Cloud of the Impossible: Uncertainty, Mysticism, Ethics

Date(s) - 02/28/2015
9:00 am - 1:45 pm

Northway Christian Church


Cloud of the Impossible: Uncertainty, Mysticism, Ethics
Eighth Schubert M. Ogden Seminar on Systematic Theology
February 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
Northway Christian Church, Dallas

The image of the cloud drifts from the “dark cloud” in which God appeared to Moses into the whole history of western mysticism. It signifies the unknowable depth of the divine, even in the midst—and mists—of a liberation and revelation. The infinity of God enfolds the whole universe of finite beings in mystery. We may find however that this cloud at once conceals and reveals a pressing crowd of creaturely concerns. Indeed in this mysterious tradition of Christian theology the first strong thinking of interdependence is born: of each in each and all in all; and with it of religious diversity as well. How does the width of our connectedness today find nurture and hospitality in the depth of mystical unknowing? We will explore the meaning of the ancient cloud amidst current uncertainties—in spirituality, quantum physics, global politics and ecological crisis.

20150228_keller_catherineCatherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology, Drew Theological School and Graduate Division of Religion
Catherine Keller develops the relational potential of a theology of becoming in her teaching, lecturing and writing. Her books reconfigure ancient symbols of divinity for the sake of a planetary conviviality—a life together, across vast webs of difference. The most recent book, Cloud of the Impossible: Theological Entanglements, explores the relation of mystical unknowing, material indeterminacy and ontological interdependence. Keller has taught since 1986 in the Theological and Philosophical Studies Area of Drew’s Graduate Division of Religion. After studies in Heidelberg and in seminary, she did her doctoral work at Claremont Graduate University with John B. Cobb, Jr., and remains involved with the Center for Process Studies. Through her leadership of the Drew Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium since its inception in 2000, she fosters with colleagues and graduate students a hospitable context for its far reaching annual conversations.