John Cobb & Friends Gathering: Mary Elizabeth Moore
April 25 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
Topic: Responding to a Weeping Planet: Practical Theology as a Discipline Called by Crisis
Presenters: Mary Elizabeth Moore
Mary Elizabeth Moore is Dean Emerita and Professor of Theology and Education, Boston University School of Theology. Now retired, she is the vice chair of the Cobb Institute Board, and is currently guiding our strategic planning process. She currently studies the relationship of spirituality and tikkun olam, or repair of the world, focusing on ecological and social justice and the potential of theology to enhance or obstruct the planet’s thriving. She will discuss her 2022 Religions journal article, “Responding to a Weeping Planet: Practical Theology as a Discipline Called by Crisis.”
Mary Elizabeth is an M.A. and Ph.D. graduate, outstanding alumna, and former teacher at Claremont School of Theology. She was active as a co-director of the Center for Process Studies from 1990 to 1999. From 1993-1999 she also served as the Allen J. Moore Multicultural Resource and Research Center’s co-founder and co-chair. An ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, she has been active in local, regional, and national church leadership. See this detailed biographical essay by her former student, Claire Bischoff.
John Cobb affirmed her ground-breaking book, Teaching from the Heart (Trinity Press International, 1998), which bridges religious education and process theology, as “a major advance both in relating Whitehead to education and in modeling a truly Whiteheadian way for testing his thought.” At the 2015 Claremont ecological civilization conference on “Seizing an Alternative,” she presided over a section of conversations about “Reinventing and Reimagining The World’s Wisdom Traditions–World Loyalty.”
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