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GTU Offices and Library Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 2:00pm to Friday, November 23, 2012 - 11:59pm

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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 http://gtu.givezooks.com/events/50th-anniversary-gala

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

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Film Series: Women Seen By Women

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 5:30pm to Monday, November 22, 2010 - 8:30pm

Mrs. Elna Boesak Reception

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 7:00pm

Worth 2 units.

WSR 2011 Fall Events

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 12:30pm to Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 8:00pm

Gendered Images: The Feminine Divine - Idea Lounge

Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 12:30pm

Co-sponsored with CAREGendered Images of the Feminine Divine

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

Dr. Darleen Pryds, Dr. Inese Radzins, and Dr. Judith Berling will discuss the Gendered Images: The Feminine Divine exhibit.

Pink Smoke Over The Vatican

Friday, September 23, 2011 - 6:00pm

Pink SmokeWSR is having a Screening of Pink Smoke Over The Vatican, a documentary by Jules Hart about Women’s ordination within the Roman Catholic Church. Screening followed by a discussion with Professor Victoria Rue, who is an ordained Roman Catholic Priest.

Pacific School of Religion Chapel, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

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Round Table with Laurel Schneider

Friday, October 14, 2011 - 10:00am

Laurel Schneider RoundtableProfessor Laurel Schneider will be speaking for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry’s Georgia Harkness lecture on Thursday, October 13th. 

Dr. Schneider will be doing a roundtable with WSR to discuss her work in the Dinner Boardroom at 10am on Friday, October 14th.

Something Within reception

Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 6:00pm

WSR will be co-sponsoring CARE’s gallery reception for Ann Jefferson and Patrisha Gill for “Something Within: Celebrating the Faith and Artistry of African-American Women Hymn and Gospel Pioneers” 

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

Feminine Divine performance

Thursday, December 8, 2011 - 6:00pm

WSR will be co-sponsoring with CARE Lisann Bassham’s theater production class’s Feminine Divine performance.

Doug Adams Gallery, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

The Problem with “The Jewish People”

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 - 12:00pm
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.

WSR 2012 Spring Events

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - 3:00pm to Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 8:00pm

A Conversation with Kwok Pui Lan

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Cafe Series with Shana Penn

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 11:00am

Worth 2 units.

Earth, Tsunami, and Nuclear Crisis in Japan: How Japanese religious communities are reaching out to the suffered

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 12:00pm

Asia Project Green Tea Conversation

Bring your lunch and join us for a conversation with Dr. Chizuko Saito about how Japanese religious communities are helping to heal victims of the tsunami. Tea will be provided.

Dr. Saito received her Ph.D. from the GTU and is currently an associate professor at Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts in Kyoto, Japan.

Jesus and Confucius on Virtue: Bridging Christian and Confucian Ethics

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 7:00pm

Confucian Ethics enjoys growing interest in the Western World. Dr. Chan, S.J. will explore strong evidence for a rich comparative dialogue between Christian and Confucian Ethics. Click here for more information.

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

2012 Theodore Keaton Lecture

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 7:00pm

Rev. Dr. Lauran Bethell, MDiv, DD, Global Consultant American Baptist International Ministries, will be the featured speaker for the 2012 Theodore Keaton Lecture. Lauren has been working for more than two decades on behalf of and caring for women who have been exploited and abused. In 2005 she received the Human Rights Award from Baptist World Alliance for her work with at risk women trapped in prostitution. Rev. Dr. Bethell is a 1985 graduate of ABSW. The lecture will take place in the Claiborne M.

Peter Schneck - Brown Madonnas, Red Mothers, and the 'New Negro' from Germany

Thursday, July 5, 2012 - 7:00pm

Tuesday Night Talks at Pacific School of Religion
NOTE: This talk is on Thursday.

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Reception 7 PM, Lecture 7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

Hubert Locke - Girding for Battle: Faith, Politics and the November Elections

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 7:00pm

Tuesday Night Talks at Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Reception 7 PM, Lecture 7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

Exhibition and Lecture: The Night Sky

Thursday, July 12, 2012 - 6:00pm

Doug Adams Gallery, Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley CA, 94709

Free and open to the public

John Shelby Spong - Judas Iscariot: Did He Really Exist? Was He a Person or a Symbol? Why Anti-Semitism roots in this Character

Tuesday, July 17, 2012 - 3:00pm

Tuesday Night Talks at Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Reception 7 PM, Lecture 7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

Film Showing: Tell Me Something I Can't Forget

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 7:00pm

Mudd 102, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Free and open to the public

LeftOn Wednesday evening, July 18, there will be a showing of the internationally award-winning film, Tell Me Something I Can't Forget, followed by a discussion of using writing to empower the silenced.

Bob Johansen - Leaders Make the Future: New Leadership Skills for an Uncertain World

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 7:00pm

Tuesday Night Talks at Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Reception 7 PM, Lecture 7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

Vivian Chavez - Cultural Humility, Moving, & Breathing Awareness

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 - 7:00pm

Tuesday Night Talks at Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Reception 7 PM, Lecture 7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

Devin Zuber - Sermons in Stones: American Environmental Thought and Swedenborgian Nature-Mysticism

Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 7:00pm

Tuesday Night Talks at Pacific School of Religion

1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Reception 7 PM, Lecture 7:30 PM

Free and open to the public

Film Showing: Love Free or Die

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 7:00pm

Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Free and open to the public

Living in the Differences: Counter-Oppressive, Multi-Religious The( )logies in the 21st Century

Tuesday, August 21, 2012 (All day) to Thursday, August 23, 2012 (All day)

Starr King School for the Ministry has announced it's first Symposium to be held August 21-23, 2012: "Living in the Differences: Counter-Oppressive, Multi-Religious The( )logies in the 21st Century". This urban retreat, led by Provost Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé, inaugurates a new structure in SKSM's educational approach: an annual gathering of our entire student body, faculty, staff and trustees for three days of learning, ritual, celebration, food, music, community-building and service.

GTU Common MA Student Orientation

Thursday, August 23, 2012 - 8:30am to 4:00pm

Dinner Board Room

GTU Doctoral Student Orientation, Session 1

Friday, August 24, 2012 - 8:30am to 6:00pm

Required session, Dinner Board Room

GTU Doctoral Student Orientation, Session 2

Monday, August 27, 2012 - 8:30am to 6:00pm

Required session, Dinner Board Room

GTU Doctoral Student Orientation, Session 3

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 8:30am to 2:00pm

Final required session, Dinner Board Room

Navigating the MA Thesis Workshop

Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 1:00pm

Presented by Fr. Chris Renz, OP, DSPT Academic Dean

DSPT Classroom 1, Dominican School of Philosophy & Theology, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley

This workshop will provide a general overview of core requirements for MA students, including: source materials such as the Student Handbooks; how to align personal research interests with Faculty interests and skills; integrating elective courses with thesis research, and developing a realistic timeline for program completion. Essential tools and tips for new and returning students!

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Welcome Barbeque

Wednesday, August 29, 2012 - 5:30pm

Welcome BBQ for all entering students in all programs across consortium.

Quad, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Sunday Spirit - art exhibition

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 (All day) to Friday, December 14, 2012 (All day)

Sunday Spirit

Sunday Spirit: Religious Images by African Artists from the Jean and Robert E. Steele Collection represents an important body of work from the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland.

Doctoral Council Orientation

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 5:30pm

Dinner Board Room, 5:30-7:00p

If you are planning to propose your dissertation this 2012-2013 academic year, you are strongly encouraged to attend this orientation.

Sunday Spirit Opening Reception

Thursday, September 6, 2012 - 5:00pm

Sunday Spirit

Sunday Spirit: Religious Images by African Artists from the Jean and Robert E. Steele Collection represents an important body of work from the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland.

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s The Decalogue

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 7:30pm to Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 9:00pm

The DecalogueJoin us to watch one, several, or all of these artistic, probing, and daring investigations into the human condition. The Decalogue was produced in 1989 for Polish television, and consists of ten 1-hour films, each loosely based on one of the Ten Commandments. This series will be hosted by DSPT Fellow, Ron Austin, a Hollywood screenwriter and producer.

Born from the Second Vatican Council

Sunday, September 9, 2012 - 4:00pm

A Symposium Honoring Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins

Sponsored by the Diocese of Oakland

The Cathedral of Christ the Light Event Center, 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland

Reception Following, Free Admission, Please RSVP 510/267-8350

Moderator: Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins

Speakers:

Welcome Lunch for CJS Students

Monday, September 10, 2012 - 12:00pm

September 10 - Please join us as we welcome new and returning students. Kosher catered lunch will be provided.

Center for Jewish Studies, Hedco Room, 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA

Asking About What Is Better: Intersex, Disability, and Inaugurated Eschatology

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 6:30pm

CLGS Third Annual Harkness Lecture

Chapel of the Great Commission, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
5:30 pm Reception, 6:30 pm Lecture

Susannah Cornwall, Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester, will deliver this year's Harkness Lecture. Her current research focuses on interactions between intersex and faith identity via empirical research with intersex Christians in Britain, and the implications for theological policy, pastoral care and healthcare chaplaincy.

