Vancouver School of Theology

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SP/TH5/712 – Practicing God’s Presence: A Theology of Prayer

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Mon-Wed, July 17-19, 2017:  9am-3pm daily

“Prayer… is a special case of the more general relationship between God and the world. In prayer, we self-consciously make ourselves aware of God’s presence – listening for the voice of God in calling us to realize our possibilities for the greater well-being, and offering our prayers to God, to be incorporated into God’s self and made part of future possibilities for the world. Prayer thus “makes a difference” both to us and God.” Lee M. from Praying with Marjorie Suchocki

Practicing God’s Presence: A Theology of Prayer will explore the practical and theological effect of taking the omnipresence of God seriously.

Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki (born 1933) is an author and United Methodist professor emerita of theology at Claremont School of Theology. She is also co-director of the Center for Process Studies at Claremont. Suchocki earned a BA in Philosophy from Pomona College in 1970, and both MA and PhD in religion from Claremont Graduate School in 1974. She taught at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary from 1977 to 1983. From 1983 to 1990 she was professor of systematic theology and dean of Wesley Theological Seminary. In 1990 Suchocki returned to Claremont School of Theology, where she held the endowed Ingraham chair in theology and joint appointment at the Claremont Graduate School until her retirement in 2002. She has held visiting professorships at Vanderbilt University in 1996 and 1999, and at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany in 1992. Since 2001 Suchocki has been director of the Whitehead International Film Festival. She is considered along with John B. Cobb and David Ray Griffin as one of the leaders in the field of process theology.


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