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During his sabbatical in the Spring of 2015, Dr. Les Muray was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Process Studies, Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, California. Les was asked to present a paper which he named "The World, God, and Creativity: The Evangelical Liberalism of John B. Cobb, Jr." on the occasion of the 90th birthday of his mentor, John Cobb. He also presented a paper entitled "Embracing the Ambiguity of Creativity" at a seminar put on by the Center for Process Studies (live feed at videocenter.cst.edu/videos/channel/50/).
In the summer of 2015, Professor Rob Smid participated in a conference on "Continental and Comparative Philosophy" in Reykjavik, Finland.
Smid, Muray, and Russ Pregeant, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Religion, all presented papers at the mega-conference "Seizing an Alternative 2015" at Pomona College, Claremont, CA in June. Rob's paper was entitled "One Good Turn Serves Another: Comparative Philosophy of Religion as Companion to a 'Greening' of Philosophy of Religion." Les presented "Embracing the Ambiguity of Creativity" and "Process Thought and Naturalism." He also participated on a panel on "Martin Luther King and Ecology." Russ expounded on "Ecological Undercurrents in New Testament Eschatology : A Process-Hermeneutical Reading."
Smid and Muray also presented at the Institute for American Religious and Philosophic Thought conference on "Faith and Solidarity" in Ashville also in June. Smid presented "Pragmatism and the Wisdom of Crowds," Muray "Metaphysics for a New Communitarianism."
Muray's "A Multi-Polar World: Political Implications of Relational Power," co-authored with Jay McDaniel, was published in Replanting Ourselves in Beauty: Toward an Ecological Civilization, McDaniel and Farmer, eds. (Anoka, Minnesota: Process Century Press, 2015)
Dr. Muray was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for study in his native Hungary in 2014.
Professor Bette Manter delivered her paper, "Royce's Problem with Sin: Morbid Obsession or Moral Insight?" at this year's Josiah Royce Society Conference, August 16-18, in Grass Valley, California (Royce's birthplace). Her paper consisted of a fascinating philosophical study of the notion of sin as defined by the individual and an assessment of the American philosopher Josiah Royce's contributions to this issue.
Dr. Manter's essay "The Incompleteness of Loyalty" has been included in the book Josiah Royce for the Twenty-first Century: Historical, Ethical, and Religious Interpretations (edited by Kelly A. Parker and Krzysztof Piotr Skowronski) by Lexington Books. (https://rowman.com/ISBN/9780739173374).