Dr. Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki at CTS
05/14/2014 | In the News
CTS welcomed Dr. Marjorie Hewitt Suchocki (pronounced, “Sue-HOCK-ee”) as this year’s Baccalaureate preacher and Commencement speaker.
Dr. Suchocki is one of the most noteworthy and influential theologians in the country today. She is an emerita professor and dean from The Claremont School of Theology, where she has inspired many scholars, ministers and other leaders in the church with her challenging and creative integration of process theology, feminist theology, and other important streams in Christian thought.
A most versatile thinker, she writes books and articles with a diversity of audiences in mind, including scholars and laypersons, seminary students and pastors. Her process relational insights invite us to rethink our understandings of sin, prayer, Christian mission, God’s presence, Christian perfection, film, and forgiveness, among other topics. For example, she refigures original sin as an inescapable reality into which we are born and find ourselves that is characterized by oppressive social norms and violence against the wellbeing of creation. She is also the founder and director of the Whitehead International Film Festival and has served as Juror at Berlin and Montreal Film Festivals. Her books include The Fall to Violence, In God's Presence, Divinity and Diversity, and her forthcoming book is on film and creative transformation.
Not only a beloved mentor and celebrated scholar, she is also a sought-after preacher and speaker in many settings, including congregations, conferences, and workshops. Recently she received rave reviews for her presentation as keynote at the General Assembly of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Orlando, Florida.
CTS is blessed to have Dr. Suchocki speaking not only as our Commencement speaker but also at our Baccalaureate service this year. Commencement is a ticketed event, of course, but Baccalaureate – Friday night at 7pm in Sweeney Chapel – is a service open to all. Come and be inspired, delighted and edified as we honor and celebrate our graduates and their families.