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A Transformative and Holistic Educational Experience to Cultivate a More Just, Sustainable, and Fulfilling World

The certificate program is an occasion to learn of the great diversity of process philosophies and the wide variety of ways in which those ideas can be expressed in everyday life. It will begin with a general introduction to process thought and end with an opportunity to creatively and concretely express what participants have learned. In between students will participate in courses covering a variety of topics: an in-depth look at Whitehead's philosophy of organism, an exploration of religious traditions through a process-relational perspective, an overview of the complex landscape of ecological civilization, and an analysis of the relevance of Whitehead's cosmology to the natural sciences.

We look forward to having you join us for this experiment in a creative, transformative, and holistic adventure of ideas.

“There is only one subject matter for education, and that is Life in all its manifestations.”
–Alfred North Whitehead, Adventures of Ideas

January 2024 – September 2024

Program Requirements

number 1

Complete Three Courses
(2 core and 1 elective)

  1. Attend or view the recording of each class session.
  2. Complete required readings.
  3. Participate in discussion forum.
  4. Complete required assignment.
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Complete a Synthesis & Springboard Project

Produce one of the following:

  1. Research paper
  2. Creative localization project
  3. Work of art

Note: It is possible to sign up for the individual courses that are part of the certificate program without enrolling in the program. See the frequently asked questions below for more details.

Courses

CORE COURSES

INTRODUCTION TO PROCESS THOUGHT AND PRACTICE

This course offers an overview of the process outlook on life and way of living in the world. You will be introduced to the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead; four hopes (aspirational ideals) that shape the process movement around the world; twenty key ideas important to the process worldview; a process (Whitehead influenced) understanding of God; a process approach to spirituality; a process approach to science; and a process understanding of Ecological Civilization and Compassionate Communities.

Dates:
January 9 – January 30, 2024
Times:
Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 PM Pacific

Instructor

Jay McDaniel - 2022

Jay McDaniel, PhD

WHITEHEAD’S PROCESS PHILOSOPHY

Whitehead’s “philosophy of organism” is one of the most significant attempts in all of philosophy to think through what reality must be like because you are apart of it. His philosophical vision is at once vast, various, and prismatic. His wife Evelyn once used the wonderful metaphor of a prism to describe his thinking, saying: “It must be seen not from one side alone but from all sides, then from underneath and overhead. So seen, as one moves around it, the prism is full of changing lights and colours. To have seen it from one side only is to not have seen it.” The five sessions of this course aim to reveal the various sides, lights, and colors belonging to Whitehead’s process philosophy from the microscopic to the macroscopic, and in direct relation to your experience as an expression of the universe.

Dates:
February 14 – March 13, 2024
Times:
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 6:00 PM Pacific

Instructor

Andrew Davis

Andrew M. Davis, PhD

ELECTIVE COURSES: SELECT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING

PROCESS THOUGHT & WORLD RELIGIONS

We live in a world marked by great diversity, and if humans are to live peaceably together, we must seek to understand each other. In this course, participants will explore various world religions, as well as indigenous/traditional ways of thinking and living, through a lens of process and relational thought. Over the course of six sessions, we will discuss Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Indigenous/Traditional Ways. As we approach each tradition, we will seek to encounter its commitments and matters of ultimate concern alongside its primary practices, exploring how it may be situated within process and relational metaphysics. Through this lens, we might ask how each tradition fosters zest and enjoyment, nourishes its adherents’ spiritual and ethical lives, and knits communities together, with an eye on each tradition’s view of the proper relationship between the transpersonal or sacred and humans, as well as between humans and the earth.

Dates:
April 9 – May 14, 2024
Times:
Tuesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 PM Pacific

Instructor

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Leslie King, DMin

PROCESS THOUGHT & ECOLOGICAL CIVILIZATION

Are you curious about the interconnectedness of our universe and the potential for a more healthy and sustainable future? This course dives deeper into the diverse landscape of process-relational thinking and its importance for ecological civilization, offering a fresh perspective on the nature of reality and our relationship with the natural world. We will begin by reviewing the fundamental principles of process, such interrelationality, creativity, and the inherent value of all beings, and then turn our attention to the pressing challenges of environmental degradation and climate change. We will critically analyze the current state of our planet, identify the root causes of our unsustainable practices, and consider compelling contemporary alternatives. Throughout the course, we will engage in open and critical dialogue, exploring diverse perspectives and challenging our assumptions. We will carefully consider the potential of process thought to inform the transition towards a more just and sustainable future, fostering a deeper understanding of our place within the web of life. By the end of this course, you will be equipped with the understanding and skills necessary to contribute to the co-creation of an ecological civilization.

Dates:
May 27 – June 29, 2024
Times:
Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:30 PM Pacific

Instructor

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Mary Elizabeth Moore, PhD

PROCESS THOUGHT & SCIENCE

This course introduces students to Alfred North Whitehead’s organic cosmology by exploring its relevance to contemporary natural science, including physics, biology, and cognitive neuroscience. In light of his protest against the modern bifurcation of nature into separate physical and psychical domains, the course examines the ways Whitehead’s process-relational ontology allows us to understand the knowledge produced by natural science as compatible with human experience, including the presuppositions of ethical social relations and cultural self-understanding. Whitehead’s “organic realism” makes it possible to re-enchant the world without contradicting the latest scientific findings. In fact, his philosophy of organism provides us with one of the most promising means of integrating the increasingly fragmented natural and social sciences into a comprehensive and potentially civilization renewing vision. In this six-session course, students can expect to gain a deeper understanding of the major categories of Whitehead's metaphysical scheme, receive an introduction to his novel interpretations of relativity, quantum, evolutionary, and complexity theories, and become familiar with the usually unspoken metaphysical assumptions underlying contemporary physical cosmology.

Dates:
July 10 – August 14, 2024
Times:
Wednesdays, 9:00 – 11:00 AM Pacific

Instructor

Matt Segall

Matt Segall, PhD

Synthesis & Springboard Project

The culminating experience of the certificate program provides an opportunity for participants to integrate and synthesize various aspects of the subject matters they studied within the program. This experience may take the form of an academic research paper, a creative localization project illustrating the application of process thought, or a work of art (including a performance) with substantial commentary.

Examples of possible projects include developing an introduction to process thought in a local setting, creating an open and relational arts festival, developing an urban garden, or setting up programs at a local library exploring the four hopes of the process movement. Participants can begin thinking about their capstone experiences early in the process and be in communication with the dean of the program (Rolla Lewis) and other faculty members.

“The ultimate subject in education is Life in all it manifestations: human life but also the life of the plants and animals, the earth, and the wider universe. The whole of nature is alive.”
–Jay McDaniel, Open Horizons

Enrollment is limited to 30 students.
Don't miss out.

Price

$349
  • Receive one-on-one advising from the program dean
  • Lifetime access to session recordings
  • Receive early notification of future courses
  • Watch live or follow your own schedule
  • Interact with class members via discussion forums

Frequently Asked Questions

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