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New Frontiers in Theology

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 6:00pm to Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 8:00pm
Claremont School of Theology
Event Description: 

When the crisis hit theology in the 1960s, a group of avant garde theologians—including a young radical named John B. Cobb, Jr.—launched a series of books with the title “New Frontiers in Theology.” The bold suggestions offered by this leading group influenced a generation of theologians. If they were working today, what schools and innovations would they highlight?

The crisis in theology has, if anything, deepened since then. It’s time to assemble a group of equally prominent and courageous thinkers to respond afresh to contemporary challenges. We therefore call the best and most innovative—those on the cutting edge, from all religions and from none—to join us in Claremont to address the same question: Where are the most significant frontiers in theology today?

The goal of the speakers will be nothing less than to identify the future(s) of theology. Perhaps some schools and approaches need to die; indeed, the conference will include a wake in their honor. But the emphasis of the keynotes and panel discussions will lie less on death and more on new life. What will be the most important new chapters in theology? Where does the resurrection of theology lie? Will it be comparative theology, poststructuralism, naturalism, praxis, ecology, liberation, ecofeminism, hybridity . . . or others? What roles might process-relational thought play in these proposals?

Professors and students from the most promising theological schools, as well as key leaders in religious praxis and social changes, will be representing their communities at this major event. In addition to transformative dialogues, the meetings will launch a series of books on New Frontiers―a new forum for presenting, debating, and synthesizing the major theological options for the next generation. To paraphrase McLaren: A new world requires new theologies. We have a new world.

Eventbrite - New Frontiers in Theology:  The Most Important Schools and Innovations for the Future of Theology

Tentative Schedule:

Thursday, February 16:

6:00pm-7:30pm – Opening Plenary

  • John B. Cobb, Jr. Center for Process Studies

7:30pm-9:00pm – Reception

Friday, February 17:

8:30am-8:45am –Registration

8:45am-9:00am – Conference Vision and Goal

  • Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology

9:00am-10:30am – Panel Discussion: Public Theologies

  • Brad Artson, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (online)
  • Jeremy Fackenthal, Convergence
  • Hamid Mavani, Bayan Claremont
  • Joerg Rieger, Vanderbilt University

10:30am-10:45am – Break

10:45am-12:15pm – Panel Discussion: A Rich Past for a Positive Future

  • John B. Cobb, Jr., Center for Process Studies
  • Gary Dorrien, Columbia University
  • Paul Knitter, Union Theological Seminary (online)
  • Kwok Pui Lan, Episcopal Divinity School

12:15pm-1:45pm – Lunch Break

1:45pm-3:15pm – Panel Discussion: Transreligious Theologies

  • Roland Faber, Claremont School of Theology
  • S. Mark Heim, Andover Newton
  • Jeffery Long, Elizabethtown College
  • Wesley Wildman, Boston University

3:15pm-3:30pm – Break

3:30pm-5:00pm – Panel Discussion: Materialists/Naturalists Theologies

  • Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas (online)
  • Richard Kearney, Boston College (online)
  • C. Robert Mesle, Graceland University

5:00pm-5:15pm – Break

5:15pm-6:15pm – Evening Plenary

  • Kwok Pui Lan, Episcopal Divinity School

Saturday, February 18:

8:30am-8:45am –Registration

8:45am-9:00am – Day 1 Recap and Day 2 Plan

  • Wm. Andrew Schwartz, Center for Process Studies

9:00am-10:30 – Panel Discussion: Spirit Centered Theologies

  • Karen Baker-Fletcher, Southern Methodist University (online)
  • Michael Lodahl, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Ansel Min, Claremont Graduate University
  • Amos Yong, Fuller Theological Seminary

10:30am-10:45am – Break

10:45am-12:15 – Panel Discussion: Intersectional/Liberative Theologies

  • Monica A. Coleman, Claremont School of Theology
  • Robyn Henderson-Espinoza, Pacific School of Religion (online)
  • Dwight Hopkins, Chicago Divinity School
  • Timothy Murphy, Claremont School of Theology

12:15pm-1:45pm – Lunch Break

1:45pm-3:15pm – Panel Discussion: Theology and the Planet

  • Whitney Bauman, Florida International University (online)
  • Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology
  • Catherine Keller, Drew University (online)
  • Jay McDaniel, Hendrix College

3:15pm-3:30pm – Break

3:30pm-5:00pm – Panel Discussion: Theological Methods for a Digital Age

  • Thomas Jay Oord, Northwest Nazarene University
  • Tripp Fuller, Hatchery LA
  • Tony Jones, Solomon’s Porch (online)

5:00pm-5:15pm – Break

5:15pm-6:15pm – Evening Plenary:

  • Amos Yong, Fuller Theological Seminary

6:15pm-7:00pm – Closing Remarks & Future Plans

  • Philip Clayton, Claremont School of Theology

7:30pm – No-Host Community Conversations (Claremont Craft Ales)