Process Theology .org is proud to present to you the best of audiological goodness as it relates to all things Process!
January 31, Tuesday
4:30 pm Registration Opens
6:30 – 8:30 pm Session One: Monica A. Coleman
February 1, Wednesday
9:00 – 11:30 am Session Two: Thomas Jay Oord in Conversation with John Cobb
12 – 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 -3:00 pm Break Out Sessions
3:00 – 3:30 pm COFFEE
3:30 – 5:30 pm Session Three: Philip Clayton
5:30 – 7:00 pm DINNER
7:00 – 8:30 pm Homebrewed Christianity 3-D Featuring Dale Brothers Brewing Company…..followed by a Corn-Hole Spectacular!
February 2, Thursday
9:00 – 11:30 am Session Four: John Cobb
12 – 1:30 pm LUNCH
1:30 -3:00 pm Break Out Sessions
3:00 – 3:30 pm COFFEE
3:30 – 5:30 pm Session Five: Monica A. Coleman & Bruce Epperly
Are you ready for the greatest three days of 2012? You know Jan 31-Feb 2 in sunny SoCal where the Emergent Village Theological Conversation will take place! Part of getting ready for three days of Process & Emergent theological fun will be signing up & then getting the preparatory reading under your belt. Here are the books that will be used to frame our theological fun. Get’em, read’em, mark’em, and come ready to discuss them with the authors and your theological comrades!
* Philip Clayton’s The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy and Faith
* Monica A. Coleman’s Making a Way Out of No Way: A Womanist Theology
* Bruce Epperly’s Process Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed
The Emergent Village Theological Conversation 2012 (Jan. 31- Feb. 2) will carry forward some of the best aspects of previous conversations. It will also feature some innovations that appropriately reflect the topic of this year’s gathering.
Here are some highlights of what you can expect:
- Process Theology emphasizes an open-ended and relational view of faith. The 5 sessions will integrate a format that is thoroughly relational and open-ended.
It is important that the information being presented match the organization of the conference. We want the content to match the container.
- Process Theology introduces new concepts and vocabulary. Each of the 5 sessions will begin with a ‘keynote’ presentation from a scholar, who will then be in dialogue with two other practitioners and thinkers. The conversation will then be expanded to the gathered participants – with each session utilizing an appropriate format for the themes of that session.
Use of technology like the Twitter-Tumbler and an empowered moderator will facilitate real-time interactions with the presenter during the session.
- The structure of the five session are organized in a chiastic format. Monica A. Coleman will lead us in session 1 and 5. John B. Cobb will host session 2 and 4. Philip Clayton has agreed to provide the ‘hinge’ session 3.
Session 1 is Introduction with Monica Coleman
Session 2 is Expansion with John Cobb (Christian Belief and Pluralism)
Session 3 is Dissection and Doubt with Philip Clayton
Session 4 is Application with John Cobb (Economics and Ecology)
Session 5 is Construction for Ministry with Monica Coleman
- Julie Clawson, veteran of Emergent Conversations, pointed out that most conferences don’t build in a time to question, disagree, and push-back. Great ideas are presented and insightful questions are asked … but the real wrestling is done either individually or after hours.
We still want personal wrestling and after-hours conversation, but we have also purposefully built in a session for wrestling out loud. Session 3 will let us debrief with Philip Clayton who navigates the worlds of Emergent and Process, Church and Academy in a masterful way.
- Each session will be followed up with related break-out tracks. One will focus on ministry specific issues.Jeanyne Slettom, director of the Center for Process & Faith and co-Pastor of a process-centered congregation will be helping us with this. Another track will be theological-conceptual. The third will be a wild-card showcase.
Five times we will come together for the main sessions to hear a presentation, listen to a dialogue, participate in a conversation, and then disperse for break-out sessions. These four expanding levels of engagement will allow for both learning and expression in each of the five chapters.
Here is a potential picture of Session 5: Monica Coleman will present ideas and stories about her ministerial experiences and context specific opportunities and challenges for ministry with a Process framework. Then Danielle Shroyer and Bruce Epperly will join her to tell a bit about their context and their engagement of Process in ministry. Next, we will break down into smaller circles to compare notes in order come into the Question & Response time. This main-session conversation will propel us into the the breakout sessions. One breakout will have two pastors talking about preaching Process. One will be about comparing theological vocab & concepts between different schools of thought. Another will address sexuality in the church & community.
This is going to be a wonderful time – come to the registration page and sign-up now. Put it on you Christmas List! you might surprised who wants you to be there.
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 Danielle Shroyer – plenty of other partners to be added.
Cobb has proclaimed that the church should “join 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.
Come join us in Claremont California, January 31- February 2, 2012 for the conversation.
Hotel: Our event hotel is the Hotel Claremont. They are giving our participants a special deal with rooms for 59 – 69 bucks a night for bed, breakfast, and a shuttle to the campus. Just let Steven Mercado know you are part of the ‘emergent village’ when reserving your room. Email him: firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes! If you are a non-profit, school, justice organization, publisher, or you want to set up a table and make cartoon sketches as a fundraiser for global hunger…then email me and we can work out the details.
tripp (dot) fuller AT gmail (dot) com