I'm very excited to have recently accepted a full time Program Director position with the Center for Process Studies (CPS) at Claremont School of Theology (CST), now located at Willamette University in Salem Oregon.
Founded by John B. Cobb, Jr., and David Ray Griffin in 1973, CPS continues its long-standing reputation for supporting the development, application, and creative employment of various resources inherent in process-relational modes of thought. Marjorie H. Suchocki became a co-director in 1990; Philip Clayton in fall 2003; Roland Faber in January 2006; and Monica A. Coleman in fall 2008. In fall 2013, Wm. Andrew Schwartz became the managing director of CPS. He continues to serve as executive director today.
In partnership with Andrew Schwartz, I will be taking the lead on CPS programming and research. Continuing the legacy of Cobb and Griffin through cutting edge conferences, book series, and courses, I aim to promote relevant research in process and relational thought and explore the implications of process themes (Mind & Value, Process & Interconnection, Novelty & Change) with scholars around the world, and with respect to a range of topics including: science, ecology, culture, philosophy, religion, theology, education, psychology, political theory, and more.
It's a new phase of creative transformation for both CST and CPS; and new possibilities lie ahead in the Pacific Northwest. For more information visit ctr4process.org.
I have a few new publications on the horizon.
1. A revised and expanded version of the paper I delivered at the American Academy of Religion in November, 2019 will be published in the Toronto Journal of Theology in August (with online publication earlier). The article is titled: "God, Value, and Ontological Gratitude: On the Axiological Foundations of Worship." For abstract and access visit: https://www.utpjournals.press/doi/abs/10.3138/tjt-2020-0053?fbclid=IwAR1w-GW-ev-9cRZSaZzqPoKvXztcaup4NUeINVyuob-01BLOmfVkQVGh8Fo#.Xv5xkpgMbC8.facebook
2. I am awaiting the final proofs of my edited choreography of the first-ever book of Roland Faber's writings on Whiteheadian themes of mysticism, multiplicity and divinity. The books will be released by Wipf & Stock (Pickwick) as Depths As Yet Unspoken: Whiteheadian Excursions in Mysticism, Multiplicity and Divinity in a few months. Stay tuned for a video trailer in the next few weeks. This book is the first of a three volume series I'm undertaking in the coming months/years.
3. I'm happy to have recently signed a contract with Lexington's Contemporary Whitehead Series for the publication of my revised dissertation. The book will be titled: Mind, Value and Cosmos: On the Relational Nature of Ultimacy. It draws upon the work of A.N. Whitehead, Keith Ward, and John Leslie and reveals the "axianoetic" (value & mind) foundations of fundamental questions including: the mystery of any and all existence, the mystery of divine necessity, the riddles of possibility, and the depth of actuality. It argues for the ultimacy of relationality conceived in terms of the "mutual immanence" of Mind and Value, Possibility and Actuality, God and the World. I've submitted the formatted manuscript recently and expect the book to appear sometime in the new year.