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Friday, June 16 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
EXT0602 How Might CPS Amplify Religious Tolerance for Global Peace?

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There is a potential synergy between religious practice and improved creative cognition. Religious systems generally promote goodness and the avoidance of evil. While energized differently by various religions, the practice of this injunction can certainly be assisted by other nonreligious systems. Creative Problem Solving is one such system. The CPS process has two repeating processes of divergent and convergent thinking. Each has guidelines that lend itself to the pursuit of good – deferring judgment, and using affirmative judgment. My creative practice using the CPS process, combined with my work as a Catholic priest, revealed that an amplification of the CPS process in the practice of Christian faith would ultimately assist Christians to internalize the biblical injunction not to judge, as emphasized by the first law of divergent thinking. Deferring judgment would make the adherent more mature and tolerant, eschewing the natural tendency to judge impulsively. Conclusively, when followers of religions more maturely manage judgment by using CPS, our world can be a better place. The diversity of the world could be celebrated and not be divisive. A true practitioner of the CPS process would be a better practitioner of any religious system. Ultimately, CPS supports personal transformation and creativity. You will:
• Internalize the connection between divergent thinking and religious tolerance.
• Explore practical ways to convince religious adherents on how to promote broad-mindedness.
• Learn how CPS might make you a simple, humble person who discovers that religions are alternatives to encountering the Divine.

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Felix-Kingsley Obialo

Nigeria, Catholic Arcdiocese of Ibadan
Felix-Kingsley Obialo is a Catholic priest who pastors more than 700 congregants in his native Nigeria. He holds a doctorate in educational evaluation from the University of Ibadan. He was the first Nigerian graduate from the International Center for Studies in Creativity. He is a... Read More →

Friday June 16, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Greiner B116
  Main Track, Personal Growth