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Jesus, Buddism and Jazz - Ecumenical Spirituality for an Ecological Civilization

McDaniel will introduce and explore the process-relational way of thinking, rooted in the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. The focus will be on the role that music (including jazz) can play in helping us live into sustainable community, to the role that Buddhism now plays in evolving spiritual consciousness in North American and Europe, and to the embodied, incarnational engagement with the world to which the image of Jesus points.  

Jay McDaniel, author of six books at the intersection of religion and ecology, is the editor of a website called Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism: Relational Thinking for a More Hospitable World. (www.jesusjazzbuddhism.org)  Influenced by process theology, Jay is a Christian influenced by Buddhism who has been teaching courses in the various world religions for thirty years at a liberal arts college in Arkansas: Hendrix College.  He also works often in mainland China, with academics and ordinary citizens interested in a greening of China and a recovery of wisdom from Confucianism and Daoism for a postmodern era.  He will lead sessions on east-west dialogue, Christianity as influenced by Buddhism, process or relational thinking, and, not least, jazz.

Friday, February 21, 2014
7:00 p.m.

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