Process & Faith Classes

Whitehead International Film Festival/Faith & Film class

This annual festival, held in January, includes ten feature films selected for their artistic excellence and their promotion of the common good. Each film celebrates human dignity, probes human problems, and offers hope for creative transformation. 

The Faith & Film class that accompanies the festival teaches film analysis and the theological interpretation of films. The class also serves as a jury and selects recipients (feature and short film categories) of the Whitehead Award.

Both the festival and the class acknowledge that:

  • Films have enormous power to shape the conscience of their respective cultures.

  • They demonstrate and develop the acceptable mores of a culture.

  • Their power is based upon the resonance between the viewer and the portrayal of the human situation depicted in the film’s story. 
    Resonance is affected by the psychological depth of the story, the universality of its themes, and the artistic excellence of its visual imagery, music, and technical sophistication. 

  • By creating a film festival that particularly honors those films that meet our criteria, the International Process Network can raise public conscience concerning the importance and power of films, and add a voice to those who encourage film makers to use their power toward the common good.

Offered every January in Claremont, CA, usually the week before Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Summer Process Institute

A week-long immersion in process theology, including several class offerings, such as:

  • Introduction to Process Theology

  • Advanced Seminar in Process Theology (e.g., the problem of evil)

  • Process Biblical Interpretation

  • Practical Process Applications (e.g., preaching, counseling)

Instructors have included Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, John B. Cobb, Jr., David Ray Griffin, C. Robert Mesle, Ronald L. Farmer, Roland Faber, Robert & Adrienne Brizee, Paul Lance, Rick Marshall, Carolyn Bohler, Julia Gotthold, and John Sweeney.

Classes are taught in the morning, followed by a communal meal and afternoon film that addresses issues covered earlier, ending with class discussion of the films.

Offered in June in Claremont, CA.

For more information about any of these classes, contact Process & Faith.