The Circus that Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest

Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 7:00pm

A reading and conversation with Nick Weber

7:00 pm reception; 7:30 pm presentation; 8:45 pm book signing

Under the Big Top of the Doug Adams Gallery/Bade Museum Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

 

Nick Weber is…

Theater Artist, Jesuit Priest, Clown, Author of "The Circus that Ran Away with a Jesuit Priest," Theologian, Educator, Founder of "The Royal Lichtenstein Quarter-Ring Sidewalk Circus" – a nationwide, traveling, complete circus of spirit and conscience for 20 years, Former PSR Visiting Faculty     

Time in Eternity Book Release Celebration

Friday, September 14, 2012 - 2:30pm

Responses by William Stoeger, S.J., Lou Ann Trost, and Oliver Putz in addition to author Robert J. Russell.

Also recognition of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences’ 30th Anniversary and completion of the Ian G. Barbour Chair in Theology and Science. Reception to follow.

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

Between Militarism and Extremism: The Excluded Middle

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 7:30pm

During this event Zaytuna College's co-founders, Hatem Bazian, Zaid Shakir, and Hamza Yusuf will speak about the recent wave of unrest in Libya, Egypt and other parts of the Muslim world that was set off due to the posting of the video maligning the Prophet Mohammad (SAW).

James A. Donahue (President, Graduate Theological Union) and Munir Jiwa (Assistant Professor, Graduate Theological Union) will also speak at this event.

Sandy Tolan, Associate Professor - Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC will be moderating this event.

Tonight, September 17

WSR 2012 Fall Events

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (All day) to Tuesday, November 13, 2012 (All day)

GTU Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 3:30pm

All members of the GTU Consortium are encouraged to attend.  We are welcoming new MA and PhD students and introducing new GTU faculty.

Denniston Commons, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Women’s Studies in Religion Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 5:30pm

welcome flyerCome, have some food and meet faculty & students that are interested in Women's Studies. This is a family friendly event, so please bring your children. Women’s Studies isn’t just for women - so men interested please come!

Find out about our certificate program and great events.

Constitution Day Observance at the GTU

Thursday, September 20, 2012 - 12:30pm

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

The GTU and the member schools invite all interested persons to an educational program in commemoration of the signing of the United States Constitution in September 1787.

Round Table with Daijaku Kinst

Friday, September 21, 2012 - 10:00am

Kinst flyerDinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Hosted by the Women's Studies in Religion program

Domestic Dharma: Beyond Texts, Beyond Monasteries

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

IBS Numata Symposium - Domestic Dharma: Beyond Texts, Beyond Monasteries

Institute of Buddhist Studies Numata Symposium

Institute of Buddhist Studies Jodo Shin Center, 2140 Durant Avenue Berkeley

Exploring Gender Identities: Films from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore

Monday, September 24, 2012 (All day) to Monday, October 1, 2012 (All day)

UC Berkeley - Center for Southeast Asia Studies' Parts of the Heart series, co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies

Institute of East Asian Studies (2223 Fulton, 6th Floor), Conference Room

Mini-film festival showing a selection of feature films and documentaries from Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia that look at LGBT issues from different perspectives.

cseas@berkeley.edu, 510-642-3609

Brown Bag Luncheon with the Director of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey

Monday, September 24, 2012 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

Ioan SaucaThe GTU President’s and Dean’s Offices invite you to a brown bag luncheon discussion to hear about the work of the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey near Geneva, Switzerland, a program of the World Council of Churches.

Public Forum with Knut-Willy Saether

Thursday, September 27, 2012 - 7:00pm

Knut-Willy Sæther is Adjunct Professor in religious education at the Norwegian School of Leadership and Theology (Høyskolen for Ledelse og Teologi). His Ph.D. was in the area of philosophy of religion focused on the work of John Polkinghorne, and he currently serves as Associate Professor at the University College of Volda. Sæther is an experienced educator and has written on the relationship between theology and the natural sciences.

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

Empowering Muslim Voices in American Politics

Saturday, September 29, 2012 - 5:30pm

Islamic Scholarship Fund presents:

Empowering Muslim Voices in American Politics

Join ISF as we discuss the significance of education and the Muslim vote in civic engagement and community leadership in this election year.

 

Speakers:

  • Congressman Keith Ellison – U.S. House of Rep., Minnesota
  • Dr. Farid Senzai - Professor, Santa Clara University

 

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Imaging Religion, October 1, 2012 - January 31, 2013

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 8:30am to Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 5:00am
The Graduate Theological Union Library invites you to an exhibition of visual and textual expressions that characterize religious beliefs. 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.

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.

Annual Book Sale, Monday October 1

Monday, October 1, 2012 - 10:00am
The annual book sale will be held on Monday, October 1, from 10 am to 3 pm, in the Henry Mayo NewHall Plaza at the library's entrance. We suggest that you arrive early for the best selection. Most hardbacks are $2.00 and most paperbacks are $1.00.

Through the Door of Life: A Jewish Journey Between Genders

Wednesday, October 3, 2012 - 12:00pm

Book Talk with Joy Ladin

Hosted by the Center for Jewish Studies and co-sponsored by Starr King School for the Ministry, Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at Pacific School of Religion, and Women’s Studies in Religion

First Floor Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

Writing The Academic Statement of Purpose Workshop

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 12:30pm

Applying to doctoral programs? This is a workshop to help you with a key component in the process. Join GTU Dean Arthur Holder and faculty panelists in a discussion of the academic statement of purpose, the essence of the application for admission to a doctoral program. The panel will provide key suggestions for crafting this important "little" document. Join us Thursday, October 4, from 12:30-2pm in the Dinner Board Room of the GTU Hewlett Library.

Preparing the Academic Conference Paper Proposal Panel

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 1:00pm

Conference Prep flyerDr. Flora Keshgegian, Dr. Inese Radzins, and Dr. Jennifer Davidson

A discussion of questions such as: How does one respond to a call for papers? What makes for an effective proposal? What should one include in a proposal & what should be left out?

Brown Bag Lunch

Women Preachers & Leaders: The Roman Catholic Tradition that Gets Overlooked

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 - 10:30am

Darleen PrydsWSR Cafe Series: Dr. Darleen Pryds

Denniston Commons, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Sunday Spirit - Idea Lounge

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 6:00pm

Interfaith faculty discussion

Faculty speakers:

Trailing Clouds of Glory: A History of the Life Before

Monday, October 15, 2012 - 12:30pm

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

Sponsored by the GTU Dean's Office

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The Unfinished Agenda of Vatican II

Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - 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).

This event is the Keynote address which will be given by Rev. Joseph Komonchak of Catholic University. 

Holy Spirit Parish, Newman Hall, UC Berkeley, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley. The parish will host a reception to follow.

American Muslims Redefining Religion and Identity: A Critical Discourse Analysis on 9/11 Uproar

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:00pm

Asia Project Green Tea Conversation

Join in a Green Tea Conversation with Roma Ulinnuha. Roma is a Ph.D. student at Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS). He is a lecturer of Ushuluddin, Religious Studies, and Islamic Thoughts at the State Islamic University (UIN), Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta since 2006.

Bring your lunch. Tea & snack will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Mudd 101, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

God in the White House: Religion and the 2012 Election

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 7:00pm

We will explore the Christian, Mormon, Muslim and Jewish perspectives on the upcoming election and the role of religion in American politics, with attention to recent discussions around the separation of Church and State, on religious freedom and its role in public policy, and U.S. foreign policy.

Speakers:

Faith & Sexuality

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Stanford University’s Weiland Health Initiative Annual Conference

Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center, Stanford University, 326 Galvez Street, Stanford, CA 94305-6105

Register: http://bit.ly/weilandconference2012

Speakers:
Ms. Karen Biestman
Rabbi Mychal Copeland
Rev. Roland Stringfellow (PSR CLGS)
Rev. Daigan Gaither (GTU MA student)
Dossie Easton, MFT
Dr. Jay Johnson (PSR)

Birthright Vegas: Wandering the Desert in Search of Jewishness

Friday, October 19, 2012 - 12:00pm

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn with Professor Daniel Itzkovitz

Itzkovitz is Professor of English at Stonehill College. He is writing a book entitled Fixing the Jews, which examines 21st century attempts to fix the meanings of Jewishness, and in the process, to fix what's wrong with Jewish life today.

CJS, First Floor Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

KQED Forum - God in the White House

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 10:00am

Tune in to hear GTU President James Donahue on KQED's Forum Thursday, October 25, at 10:00 am with host Michael Krasny together with NPR Religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty. Their topic, "God in the White House," is based on our Thursday, Oct. 18 panel discussion on religion and the upcoming presidential election.

Recordings of both the Oct. 18 panel and the Oct. 25 broadcast will be available shortly on www.gtu.edu.

Contemporary Conversations between Buddhism and Science

Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 5:00pm

David E. Presti, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, and Program in Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley.

Conference Room, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th floor

For more information, visit http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu.

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'Eid Lunch

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

‘Eid Mubarak!

The Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU wishes our Muslim colleagues, families and friends a blessed upcoming ‘Eid ul-Adha. As Muslims will be completing hajj, the pilgrimage to Mecca, next week, we commemorate our shared Abrahamic tradition and our common humanity. May this be a time of greater understanding, unity and peace.

We welcome you all to join us for an ‘Eid lunch from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm on Tuesday, October 30, in d’Autremont Dining Hall, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley.

