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Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. Turns 90!
And the Celebration Began Last Week

February 7, 2014
By Leah Griffin

Dr. John B. Cobb Jr. kicked off his birthday celebrations earlier this week with a lecture at Wilshire United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. The celebrations continue February 7-9, 2015 and will be a time of lectures, worship, food, film, and friends.

Watch Dr. Cobb's Wilshire lecture, "God's Kingdom," now. 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.



"Third Ways in Philosophy of Religion"
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.



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.


  • Janurary 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.). These will be identified in the context of spectra of positions on faith-and-reason, science-and-religion, religious and atheist experience, concepts of religion and functional-equivalents, theories of religious diversity, concepts of metaphysics, concepts of the religious ultimate and the God-world relation, a-theist arguments, meta-theology, problems of evil, and meta-ethics. Full syllabus.
    John Quiring is Adjunct Instructor in Philosophy at Victor Valley College and Program Director at the Center for Process Studies. Full resume.





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


    AAR Quad SpeakersThere 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.


    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




    2nd Sino-US Postmodern Psychology Forum

    The 2nd Sino-US Postmodern Psychology Forum on "Psychological Health Education and Moral Education from a Constructive Postmodern Perspective," was held in Claremont,CA from May 10-11, 2014.
    Psych Forum
    It is no secret that China is facing many disturbing problems as she marches toward modernization. Mental health problems constitute one such important problem. Finding alternatives to current forms of modern psychology and modern moral education has become an urgent issue.
    read more



    8th International Forum on Ecological Civilization

    The 8th International Forum on Ecological Civilization will be held in Claremont, CA, from April 25-26, 2014. All are welcome. The theme of this year’s forum will be “Education for an Ecological Civilization.”  

    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. How to create an ecological civilization? read more

    Ecological Civilization



    John B. Cobb Jr. to Lecture at Pacific Lutheran University
    March 26, 2014

    John CobbOn TUESDAY, APRIL 8, 2014: 1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., John B. Cobb Jr., Co-Founder of the Center for Process Studies, will be speaking at the annual Ingram Lecture at Pacific Lutheran University. Cobb's lecture, titled "Why Christocentrism in a Pluralistic Age?" will be addressing the subject of choosing Christianity in an age when it is one among many; particularly in light of crimes committed against other communities in the name of Christ. See event flyer for details. 




    Zhihe Wang to Speak on Constructive Postmodernism in China Today
    March 25, 2014Zhihe Wang

    On FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014: Noon - 2:00 p.m., Zhihe Wang (Director of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China, and Co-Director of the China Project, Center for Process Studies), will be speaking as part of the Modern China Lecture Series at California State University San Bernardino. Zhihe's talk, titled "Constructive Postmodernism in China Today," will explore how this pluralistic and integrative worldivew, inspiried by Whitehead's process philosophy, has become an influential movement in China today and what that means for the future of China. See event flyer for details.




    David Griffin and Zhihe Wang Make International News

    Xihuan News Agency
    Aired February 22, 2014
    Recently David Griffin and Zhihe Wang were interviewed by Xihuan News Agency regarding David Griffin's Santa Barbara home.




    Indigenous Wisdom: Grace and Survival Under Fire

    The Return of Navajo Boy (Film Screening)
    Friday, February 14
    7:30-9:30pm (PST)
    Mudd Theatre, CST

    Please join us for this free showing of The Return of Navajo Boy, followed by a Q&A with “Navajo Boy” John Wayne Cly (of whom the film is about). more details


    Indigenous Wisdom: Grace and Survival Under Fire
    Saturday, February 15
    Butler 201, Claremont School of Theology
    watch live video feed
    Note: Only the 8:30-12:30 portion will be live streamed. The rest afternoon conversations will be recorded and archived but not streamed.

    Please join us for this free conference on Indigenous Wisdom: Grace and Survival Under Fire. We will explore learnings to be derived from the experiences of First Peoples in North America as well as the Afro-Diaspora, and how the application of those learnings can help promote an ecological civilization. 
    Presenters include: Ignacio Castuera, Maulana Karenga [best known as creator of the pan-African and African-American holiday of Kwanzaa], Dwight Hopkins, and Chris Daniels.
    see schedule for details


     


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