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2019 AAR Annual Meeting

November 23, 2019 - November 26, 2019

CPS Reception (M23-516)
Saturday – 9:00 PM-11:00 PM | Omni-Gaslamp 2 (Fourth Level)

Join us for food, drink, and fellowship. Visit with old friends, make some new ones, and get the latest info on development in the international process-relational community.

Non-Violent Theism: Power, Persuasion, and Peace (A23-420)
Saturday – 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | Hilton Bayfront-Indigo 204A (Second Level)
Tri-Sponsored w/ Open & Relational Theologies Unit, Theology of Martin Luther King Jr. Unit, and Liberal Theologies Unit

Are some theologies – some models of God – better suited for promoting peace and justice through non-violent means? We welcome proposals that explore this question, especially in connection with open-relational, liberal, and/or personalist theologies. We’re especially interested in proposals that explore the impact of personalism on the theology and activism of Martin Luther King Jr.

Presiding: Larry S. Perry, II, Georgetown University 


  • Justin Heinzekehr, Goshen College “The Convergence of Process and Peace Church Theologies through Personalism”
  • Daniel Ott , Monmouth College “Naturalistic God Metaphors, Nonviolence, and Violence”
  • Natalya Cherry, Brite Divinity School “The Influence of Personalism on Harkness and King, Their Pacifism, and Their Persistence”

Respondent: James Lawson

Can Religion Save the World?: Beyond Capitalism, Consumerism, and Systems of Exploitation, Toward Ecological Civilization (A23-410)
Sunday – 5:30 PM-7:00 PM | Convention Center-20A (Upper Level East)
Tri-Sponsored w/ Open & Relational Theologies Unit, Religion and Ecology Unit, and Class, Religion, and Theology

Theology is always contextual. In every major religion, central figures have crafted unique messages to address the specific needs of their time and place. Can religion help address the most urgent needs of our contemporary global situation? In his 1971 publication, Is It Too Late?: A Theology of Ecology, philosopher and theologian John B. Cobb, Jr. asked whether or not we can avert global environmental catastrophe. After almost 50 years, it has become increasingly clear, as Pope Francis states, that “We are faced not with two separate crises, one environmental and the other social, but rather with one complex crisis which is both social and environmental. Strategies for a solution demand an integrated approach to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, and at the same time protecting nature.” What role can religious and theological studies play in responding to the most important issues of our times? Can religions help cultivate the consciousness needed to avert catastrophe? How might theology contribute to the development of integrated approaches to combating poverty, restoring dignity to the excluded, contesting the exploitation of workers, and at the same time protecting nature? In light of the 2019 AAR theme, “Scholarly Workers in Public Spaces: A Necessary Long Term Focus in the Study of Religions,” this session will be an intersectional, interdisciplinary, interreligious exploration on religious responses to our world’s most pressing issues.

Presiding: Wm. Andrew Schwartz, Claremont School of Theology


  • Anthony Mansueto, El Centro College “Sanctuary and Commons: How Can Religion Contribute to Saving the World?”
  • Cherice Bock, The Oregon Extension “Environmental Care in Action: Experiences of Seminary and Divinity School Graduates from Environmentally Focused Programs”
  • Hunter Bragg, Drew University “‘Can God Forgive Us?’: Christian Symbols and Marcuse’s Negation of the World”
  • Marie-Claire Klassen, University of Notre Dame “Laudato Si’, Decolonization, and Ecofeminism: A Case Study of the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project”

Respondent: John Cobb

What Kind of God is Most Worthy of Worship? (A25-224)
Monday – 1:00 PM-3:00 PM | Hilton Bayfront-Aqua 310A (Third Level)

What kind of God is most worthy of worship? Personal, impersonal, none at all? Unilaterally omnipotent or persuasively powerful? Unmoved or most moved mover? Mutable or immutable? Necessarily or contingently loving? This session will feature papers that make a strong case for a clear position.

Presiding: Bethany Sollereder


  • Jeffrey Speaks, Boston University “The Piety of a Theocentric Naturalist”
  • Andrew Davis, Claremont School of Theology “God, Value and Ontological Gratitude: The Axiological foundations of Worship”
  • Young Woon Ko, Lorain Community College “To Worship the Divine Paradox Beyond the Personal-Impersonal Distinction”
  • Benjamin Chicka, Curry College “Beyond the Impasse: Divine Transcendence, Immanence, and Emergent Theism”

Respondent: Donna Bowman, University of Central Arkansas

Business Meeting:

  • Krista E. Hughes, Newberry College
  • Wm. Andrew Schwartz, Claremont School of Theology

Ecological Solidarities: Mobilizing Faith & Justice in an Entangled World (A26-107 | Book Panel)
Tuesday – 8:30 AM-10:00 AM | Convention Center-26B (Upper Level East)

In an era of daily devastations brought about by climate change, the forging of ecological solidarities is more vital than ever. This panel, based on a book by the same title, explores various dimensions of such solidarities—each distinct yet multidimensional and interconnected in ways that are collaborative but also potentially agonistic. Tapping into a wide range of thought and practice, from political theology to indigenous wisdom, from interior contemplation to inter-religious cooperation, together the panelists will celebrate the hopeful yet messy solidarities of faith, justice, and creative expression for the sake of our radically entangled world.

Presiding: Krista E. Hughes, Newberry College 


  • Cynthia Moe-Lobeda, Graduate Theological Union, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
  • Elaine Padilla, University of La Verne
  • Teresia Mbari Hinga, Santa Clara University
  • Peter C. Phan, Georgetown University


  • John B. Cobb, Center for Process Studies
  • Dhawn Martin, University Presbyterian Church


November 23, 2019
November 26, 2019
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