Process Theology Class — Lifetime Homework

Here is the (optional?) lifetime homework assignment:

    • Pay attention to examples of the good — of love made manifest
    • Set your aims to create more love in the world
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Process Theology Class — Slides from Third Session

Here are the slides from the third (and last) session of the Process Theology class offered Feb 2014 at First Unitarian Church in Portland (OR),Process_Theology Part_III

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Process Theology Class — Homework for February 18

Once again, the homework is optional, but strongly encouraged as it will inform our conversation during the class, when we will talk about implications of Process Theology for stewardship and justice-making.

    • Consider how Process Theology calls us to be in relationship with the world around us.
    • Whence comes our power to act in the world? What responsibility do we have for using our powers?
    • What are some implications for stewardship? For justice-making?
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Process Theology Class — Slides from Second Session

Here are the PowerPoint slides from the second session of the Process Theology class on February 11, 2014, at First Unitarian Church in Portland (OR). Process Theology Part II.

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“Taking Freedom Seriously” a Sermon by Charles Hartshorne

My colleague in ministry, the Rev. Ron Robinson, recently posted photos of the original manuscript of a sermon given by Charles Hartshorne in 1981, “Taking Freedom Seriously.” This is an excellent and quite accessible explanation of Hartshorne’s Process Theology, and particularly on the nature of God. I recommend it most highly.

I transcribed the text from the original as best I could. My transcription can be downloaded by clicking here: TakingFreedomSeriously.Trans. The images of the original manuscript with Hartshorne’s editing notes can be downloaded by clicking here: TakingFreedomSeriously.

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Process Theology Class — Homework for February 11

I approach learning with an androgogical frame. That is, we are adult learners, responsible for seeking out resources, choosing how to use them, and taking responsibility for our own learning. Hence the homework is optional… though I hope you will give it consideration.

I will include time in class to share — as you are willing — your responses to these two suggestions:

1. Design a spiritual practice grounded in process theology.

Some examples: What might you do to increase your powers of prehension, to take in a broader experience of the objective immortality and the eternal objects that inform your aims in the process of becoming? What would help you to attune to the allurement to exercise your free will in service of eternal objects, e.g., to bring more enjoyment to the world? What would enhance your experience of the profound nature of your relationship with all other entities?

2. Bring a piece of music, poem, scripture, art, dance, or ??? that reflects process theology for you.

This might be an original work or something created by someone else. What reminds you to focus on free will, choice of aim, and the process of becoming? What shows us that all entities are expressions of experience in constant state of becoming and perishing?

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Process Theology Class — Slides from First Session

The slides from the first session (Feb. 4 class) on Process Theology are posted here as a pdf document (Process Theology PPT I). This session covered an introduction to metaphysics, process thought, and process theology.

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