Race and Religion at the Golden Gate

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Race has always been inextricably connected to immigration in our society, but how does religion factor into those connections? Come and join us in a discussion on this timely topic as the Bay Area celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge and its 80,000 miles of wire that have come to symbolize the connections of space, people, and culture regionally, nationally, and globally. A renowned panel will discuss discussion the intersection of race, religion, and immigration.

Deadline - WSR Student Conference Call for Papers

Thursday, November 1, 2012 (All day)

Women’s Studies in Religion 2nd Annual Student Conference on Women and Religion on March 1, 2013.

Call for Papers open ONLY to GTU students in ANY program. Due November 1, 2012: Email a Proposal (maximum 1000 words), Outline, and Bibliography to wsr@ses.gtu.edu.

Sixth Annual Transgender Religious Leaders Summit 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012 (All day) to Saturday, November 3, 2012 (All day)

Mudd Building, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

The theme of this year’s summit is Creating Space for Social Justice. Securing human dignity for others and ourselves is not just a laudable goal, but a necessary part of our expression of faith. Our faith communities must be educated and inspired to embrace the inclusion and affirmation of our transgender, queer, intersex, transsexual and gender non-conforming members. This is the rallying call for the CLGS Transgender Religious Leaders Summit 2012.

Buddhism, Becker and Social Violence: Toward a Buddhist Critical Social Theory

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 5:00pm

William Waldron, Middlebury College.

Conference Room, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2223 Fulton Street, 6th floor

For more information, visit http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu.

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Fall 2012 Meeting of the Pacific Coast Theological Society

Friday, November 2, 2012 (All day) to Saturday, November 3, 2012 (All day)

You are cordially invited to attend the Fall Meeting of the Pacific Coast Theological Society (PCTS) on Friday, November 2 from 2pm-8:30pm and Saturday, November 3 from 9 am–12pm in the Tucson Room at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

A Sentimental Education: Sexuality, Secularization, and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Literature

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 10:30am

WSR Cafe Series

“A Sentimental Education: Sexuality, Secularization, and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Literature”
Naomi Seidman, Director, Center for Jewish Studies

Dr. Seidman will explore the transformations of traditional Jewish culture in modernity as the adoption of bourgeois European marital structures, erotic practices, and gender roles.

Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

(2 units)

Theodore Bikel in Concert with Accordionist Merima Kljuco- SOLD OUT

Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 7:30pm

(in conjunction with the conference Captives of the Dawn: Remembering Soviet Yiddish Culture

Theodore Bikel is an Academy Award and Tony Award-nominated actor and musician. A recognized interpreter of Yiddish, Russian and Hebrew folk songs, Bikel was an activist in the Soviet Jewry Freedom Movement.

Captives of the Dawn: Remembering Soviet Yiddish Culture

Sunday, November 4, 2012 - 2:00pm

The Annual Taube Conference in Eastern European Jewish Culture and History

Speakers will include:

Religion and Conflict: Intersections of Faith in Conflict and Conflict Resolution

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 6:30pm

You are cordially invitied to the upcoming event hosted by the Olive Tree Initiative at Berkeley: Religion and Conflict: Intersections of Faith in Conflict and Conflict Resolution, on November 7th at 6:30pm in 106 Moffit (UC Berkeley). The event will be focusing on the past and present relations, whether conflictual or constructive, between the three main monotheistic religions -- particularly as related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We will be featuring an expert panel of scholars and practitioners who deal with interfaith conflict and peacebuilding, including:

The Gospels and Liturgical Reform

Thursday, November 8, 2012 (All day)

The Rev. Dr. Gordon W. Lathrop

Formal response: The Rev. Dr. L. William Countryman, CDSP Sherman E. Johnson Professor Emeritus in Biblical Studies

SFTS Inquirers' Weekend

Thursday, November 8, 2012 (All day) to Sunday, November 11, 2012 (All day)

Part academic seminar, part spiritual retreat, the SFTS Inquirers’ Weekend will introduce you to the robust theological education and reflective community environment offered by San Francisco Theological Seminary.

More information (including how to register)

2012 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:00pm

Dr. James Noel (SFTS), “Black Religion in the Atlantic World During the Age of Revolution: Excavating the ‘Sublime’”

Green Tea Conversation - Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen: Hidden Histories, Enduring Vitality

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Asia Project and KSA (Korean Student Association) will co-host a Green Tea Conversation inviting a Korean Buddhist scholar, Dr. Eunsu Cho. Dr. Cho will present with the topic of "Korean Buddhist Nuns and Laywomen: hidden histories, enduring vitality." Cho is a professor of Buddhist Philosophy at Seoul National University in Korea and currently teaching at UC Berkeley as a visiting professor.

Doorway to Islamic Civilization

Friday, November 9, 2012 (All day) to Sunday, November 11, 2012 (All day)

Doorway to Islamic Civilization: Hands-on Islamic Art and Culture Workshops

ICCNC, 1433 Madison Street, Oakland

More information: http://zawaya.org/site/?p=1923

PSR Come & See Prospective Student Weekend

Friday, November 9, 2012 (All day) to Sunday, November 11, 2012 (All day)

Pacific School of Religion's Come & See weekend is designed for those pursuing a call to ministry or considering seminary (graduate theological education) as preparation for work as a pastor, chaplain, religious educator, scholar, administrator, or other faith community professional.

For more information and to register visit http://www.psr.edu/public-events/come-and-see-weekend

Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

PSR Graduate Symposium

Friday, November 9, 2012 - 8:30am to 3:30pm

PSR students from various disciplines will present their research and welcome your support and feedback! Come and hear their exciting papers in various academic areas. Plus a faculty presentation by Dr. Christina Hutchins.

The PSR Graduate Symposium is a great way to catch a glimpse of what studying at PSR can look like.

To RSVP for this event email admissions@psr.edu.

Seminar Saturday Extravaganza - ABSW

Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 9:00am

ATTENTION!!! Pastors, staff ministers, church leaders, laypersons, young adults, current and prospective seminarians...

  • Wanting to engage relevant social concerns but not sure how?
  • Looking to introduce fresh ministry ideas to your congregation or small group?
  • Needing to upgrade your leadership skills?
  • Craving for a taste of contemporary seminary scholarship?

SEMINARY SATURDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
NOVEMBER 10, 2012  |  9 AM - 3 PM

expanded choices—diversified instructors

Why Study at the GTU?

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

A program designed for prospective master's degree students, this event is an opportunity to meet faculty, student, and staff representatives from the member schools and centers -- explore ways to understand the urgent issues of our time in an interreligious graduate study community in Berkeley.

Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709

To reserve a place, email or call the GTU Admissions Office, 800/826-4488

How the Holocaust is Being Remembered and Commemorated in Poland: Brown Bag Lunch with Edyta Gawron

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 12:30pm
How the Holocaust is Being Remembered and Commemorated in Poland: Brown Bag Lunch with Edyta Gawron Dr. Edyta Gawron is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Jewish Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and the head of the new Centre for the Study of the History and Culture of Krakow Jews (Jagiellonian University). As a specialist in the 20th century history of Polish Jews, Holocaust studies and post-Holocaust Jewish Diaspora she cooperates with various academic institutions and museums in Poland and abroad. Monday, November 12th, 12:30pm

What They Don’t Teach You In Seminary: Negotiating Contracts, Loving Yourself, & Staying Calm No Matter What

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 6:10pm

Rev. Loveless flyerRev. Jeanne Loveless
“What They Don’t Teach You In Seminary: Negotiating Contracts, Loving Yourself, & Staying Calm No Matter What”

Franciscan School of Theology, 1712 Euclid Avenue, Berkeley

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Public Forum with Bishop Richard Cheetham

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 7:00pm

'The popular image of science as providing reliable, useful and objective knowledge, whilst theology only offers speculative and subjective opinion is remarkably widespread and persistent.  This remains so despite a large and growing body of academic literature which presents a much more nuanced view.  One important understanding is that both science and theology can be seen as saying (albeit in different ways) true things about the way things really are - i.e.

Divine Vintage: Wine Tasting & Conversation

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 - 7:30pm

From Shiraz to Chardonnay, wine has been an essential part of the Jewish and Christian religious experience for millennia. These early traditions continue to influence today's robust wine connoisseurs offering a fascinating history and an assortment of varieties to discover. Wine expert Joel Butler teams up with biblical historian Randall Heskett for a remarkable adventure that explores the drinking habits of biblical figures 3,500 to 2,000 years ago.

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Ecumenism

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 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).

Mary Ann Donovan, S.C. (JST-SCU) and Arthur Holder (GTU) will speak on Ecumenism.

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

Reception at AAR/SBL

Saturday, November 17, 2012 - 8:00pm

Monroe Room, Palmer House Hilton Hotel, Chicago.

RSVP by Nov. 9, alumni@gtu.edu, 510/649-2422. Not open to the public.

Mystical Life: The Thread of Love Within the Heart

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 10:00am

Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Ph.D.Mystical life is one of humanity's greatest secrets: that within the heart we can have a direct experience of the Divine. The mystical path is like a stream that runs beneath all of the world's religions, sometimes hidden, sometimes more visible. At this time there is a great need to know this secret, to reclaim this truth of divine love.

CANCELLED - Israel, Iran and the U.S. After the Elections: Lunch Talk with Aharon Barnea

Monday, December 3, 2012 - 12:30pm

This event has been cancelled due to the current situation in the Middle East. Please consider attending other CJS sponsored events. Thanks!

