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Spiritual Other/Spiritual Self: Models of Transformative Interfaith Work - Surjit Singh Lecture 2013

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

Jennifer Howe Peace (Ph.D. '05)
Assistant Professor of Interfaith Studies, Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) and Director of CIRCLE (Center fo Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education)

People of diverse religious backgrounds encounter each other daily in coffee shops, hospitals, classrooms, and around the dinner table. What might these encounters teach us about ourselves, our neighbors, or about God? Drawing on stories from My Neighbor’s Faith (Orbis, 2012), this year's Singh Lecture will explore what these encounters tell us about the nature of transformative interfaith work today.

Responses will be given by Charles Gibbs (Executive Director, United Religions Initiative) and Rebecca Parker (President, Starr King School for the Ministry) with a discussion moderated by Judith Berling (Professor of Chinese and Comparative Religions, GTU). The will be a public reception before the lecture at 6:00PM in the Bade Museum across the Courtyard.

50th Anniversary Gala

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 6:00pm

A Celebration in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the GTU, including dinner, entertainment, and art auction featuring original works inspired by the mission of the GTU and commissioned for this event.

Special Guests: Interfaith and Ecumenical Pioneers Rita Semel and Judith Berling

Buy your tickets online

St. Regis San Francisco, 125 Third Street, San Francisco.


Imaging Religion art exhibition: October 1, 2012 - February 28, 2013

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 9:00am to Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 5:00pm

The Graduate Theological Union Library invites you to an exhibition of visual and textual expressions that characterize religious beliefs. Titled Imaging Religion: An Exhibition in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Graduate Theological Union, the exhibition runs from October 1, 2012 through January 31, 2013 (extended through February 28).

Included in the display are Orthodox icons; Catholic paintings, prints, and vestments; Protestant prints; Islamic and Buddhist calligraphy; Jewish scrolls; and printed material, statues and objects from these and other traditions.

Of special note are works by contemporary artists Haji Noor Deen Mi Guang Jiang, Ron Nakasone, He Qi, Alfonso Castillo, Corita Kent, Angelica Vasquez Cruz, and Virginia and Louis Naranjo.

Echoes of Medieval Manuscripts exhibition

Sunday, January 27, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, March 2, 2013 (All day)

Modern manuscriptIf you thought manuscript illustrations created by theologians trained in writing on calfskin with quill pens had become an extinct art form, you may be interested in a exhibit now at the Alameda Free Library (2nd Floor, 1550 Oak Street, Alameda).

Twin Bandits Art Exhibition

Thursday, January 31, 2013 (All day) to Friday, May 24, 2013 (All day)

Pamela Lanza, The Hanged Man

This solo exhibition features the intricate ink drawings of Bay Area artist Pamela Lanza.

Dissertation Writing Workshop

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 9:00am

The professional development program invites you to a Dissertation Writing Worship on Friday February 1st from 9AM to 3PM in the Dinner Board Room. The workshop will be presented by Kathleen Kline.

Thinking about your proposal, or already in the middle of writing? This workshop (highly recommended for candidates) will address: what is a dissertation and what needs to be in it? effective academic writing, and how to survive the dissertation-writing process.

Jewish Studies Literary Salon

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 7:00pm
Bring your latest poem, short story, creative non-fiction, music, etc., etc. A wine and cheese dessert will be served. Sunday, February 3, 7pm At the home of Paul Hamburg and Rabbi Mimi Weisel 1433 Spruce Street, #B (just north of the Spruce/Vine traffic circle), Berkeley, CA For more info. and to RSVP please contact Daniella: or (510)649.2482

The Problem with “The Jewish People”

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 12:30pm
Part of a Lecture Series titled "Is There Such a Thing as the Jewish People? Rethinking Jewish Membership for a Global Era" featuring Jewish Studies Scholar, Professor and Author, Noam Pianko Osher Marin JCC Visiting Scholar Noam Pianko, Jewish Studies scholar, professor and author of “Zionism and the Roads Not Taken: Rawidowicz, Kaplan, Kohn” will explore probing questions about peoplehood; past, present, and future to reassess the possibilities and limitations of Jewish collectivity today. Vegetarian lunch will be provided. The Problem with “The Jewish People”

Capture, Sacrifice, and Other Mediations

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

A lecture by Rey Chow, Anne Firor Scott Professor of Literature, Duke University

Badè Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Twin Bandits Opening Reception

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 5:00pm

Pamela Lanza, Evacuating Heaven

This solo exhibition features the intricate ink drawings of Bay Area artist Pamela Lanza.

