Schedule and PresentationsGod 2.0: Pantheism and Quantum Reality (December 1–3, 2023)
This conference will be held virtually on Zoom.
Access links are provided via email after registration and again prior to the event. Recordings will be made available after the event to all registrants.
Friday Evening, December 1st
All scheduled events are in US EST (UTC/GMT-5) timezone.
7:00 PM: Introduction and Welcome
Ilia Delio and moderators Kate Kristiansen, Jillian Langford and Dustin Kuhns
7:15–8:30 PM: John D. Caputo
Something Spooky is Going On: Taking a Quantum Approach to God
Saturday Morning, December 2nd
9:00-10:15 AM: Brandon Ambrosino
Gods who Rise, Fall, and Become: Psalm 82 and Entangled Love
10:30-11:45 AM: Bruce Epperly
The God, Theology, and Spirituality of Tradition and Tomorrow: 2.0 and Beyond
(From Dr. Epperly) “Pierre Teilhard de Chardin challenges us to seek the God of Tomorrow. In similar fashion, Alfred North Whitehead asserts that the pure conservative fighting against the essence of the universe, including God’s evolutionary aim at the production of Beauty. Many people connect scripture with a static, unchanging, and backward-looking vision of God and spirituality. In contrast, I see scripture as describing the God of Tomorrow who constantly is doing a new thing and whose mercies are new every morning. Scripture belongs to the creative and adventurous and not just to the fundamentalist fixation on the changelessness of Yesterday’s God and outmoded ethics, science, and spirituality. Scripture describes God as the ultimate adventurer who inspires our personal and communal adventures.
Grounded in a career of over four decades of creative synthesis of academic theology and pastoral ministry, I explore the interplay of divine faithfulness and divine innovation through the lens of Lamentations 3:22-24 and its affirmation that “The steadfast love of God never ceases, God’s mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” The God described in this passage inspires an adventurous, innovative, and inclusive theology, taking us not only to a vision of God and Spirituality 2.0 but to 3.0 and an ever-expanding spiral of divine love and creativity in partnership with creaturely love and creativity.
Theological reflection and spiritual formation grounded in the ever-expanding and ever-creative love of God preaches, teaches, heals, and transforms persons, communities, and the planet.”
Saturday Afternoon, December 2nd
1:30–2:45 PM: Catherine Keller
Earth Matters: Generation, Motivation, Eco-civilization
Earth matters because it is the active ground of what we are—precisely not in the sense of a boringly mindless matter. A matter at base inert, lifeless, flat, “stuff”—that’s the materialism of the modern world since Newton. That old modern materialism has progressed triumphantly into the postmodern capitalist world as the stuff to be consumed. But the so-called “new materialism” works constructively with the ecological meaning of matter. Matter is not merely understood as substance or stuff but as process, an active process of materialization.
3:00–4:15 PM: Rami Shapiro
Altz iz Gott: God is Everything
Torah is an anthology of insights into the nature of life and how best to live it presented in a variety of literary forms by a diverse group of authors over centuries. Some of these authors were dualists, others non-dualists; some were theists, others pantheists, and panentheists. In this presentation, Rabbi Rami, himself a panentheist, explores The I AM/Ehyeh that is Everything/YHVH revealed in Exodus 3:14-15.
Saturday Evening, December 2nd
5:00-6:00 PM: Sara Thomsen
American singer-songwriter Sara Thomsen shares with us a special live musical performance.
7:00–8:30 PM: 2023 C4C Award Presentation & Address
Ilia Delio presents our annual award to Frank and Mary Frost for their work on the Teilhard de Chardin Project.
Frank and Mary will introduce their work on Teilhard and give an exclusive preview the 2-hour television biography, Rediscovering Fire: The Life and Vision of Teilhard de Chardin.
Sunday Morning, December 3rd
9:00–10:15 AM: 2022 C4C Award Presentation & Address
Ilia Delio presents a belated annual award (due to Covid-19 related cancellations) to Diarmuid O’Murchu who will give the following address:
Grounding Evolutionary Consciousness in our Time
Ever since the visionary work of Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution has become an ever more central feature of our understanding of life at every level. In our time Sr. Ilia Delio has brought that awareness to a new level of coherence and conviction. How to ground that vision still remains a formidable challenge, particularly for the emerging spirituality of the 21st century.
10:30–11:30 AM: Ilia Delio
Can God be “Upgraded?”: Lessons from Science about God
The classical monotheistic claim is that God is divine Being unlike created being. God is Being itself, the essence of existence. Medieval scholars attributed to God the qualities of immutability, omniscience and omnipotence, among others. God is unchangeable, all-knowing and all-powerful. But what if God is none of these? After all, if God is Being itself and science tells us that being is chaotic, uncertain, unfolding and entangled, then what is God? We will discuss the urgency to upgrade theology, particularly in light of quantum physics and artificial intelligence. Meister Eckhart wrote: “God is the newest thing there is, the youngest thing, and when we are united with God, we become new again.” We will use Eckhart’s insight to discuss theogenesis and the import of an unfinished God for a techno-driven world.
11:45–12:15 PM: Panel Discussion
12:15–12:45 PM: Concluding Liturgical Service
Led by Emily DeMoor, Director of Christophany Groups
12:45 PM: Closing Remarks from Ilia Delio
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