The God Seminar Spring Meeting: Roots, Matters, Lessons

June 10, 2023
1:00–3:45 p.m. Eastern with a 15-minute break between sessions

About the Event

June 10, 2023

We invite you to join us for the God Seminar Spring Meeting

Roots, Matters, Lessons

Saturday, June 10, 2023

1:00–3:45p.m. Eastern with a 15-minute break between sessions


Session 1: Arborealizing with Thomas Arentzen

1:00–2:15 p.m. Eastern

Arentzen’s work engages the philosophy of plant life and the science of tree communication to explore how early Christians lived with trees. Ever since the cross, trees have found their way into Christian mythologies, but often as symbols of anything but “treeness.”Probing narratives and language of human-tree companionship, Arentzen asks whether “dwelling with” perhaps camouflages a “thinking with.” Where might such tree thinking lead us, theologically?


2:30–3:45 p.m. Eastern

·       11:30–12:45 p.m. Pacific

·       12:30–1:45 p.m. Mountain

·       8:30–9:45 p.m. Central European

Session 2: “Black Life Matter” withBiko Mandela Gray

2:30–3:45 p.m. Eastern

Gray’s work considers the interplay of continental philosophies of religion and methods in African American religion. His recent book Black Life Matter offers a philosophical eulogy for Aiyana Stanley-Jones, Tamir Rice, Alton Sterling, and Sandra Bland that attests to their irreducible significance in the face of unremitting police brutality. Gray employs a method he calls “sitting-with”—a philosophical practice of care that seeks to defend the dead and the living.


1:00–2:15 p.m. Eastern

·       10:00–11:15 a.m. Pacific

·       11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. Mountain

·       7:00–8:15 p.m. Central European


Thomas Arentzen
Biko Mandela Gray
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