We are a community of writers, artists, musicians, philosophers, and theologians exploring an "open and relational" or "process" outlook on life and way of living in the world.
Many but not all of us are influenced by the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. But we know and appreciate that there are many 'process philosophies,' not just his. Buddhism and Native American traditions are process in orientation, and so are Daoism and many Abrahamic ways of thinking. So what do we believe?
We believe that everything -- truly everything -- is interconnected in a network of mutual becoming. We believe that the entire universe is, in the words of Thomas Berry, a communion of subjects not a collection of objects. And we believe that we humans are called to live with respect and care for the community of life.
We write for curious minds who are interested in helping build communities that are just, sustainable, and joyful, with no one left behind. We are curious, too. We also write for people who are open to many ways of knowing. Our pages communicate through prose, poetry, photography, film, and music, all understood as paths of wisdom.
For us there are three sides of life: how we think about things, how we act in the world, and how we feel within the depths of our hearts. The third is part of what we mean by "spirituality." For us spirituality is a combination of emotional intelligence and embodied wisdom in daily life.
For some of us, this side of life is best understood with help from one of the world's most inclusive interfaith platforms, Spirituality and Practice. Their spiritual alphabet helps us understand what we ourselves mean by spirituality. Their alphabet includes qualities of heart and mind such as attention, beauty, compassion, hospitality, imagination, justice, playfulness, silence, a sense of mystery, and zest for life. These are very important to us.
But spirituality is in service to life, not the other way around. And when it comes to life, here are some of our primary interests, all of which are treated in this website.
All are windows into a process outlook on life and way of living in the world. And, of course, all are connected. We separate them in categories only because it makes it easier to read on this page. In the best of worlds we would put them all in a circle forming a mandala. (Send one our way if graphic art is your gift.) Pick a window that is important to you and explore the links.
some of our writers
"A" is for Attention
"B" is for Being Present
"B" is for Beauty
"C" is for Compassion
"C" is for Connections
"D" is for Devotion
"E" is for Enthusiasm
"F" is for Faith
"F" is for Forgiveness
"G" is for Grace
"G" is for Gratitude
"H" is for Hope
"H" is for Hospitality
"I" is for Imagination
"J" is for Joy
"J" is for Justice
"M" is for Meaning
"P" is for Play
"S" is for Silence
"T" is for Transformation
"U" is for Unity
"V" is for Vision
"W" is for Wonder (1)
"W" is for Wonder (2)
"X" is for Mystery
"Z" is for Zeal (Zest for Life)
We encourage growing in religious literacy as a beginning, but not an end, to what is most important: interfaith cooperation.
We in the "process" world believe that friendships with people of other faiths, combined with joint projects aimed at helping bring about just, sustainable, and joyful communities, are what is most important.
Still, a degree of religious literacy is very important and a worthy aim. Very few people in the world are religiously literate in a complete sense; the very process of growing in such literacy is a lifelong endeavor and, for some, a spiritual practice. Let this page help you take first steps.
Click on the links to the left and you will be taken to the best resource you can find for understanding the world's religions today: On Common Ground from The Pluralism Project at Harvard University. These are the multiple "faiths" which can be an important part of a relational culture and community. Process philosophy offers a way of appreciating the best in each tradition and articulating the traditions from the inside, by those who practice them.
Becomings: A Collective for Artists
Spirituality and Practice
Center for Process Studies
International Process Network
Center for Open and Relational Theology
Whitehead Research Project
Institute for Ecological Civilization
Center for Process Spirituality
Process and Faith
Fat Soul Cafe Facebook Group
Journey of the Universe Project
Institute for Postmodern Development of China
Claremont Institute for Process Studies
Footnotes2Plato: Matthew Segal Journal