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CST Process Summer Intensive

July 6, 2021 @ 2:00 am - July 10, 2021 @ 11:00 am PDT

The Process Summer Intensive (TPS3063/4063) is an annual Claremont School of Theology summer course sponsored by the Center for Process Studies. The Process Summer Intensive is a 1-week exploration (via live Zoom sessions) that includes three different adventures in process theology. The first segment (taught by Dr. Andrew Davis) explores the philosophical foundations of process thinking. The second segment (taught by Dr. Karen Baker-Fletcher) explores key contributions of process theology to particular theological and religious issues. The third segment (taught by Dr. Jon Gill) explores the implications of process theology to art, social justice movements, and efforts of liberation.

Process Foundations
with Dr. Andrew Davis

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

What are some the foundational philosophical ideas at the base of process theology? Part I explores key metaphysical convictions at the heart of a process philosophical vision. These include, but are not limited, to the primacy of experience and value; events and relationality; possibility and time; creativity and the God-world relationship.

Andrew M. Davis is a philosopher, theologian, and scholar of world religions. He is Program Director for the Center for Process Studies and author or editor of several books including Mind, Value, and Cosmos: On the Relational Nature of Ultimacy (2020). For more about Dr. Davis’ work and research interests, visit his website at andrewmdavis.info.



Process Theology
with Dr. Karen Baker-Fletcher

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

What are some of the key contributions of process theology? Part II explores the contributions of process theology to relevant theological and religious concerns. These include, but are not limited to, the doctrine of creation, Christology, religious pluralism and the problem of evil.

Karen Baker-Fletcher is professor of systematic theology at Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas. She is the author of Dancing With God: A Womanist Perspective on the Trinity and numerous writings on womanist thought, christology, and the relationship between God and creation. For more info about Dr. Baker-Fletcher’s work visit her faculty page.



Process Arts & Activism
with Dr. Jon Gill

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

What implications does process theology have for tangled aesthetic, social, ecological, and political justice movements and efforts of liberation? Part III explores the ethical implications of process theology to current issues of pressing concern. These include but are not limited to racism and inequality, the ecological crisis, the Covid-19 pandemic, partisan politics, and artistic expression.

Jon Ivan Gill is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College, USA, Lecturer in Philosophy at California State University, Dominguez Hills, USA, and an Adjunct Professor at Norco College, USA, teaching Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Cross-Community Coordinator for the Center for Process Studies. A hip-hop musician and rapper, Gill is also author of the book, Underground Rap as Religion: A Theopoetic Examination of a Process Aesthetic Religion (2019). For more info on Dr. Gill’s work visit jonivangill.com.

See syllabus for reading list, assignments, and other details.

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  • CST Students should consult their advisor before registering. This summer course may be taken for 3 or 4 semester units of academic credit through Claremont School of Theology at the posted tuition rate. Master’s students must register for TPS3063. Doctoral students must register for TPS4063.
  • Non-CST Students may also take the course for 3 or 4 credits by registering as a non-degree student and requesting your credits be transferred to your home institution.  Master’s students should complete this form. Doctoral students should complete this form. Once complete, send to the CST registrar at cstregistrar@cst.edu. Tuition rates for non-degree course registration can be found here.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are also available. Click HERE to register for CEUs. 30 contact hours = 3 CEUs.