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GTU Reception at AAR/SBL Annual Meetings

Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 7:00pm

Uriah KimAlumni, faculty, and students are invited to join us as we celebrate and also honor our Alum of the Year, Uriah Kim (Ph.D. ‘04) during the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature.

Maryland Ballroom, Salon F, Renaissance Harborplace, 202 East Pratt Street, Baltimore

Spreading the Word: Alumnus Kelchner Takes Reins of Advancement

Simply put, Alan Kelchner (Ph.D. ‘03) has done it all when it comes to the Graduate Theological Union: student, alumnus, professor, trustee, and now executive staff, serving as the interim Vice President for Advancement.

Being Latin@ and a Scholar

by Sandra Chavez

I look at my life and realize how incredible it is to find myself at the GTU in Berkeley. I am an American citizen, born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, but my abuelita (grandmother) is quick to remind me, “Mexican comes before American.  You are Mexican-American and do not forget it.”

Digital Reformation: How Technology Shapes the Dynamic Classroom

The world is literally at our fingertips. Pull out your smart phone <tap tap tap> and you can Google huge libraries of information, see the world thanks to YouTube, and even converse via discussions boards, Facebook, Skype, and text. This ability to access information has revolutionized our culture, particularly how we view education.

Jody Passanisi, a.k.a. Jacqueline Pearce, (M.A. '05) with her colleague Shara Peters astutely observes in a post at Scientific American, “[E]ducated people were those who knew a great deal of information about one or many subjects...In this 'Age of Information,' access to facts and data is no longer available only to the educated elite...So, as a society, what is an 'educated person'?”

Articulating an answer to that query is difficult, but most educators agree that the Digital Revolution has changed the way that students learn and how we live everyday. So it's no surprise that more conversations and alterations are taking place to incorporate technology as a key component in the classroom.

Ministry of the Mind

By the Book | Pursuing Academia while in Ministry

Andrew Kille, left, takes part in a "Bathing the Buddha" ceremonyby D. Andrew Kille (Ph.D. ’97)

After graduating with my M.Div. from American Baptist Seminary of the West in 1975, I ministered at Grace Baptist Church of San Jose for thirteen years, ten of them as the Senior Pastor.

A Just Calling

By the Book | Pursuing Academia while in Ministry

by Angela Yarber (Ph.D. ’10)

For nearly 14 years I’ve had a foot in the church and a foot in academia.

I had planned to pursue a career in the performing arts, majoring in musical theatre or dance in college. A conversion experience in a Christian church in my late teens shifted my plans for life and career. Fortunately, wonderful religion professors quickly taught me that my calling in ministry can coincide with my gifts in the arts and my deep interest in feminism. As a college freshman, I served as a youth minister.

I often describe my calling as a stool. The seat is social justice and the three legs are the church, the academy, and the arts.

The World Through Arab Eyes

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 7:30pm

Shibley TelhamiInternational House at UC Berkeley, Chevron Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

Shibley Telhami (GTU M.A. '78), Anwar Sadat Chair, University of Maryland

Spotlight: Alumna explores fiction and faith

Laurie R. King (MA ‘84) was recently featured in an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel highlighting her career as a crime novelist exploring the connection between faith and fiction. King’s theological interests and training have found a creative outlet through crime novels.

Celebrated novelist, and proud Santa Cruzan, Laurie R. King has two great intellectual passions. As her international fan base is already aware, one of those is writing smart and gripping crime fiction. But, as few may know, the other is religion.

Alumna Burrus accepts appointment at Syracuse University

Virginia BurrusVirginia Burrus (GTU Ph.D. ’91, History) is leaving Drew University for a named chair at Syracuse. The announcement is at and it says:


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