Over the past eight years, Barnea has served as an anchorman and special correspondent on Arab affairs on Israel's Channel 2. Barnea formerly was an advisor to Ezer Weizman, the President of Israel. He also wrote for the Hadashot newspaper, was a correspondent and anchor for Israel Radio, specializing in Arab affairs.

CIS 5th Anniversary Celebration Reception

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

With gratitude, the Center for Islamic Studies invites you to join us in celebrating the past five years of the Center for Islamic Studies and looking ahead to many more! Hear from our faculty and students about our academics, programs, and events, and join us for light refreshments. All are welcome.

Wednesday, December 5, 6:30-8:30 pm
Easton Hall, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Questions? Contact cis@gtu.edu or 510/649-2563.

Sex & Spirit: A student art show

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 7:00pm

All are welcome to join us for a brief program, refreshments, and an opportunity to view the work of students in the Sexuality in Sacred Art class.

Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion

Pacific School of Religion, Mudd 100, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Shifting Role of Religion in Post-Apartheid South Africa

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 7:00pm

Public lecture by Gerald West, University of Kwazulu-Natal

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

That was Then, This is Now: A Moral and Spiritual Agenda for the Episcopal Church

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 7:30pm

The Church Divinity School of the Pacific invites your to "That was then, this is now: A Moral and Spiritual Agenda for the Episcopal Church" a Community Night Forum in the Tucson Common Room.

The Rt. Rev. Gene Robinson will speak on changes in the moral and spiritual agenda of The Episcopal Church.

Culture and Dignity: Dialogues Between the Middle East and the West

Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 7:30pm

by Professor Laura Nader

presented by UC Berkeley’s International House

UC Berkeley International House, Auditorium, 2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

GTU Offices and Library Closed for Winter Break

Friday, December 21, 2012 - 2:00pm to Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 11:59pm

The GTU Offices and Library will be closed for the winter holidays beginning at 2:00 pm on Friday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 1. Normal hours will resume on Wednesday, January 2.

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Womanist Symposium - "But Who Do They Say I Am?"

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 8:00am to 3:30pm

McGee Avenue Baptist Church, 1640 Stuart Street, Berkeley

The Womanist Symposium's Mission Statement is to be a prophetic voice, concerned about the entire African American community. The central point is to equip and energize Black women to become knowledgeable and confident in expressing their lived experiences, and Christian faith tradition by challenging all oppressive forces that impede the freedom of Black women to live positively and productively.

GTU Common MA Student Orientation

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 8:30am to 2:00pm

Dinner Boardroom, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Tu B’Shvat Seder

Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Please join CJS and the Coastside Jewish Community for a celebratory Tu B’Shvat seder led by Maggid Jhos Singer and Chazanit Julie Batz. *Ritual items and wine will be provided. Children welcome. Saturday, January 26th, 2:30-5pm Richard Dinner Board Room, GTU, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA

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).

“We Are Family: Real Families, Real Faith, in the Real World” - 2013 Earl Lectures

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 (All day) to Thursday, January 31, 2013 (All day)

We are FamilyWhat makes a family and who decides? Is family best understood as a social contract, a biological accident, or a reflection of Divine love? How did the idea of “nuclear family” emerge as the dominant paradigm when so many of our historic and scriptural models present alternative arrangements? How do our concepts of racial identity, sexuality, and gender influence how we approach our familial roles?

CLGS Leading Voice Award Reception Honoring Mary Tolbert

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 5:30pm

Mary Ann TolbertThe Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry is proud to present a Leading Voice Award to Professor Mary Ann Tolbert, the Founding Executive Director of CLGS, for her role in transforming the world so that lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and queer people are recognized and valued in their faith communities and in the world at large.

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

La Mission Film Screening & Discussion with Director Peter Bratt

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - 8:00pm

This screening is a part of the PSR Earl Lectures and Leadership Conference. La Mission is a moving portrayal of redemption, transformation and family struggle. Written and directed by Peter Bratt, the film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival (official selection).

Pacific School of Religion, Room Location TBA, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

www.clgs.org

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.

Building Family Among Senior Populations

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - 8:30am

As Baby Boomers face their own issues with aging, caring for the needs of their parents bring its own unique challenge. What are the ways that congregations can best provide care and community for these “pillars” of the church? While heterosexual contemporaries may have children or other family units to provide support in later years, what happens to the LGBT individuals who have been estranged from their family? Hear stories of hope and challenge from members of the senior community and those who provide services for them.

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: dbensimon@gtu.edu 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.

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.

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.

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 http://www.ctns.org/jkr_fellow_pay.html or write ctnsinfo@ctns.org 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 cis@gtu.edu or cjs@gtu.edu 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 cjs@gtu.edu 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, marmstrong@sksm.edu.

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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.

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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: scholarships@gtu.edu.

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

2013 Annual Women & Religion Student Conference

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 12:30pm to 6:30pm

Women's Studies in Religion host its 2nd Annual Student Conference on Women and Religion on March 1, 2013.

The Conference will take place in the Tucson Room at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific 2451 Ridge Road Berkeley.

Time: 12:30pm-6pm. Reception following Conference. (2 units for whole conference, 1 unit for part) 

Noah, His Family, and Other Animals: Between Midrash and Modern Folktales

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 12:30pm

Lunch and Learn with Koret Visiting Professor in Rabbinics & Folklore, Dina Stein

Lunch provided

NEW LOCATION!!!

Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley

 

Black Star, Crescent Moon: Islam and Muslims in the Black Radical Imagination

Monday, March 4, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

black star cresent moon flyerSohail Daulatzai, Associate Professor, Film and Media Studies and African American Studies School of Humanities, UC Irvine

277 Cory UC Berkeley

A History of Islamic-Inspired Buildings in America

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm

"Domes, Arches, and Minarets" a book presentation by Phil Pasquini

MUDD 102, Pacific School of Religion

Islam in the Public Sphere Class - Center for Islamic Studies

Contextual Salvation(s)?

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

Ted Peters (PLTS), Thomas Cattoi (JST) and Marion Grau (CDSP) reflect on how their religious and cultural contexts shape their views on salvation.

Church Divinity School of the Pacific, Shires Room 113, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley

The Mazatlán Forum - Crossing Borders: Examining Political, Economic and Social Assumptions in the US and Mexico

Thursday, March 7, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, March 9, 2013 (All day)

The Mazatlán Forum is the result of the initiative of DSPT Fellow Agnieszka Winkler, and the collaboration of El Colegio de Sinaloa and DSPT, who together have organized the inaugural Mazatlán Forum.The forum exists for the sake of e

Jewish Collectivity from Ancient Israel to Medieval Europe

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:30pm
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION- Tucson Room (walk through courtyard), CDSP, 2451 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, CA 94709 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

Gender and Resistance: Films and Discussion on Palestinian Women

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

Palestinian Film FlyerEaston Hall, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Twin Bandits - Idea Lounge

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 6:00pm

Join us as for an interfaith conversation as featured artists, authors and faculty speak about the redemptive nature of art and faith in the aftermath of war, ruin and moral injury.

Speakers include:

One Hundred Years since the Expedition: Reflections on An-ski and Jewish Ethnography

Sunday, March 10, 2013 - 2:00pm

This event, held one hundred years after S. An-ski’s expedition through Poland, will explore the findings and ramifications of An-ski’s ethnographic work and the construction of a traditional Eastern European past.  Reception following lecture.

Co-sponsored by the 28th Jewish Music Festival.

Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Rd, Berkeley

 

Being Good Without (Much) God: Ethical Practices of the Religiously Unaffiliated

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 12:00pm

Elizabeth Drescher (GTU Ph.D. '09), Santa Clara University

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

223 Moses, UC Berkeley

Religious Experience as Sacred Text - Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts: March 13

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 6:30pm

Arthur Holder, GTU Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the John Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality, will speak on Religious Experience as Sacred Text at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library's Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts.

What does it really mean when you tell someone that “I can read you like a book”? What makes the “book” of human experience into a truly sacred text? When does experience become a challenge to the authority of the text, or a substitute for it? This lecture will explore the complex relationship of religious experience to sacred text in the history of Christian spirituality, from the ancient period of stone tablets to the current digital age.

Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Lecture at 7:00 pm. A reception will precede the lecture at 6:30 pm.

Laity and Lay Ministry

Wednesday, March 13, 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).

Fred Parrella and Sally Vance Trembath, both Religious Studies faculty members at Santa Clara University, will speak.

Envisioning the Future of Theology and Ethics - A Womanist Perspective

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 6:30pm

womanist ethics flyerWSR hosts the panel Envisioning the Future of Theology & Ethics: A Womanist Perspective

Performing the Bible - a play in four acts

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

Chapel of the Great Commission, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Sunstone West 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, March 17, 2013 (All day)

Sunstone West is a symposium sponsored by Sunstone Magazine, a publication dedicated to Mormon experience, scholarship, issues, and art.

All sessions will be held at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley. One session will be dedicated to Mormon Studies at the GTU and the Academy. Arthur Holder (GTU), doctoral student Michael Reed, and Sheila Taylor (GTU Ph.D. '11) are plenary speakers with Robert Rees (GTU) moderating. Taylor and Rees are featured speakers throughout the symposium.

