On-Line Zoom Learning Series
with Rabbi Dr. Bradley Shavit Artson
co-sponsored by The CBI Enrichment Fund and The Community Scholar Program
Dynamic God, Evolving World:
Judaism & Process Thought
Tuesday October 6, 13 and 20
7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Free to CBI and CSP Members, $36 per household for general public
Dedicated in honor of Sheila and Jay Witzling
Tuesday October 6, 2020 Almighty? No Way! Embracing the God You Already Love
With fresh eyes, we will revisit 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?
Tuesday October 13, 2020 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.
Tuesday October 20, 2020 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.
Rabbi Dr Bradley Shavit Artson holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Rabbi Artson has long been a passionate advocate for social justice, human dignity, diversity and inclusion. He wrote a book on Jewish teachings on war, peace and nuclear annihilation in the late 80s, became a leading voice advocating for GLBT marriage and ordination in the 90s, and has published and spoken widely on environmental ethics, special needs inclusion, racial and economic justice, cultural and religious dialogue and cooperation, and working for a just and secure peace for Israel and the Middle East. A member of the Philosophy Department, his scholarly fields are Jewish philosophy and theology, particularly a process approach integrating contemporary scientific insights from cosmology, quantum physics, evolutionary theory and neuroscience to a dynamic view of God, Torah, Mitzvot and ethics. He supervises the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program and mentors Camp Ramah in California in Ojai and Ramah of Northern California in the Bay Area. He is also dean of the Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam, Germany, ordaining Conservative rabbis for Europe. A frequent contributor for the Huffington Post and for the Times of Israel, and a public figure Facebook page with over 53,000 likes, he is the author of 12 books and over 250 articles, most recently Renewing the Process of Creation: A Jewish Integration of Science and Spirit. Born and raised in San Francisco, Artson holds the A.B. Degree from Harvard College, cum laude, in 1981. For 10 years, Artson served as the rabbi of Congregation Eilat in Mission Viejo, CA.
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