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Exploring Process Theology among the Varieties of Open and Relational Theologies
Thomas Jay Oord, professor
9:00am-11:00am, Monday-Friday

Open and relational theologies come in many forms. Process theology is one of the best known. But many who embrace beliefs common to open and relational theologies distance themselves from the “process” label. Why is that? What is at stake? What do words like “open,” “relational,” and “process” mean? And where does “love” fit in? This course explores ways God can be thought to be in process, relational, and open. It draws from progressive & conservative voices, the Bible & science, common experience & miracles, and more. Along the way, opportunities for new open and relational beliefs will likely emerge, as we explore and generate novel views of God and existence.

Thomas Jay Oord is professor of theology and philosophy and the author or editor of more than 20 books. Among his most recent books is the award-winning and Amazon best-seller, The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence (IVP Academic). Oord is considered a leader in open and relational theology studies, contemporary science and religion discussions, and love research. He is an internationally recognized speaker and the 12-time winner of the Graduate Faculty Award at his educational institution. Tom is an active blogger, an avid essayist, and he enjoys spending time hiking in and photographing nature. For more about Tom, and to see some of his great photography, visit his website at