WSR Coffee Conversation with Monica Coleman, Keri Day, and Andrea White

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 10:00am

Womanist Ethics FlyerJoin WSR on March 15th for a Coffee Conversation with Monica Coleman, Keri Day, and Andrea White on March 15th from 10:00- 11:30am in the GTU Dinner Boardroom.

CJS Career Day

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
This will be an opportunity for current CJS students and prospective students to learn about professional opportunities after graduation. Vegetarian lunch will be served. Monday, March 18, 12:30pm Richard Dinner Board Room, GTU, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley

CJS Career Day

Monday, March 18, 2013 - 12:30pm
This will be an opportunity for current CJS students and prospective students to learn about professional opportunities after graduation. Vegetarian lunch will be served. Monday, March 18, 12:30pm Richard Dinner Board Room, GTU, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley

'Jew-hunting". New Polish research on the Shoah” with Konstanty Gebert

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 4:00pm
PLEASE NOTE DATE AND TIME CHANGE GTU Library, Richard Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Thirsting for Springs of Living Water - Renewing Our Catholic Spirit with Sr. Kathleen Hughes

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 7:30pm

Sr. Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ - Sacraments and Chicken Soup: Sacramental Living in a Post-Conciliar Church

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.

Green Tea Conversation: Women's Leadership and Islam in China

Thursday, March 21, 2013 - 12:30pm

Join in a Green Tea Conversation on Women's Leadership and Islam in China with Courtney Bruntz.

Courtney is a Ph.D. student at Graduate Theological Union. She worked as a Visiting Instructor of English and American Culture at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei, PRC for two years. Currently she is teaching a course, Women in Chinese Islam, at the GTU with the Newhall Grant.

Bring your lunch. Tea&snack will be provided. Free and open to the public

Pacific School of Religion, Mudd 103

Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin Film Screening

Sunday, March 24, 2013 - 3:00pm

First Congregational Church of Oakland The CLGS Coalition of Welcoming Congregations and Our Family Coalition will screen Brother Outsider at First Congregational Church of Oakland (2501 Harrison St, Oakland, 94611).

www.clgs.org

'Preach It!' Preaching Festival

Monday, April 1, 2013 (All day)

POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2013 - CHECK BACK FOR DATE AND TIME

Preach It! is a preaching festival highlighting student preachers from the Graduate Theological Union. Six different categories will each feature six preachers. The day will culminate with a Preach-Off featuring one student from each group. Student preachers will be assessed by panels of homiletic professors and Bay area pastors.

Transgender Identities & Spiritual Traditions in Asia & the Pacific

Tuesday, April 2, 2013 - 6:30pm

Please join CLGS for this special lecture, Transgender Identities & Spiritual Traditions in Asia & the Pacific with Pauline Park this coming Tuesday, April 2 at the PSR Chapel.
Reception starts at 6:30pm and Lecture starts at 7pm.

Visions of Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - What is a Jewish State?

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 7:30pm

Presented by the Olive Tree Initiative Month of Ideas

What is a Jewish State? - Visions of Nationalism Part 1

Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund Rabbi Adam Naftalin-Kelman - Rabbi of Berkeley Hillel Professor Yaacov Yadgar - UC Berkeley Political Science, Visiting Israeli Scholar

54 Barrows, UC Berkeley

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WSR Cafe Series with Dr. Ghazala Anwar

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 10:30am

Anwar FlyerWSR Cafe series presents: Dr. Ghazala Anwar “Khadija: A Model Worthy of Emulation". 

Please join us on April 4th at 10:30am on the 1st floor of the GTU Le Conte Building (2565 Le Conte Ave.)

Israeli Nation or Jewish People? Zionism and the Transformation of Jewish Identity

Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 12:30pm
PLEASE NOTE NEW LOCATION 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

Spring 2013 Meeting of the Pacific Coast Theological Society - Eternity and Eternal Life

Friday, April 5, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, April 6, 2013 (All day)

The Pacific Coast Theological Society (PCTS) invites you to attend its Spring Meeting on Friday, April 5 from 1:30-8:30 pm and Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 am–12:00 pm in Classroom “B” at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley.

GTU Fulbright PhD student, Waqas Sajjad, to present at 30th Annual ACSIS Conference

Friday, April 5, 2013 - 10:30am to 12:15pm
30th Annual American Council for the Study of Islamic Societies
"Christians and Muslim Minorities in Pakistan - The Missing Discourse," presentation by Muhammad Waqas Sajjad, Fulbright Scholar, Ph.D. Candidate, Cultural and Historical Studies in Religion - Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley
Location: The Chancellor’s Suite, Student Center - Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey
Please visit, http://www.acsis.us/ for more information.

2013 Alemany Awards Celebration

Saturday, April 6, 2013 - 6:30pm

Join us in honoring the vital work that our religious sisters do in the world. 

Saturday, April 6thDSPT Mass at St. Mary Cathedral
5:30 pm Vigil Mass, 6:30 pm Alemany Awards Reception and Dinner in the Cathedral Events Center

The Language of Meditation Across Religious Traditions

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm

Panel Discussion and Workshop: Public Event

Mangalam Research Center, 2018 Allston Way, Berkeley

 

The Ascetics of War: The Undoing and Redoing of Virtue

Sunday, April 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute presents the Manolis Distinguished Lecture for 2013: The Ethics of Theosis – Two lectures by Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou of Fordham University.

April 9, 2013, 7pm:  The Ascetics of War: The Undoing and Redoing of Virtue at the Valley Life Sciences Building, Room 2060, University of California, Berkeley. 

Tuesday evening, this will be further explored using modern warfare as the focus.

 

Orthodox Liberalism: The Politics of Divine-Human Communion

Monday, April 8, 2013 - 7:00pm

The Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute presents the Manolis Distinguished Lecture for 2013: The Ethics of Theosis – Two lectures by Dr. Aristotle Papanikolaou of Fordham University.

April 8, 2013, 7pm:  Orthodox Liberalism: The Politics of Divine-Human Communion at the Dennison Refectory, Church Divinity School of the Pacific, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709.  Reception to follow.

Monday evening, Dr. Papanikolaou will explore the general issue of the political implications of an Orthodox Christian mindset.

 

Varieties of Medieval Jewish Literature: The Annual Koret Symposium

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 - 8:30am

Varieties of Medieval Jewish Literature:The Annual Koret Symposium
This conference will examine the varieties of Hebrew literature produced in the medieval period, ranging from poetry, translation, pietistic and legal writings, midrash, travel literature, narrative, and historical chronicle.
Tuesday, April 9, 8:30am-6:30pm

                        Schedule:

8:30                  Welcome

Peoples Temple, Jim Jones, and Black America

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 12:00pm

James L. Taylor, University of San Francisco

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

223 Moses, UC Berkeley

T.V. Moore Lectures at SFTS

Thursday, April 11, 2013 (All day) to Friday, April 12, 2013 (All day)

The San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) will host the annual T.V. Moore Lecture series on Thursday, April 11 and Friday, April 12.  The distinguished speaker for this year’s event is Rev. Dr. Andrea C. White, Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology, and Associated Faculty in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and the Graduate Division of Religion.

The Marriage Plot: Sexuality, Secularization, and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Literature with Naomi Seidman

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Secularization involved, among other transformations, the shift in sexual, romantic, and marital practices and structures. In this talk, we will explore the ways that modern secular literature played a role in the romantic education of modernizing Jews, presenting new models of courtship, love, and marriage. Vegetarian dinner will be served. Co-sponsored with Moishe House East Bay Moishe House East Bay, 886 Euclid Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708

Visions of Nationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Histories of Palestinian Nationalism

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 8:00pm

Presented by the Olive Tree Initiative Month of Ideas

Histories of Palestinian Nationalism - Visions of Nationalism Part 2

Professor Khalil Barhoum - Stanford University Professor of Literature, Culture, and Languages Jackie Husary - National General Coordinator for the Palestinian Youth Movement Omar Shakir - JD candidate, Stanford Law School, Fulbright Scholar (Syria), 2007-2008, Founding President, Stanford Students for Palestinian Equal Rights

24 Wheeler, UC Berkeley

2013 Annual Institute of Buddhist Studies Graduate Student Symposium

Saturday, April 13, 2013 (All day)

Buddhist Ritual, Buddhist Culture

Keynote speaker Dr. Justin McDaniel, University of Pennsylvania

Institute of Buddhist Studies, 2140 Durant Avenue, Berkeley

A Discussion and Celebration of Youth Ministry

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 2:00pm

Research suggests that a majority of Christian youth doubt their faith, but few ever talk about it. They are often left on their own struggling with religious doubt.

Youth ministers, clergy, seminarians and laity are invited to the first Youth Ministry Celebration Day, sponsored by CDSP and the Diocese of California. Well known  speaker, Andrew Zirschky, will present his research and offer suggestions for using doubt to engage youth, followed by a panel discussion of local youth ministry leaders.

Islamophobia: Making Muslims the Enemy

Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 5:00pm

Islam & Authors series at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), conversation with author Peter Gottschalk. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 

Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 5:00pm
"Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea," lecture by Dr.Faisal Devji, Oxford University
Location: Dinner Boardroom (3rd Floor), GTU Library 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA.

