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Lunchtime Process & Ministry Round-Table Discussions


Lunchtime Process & Ministry Round-Table Discussions
David Grant Smith, facilitator
11:15 am – 12:45 pm, Monday-Friday

Join with other Summer Institute participants in discussing how Process Theology can be utilized in various aspects of ministry. Each day there will be a brief presentation from a “boots on the ground” process theologian, followed by an open discussion of how Process Theology can be used in ministry settings. In these discussions, we are all experts, working to share our ideas and experience. Lunch can be purchased in advance when you register, or you may bring your own. Either way, plan to join in these lively and productive discussions, aimed at sharing ideas for the use of Process Theology in a variety of ministry contexts.

MONDAY Process Theology in Pastoral Care David Grant Smith
TUESDAY Process Approaches to Preaching Jeanyne Slettom
WEDNESDAY Process Theology & Healing Bruce G. Epperly
THURSDAY Process Theology in Group Processes Jeanyne Slettom
FRIDAY Process Theology & Social Justice Ministries Timothy Murphy

Jeanyne Slettom is a UCC minister whose primary interest is process-relational theology. A theologian and teacher, writer and publisher, she has taught at Claremont School of Theology and United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cites and served churches in California and Minnesota. In addition to being the publisher of Process Century Press, she is theologian-in-residence at Macalester-Plymouth United Church in St. Paul and an award-winning preacher whose online liturgies and commentaries have been used by practicing preachers around the world. She is passionate about ecotheology, prophetic resistance, and a ministry of transformation and hope. A past director of Process & Faith, her PhD is in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University.  She lives and works on the banks of the Mississippi River.

Timothy Murphy is the former Executive Director of Progressive Christians Uniting and has taught courses in Religion and Politics at Claremont School of Theology. Author of Counter-Imperial Churching for a Planetary Gospel and the forthcoming Sustaining Hope in an Unjust World: How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up, he has given presentations to congregations on how to connect the gospel with social justice efforts.

Bruce Epperly is Senior Pastor of South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, and professor in the areas of spirituality, theology, and pastoral care at Wesley Theological Seminary.  Epperly is the author of fifty books, including Healing Marks: Healing and Spirituality in Mark’s Gospel; Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Praying with Process Theology: Spiritual Practices for Personal and Planetary Transformation; The Gospel According to Winnie the Pooh; and The Mystic in You: Discovering a God-filled World.  Epperly is a Reiki teacher/master, spiritual guide, husband, grandparent, and Cape Cod beachcomber.

David Grant Smith is a D.Min. student at Claremont School of Theology. He earned his M.Div. in Pastoral Muscianship at Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and Bexley Hall Seminary in Rochester, NY. He is an Episcopal Priest from the Diocese of Rochester. David has served in parish ministry, both lay and ordained, for many years, and his D.Min. studies are focused on the application of process theology into parish ministry.