GRINNELL, IA—Theologian Catherine Keller will present the Grinnell College Scholars’ Convocation, “After Omnipotence: Power, Pluralism, Peace,” on Thurs., May 6, at 11 a.m. in the Joe Rosenfield ’25 Center on the Grinnell campus.
Keller, who is professor of constructive theology at Drew University’s theological and graduate schools, is also the Gates Lecturer at Grinnell for the 2009-2010 academic year. The Gates Lectures were established in memory of George Gates, the college's second president, and are intended “to bring to campus the very best of modern thought.”
In the Scholars’ Convocation, Keller will challenge the audience to consider God without omnipotence and the implications such a theology might have for thinking about power, pluralism, and peace. She will also give a public lecture on Wed., May 5 at 8 p.m. in Alumni Recitation Hall, Room 102, on “The Knowing Ignorance: Negative Theology & the Spooky Cosmos,” posing questions about current scientific theories and theology.
Keller’s work has transformed contemporary process theology, which is based in the idea that God is a dynamic process, rather than a “super-entity.” She is the author of several books, including “On the Mystery: Discerning Divinity in Process,” “God and Power: Counter-Apocalyptic Explorations,” and “Face of the Deep: a Theology of Becoming.” She has also co-edited several volumes of “Transdisciplinary Theological Colloquium” and “Process and Difference: Between Cosmological and Poststructuralist Postmodernism.”
The Rosenfield Center is located at 1115 8th Ave., and Alumni Recitation Hall is located at 1226 Park St. on the Grinnell campus.