Wisdom for our time

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November 20, 2021:

Dr. Richard Rose on interreligious approaches to social ethics

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Rev. Dr. Richard A. Rose is Chair of the Philosophy and Religion Department at the University of La Verne. Dr. Rose completed his undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Pacific Christian College, earned the Master of Divinity degree at Howard University School of Divinity and the Ph.D. degree from the Claremont Graduate School. His scholarship focuses on interfaith dialogue and the pivotal role of new educational models in advancing social justice and inter-religious understanding. Dr. Rose serves as the Department Chair and Program Director of the University of La Verne's Ecumenical Center for Black Church Studies; he is also an ordained Elder in the A.M.E. Church.

Dr. Richard Rose




What does it mean to work at communal projects

while belonging to different religions.

NOVEMBER 20, 2021

FREE EVENT - online

Zoom link available soon

Purity, Race, and Nation:

White Christian Nationalism in America Today

A critical appraisal with historian Sara Moslener

June 5, 2021 10:30am PST

online - free event

Recently, religious studies scholars have introduced the concept of white Christian nationalism (WCN) in the wake of the Trump presidency and the assault on the US capitol. In this discussion we’ll examine two intersecting systems of privilege and oppression (racism and misogyny) that contribute to the normalization of white Christian nationalism.

Sara Moslener, PhD, is a lecturer in the department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University where she teaches courses on the intersection of religion, race, and sexuality. She has conducted research on evangelical purity culture for 15 years and is the author of the book Virgin Nation: Sexual Purity and American Adolescence (Oxford University Press, 2015)

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Dr. Angela Gorrell will present her new book for us on April 14, 2021

at 6:30pm PST


The Rev. Dr. Angela Gorrell

is assistant professor of practical theology at Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor University. She previously served as an Associate Research Scholar at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture. She is the author of always on: practicing faith in a new media landscape and a new book, The Gravity of Joy: A Story of Being Lost and Found, which shares findings of the joy project while addressing America’s opioid and suicide crises. Dr. Gorrell’s expertise is in the areas of theology and contemporary culture, education and formation, meaning-making, joy, new media, and youth and emerging adults.

Above, you can watch the last lecture of our series WISDOM FOR OUR TIME

Dreaming an Ecological Civilization: An Exploration of Spirituality in Action

with Matthew Fox and John B. Cobb (in collaboration with the Cobb Institute)

Interviewer: Jay Mc Daniel


John Boswell Cobb Jr. (born 9 February 1925) is 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, Whitehead, described as "world-loyalty".

Cobb is well known for his transdisciplinary 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.[8] 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. Most recently the Cobb Institute was founded in 2019 with the mission to bring process philosophy to local communities by engaging in local initiatives and cultivating compassionate communities to help build an ecological civilization.

John B. Cobb Jr.is the author of over 30 books on process theology and ecological civilization. His latest book is titled Salvation, available September 2020.


Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian, an Episcopal priest and an activist for gender justice and eco-justice. He has written 37 books that have been translated into other languages over 70 times. Among them are Original Blessing, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, A Spirituality Named Compassion, The Reinvention of Work, The Hidden Spirituality of Men, Christian Mystics, and The Pope’s War. He has contributed much to the rediscovery of Hildegard of Bingen, Meister Eckhart, and Thomas Aquinas as pre-modern mystics and prophets. Fox holds a doctorate in the history and theology of spirituality from the Institut Catholique de Paris. The founder of the University of Creation Spirituality in California, he conducts dozens of workshops each year around the world.

In joining the Episcopal church over 20 years ago, Fox has been working with young people to reinvent forms of worship by bringing elements of rave such as dance, dj, vj and more into the Western Liturgy. The Cosmic Mass has been celebrated over 100 times and in dozens of cities in North America.

Fox is recipient of the Abbey Courage of Conscience Peace Award (other recipients being the Dali Lama, Mother Teresa, Ernesto Cardenal and Rosa Parks), the Ghandi King Ikeda Award, the Tikkun National Ethics Award and other awards.

More recently Fox, along with Skylar Wilson and Jennifer Listug, launched a new vision in the Order of the Sacred Earth: both a book and a new spiritual order. The OSE is a community and movement of people of varied belief systems (or non-belief systems) who share one sacred vow: “I promise to be the best lover and defender of the Earth that I can be."

His latest books are Naming the Unnameable: 89 Wonderful and Useful Names for God…Including the Unnameable God; Stations of the Cosmic Christ; and The Lotus & the Rose: A Conversation Between Tibetan Buddhism & Mystical Christianity. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Academy of the Love of Learning in Santa Fe, NM and resides in Vallejo, California.



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