the nations without peace among the religions‚€¶without dialogue between the religions‚€¶without investigation of the foundation of the religions". Others add, that there will not be peace in this world, even with the unified force of the world‚€™s religions and wisdom traditions, without justice among people, cultures and religions as well as within them. In one way or another, ‚€œunity‚€� among religions, as based on justice and the will to accept the other‚€™s religions and even irreligiosity as means of justice, will not prevail without an internal and external, spiritual, theological, philosophical and practical investigation into the very reasons for religious strife and fanaticism as well as the resources that people, cultures, religions and wisdom traditions might provide to disentangle them from the injustices of their host regimes, and to seek the ‚€œbalance‚€� that leads to a measure of universal fairness among the multiplicity of religious and non-religious expressions of humanity.
‚€œConviviality‚€� expresses the depth and breadth of ‚€œliving together,‚€� which itself can be understood as a translation of a central term of Whitehead's philosophy and the process tradition‚€”‚€œconcrescence‚€� (growing together, becoming concrete)‚€”as it is recently and increasingly used in different discourses to name the concrete community of difference of individuals, cultures, and religions in appreciation of the mutual inclusiveness of their lives.
Since the work of the Center for Process Studies, home of the
process tradition of philosophy and theology for more than 40 years,
reflects and is an essential part of the groundbreaking new
multireligious university at Claremont, this conference seeks to bring
together experts from different religious (and non-religious)
traditions and spiritual persuasions and versed in process thought with
members of the multireligious faculty at Claremont to suggest ways in
which the living wisdom traditions might contribute to, and transform
themselves into, a universal conviviality among
the people, cultures and religions of this world for a common future.
It wishes to test the resources that we can contribute to this
concurrent and urgent matter, aware of Whitehead's call for a radical
transformation of power and violence in thought and action as, perhaps,
the ultimate theory of conflict resolution.
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Contact: Jeremy Fackenthal ([email protected])
Thought and Christian Scriptures
March 21, 2012
with Jon Berquist
On March 21, Rev. Dr. Jon L. Berquist, President of the Disciples Seminary Foundation, will be leading a seminar on the topic of Process Thought and Christian Scriptures. Berquist is a native Californian from First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Ventura, and is an ordained minister with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). He received a bachelor‚€™s degree from Northwest Christian University, in Eugene, Oregon, and a Ph.D. in Old Testament from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He has taught at Phillips Theological Seminary in Tulsa, Oklahoma, as well as New Brunswick Theological Seminary and several other seminaries. He is also the author or editor of more than ten books, including Ancient Wine, New Wineskins: The Lord‚€™s Supper in Old Testament Perspective, Reclaiming Her Story: The Witness of Women in the Old Testament, and Judaism in Persia‚€™s Shadow: A Social and Historical Approach.
in a Finite World
April 10-12, 2012
On April 10-12, we will have a conference on ‚€œMoney-Creation in a Finite World.‚€� The conference has been planned since last April when Ellen Brown spoke at a conference sponsored by the China Project on Ecological Economics. We and the two main spokespersons for ecological economics, Joshua Farley and Mark Anielski, were impressed by her understanding of how the private sector enriches itself by creating money and how the larger community would benefit by recovering this role. Her formulations, however, took the growth economy as their context, whereas she is, in fact, quite supportive of ecological economics. We decided to meet again to discuss how to integrate her wisdom about finance into ecological economics. This will be the focus of the conversation, although the enrichment of the vision of ecological economics will go beyond this in some of the presentations. See tentative schedule
Reenchantment: The Philosophical, Religious, and Political Thought of
David Ray Griffin
April 12-14, 2012
This spring the Center for Process Studies will celebrate the lifetime achievements of one of its founders and co-directors, David Ray Griffin. The scope of the conference has been developed to encompass the several principal strands of Griffin‚€™s scholarship on philosophical, religious, and political thought. Presentations will be made during the two day event, culminating with David Griffin‚€™s reprise of his scholarly journey, to be followed by a banquet on Saturday, April 14. An effort has been made to gather the most qualified scholars familiar with Griffin‚€™s scholarly contribution.The following presentations of papers will be made in the course of the conference: John Buchanan (life after death); Philip Clayton (scientific naturalism and religion); Marcus Ford (parapsychology, philosophy, and spirituality); John Cobb (evolution); Gary Dorrien (Process Theology); Catherine Keller (problem of evil); Tod Fletcher (9/11 and the 9/11 truth movement); Peter Dale Scott (9/11, deep politics, and spirituality); Richard Falk (postmodern politics and spirituality); Gene Reeves (morality); Sandra Lubarsky (religious pluralism); Nancy Frankenberry (truth and religious experience); Daniel Dombrowski (mind/ body in Whitehead and Griffin); David Ray Griffin (the intellectual journey); and Beth Johnson (banquet remarks). See conference website for more details.
Place of Harmony in Ecological Civilization
6th Annual Conference on Ecological Civilization
April 27-28, 2012
It is no secret that China is facing many disturbing problems as she marches toward modernization. Finding an alternative to the current form of modernization has become an urgent issue. Harmony is a central concept for both Chinese culture and the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. However, modern thought in general has not emphasized harmony, partly because of its apparent tension with both ‚€œjustice‚€� and ‚€œgrowth.‚€� This conference will consider harmony within society, harmony between humanity and the natural environment, and harmony among nations with these tensions in mind.
This will be the 6th Annual Conference on Ecological Civilization. This work is possible through collaboration with our Chinese partner, Central Bureau of Compilation and Translation - a top government think tank - as well as with CGU, Claremont Lincoln University, and IPDC (Institute for Postmodern Development of China). This year some 70 participants from various parts of China are planning to participate.
Additionally, the ‚€œJohn Cobb Common Good Award‚€� will be presented to a worthy recipient. Please join us for this exciting conference!For registration, please visit the conference registration page.
International Forum on ‚€œGreen Development
from a Constructive Postmodern Perspective‚€�
May 5 , 2012
Cooper Board Room , Claremont School of Theology
Contact: [email protected]
A Chinese delegation from The Party School of the Central Committee of the C.T.C will come to Claremont to participate in the one day conference themed¬ ‚€œInternational Forum on Green Development and Innovation from a Constructive Postmodern Perspective.‚€� Philip Clayton and Zhihe Wang will greet the delegation. John B.Cobb,Jr.¬ Evaggelos Vallianato, Devon Hartman, Lissa McCullough, and Jianjun Zhao will deliver lectures respectively on green development, small farms, energy efficiency and retrofitting, and Arcologies.
The event is cosponsored by The Institute for Postmodern Development of China, Claremont Lincoln University, and Center for Process Studies, CST. It is also open and free to the public!
Second International Forum on Ecological
May 11 , 2012 (9:00am-5:30 pm)
Butler 201 , Claremont School of Theology
Contact: [email protected]
Register here | Program and Papers
It is no secret that China‚€™s agriculture is facing many disturbing problems as she marches toward modern agriculture. Finding an alternative to current form of modern agriculture has become an urgent issue. How can China avoid ecological catastrophes, continuing to expand the gap between the rich and the poor, destroying local communities? How can China develop a sustainable and healthy agriculture? How do protect the eco- diversity? How do develop a green Agricultural Engineering Technology? The purpose of the conference is to contribute to fresh reflections on these questions.
Wes Jackson, the founder and current president of The Land Institute, will be the keynote speaker. Other plenary speakers include: John B. Cobb, Jr., Lester Young, Dean of College of Agriculture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, Yingkuan Wang, Editor-in-Chief of CIGR Ejournal, Edward Huang, formerSenior Planner at Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Los Angeles.