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Philip Clayton holds the Ingraham Chair at Claremont School of Theology and directs the Comparative Theologies PhD program. A graduate of Yale University, he has taught at Williams College and the California State University, as well as holding guest professorships at the University of Munich, the University of Cambridge, and Harvard University. His leadership roles in theological education over the last 15 years include serving as the immediate past dean of CST, obtaining funding for and launching the CST online program, and leading a Ford-sponsored program on “Rekindling Theological Imagination” and a Carpenter-sponsored program on “Reimagining Theological Education.”

Clayton has been a leader in interreligious education and dialogue for more than two decades. He helped launch an early collaboration of Jewish, Muslim, and Christian scientists, expanding it into a global, seven-year program; organized conferences at Harvard on Judaism, Buddhism, and science; and has participated in programs on Islam and science and on Abrahamic partnerships in the Philippines, Indonesia, France, Turkey, Qatar, and the UAE. Currently he is working to organize the Justice track for the upcoming Parliament of the World Religions.

Philip Clayton played a major role in conceiving and founding a multi-faith university, Claremont Lincoln University, serving as its first provost and Executive Vice President. He worked with religious leaders to set up administrative structures and to work toward accreditation for Bayan Claremont, a Muslim graduate school, as well as expanding the university’s programs to include the Dharma traditions of India and the religious traditions of Southeast Asia.

Clayton has authored or edited 24 books and published some 300 articles. Dr. Clayton lectures widely, works with various religious and environmental organizations, and supports constructive partnerships across the world’s religious traditions. He is currently the president of, which works to lay the foundations for an ecological civilization, and a Chinese environmental organization, the Institute for the Postmodern Development of China, as well as serving on a variety of boards. Philip is married to Judy Kingsley, a teacher  and educational administrator, and father to their twins Adrian and Shawn. He enjoys cycling, refereeing children’s soccer, and wilderness camping with family and dog.

Among his works are The Problem of God in Modern Thought; God and Contemporary ScienceExplanation from Physics to Theology: An Essay in Rationality and ReligionQuantum Mechanics; Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective; Science and the Spiritual QuestReligion and Science: The Basics; Transforming Christian Theology: For Church and Society; In Quest of Freedom: The Emergence of Spirit in the Natural World; and Adventures in the Spirit: God, World, Divine Action, and The Predicament of Belief: Science, Philosophy, Faith.

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In Conversation: Peter Doran

Dr. Peter Doran is a lecturer in law at the School of Law at Queens University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a senior editor and writer with the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s reporting services at the United Nations. Peter is also a founding member of the Green Party in Northern Ireland and a long-time activist. He has been an effective advocate for the circular economy, ethical investing, and environmental protection. Having worked for many years as a journalist, Peter has an impressive ability to capture and explain the complex relationships between economics, politics, and the global environmental movement.

The backdrop for our conversation is Peter’s 2017 book, A Political Economy of Attention, Mindfulness and Consumerism: Reclaiming the Commons. We step back to explore what it means that humanity has now moved into a new era in the history of planet, the Anthropocene. What are the prospects that this age of destruction will be followed by a new Axial age? Against the backdrop of the possibility of an ecological civilization, we discuss what it would mean to reintegrate society, politics, and spirituality.

Peter’s work is particularly intriguing in the ways that it combines a deep interest in spirituality with his critical work on political economy, planetary well-being, and the Anthropocene. Among the spiritual traditions, Peter is especially influenced by Zen Buddhism. But he also lists among his formative experiences his three-year residency at the famous Taize Ecumenical Community in France, where he worked alongside its founder, Brother Roger Schutz.


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