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Process at Sinai
Conversations in Process & Judaism
“Judaism and Process Theology go hand in hand.”
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
In this three-week course Dr. Jay McDaniel and Rabbi Rachel Safman will explore the connections between process thought and Jewish theology. Each session will focus on one aspect of Rabbi Artson's evocative suggestion that "Judaism and process theology go hand in hand."
Three Sessions Exploring the Connections
Between Process Thought & Jewish Theology
"Judaism and process theology go hand in hand," says Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson, in a three-part video series available on Open Horizons called “Dynamic God, Evolving World: Judaism and Process Thought.”
In this course, Rabbi Rachel Safman of Temple Beth El, Ithaca, NY, and Dr. Jay McDaniel will explore the connections developed by Rabbi Artson in three hour long discussions called “Process at Sinai: Conversations in Process and Judaism” on January 18th and 25th, and February 1st, 7:00-8:00 PM Central. Each session will focus on one of the videos. Participants are encouraged but by no means required to view the videos in advance. Join us for stimulating series of conversations.
Attend the Live Class Sessions
or Work At Your Own Pace
Part I: Almighty? No Way! Embracing the God You Already Love
Revisiting Biblical and Rabbinic understandings of God as loving, dynamic, and relational. What if God can’t break the rules? What if God wants us to choose freely?
Part II: Renewing the Process of Creation: Integrating Science and Religion
An exploration of creation in the light of science that allows us to articulate a deeper sense of space and time and the wonders of being alive, as stewards and partners in creation.
Part III: And on That Day: Revelation & Redemption in Process Theology
How do we distill the divine into words, how does the Universe speak through people? An exploration of what Torah can mean when we accept our role in verbalizing the Oneness of the universe into stories and instruction and redemption.
About the Instructors
Jay McDaniel is one of the influential scholars and active promoters of process-relational thought in the world. He is the Willis Holmes Professor of Religious Studies at Hendrix College in Arkansas, and offers daily reflections on a variety of topics on his website Open Horizons. Active in the development of process thought in China, he is a consultant to the China Project of the Center for Process Studies, a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China, and a board member of the Cobb Institute.
Rachel Safman is the congregational Rabbi for Temple Beth-El in Ithaca, New York. She moved to Ithaca from Los Angeles, California with her family, having been newly ordained at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies-American Jewish University, where she studied under Rabbi Bradley Artson. Prior to seeking the rabbinate, she had been a Professor of Sociology in Southeast Asia, having received a PhD in Development Sociology in 2002. Seeking to devote her energies to the Jewish community full-time, in 2008 she went to study at the Conservative Movement’s Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies (American Jewish University) in Los Angeles. Following ordination, she served as the Rabbi of Congregation Beth El in New London, Connecticut for seven years. Rabbi Safman is a firm believer that Judaism can be both relevant and empowering in the modern world if it is rooted in continuing study of its tradition’s texts, tenets and rites. She endeavors through her teaching, conduct of ritual, and involvement in life-cycle events to equip community members to take ownership of their ancient inheritance in creative and vibrant ways.
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Just $20 Per Session
- Watch live or follow your own schedule
- Interact with Dr. McDaniel and Rabbi Safman via discussion forums
- Lifetime access to session recordings
- Receive early notification of future courses
- * Discounts available for financial hardship. Contact the Learning Lab to obtain a coupon code.