Every year, the NU class organizes and sponsors a winter weekend seminar on a topic of religious/theological significance. A guest speaker is invited to lead the discussion with sessions held on a Saturday and Sunday. The seminar is free and open to the public.
Join us February 14 & 15 for Theology Weekend featuring Dr. John B. Cobb Jr.
Here’s the weekend schedule of events:
[accordion title=”Saturday, February 14″ active=”no”]Lecture 1 – Learning from the Bible: A survey of Hebrew thinking of God, Jesus’ unique understanding, and Paul’s development. 2:00 – 3:30 pm Contemporary Worship Center (2nd Floor)
Lecture 2 – Learning from Experience: An examination of our ordinary experience to see where we find Jesus’ Abba.
4:00 – 5:30 pm Contemporary Worship Center
Dinner Break 6:00 – 7:00 pm Gathering Area, (1st Floor)
Lecture 3 – Learning from Science: Why science excludes not only a “God of the gaps” but also the Abba of Jesus, and why it should not do so. 7:00 – 8:30 pm Contemporary Worship Center[/accordion]
[accordion title=”Sunday, February 15″ active=”no”]Lecture 4 – Learning from World Religions: A survey of world religions shows that some have no need of God to achieve their goals. An explanation of how theistic and non-theistic experience and belief can be complimentary. 9:45 – 10:45 am Chapel
Worship Service 11:00 am – 12:00 noon Sanctuary
Dr. Cobb will be available for discussion after the service in the Gathering Area. Lunch for purchase will be served at Cameron’s Kitchen.[/accordion]
[accordion title=”About our Speaker” active=”no”]Dr. John B. Cobb, Jr. is Professor of Theology Emeritus at the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont California. He was educated at the Canadian Academy, Kobe, Japan; Newnan High School, Georgia; Emory-at-Oxford; University of Michigan; University of Chicago.
He has held many positions including Ingraham Professor of Theology at the Claremont School of Theology, Avery Professor at the Claremont Graduate School, Fulbright Professor at the University of Mainz (Germany), Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt, Harvard, and Chicago Divinity Schools.
He has honorary doctorates from: University of Mainz (Germany), Emory University, Fellow at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, University of Chicago, Linfield College, DePauw University and University of Victoria.
His parents were Methodist Missionaries. He is married to Jean L. Cobb and they have four sons.
An American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist, Cobb is often regarded as the preeminent scholar in the field of process philosophy and process theology – the school of thought associated with the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. Cobb is the author of more than fifty books. In 2014, Cobb was elected to the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
A unifying theme of Cobb’s work is his emphasis on ecological interdependence – the idea that every part of the ecosystem is reliant on all the other parts. Cobb has argued that humanity’s most urgent task is to preserve the world on which it lives and depends, an idea which his primary influence – philosopher and mathematician Alfred North Whitehead – describes as “world-loyalty.”
Cobb is well known for his trans disciplinary approach, integrating insights from many different areas of study and bringing different specialized disciplines into fruitful communication. Because of his broad-minded interest and approach, Cobb has been influential in a wide range of disciplines, including theology, ecology, economics, biology and social ethics.
In 1971, he wrote the first single-author book in environmental ethics – Is It Too Late? A Theology of Ecology—which argued for the relevance of religious thought in approaching the ecological crisis. In 1989, he co-authored the book For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, Environment, and a Sustainable Future, which critiqued current global economic practice and advocated for a sustainable, ecology-based economics. He has written extensively on religious pluralism and interfaith dialogue, particularly between Buddhism and Christianity, as well as the need to reconcile religion and science.
Cobb is the co-founder and current co-director of the Center for Process Studies in Claremont, California. The Center for Process Studies remains the leading Whitehead-related institute, and has witnessed the launch of more than thirty related centers at academic institutions throughout the world, including twenty-three centers in China. Cobb is also founder and president of the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China, which uses Whiteheadian ideas in order to move toward a sustainable economy and address practical problems associated with social change and globalization.[/accordion]