2019 Conference Announcement

I am excited about the speaker/theologian who has been invited for this JULY by West Coast Centre for (r)Evoluitonary Theology and Vancouver School of Theology – Thomas Oord.  He comes from a Progressive Evangelical background and has been a key proponent of Open and Relational Theism, working hard at articulating a new understanding of how God works in the world.  Oord’s thinking has actually gotten him fired from the Evangelical Seminary where he was teaching, but that seems to have spurred him on to dig ever more deeply into how one can affirm a loving and involved God while taking with the utmost seriousness, the realities of evil, pain and suffering, and the role of chance and randomness in the unfolding of reality.

Thomas Oord has recently published a new book, God Can’t, and has been on an extensive speaking tour, and much of what he will be sharing this July is rooted in the ideas found in this book.  The book has been very well received—

If conventional notions of God make less and less sense to you, you’ll find Thomas Jay Oord’s new book a breath of fresh air. Simply put, “God Can’t” presents an understanding of God that thoughtful, ethical people can believe in.
— Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration

Victims of trauma sometimes hear theological responses that imply their suffering is somehow “God’s will.” A more careful theological reflection on the nature of the power of a God who is love can help. Oord gives us a clear and compelling alternative in this profoundly insightful and admirably concrete and accessible book.
— Dr. Anna Case-Winters, Professor of Theology at McCormick Theological Seminary

So… let me encourage you to SIGN UP for the SUMMER SCHOOL COURSE at Vancouver School of Theology.

WHAT — Thank Goodness, God is not in control! [TH5/729] with Thomas Oord
Open and Relational theologies provide winsome resources for answering big questions. This course answers two: Why doesn’t God prevent suffering and evil? Can God stop climate change singlehandedly? 
Thomas Jay Oord is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He is known for his contributions to research on love, open and relational theology, science and religion, and the implications of freedom and relationships for transformation.

For a bit more information about the course check out https://vst.edu/course/th5-729-thank-goodness-god-is-not-in-control

WHEN: July 8- 12th, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 12 pm

WHERE: At Vancouver School of Theology, UBC Campus (6015 Walter Gage Road)

COST: $255 to audit; $330 for full credit.

TO REGISTER: –  Go to the VST Website:–  https://vst.edu/form-page/vst-summer-school-registration-form

(NOTE… VST makes a decision about whether a course gets the green light depending on how many people register before the end of May.  So if you are interested, please register soon.)

Note that Thomas Oord will be giving a EVENING LECTURE  (free) on TUESDAY EVENING, JULY 9th, 7-9 pm, at Canadian Memorial United Church (SW corner of Burrard and 16th Ave.  (Title still to be determined.)

I hope to see you out at VST, or if that’s not possible, then perhaps at the Tuesday night lecture.  If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.