Heaven, Hell and Other Places: New Artists' Documentary about Emanuel Swedenborg

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 6:30pm

Heaven, Hell and Other Places: A Film about Emanuel SwedenborgScreening and DVD Release Party with film-directors Jacob Cartwright and Nick Jordan

Doug Adams Gallery/Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Night of Healing, Reflection and Meditation

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 7:00pm

Take 20-30 minutes out of your busy schedule for some self-care and join us. There will be Reiki, healing touch, shamanic healing, and opportunities for meditation to be offered for students, faculty and staff of the GTU and the surrounding community. Be kind to yourself!

To be held 7-9pm in Mudd 100, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley

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Collegiality and Synodal Governance

Wednesday, April 17, 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).

Hal Sanks, S.J. (JST-SCU) will speak.

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

 

4th Annual International Conference on the Study of Islamophobia

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 9:00am to Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 5:30pm

Critical Discourses on Islamophobia: Symbols, Images and Representations

Sponsored by the Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project of the Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley; co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies

Location: UC Berkeley - Booth Auditorium, Boalt Law School

Polyamory and Spirituality: A Night With Dossie Easton

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 5:30pm

The Ethical SlutJoin us for a talk and discussion with Dossie Easton, co-author of The Ethical Slut: A Practical Guide to Polyamory, Open Relationships & Other Adventures (2009), about polyamory and spirituality.

Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley

 

Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir hosts free concert and day of workshops

Saturday, April 20, 2013 (All day)

OIGC Workshops and ConcertIn keeping with the tradition of the past 10 years, the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir will host their biennial traditional all day Music Workshops, this year featuring “Singing Your Blues” a workshop led by Faye Carol, at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland. Registration is available at www.oigc.org.

Marin CROP Walk, led by SFTS President James McDonald

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 1:30pm

Rev. Dr. James McDonald, president of San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), will lead 30 Marin County churches and organizations for the 17th annual Marin Crop Walk On Sunday, April 21, in San Rafael.  The annual walk seeks to raise awareness of hunger related issues throughout the world.

'She Was What He Had Missed:' On the Loss of Women: Lecture with Avivah Zornberg

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Avivah Zornberg was born in London and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, where her father was a Rabbi and the head of the Rabbinical Court.  Zornberg studied with him from childhood; he was her most important teacher of Torah. She holds a BA and PhD in English Literature from Cambridge University. After teaching English literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she turned to teaching Torah. For the past twenty-five years, she has taught Torah in Jerusalem at Matan, Yakar, Pardes and the Jerusalem College for Adults. Dr.

Thirsting for Springs of Living Water - Renewing Our Catholic Spirit with Archbishop Quinn

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 7:30pm

Archbishop John R. Quinn - Vatican II: A Light for the Church in a Darkened World

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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Latino/a Roundtable Meeting

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, April 27, 2013 (All day)

Location TBA

www.clgs.org

Trivia Night @ The Museum

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 6:00pm

Doug Adams Gallery and Bade Museum, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Beer, pizza, and prizes!

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Clones, Sin, and Extinction: Theological Anthropology in Light of Evolution

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

Lecture and Discussion with Braden Molhoek

Dinner Board Room, Graduate Theological Union, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

 

Is Peoplehood Possible (or desirable) in a Global Era?

Thursday, May 2, 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

Ibn ‘Arabi and Rumi Symposium

Friday, May 3, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, May 4, 2013 (All day)

Keynote: “Being Fully Human”, Dr. William Chittick, Stony Brook University

Dharma At Times Of Need: The Interface of Chaplaincy and Ministry

Friday, May 3, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, May 4, 2013 (All day)

The Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley and Buddhist Ministry Initiative, Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge cordially invite you this weekend to:

Dharma At Times Of Need: The Interface of Chaplaincy and Ministry

In Search of the Lost Heart: Explorations in Islamic Thought

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 5:00pm

In Search of the Lost HeartIslam & Authors series at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC), conversation with author Dr. William Chittick. 

Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies. 

Reading the Qur'an Workshop

Sunday, May 5, 2013 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Workshop on Reading the Qur'an by Carl Ernst, UNC - Chapel Hill

Keynote: The Theological Implications of Bracketing Faith in the Academic Study of the Qur'an

CJS Graduation Reception

Wednesday, May 8, 2013 - 3:30pm
Join us to hear CJS 2013 (spring and fall) graduates present their work and celebrate their accomplishments. Students, family and friends are welcome. CJS, Hedco Room, 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley

CLGS Lavender Lunch: Steps and Strategies for Congregational Inclusion of Transpeople

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 1:00pm

Pacific School of Religion, Mudd 100, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

In this workshop we will look at steps and some strategies of bringing your congregation to a place of inclusion of transgender people through awareness, understanding, allyship, and advocacy. This workshop touches on the typical "Trans 101" work but goes deeper. This workshop is cosponsored by the Coalition of Welcoming Congregations and will be presented by Lee Whittaker.

Commencement 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 4:00pm

Join us for our graduation exercises held at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's Chapel of the Cross (2770 Marin Avenue, Berkeley). Reception to follow.

Marilyn Matevia, Ph.D. candidate in Ethics and Social Theory, and Robert Russell, Professor of Theology and Science and Director of the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences, will speak. The faculty member receiving the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award will also be announced.

Parking is extremely limited.

Seminary for a Day

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 9:30am

The San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS) Auxiliary invites you to attend Seminary For A Day, an annual event in which the Bay Area community can enjoy time on the seminary’s historic campus, learn from esteemed lecturers, and connect with members of the SFTS community. Seminary for a Day will be held Friday, May 10 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Alexander Hall, and will include two lectures, a worship service, and lunch. Please click here to register for this event.

Green Tea Conversation: MIGRANT WOMEN WORKERS IN HONG KONG AND CATHOLIC ETHICAL RESPONSE

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join in a Green Tea Conversation with Mee-Yin Mary Yuen on "Migrant Women Workers in Hong Kong and Catholic Ethical Response."

Mee-Yin Mary Yuen, from Hong Kong, China, is currently a PhD student in IDS area with focus on Christian social ethics, Chinese Confucian ethics, and Asian theology. She taught Catholic social ethics in several religious institutions in Hong Kong. She worked in the Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese before and has engaged in the social justice ministry at local and Asian levels for many years.  

Blessing and Commissioning Worship for Graduates of Color

Saturday, May 11, 2013 - 3:00pm

Chapel of the Great Commission, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

You are cordially invited to come celebrate the upcoming graduation of GTU students of color and international students. All are welcome!

Please RSVP by May 6 to gradsofcolor@ses.psr.edu with the number of guests attending.

Light refreshments to follow.

Spatial Schemas and Religious Thought in the Mysticism of the Ladder

Monday, May 13, 2013 - 12:30pm

Olga LouchakovaOlga Louchakova, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology and Comparative Religion
Sofia University, Palo Alto, CA

Thirsting for Springs of Living Water - Renewing Our Catholic Spirit with Fr. Michael Sweeney

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 7:30pm

Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP - The Laity and the Secular Vocation of the Church

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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CLGS GALA featuring Bishop Gene Robinson

Saturday, May 18, 2013 (All day)

Save the Date for this celebration of CLGS!!

Location and other details TBA

www.clgs.org

The Church and the Moral and Spiritual Future of America

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 2:00pm

Sr. Simone CampbellChurch Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP) will present "The Church and the Moral and Spiritual Future of America," a public panel discussion with its three 2013 honorary degree recipients: Sr. Simone Campbell (pictured), Bishop Mark Hollingsworth and Bonnie Anderson. CDSP President Mark Richardson will moderate the panel.

The event is free and open to the public.

Mining the Collection: Site/Structure featuring David Sleeth

Thursday, June 6, 2013 (All day) to Friday, August 23, 2013 (All day)

Doug Adams Gallery (inside the Badè Museum of Biblical Archeology), Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

     

 

Opening Reception - Mining the Collection: Site/Structure

Thursday, June 6, 2013 - 5:00pm

Doug Adams Gallery (inside the Badè Museum of Biblical Archeology), Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Critical Muslim Studies 2013 Summer School in Grenada, Spain

Monday, June 10, 2013 (All day) to Friday, June 21, 2013 (All day)

Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation and Islamic Revival  in Granada, Spain

Farewell Reception for President Donahue

Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm

GTU President James A. DonahueThe GTU community and public are invited to a special reception to honor our departing president, James A. Donahue. Beginning July 1, he will be president of St. Mary's College of California in Moraga.

Come by to wish Jim well in his new endeavor.

Changing the Story with Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee

Saturday, June 29, 2013 - 10:00am

Llewellyn Vaughan-LeeThe real stories that can change our lives come from the mythic, archetypal world of the soul. What are the stories that are needed at this time, to help awaken us from the collective nightmare of materialism that is destroying our ecosystem? How can we work to bring these transformative stories into our communities and our daily life?

Geometry and Islamic Art: Explorations of Number, Shape, and the Nature of Space

Friday, July 12, 2013 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Islamic Workshop Art, "Geometry and Islamic Art: Explorations of Number, Shape, and the Nature of Space", a presentation by the Center for Islamic Studies (GTU) visiting scholar, Carol Bier.

Antar & Abla: An Ancient Bedouin Love Poem in a Time of War

Friday, July 19, 2013 - 8:00am to Monday, September 30, 2013 - 5:00pm

On display in the library are paintings depicting the story of Antar & Abla based on a pre-6th Century Epic Bedouin Poem.

