Process Theology Summer Institute -- 2014

A week-long immersion in process theology, including several class offerings, such as:

  • Topics in Process Theology

Relevance of Whiteheadian process thought to contemporary issues. Previous topics have included: economics, global crisis, science and religion, the problem of evil. 2014 topic: The Whiteheadian Alternative. Our world faces a number of daunting problems, including climate change and poltico-economic corruption. Dr. Cobb argues that there is an alternative, and it is found in the process thought of Alfred North Whitehead. M-F, 9-11 a.m. Instructor: John B. Cobb, Jr.

  • Process Theology and Biblical Interpretation

Biblical interpretaion from a process perspective with a focus on Romans. Previous texts have included Revelation, Genesis, Isaiah, and Hebrew Bible. 2014 focus: Romans. M-F, 2-4 p.m. Instructor: David J. Lull.

  • Exploring Process Theology

An introduction to process-relational theology, especially as it relates to the nature and power of God, incarnation, community, and eschatology. M-F, 7-9 p.m. Instructor: Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki.

  • Noontime Plenaries: Process Theology in Practice

A facilitated discussion open to all registrants. Topics include the Liturgical, Educational, and Social Action tasks of ministry.
M-F, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Instructor: Ignacio Castuera.

Offered in Claremont, CA [June 2-6, 2014]

For more information about any of these classes, contact Process & Faith.


Whitehead International Film Festival/Faith & Film class

This annual festival, held in January, includes ten feature films selected for their artistic excellence and their promotion of the common good. Each film celebrates human dignity, probes human problems, and offers hope for creative transformation.

The Faith & Film class that accompanies the festival teaches film analysis and the theological interpretation of films. The class also serves as a jury and selects recipients (feature and short film categories) of the Whitehead Award.

Both the festival and the class acknowledge that:

  • Films have enormous power to shape the conscience of their respective cultures.
  • They demonstrate and develop the acceptable mores of a culture.
  • Their power is based upon the resonance between the viewer and the portrayal of the human situation depicted in the film's story.
  • Resonance is affected by the psychological depth of the story, the universality of its themes, and the artistic excellence of its visual imagery, music, and technical sophistication.
  • By creating a film festival that particularly honors those films that meet our criteria, the International Process Network can raise public conscience concerning the importance and power of films, and add a voice to those who encourage film makers to use their power toward the common good.

Offered every January in Claremont, CA, usually during the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.