Press Release: Thomas Jay Oord joins Zygon Center for Religion and Science as 2015-2016 Theologian/Artist in Residence

TomOordThomas Jay Oord joins Zygon Center for Religion and Science as 2015-2016 Theologian/Artist in Residence

Renowned theologian and photographer Thomas Oord will spend three residencies at The Lutheran School of Theology during the 2015-2016 academic year as a Visiting Theologian and Artist in Residence.

Oord’s fall residency will be October 4-October 14, 2015. He will offer a lecture in the Advanced Seminar for Religion and Science “An Open and Relational Account of Providence, Love, and Design” on October 12, 2015.  His winter residency, February 14-Febuary 18, 2016 includes a guest lecture on February 15, 2015 in the Future of Creation lecture series.  In the spring from May 22-May 27, 2016, he will lead a course, “Moment by Moment: Love as Spiritual Formation.”

All of these events are open to the public and available to seminary students for course credit. For more information on attending these public lectures please visit Course credit is available via registration through the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) or cross-registration through member schools of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools (ACTS).

Oord will also offer blog posts for the Zygon Center website ( and digital images for an urban nature photography commission during his residency.

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Thomas Oord to the Zygon Center for Religion and Science at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago for the upcoming year. He is a creative, engaging scholar with an artist’s eye and the heart of a teacher and pastor. He continually brings a fresh voice to deep questions that animate conversations in the public church and dialogues in religion and science. As a theologian/artist in residence, we will have a unique opportunity to bring this brilliant scholar teacher to this community of learners,” said Dr. Lea Schweitz, Director of the Zygon Center.

Thomas Jay Oord, Ph.D., is a theologian, philosopher, and scholar of multi-disciplinary studies. He graduated with a Masters Degree in Divinity from the Nazarene Theological Seminary and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology from Claremont Graduate University. He is a Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Northwest Nazarene University, Nampa, Idaho where he is a multiple-award winning lecturer.

Dr. Oord has written or edited more than 20 books, including his most recent, The Uncontrolling Love of God: An Open and Relational Account of Providence (IVP Academic). Oord serves on the executive council of several scholarly groups, including the Open and Relational Theologies group (AAR), Christian Theological Research Fellowship, Biologos, and the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love. As well as being a professor, writer, and researcher, Dr. Oord is an ordained minister in the Church of the Nazarene.  He and his wife, Cheryl, have three daughters. Oord posts scholarly and popular essays on his website:

These residencies are supported by the Zygon Center for Religion and Science and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

The Zygon Center is dedicated to relating religious traditions and scientific knowledge in order to gain insight into the origins, nature, and destiny of humans and their environment. Zygon Center brings together scientists, theologians, philosophers and other scholars to address basic questions and issues of human concern. W

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