Who is Your God Today? New Religious Movements Research Collections on Display, July-September 2013

Monday, July 22, 2013 - 8:30am to Monday, September 30, 2013 - 5:00pm

Currently on display in the library are selections from our New Religious Movements Research Collections.  The GTU was one of the first institutions to formally study the evolving nature of new religious organizations,  from Hare Krishna to the Unification Church.. These materials are from our 10 main NRM archival collections.

Loving Our Earth - SKSM Symposium 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 (All day) to Thursday, August 29, 2013 (All day)

An Urban Retreat on Environmental Justice

Join us for 2 days of study, dialogue, ritual celebrations, food, music, art and community-building celebrating the Spirit of Life. Our Annual Symposium connects all Starr King School's students, faculty, staff, trustees, graduates and communities as we cultivate multi-religious, counter-oppressive,  just and sustainable communities.

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Birds of Longing featuring Laurie Wohl

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 (All day) to Friday, December 13, 2013 (All day)

Doug Adams Gallery (inside the Badè Museum of Biblical Archeology), Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

 

 

"What Can Levinas Teach Us About Religion?'

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 1:00pm
Lecture with Levinas Scholar Richard Cohen CJS, Hedco Room 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley

"What Can Levinas Teach Us About Religion?'

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 1:00pm
Lecture with Levinas Scholar Richard Cohen "What Can Levinas Teach Us About Religion?' CJS, Hedco Room 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley Lecture preceded by a welcome lunch for CJS students only from 12-1pm. (Student Lounge on the 1st floor of CJS bldg.)

Doctoral Student Forum with President Riess Potterveld

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Meet with President Riess Potterveld for a chance to ask questions and voice concerns about current developments at the GTU. Courtesy of the Student Advisory Committee.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Dinner Board Room, GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Doctoral students only. Not open to the public.

Opening Reception - Birds of Longing

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 5:00pm

Doug Adams Gallery (inside the Badè Museum of Biblical Archeology), Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

 

 

The Founding Fathers and the Constitution: United by Belief in the Tenets of the Bible

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 1:00pm

Do you know why John Adams said, “Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite society, I mean Hell”? Do you know which biblical verse is inscribed on the Liberty Bell?

Randi Wren (GTU MA student in Jewish Studies) will speak on her research in commemoration of the signing of the United States Constitution in September 1787.

Light refreshments will be served.

GTU Student Lounge (first floor), 2465 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley

2013 Welcome Reception and Installation of President Riess Potterveld

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 3:30pm

Denniston Commons (Refectory)
Church Divinity School of the Pacific
2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley

There will be a brief program at 4:00 pm, including the installation of Riess Potterveld as acting President of the GTU and the introduction of new faculty and visiting scholars.

If you have questions, please contact Angela Muñoz in the Dean’s Office at amunoz@gtu.edu or 510/649-2440.

Free and open to the public.

 

Judging Faith Workshop: An International Dialogue on the Jurisprudence on Religion in Courts

Friday, September 20, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, September 21, 2013 (All day)

Presented by UC Berkeley's Institutions and Governance Program

How do American and European courts confront the problem of reconciling secular democratic principles with increasingly assertive faith identities? The aim of the workshop is to bring together a small group of distinguished judges, scholars and advocates to discuss the tensions between faith-based practices and secular ideals.

WSR 2013 Fall Events

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 5:30pm to Monday, November 11, 2013 - 12:00pm

WSR Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm

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

Approaches to the Qur'an Series - Art Exhibit Opening

Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Celebrating Vatican II and Nostra AetateApproaching the Qur’an Through Art Series, Art Exhibit Opening 
 

Annual Book Sale, Monday, September 30

Monday, September 30, 2013 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

The Flora Lamson Hewlett Library's annual book sale will be held in Henry Mayo Newhall Plaza from 10 am to 3 pm on Monday September 30.

Books will generally be $2.00 for hard covers and $1.00 for paperbacks. Some books may be priced slightly higher.

The books are received over the previous year from gift donations. Each year the sale is held on or near the feastday of St. Jerome, the patron saint of libraries.

The Life and Times of Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross: An Archival Exhibit (October 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014).

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 8:26am to Friday, February 28, 2014 - 4:44pm

Rosa and Edith Stein, Echt, 1939

The GTU library is extending its current exhibition,  The Life and Times of Edith Stein, St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross: An Archival Exhibit , thorugh February 28, 2014. The exhibit opened on October 1.

WSR Preparing an Academic Conference Proposal & Paper

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 11:30am to 12:30pm

Worth 1.0 unit

 

"Aesthetics of Sacred Space" - Madrasa/Midrasha Day of Learning

Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 5:30pm

Madrasa/Midrasha Day of Learning sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies

Speakers:

Rizwan Mawani, Educator and Scholar, MA Student, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU
Francesco Spagnolo, Curator at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life
Carol Bier (moderator), Islamic Art Historian, Visiting Scholar, Center for Islamic Studies, GTU
 

Location: GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

National Coming Out Day Celebration

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 12:00pm

Pacific School of Religion Quad, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Join us in celebrating this year’s National Coming Out Day with refreshments, music, and community. There will also be a CLGS Library book giveaway that includes a vast selection of gender and sexuality centered fiction and nonfiction books. 

Sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at Pacific School of Religion www.clgs.org

Book Reading by David Ehrlich

Monday, October 14, 2013 - 5:30pm

author of “Who Will Die Last: Stories of Life in Israel”

Richard Dinner Board Room

2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Green Tea Conversation: THE NEO-CONFUCIAN VISION OF HARMONY AND ITS APPLICABILITY TO INTERRELIGIOUS PEACEBUILDING

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 12:00pm

THE NEO-CONFUCIAN VISION OF HARMONY AND ITS APPLICABILITY TO INTERRELIGIOUS PEACEBUILDING 

Join in a Green Tea Conversation with Sungrae Kim. Sungrae is a Ph.D. student at Graduate Theological Union. He’s been working as the Program Coordinator of Asia Project for two years.

Currently he is co-teaching a course, Issues in Interreligious Dialogue with Dr. Judith Berling, at the GTU with the Newhall Grant.

 

The Qur'an in Muslim Faith and Practice, lecture by Dr.Mahan Mirza (Zaytuna College)

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:30pm
Encountering Islam: Ministry in the Church and the Dominican Tradition 
 
The Qur’an in Muslim Faith and Practice
Dr. Mahan Mirza, Zaytuna College
 
Location: DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley. Click here for directions. 
 

Encountering Islam: Ministry in the Church and the Dominican Tradition

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 7:30pm

Encountering Islam: Ministry in the Church and the Dominican Tradition

"The Qur'an in Muslim Faith and Practice", lecture by Dr. Mahan Mirza, Zaytuna College

Jim Morphesis, Roses and Wounds, October 24 - November 24, 2013: Conversation with artist October 24, 6 pm

Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 7:59am to Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 5:00pm

The libriary is currently exhibiting recent paintings by Jim Morphesis, entitled Roses and Wounds. The paintings will be on display through November 24, 2013.

An opening reception and conversation with the artist and Peter Selz will be held on Thursday, October 24, 6-7:30 pm, in the Dinner board room in the library.

The exhibition is made possible by the Jane Dillenberger Fine Arts Endowment Fund.

Green Tea Conversation: ATTAINING BUDDHAHOOD IN THIS VERY BODY: THE INTERPRETATION OF MEDIEVAL SHINGON BUDDHIST CONSECRATION RITUALS

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 1:30pm

ASIA PROJECT, GREEN TEA CONVERSATION

ATTAINING BUDDHAHOOD IN THIS VERY BODY: THE INTERPRETATION OF MEDIEVAL SHINGON BUDDHIST CONSECRATION RITUALS

Join in a Green Tea Conversation with Dr. Takahico Kameyama. Dr. Kameyama is a post-doctoral research fellow of IBS/GTU. He earned his Ph.D. degree from Ryukoku University, Japan in 2012. His research interest includes Japanese Esoteric Buddhist schools such as Shingon and Tendai.

 

Thursday, October 31

2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - 7:00pm

Dr. William Short, Dean and Professor of Christian Spirituality at FST will deliver the 2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture entitled “From Paris to Alcalá: The Franciscan School and the University, 1219-1533.”

Panel Discussion: A Common Thread: Spiritual Narrative and the Textile Medium

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Visting scholar, Carol Bier, to present at Panel Discussion: A Common Thread: Spiritual Narrative and the Textile Medium hosted by the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE).

Did Noah and Jonah Share the Same Boat? How Similar Stories Say Opposite Things About the Human Soul

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 7:00pm

with Judy Klitsner

The stories of Noah and Jonah share a remarkable number of details, including: water, boats, a divinely-decreed catastrophe, and a prophet's desperate need to escape. These comparisons will lead us to a surprising inverse relationship between the stories, including opposing views on the question:  is it really possible for human beings to change?

Baptist-Muslim Dialogue

Friday, November 8, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:06pm

Join the ABSW community for their second Baptist-Muslim Dialogue event, featuring leaders from our neighboring Muslim communities of education in Berkeley, including:

Graduate Fair at the GTU

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 2:00pm to 4:30pm

Interested in Master’s programs at the GTU? Know someone who is?

