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Jon will be busy at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in Denver, Co Nov 16-20. On Saturday, Nov 17, from 1-3 PM, Jon will be a panelist on the Wildcard Session entitled "Wakanda Is the Space for Black Refuge: Black Ontological Space, Death, and Racing Religion in the Era of White Radicalization within Black Panther." This is sure to be an exciting, thought-provoking, and cutting-edge panel discussion on the socio-religious implications of Black Panther with Jonathan Calvillo (Boston University), Travis Harris (College of William and Mary), and Najeeba Syeed-Miller (Claremont School of Theology). Daniel White Hodge (North Park University) will be responding. This session will take place in Convention Center 601-(street level).

Also in regards to AAR, Jon will be on site at the 50th anniversary of the Fund for Theological Education (FTE) DJing with José Francisco Morales (Claremont School of Theology/Disciples Seminary Foundation). They will be "rockin' the house" with reggaeton, reggae, hip-hop, salsa, punta, cumbia, house and R&B. This festive event will take place from 6-8PM on Saturday, November 17, in the Sheraton Downtown Grand Ballroom 2 (In I.M. Pei Tower). You've not seen anything quite like this at AAR's Annual Meeting since its inception. Come out and celebrate the history of such a wonderful institution that supports the rising promise of theological education.

Jon will also be a panelist on Sunday, Nov 18, from 3-5PM at the Theopoetics Working Group sponsored by Arts, Religion, and Culture. The session is entitled "Theology, Liberation, Activism, and the Problem of Property," and will explore the quandary of the inherent theological propensity toward the transcendence of property (widely defined) within a worldly web where property is considered by many to be a paramount part of existence. Panelists include J Kameron Carter (Indiana University), Karen Bray (Wesleyan College),Daniel Boscaljon (University of Iowa), James Hill (Northwestern University), Kate Lassiter (Mount St. Joseph University), Jordan Miller (Wheaton College), Tuhina Rasche (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America), Jeffrey W. Robbins (Lebanon Valley College), and George Schmidt (U.S. Navy). This meeting will be held in the Sheraton Downtown Columbine (I.M. Pei Tower - Terrace Level - 1 level below Lobby). Additional Information about ARC is available via

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Jon Ivan Gill is a mush pot of flavors, styles, and ways of life. As a secular theologian, he implements faint to explicit word pictures of ultimate reality outside of any faith tradition, attesting to the fact that the idea of God is not the prisoner of religious worship (or that God is more than religion or religious worship). As a philosopher, Jon directs his interests in post-structuralism, process thought, existentialism, and philosophical theology toward his own interpretation of the universe that he continually develops. As an jon gillartist, he produces both dense raps and postmodern instrumentals that give the listener the illusion that she is looking at Jim Morrison dancing to a JDilla rhythm in a secular church where DJ Rhemalogix mixes the sermon of the universe on Technics turntables. Ah yes, finally. As a connoisseur of religion, Jon will perpetually experience every expression toward, against, or about ultimate concern (what some would call God), ushering its wisdom into his burgeoning position of lifelong contemplation on the intricacies and simplicities of reality in its totality.

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Jon Ivan Gill is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Gustavus Adolphus College (St Peter, Mn.) And Cross-Community Coordinator at the Center for Process Studies (Salem, Or. and Claremont, Ca.). He is an avid scholar of Whiteheadian process thought, metaphysics, cultural studies, aesthetics, existentialist philosophy, and constructive & secular theology. His creative tangent ranges from underground hip-hop culture to cryptic lyrics he pens in rap, poetry, journal refereeing, book reviews, and academic essays, critiques, and books. The focus of his doctoral studies was “Philosophy of Religion and Theology” & Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University. Prof. Gill synthesizes Whiteheadian “process theological” and philosophical concepts of the idea of God with the aesthetics of underground rap creativity in his work. He postulates a perpetually-evolving, socially-transformative, and theopoetic universal philosophy of life, and reflects on the Aesthetic Religions that manifest in left field art scenes around the world. His staunch support of a truly philosophical and theological trans-disciplinary discourse involves the inclusion of everything from aesthetic atheism and religious pluralism to subversive use of the arts. Jon enjoys Belizean food and culture, live music, raiding used book stores, close friends, and family. If you see him, stop and talk with him. He’d love it.

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"As a person who has ingested the aesthetic and art as my life, my religion, my 'Bible', I can't be from this planet. The fact that I am synonymous with art restructures every racial bias and boundary, putting the power of creating my identity in my own hands, as well as the power to exist in the world without adhering to the legalism that these categories usher in." - Jon Gill