Beyond Bashing: A Faith Response to End Anti-LGBT Violence

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 7:00pm to Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 12:15pm

Hate crimes based on sexual orientation account for 20% of all hate crimes reported to the FBI in recent years and violence against the transgender community continues at an appalling rate as well. We know that anti-gay religious voices contribute to creating a climate that allows these terrifying crimes to continue at high rates. Many faith leaders, however, are firm in our commitment that all people deserve to live in safety and freedom and that violence is never the appropriate response to our differences.

Jesus and the Depth of Creation: The Idea of Deep Incarnation

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 7:00pm

J. K. Russell Fellow's Public Forum, part of the J. K. Russell Conference sponsored by CTNS

Dr. Niels Henrik Gregersen, 2013 J. K. Russell Research Fellow in Religion and Science

Tucson Room, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Please enter via the courtyard on Le Conte Avenue.

Free and open to the public. Registration not required.

God, Information, and the Sciences of Complexity

Saturday, February 9, 2013 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm

Part of CTNS' J. K. Russell Conference

Dr. Niels Henrik Gregersen, 2013 J. K. Russell Research Fellow in Religion and Science. Responses by: Joshua Moritz, Ted Peters, Oliver Putz and Robert Russell.

Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

To register please visit or write for more information.

Reel Muslims and Jews: Representations of Muslims & Jews in American Media: The Annual Madrasa/ Midrasha Day of Learning

Sunday, February 10, 2013 -
2:00pm to 8:15pm

We will explore the various images of Muslims and Jews in television and film.

Workshops 2pm-5:45pm

Reception 5:45pm-6:15pm

Film Screening of Arranged with Q&A 6:15pm-8:15pm

Sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies.

Easton Hall, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Contact or for more information.

Origins of Catholic-Muslim Dialogue in the United States

Monday, February 11, 2013 - 7:30pm

Encountering Islam: 2013 Lectures and Workshops, Inaugural Lecture by Archbishop Alex J. Brunett. 

Co-sponsored by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT), Center for Islamic Studies, and the Oakland Diocesan Commission for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs.

Lecture and Reception at DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley. 

WSR 2013 Spring Events

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 (All day) to Monday, April 22, 2013 (All day)

WSR Voices from the Soul: Poetry Jam/Open Mike Night

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 6:30pm

Open Mike FlyerPlease Join WSR for Voices from the Soul: Poetry Jam/Open Mike Night Tues. February 12th 6:30-8 pm• PSR Mudd 100.

Opening with a piece from the Vagina Monologues. Come, bring a piece of poetry or a song and let your voice be heard.

Workshop Performance of Upstairs, musical chroncling an anti-LGBT arson in New Orleans

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 7:00pm

Upstairs chronicles the New Orleans arson fire of June 24, 1973, that killed 32 people at the Up Stairs Lounge, a gay bar known for its affiliation with the LGBT affirming Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). In the months after the tragedy, the fire was virtually ignored by local leaders, law enforcement, institutions, some families of the victims, and the wider world.

A Brown Bag Lunch and Learn with Bezalel Naor; Translator and Interpreter of the Thought of Rav Kook will present "The Janus-Faced Messianism of Rav Kook: Planetary Consciousness / Ethnocentricity"

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 12:30pm
The Center for Jewish Studies at GTU presents A Brown Bag Lunch and Learn with Bezalel Naor; Translator and Interpreter of the Thought of Rav Kook will present "The Janus-Faced Messianism of Rav Kook: Planetary Consciousness / Ethnocentricity" Thursday, February 14th, 12:30pm Cheeseboard Pizza Will Be Served Hedco, 2465 Le Conte Ave, 2nd Floor, Berkeley, CA For more information and to RSVP, please contact or 510.649.2482

GTU Students of Color Gathering

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 5:00pm

Are you a student of color?
Do you think you are a student of color?
Do you know what a student of color is?

Come to our event and find out! Let’s explore possibilities for creating community!

