Why the Center for Process Studies Supports the Nexus

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For roughly 50 years Claremont, California has been home to a family of process people. For half a century, students, scholars, ministers, and more have been drawn together by a process-relational worldview for the common good and Claremont had served as a nexus for this community. Much has changed over the years as our process family has matured, migrated, and multiplied. There are now process communities and centers of energy all over the world. However, one thing remains the same—the need for community, connection, and collaboration. This is why the development of the Claremont Process Nexus and its forthcoming online platform is so vital to the health and future of our process family. Sure, deep relationality and interconnection are central to Whiteheadian metaphysics. But these principles are equally important to process practices. The top priority of the Claremont Process Nexus is to connect process people in order to strengthen and enrich the process community. I’m proud to have the Center for Process Studies as a participating organization of the Nexus, and hope many more process persons and groups will join this digital community of communities.

  • Driven by the principle of relationality and commitment to the common good, the Center for Process Studies (CPS) works on cutting edge discourse across disciplines to promote the exploration of interconnection, change, and intrinsic value as core features of our world. As a faculty-based research center at Claremont School of Theology (CST), CPS conducts research and develops educational resources that explore the implications of these principles on a range of topics (e.g. science, ecology, culture, philosophy, religion, education, psychology, political theory, etc.) in a unique transdisciplinary style that harmonizes fragmented disciplinary thinking in order to develop integrated and holistic modes of understanding. The CPS mission is carried out through academic conferences, courses, and seminars, a robust visiting scholars program, the world’s largest library related to process-relational writings, and an array of publications (including a peer-reviewed journal and a number of active books series).