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2020 Process Theology Summer Institute

June 1, 2020 - June 5, 2020

The 2020 Process Theology Intensive is 1-week concentration that includes three different adventures into process theology. The first segment [taught by Andrew Schwartz] is a crash course on the fundamentals of process theology. The second segment [taught by Timothy Murphy] will focus on putting process theology to work in the world. The third segment [taught by Philip Clayton] will put process theology in conversation with cutting-edge scientific insights.

How to participate:

  • Join Online At Home Wherever You Live (Due to Covid-19, we have made this program a fully-online offering).

Introduction to Process Theology
with Wm. Andrew Schwartz

          • Monday [9-11am, 1-3pm, 4-6pm]
          • Tuesday [9-11am, 1-3pm]

A crash course on the fundamentals of process theology, this module will explore such questions as: What is God like? What is the world like? How are God and the world related? This course in an invitation to become theologians by exploring life’s big questions and the insights provided by the process-relational tradition. 

Wm. Andrew Schwartz, Executive Director of the Center for Process Studies and Assistant Professor of Process Studies & Comparative Theology at Claremont School of Theology. He is also Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization (, Co-Chair of the Open & Relational Theologies Unit of the American Academy of Religion, and Executive Director Elect of the International Process Network. Dr. Schwartz’s academic interests are broad, and include Comparative Religious Philosophies, Process Thought, and Ecological Civilization. His recent publications include, Do Christians, Muslims, and Jews Worship the Same God? Four Views, What Is Ecological Civilization?: Crisis, Hope, and the Future of the Planet (with Philip Clayton), Putting Philosophy to Work: Toward an Ecological Civilization (with John B. Cobb), and The Metaphysics of Paradox: Jainism, Absolute Relativity, and Religious Pluralism.



Theological Activism
with Timothy Murphy

          • Tuesday [4-6pm]
          • Wednesday [9-11am, 1-3pm, 4-6pm]
          • Thursday [9-11am]

Is your theology relevant? Do you want a theology capable of responding to the most pressing concerns of our time? This module on theological activism will be an introduction to engaged process theology, put to work on matters like ecology, intersectionality, economic inequality, social justice, and more.

The Rev. Dr. Timothy C. Murphy is the senior pastor of Plymouth Congregational Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A minister-scholar-activist, he is the former executive director of Progressive Christians Uniting, has taught courses at Claremont School of Theology, and promotes connecting the gospel with social justice efforts. He is the author of Counter-Imperial Churching for a Planetary Gospel and most recently Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World.



Science and Process Theology
with Philip Clayton

          • Thursday [1-3pm, 4-6pm]
          • Friday [9-11am, 1-3pm, 4-6pm]

Science tells us what the world is like. Theology tells us what God is like. But how does God relate to the world, and how does science relate to theology? Can God suspend the laws of physics that govern our universe? This module will put process theology in conversation with leading scientific insights.

Philip Clayton, Ph.D. is Ingraham Professor of Theology at Claremont School of Theology, and Co-Founder and President of the Institute for Ecological Civilization ( A constructive Christian theologian, Philip has been a leader in dialogues with science, contemporary philosophy, and religious traditions East and West. He is particularly interested in the evolving understanding of Christian faith in the 21st century, and the societal changes that are necessary for establishing sustainable forms of civilization on this planet. Some of his recent publications include What Is Ecological Civilization?: Crisis, Hope, and the Future of the Planet (with Wm. Andrew Schwartz), How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs (co-edited with Andrew M. Davis), and Socialism in Process (co-edited with Justin Heinzekehr)

For Academic Credit:

  • The Process Summer Intensive (TPS 3063/4063 ) may be taken for academic credit through Claremont School of Theology at the posted tuition rate. 
  • CST students who want credit, register through the CST registrar in consultation with your advisor.
  • CST students who want to audit the Process Summer Intensive should check with their academic advisor.
  • Non-CST students may also take the course for credit. Please fill out and submit the Transient Student and Course Registration forms to the CST registrar at DEADLINE, MAY 27th.

For Personal Enrichment

  • The entire week may be taken as personal enrichment for $300 payable to Process & Faith/CST, or each module for $125. Please register below. Note, the “personal enrichment” option is only available for community members (not current CST students). CST students interested in auditing the Process Summer Intensive should contact their academic advisor.


  • How is the course being offered?
    Due to Covid-19, we’ve had to adapt the Process Theology Summer Institute to a fully-online offering. The schedule will remain the same, and all sessions will be offered live, in real time, using Zoom. So, please join us from the comfort of your home.
  • Can I get Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for taking any of these classes?
    Yes. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available through the Registrar’s office of Claremont School of Theology. Payment for the CEUs is in addition to cost of registering for the Summer Institute. If you have any questions about CEUs, don’t hesitate to
     email Process & Faith directly.
  • I can’t attend every class session. If I miss a session, can I get a recording?
    Each course session will be recorded for archival purposes, will be available for viewing by registered participants. However, students who are taking the Summer Intensive (TPS 3063/4063) for academic credit through CST are required to attend each live Zoom session.
  • Is there any assigned reading or homework involved?
    For those taking this course for academic credit, there will be assigned reading and three required research projects. Check out the syllabus for more details. These requirements don’t apply to community members signed up for personal enrichment.

Non-Credit Registration

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June 1, 2020
June 5, 2020
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