Jesus, Jazz, and Buddhism
Process Thinking for a More Hospitable World
Delighted by diversity and inspired by beauty,
we seek to live wisely and compassionately
in a universe of recurrent novelty
and mutual becoming.
An Anthology of Essays from JJB
“We live in an extraordinary moment in history—an oddly beautiful time—painted with the starkly contrasting colors of undeniable loss and rich possibility. The Universe is rife with freshness, and we are part of the adventure: part of the urgent call to return to the wisdom of the Earth and replant ourselves in Beauty.”
So write the editors in their introduction to this rich collection of essays by scholars, writers, artists, activists, educators, and clergy who have been influenced by the thinking of Alfred North Whitehead. Coming from a variety of cultural and religious traditions, the essays are all about the Beauty that flourishes in the fertile soil of sustainable community, relational thinking, imagination, creativity, the arts, stories of everyday people, as well as in our creative action toward the healing of our planet.
"This is a book bathed in beauty and compassion; a book spanning continents and cultures, a book combining deepest intellectual rigor with passionate care for the Earth: a book whose ardent plea is to save the planet. Each brief essay is complete in itself, but also lures us to read the next, and the next, drawing us into increased commitment for actions that can make a difference to the fate of this earth and all its creatures.”
~Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki, Professor Emerita, Claremont School of Theology
Articles and Contributors to JJB
JJB is an evolving community of scholars, artists and friends interested in helping create a more hospitable world with help from process or relational thinking. There are many kinds of relational thinking: Eastern and Western, Southern and Northern, religious and non-religious, scientific and poetic. We appreciate them all, and some of us are particularly impressed with the organic or "process" philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead. If you are interested in learning more about Whitehead's philosophy, click here. You might also enjoy our companion website: Process Philosophy for Everyone (PPE).