There will be a potluck gathering so please bring a food item to share.

First floor lounge, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, 1735 Le Roy Avenue, Berkeley

For more info, contact Malia,


Doctoral Student Forum

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 5:00pm

Attention GTU Doctoral Students:

The Student Advisory Council invites you to the annual Doctoral Student Forum. The Forum is an opportunity for students to voice their issues and concerns. The forum will be held on Wednesday, February 20th from 5PM to 7PM in the student lounge in the Le Conte Building. Refreshments will be served.


Scholarship Resources Workshop

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 6:00pm

This workshop is designed to introduce GTU doctoral students and those interested in doctoral programs to funding resources available with a focus on each stage of the academic program: coursework, comprehensive exams, dissertation, as well as a look into the future.  The workshop will be held in the Teaching Lab at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library on Wednesday, February 20, from 6:00 - 7:00pm, space is limited. To register, please email:

Vatican II and Parish Life

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 7:30pm

This year, the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University will host a series of events on the theme "The Unfinished Agenda of Vatican II," commemorating the 50th anniversary of Vatican II (the first session met in October 1962).

Speakers (TBD).

Gesu Chapel, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, 1735 Le Roy Avenue, Berkeley


Green Tea Conversation on the Statements of CATS VII

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 12:00pm

Asia Project will host a Green Tea Conversation on the Statement of CATS VII with Dr. Moses Penumaka. The Congress of Asian Theologians (CATS) is a bi-/tri-annual conference of theologians throughout Asia, founded in 1997. CATS VII, the Seventh Congress was held on the theme, “Embracing and Embodying God’s Hospitality Today” on June 30-July6, 2012. Dr. Penumaka will present and lead a discussion on the statements from CATS VII as he represented Asia Project and the GTU in the Congress. Dr.

Winter Pacific Seminar 21st Century - Keynote by Takamaro Shigaraki

Saturday, February 23, 2013 -
8:30am to 5:00pm

This year's Winter Pacific Seminar will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple.

Keynote: Dr. Takamaro Shigaraki, The Path of the Nembutsu

He will speak in Japanese with English translation by Rev. Dr. David Matsumoto, Institute of Buddhist Studies. The presentation will be followed by a dialogue with Dr. Shigaraki.

This event is co-sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and the Center for Buddhist Education.

Green Deen: What Islam Teaches about Protecting the Planet

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 5:00pm

Green DeenIslam & Authors series at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), conversation with author Ibrahim Abdul-Matin. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 

ICCNC, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland 94612. 

Toward an Islamic Enlightenment: The Gülen Movement

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 12:00pm

M. Hakan Yavuz, University of Utah

UC Berkeley Religion, Politics and Globalization Program Spring 2013 Lecture Series

201 Moses, UC Berkeley

A Conversation with Dr. Takamaro Shigaraki

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 2:00pm

Co-sponsored by the Institute of Buddhist Studies and Center for Buddhist Education, is a Conversation with Shigarkgi-sensei on Tuesday, February 26, at the San Mateo Marriott Hotel (1770 South Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo).

All BCA ministers, minister emeritus, and minister's assistants are invited to take part in an informal conversation about the teachings and path of Jodo Shinshu with Shigaraki-sensei. A light meal will follow.

Thirsting for Springs of Living Water - Renewing Our Catholic Spirit with Bishop Cummins

Tuesday, February 26, 2013 - 7:30pm

Bishop John S. Cummins - A Year at the Council: A Personal Reminiscence

Main Building Chapel, Sacred Heart Schools, 150 Valparaiso Avenue, Atherton, CA

This forum is designed for Catholics who want to deepen their faith through dialogue and reflection, and engage with prominent church leaders while they share perspectives on the Catholic faith in light of Vatican II.

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Tradition and Insight - IBS 2013 Winter Symposium

Thursday, February 28, 2013 -
1:00pm to 5:00pm

"Tradition and Insight: Our encounter with the true essence of the Pure Land Way," the 2013 Winter Symposium, will be presented on Thursday, February 28 in conjunction with the BCA National Council Meeting. Keynote by Dr. Takamaro Shigaraki.

San Mateo Marriott Hotel, 1770 South Amphlett Blvd., San Mateo

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