Our Team

Board of Directors

John B. Cobb, Jr., Founding President

John B. Cobb, Jr., Founding President

John B. Cobb. Jr. is an American theologian, philosopher, and environmentalist known for his work across multiple discipilnes and sectors of society. Author of more than 50 books, his work For the Common Good: Redirecting the Economy Toward Community, Environment, and a Sustainable Future, co-authored with Herman Daly, won the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. In 2014, Cobb was elected to the prestigious Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Philip Clayton, President

Philip Clayton, President

Philip Clayton, Ingraham Professor at Claremont School of Theology, has taught and written for several decades on relations between science, religion, and ethics. The author or editor of some two dozen books, including Organic Marxism: An Alternative to Capitalism and Ecological Catastrophe, he now researches on societal changes that are necessary for establishing sustainable forms of civilization on this planet.

Zhihe Wang, CEO

Zhihe Wang, CEO

Zhihe Wang, Ph.D., former member of Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, received his Masters Degree in Western Philosophy from Peking University, China, his Ph.D in Philosophy of Religion from Claremont Graduate University, USA, and is a leading figure in constructive postmodern movement in China. He has published numerous books and articles. His recent books include Process and Pluralism: Chinese Thought on the Harmony of Diversity, Second Enlightenment (with Meijun Fan).He also helped establish more than 20 research institutes on process thought and constructive postmodern studies in China. He is director of CPS China Project where his major responsibility is to charge the communication between the Western Process community and Chinese community by organizing international conferences, arranging lectures, translating process books, and Chinese visiting scholar program.

David Ray Griffin, Vice President

David Ray Griffin, Vice President

David Ray Griffin, Ph.D., is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy of Religion and Theology at the Claremont School of Theology. His has published more than 34 books, primarily in theology, philosophy, and philosophy of religion, with special emphases on the problem of evil and the relation between science and religion, and is also editor of the SUNY series in Constructive Postmodern Thought.

Karen Torjesen, Vice President

Karen Torjesen, Vice President

Karen Jo Torjesen holds the Margo L. Goldsmith Chair of Women’s Studies in Religion at Claremont Graduate University where she founded an MA and PhD program in Women’s Studies in Religion in 1990 and collaborated with Jean Schroedel in Political Science in starting an MA in Applied Women’s Studies in 1995. Professor Torjesen’s research interests include constructions of gender and sexuality in early Christianity, authority and institutionalization in the early churches, hermeneutics and rhetoric in late antiquity, and comparative study of Greek and Latin patristic traditions. 

Meijun Fan, Program Director

Meijun Fan, Program Director

Meijun Fan, Ph.D., former Vice-Chair and Professor of the Philosophy Department at Beijing Normal University, China. She completed doctoral studies at Beijing Normal University, specializing in Chinese traditional aesthetics and aesthetical education. She is the author of six books, and a co-author of six books. Her book, Contemporary Interpretation of Chinese Traditional Aesthetic, was granted the “Excellence Award in Philosophy and Social Science” in China in 1998. As Co-Director of the China Project, Meijun is primarily responsible for Cultural Communication, a newspaper of the China Project. She is also responsible for the Chinese visiting scholar program and works on publicity and web development.

Tom Tseng, Secretary

Tom Tseng, Secretary

Pastor, First United Methodist Church of Alhambra. Education:Master of Divinity from Harvest Bible University, L.A. Ca. U.S.A.

 

Summer Academy

Jay McDaniel, Co-Director of Summer Academy

Jay McDaniel, Co-Director of Summer Academy

Jay McDaniel is Willis Holmes Professor of Religious Studies at Hendrix College in Arkansas, and founder of the website Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism: Process Thinking for a More Hospitable World.  Active in the development of process thought in China, he is a consultant to the China Project of the Center for Process Studies in Claremont, California and a member of the advisory board of the Institute for Postmodern Development of China.  His books include With Roots and Wings: Christianity in an Age of Ecology and Dialogue; Living from the Center: Spirituality in an Age of Consumerism; and Gandhi’s Hope: Learning from Other Religions as a Path to Peace.  His primary areas of interest include process philosophy, holistic community, inter-religious dialogue, ecological spirituality, and music.

Bob Mesle, Co-Director of Summer Academy

Bob Mesle, Co-Director of Summer Academy

C. Robert (“Bob”) Mesle is a process philosopher and theologian and is currently a professor of philosophy and religion at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. After earning a B.A. in religion at Graceland University (1972), an M.A. in Christian theology at University of Chicago Divinity School (1975), Mesle received a Ph.D. in philosophy and religion from Northwestern University (1980).

Paul Bube, Co-Director of Summer Academy

Paul Bube, Co-Director of Summer Academy

Dr. Paul Bube joined the Lyon faculty in 2001 after serving as professor of religion and philosophy and chair of the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at Kansas Wesleyan University. Dr. Bube was honored in 1999 with the Kansas Wesleyan University Exemplary Teaching Award. Dr. Bube is the former president of Habitat for Humanity of Independence County and a former board member of Batesville Help and Hope. He’s currently vice president of Faculty Assembly and faculty sponsor for the Wesley Fellowship. In 2009, Dr. Bube received Lyon’s Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

Advisors

Roger Ames, Jerry Bedford, John Berthrong, John Buchanan, John Churchill, KEvin Clark, Philip Clayton, Cliff Cobb, John Cobb, Ken Dale, Angela Donnelly, Roland Faber, Joseph Hough, Lynn Juarez, Herman Greene, David R. Griffin, David Korten, Jay McDaniel, Bob Mesle, Leslie Muray, Pam Phipps, Ronald Phipps, Stephen Rowe, David Schwerin, Marjorie Suchocki, Karen Torjesen, Tom Tseng, Teresa Wilson, Franklin J. Woo, Yih-hsien Yu.

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