Come and be a part of a special event designed for prospective master’s level students to learn about the range of study options the GTU offers. Join us to meet member school representatives, students, and faculty. Light refreshments provided.

Richard S. Dinner Boardroom, GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

To RSVP or for more info, contact us at admissions@gtu.edu or 510/649-2460.

Open House for Prospective Students

Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 2:00pm
Please join us for an open house to highlight CJS programs and offerings, as well as other school in the GTU consortium. GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, CA,

Julian's Gospel: Illuminating the Life and Revelations of Julian of Norwich

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 5:30pm

Book Talk with Veronica Mary Rolf

Hosted by the GTU Dean's Office.

Dinner Board Room (GTU Library, 3rd floor)

Vatican II and Interreligious Dialogue

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 7:30pm

DSPT Professor of Philosophy and Theology Sr. Marianne Farina, CSC and JST Professor of Christology and Cultures Dr. Thomas Cattoi will discuss the growing importance of interreligious dialogue for the Catholic Church from the publication of Nostra Aetate to the present.

Free and open to the public

Jesuit School of Theology, 1735 Le Roy Avenue, Berkeley

An Agenda for Prayer Book Revision: APLM Colloquium at CDSP

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 5:45pm

Since 2008, CDSP has hosted an annual colloquium of the Associated Parishes for Liturgy and MIssion (APLM). This year, Professor David Holeton, professor of liturgics on the Hussite Theological Faculty at Charles University in Prague, will speak on "An Agenda for Prayer Book Revision." 

Recuperations of Andalusi Music

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Recuperations of Andalusi Music presentation by Charles Hirschkind - Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology Director, Program in Religious Studies, University of California, Berkeley hosted by the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE)

Lavender At Night: An Interview with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 7:00pm

Lavender at Night: Interview with the Sisters of Perpetual IndulgenceThe Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and a Professor of Theology walk into a room ... what happens next? Find out! Join us for a great conversation as Dr. Jay Johnson interviews the Sisters about theology, spirituality, good works, and great fun. Of course there will be refreshments!  

PSR Mudd Building Room 100

 

KAICIID Global Forum on The Image of the Other: Interreligious and Intercultural Education

Monday, November 18, 2013 (All day) to Tuesday, November 19, 2013 (All day)

CIS Director, Munir Jiwa, to present KAICIID Dialogue Center’s Global Forum hosts The Image of the Other: Interreligious and Intercultural Education

Location: Vienna, Austria 

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

Interfaith Dialogue in a Plural Society: The View from the Academy Workshop

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 (All day) to Thursday, November 28, 2013 (All day)

Workshop: Interfaith Dialogue in a Plural Society: The View from the Academy

Hosted by The Centre for the Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures and the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Vancouver at Simon Fraser University. 

Location: Simon Fraser University - Vancouver, BC, Canada

Chanukah Celebration

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 5:00pm
Light refreshments will be served. CJS, Hedco Room, 2465 LeConte Ave, Berkeley

Asia Project Green Tea Conversation: Christians in Pakistan-The Missing Discourse

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Asia Project presents,

Green Tea Conversation

Christians in Pakistan - The Missing Discourse

Join in a Green Tea Conversation with Mohammad Waqas Sajjad. Mohammad is a PhD student a s a Fullbright scholar from Pakistanis at the Graduate Theological Union. His academic focus is institutionalized Sunni groups in Pakistan. Mohammad's presentation will be commented by Dr. Munir Jiwa, director of Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU.

The Impact of the Arab Spring on Middle Eastern Christians

Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 7:00pm

Dr. George Sabra, President, Near East School of Theology (NEST)

Graduate Theological Union, Dinner Board Room (GTU Library, 3rd floor), 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Free and open to the public

International Islamophobia Conference - Paris, France

Friday, December 13, 2013 (All day) to Saturday, December 14, 2013 (All day)

International Islamophobia Conference : The Epistemic, Racial, Cultural and Structural Exclusionary Measures in France and Europe

Location: Paris, France - further details TBA

Co-sponsored by the UC Berkeley IRDP (Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project) and CADIS (Centre d'Analyse et d'Intervention Sociologiques), Paris

Fiddler at 50: Film Showing & Celebration

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 6:30pm
California Theatre, 2113 Kittredge Street, Berkeley $15 includes ticket for film & celebration following ($12 for students and seniors). Please call the California Theatre for tickets (510) 848-0620. 6:30pm Celebration to follow at the Magnes Collection for Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA, 9pm

Fiddler@50: Interview & Concert with Theodore Bikel

Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 8:00pm
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street, Berkeley, CA. $34 in advance, $37 at the door. Tickets available at Freight & Salvage http://www.thefreight.org/ticketinformation. Tel. 510-644-2020, x120

Media Influence on the Perception of Religion

Thursday, January 30, 2014 - 5:30pm

Media Influence on Public Perception of Religion, "Encountering the Other: Examining the Issues That Blind or Divide Us" presented by the San Francisco Interfaith Council.

 

Featured Presenters

Munir Jiwa, Ph.D.

Director and Assoicate Professor, Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union

 

Rabbi Douglas Kahn

Executive Director, Jewish Community Relations Council

 

Catholic Imagination and Contemporary Culture: What Is It to Think with the Church?

Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 1:30pm to 4:30pm

2014 Convocation of the College of Fellows

Dominican School of Philsophy & Theology, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley

Public presentations by members of the DSPT College of Fellows, followed by reception. RSVP here, space is limited. Presentations will be streamed live.

Speakers include: 

Student Welcome Lunch, Spring Semester

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 12:30pm
CJS, Hedco Room, 2465 LeConte Ave, Berkeley, CA, 12:30pm Pizza will be served, including a vegetarian option.

Art Exhibit by Paul Roorda

Tuesday, February 4, 2014 (All day) to Friday, May 23, 2014 (All day)

Doug Adams Gallery (inside the Badè Museum of Biblical Archeology), Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

About the Exhibition:

WSR Spring Events

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 (All day) to Friday, April 18, 2014 (All day)

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

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Worth 1.0 unit

Symmetry, Asymmetry, and Symmetry-Breaking in Oriental Carpets

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
The Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU is pleased to announce that visiting scholar, Carol Bier, will be giving the annual lecture at the Museum of Art and History in Santa Cruz, California on February 15, 2014 from 1-2pm.  The lecture is titled:
 
Symmetry, Asymmetry, and Symmetry-Breaking in Oriental Carpets

Film Screening, By The Dawn's Early Light: Chris Jackson's Journey to Islam

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 11:00am

Black History Month

Film Screening, By Dawn's Early Light: Chris Jackson's Journey to Islam

Islam as a Template for Jewish Self-Understanding presentation by Dr. Susannah Heschel

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 12:30pm

"Islam as a Template for Jewish Self-Understanding: Theology, Scholarship, and Politics in European Jewish Imagination, 1833 to 1933" presentation by Dr. Susannah Heschel, Dartmouth College. 

 

Location:

GTU Library Dinner Board Room

2400 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA 94709 

 

Between Racial Chauvinism and Counterproductive Universalism

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00pm
Between Racial Chauvinism and Counterproductive Universalism 
Searching for a Meaningful African American Muslim Discourse
 
Featuring Dr. Fatimah Jackson
 

Dr. Fatmiah Jackson, Between Racial Chauvinism and Counterproductive Universalism: Searching for a Meaningful African American Muslim Discourse

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

In recognition of Black History Month, Zaytuna College presents a lecture by Professor Fatimah Jackson, a distinguished American Muslim scholar at North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and researcher of African and African American populations, as well as the social and ethical ramifications of genetics.

7pm Thursday, February 27

Free admission. 

Main Auditorium, Zaytuna College 2401 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley

Robert John Russell and Ted Peters: Reading of the Sacred Texts, Monday, March 3

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 6:30pm

Robert John Russell and Dr. Ted Peters of the GTU Center for Theology and Natural Sciences will be featured at the 22nd annual Reading of the Sacred Texts. The  lecture is set for Monday evening, March 3, in the Dinner Board Room.  The reception begins at 6:30, followed by the lecture at 7:00. A book sale and signing  follow the lecture.

Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 6:00pm
Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys
NEH and ALA Bridging Cultures: Muslim Bookshelf Collection
 
Date & Time
January 14, February 11, March 4, April 8, and May 6, 2014,  6:00pm - 7:30pm
 
Location
Pleasant Hill Senior Center
233 Gregory Lane Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
 

History of Women's Studies at the GTU

Friday, March 7, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Join WSR in celebrating Women’s History Month by attending this panel on the history of Women’s Studies at the Graduate Theological Union on Friday March 7th in the Dinner Boardroom from 12-1:30. Panelists will discuss the Center for Women’s Studies as well as our own Women’s Studies in Religion Certificate Program. Panel will be followed by a reception. 

Worth 2 Units

The Berkeley School of Jewish Literature

Sunday, March 9, 2014 - 11:00am

A Symposium in Honor of Chana Kronfeld

Join us for this conference celebrating the publication of a festschrift put together by Chana Kronfeld’s students, exploring the question of the distinctive Berkeley approach to Jewish literature. Sponsored by CJS and the UCB Center for Jewish Studies.

Cultural Equity: Ways of Looking at Islamic Art

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 11:15am

Cultural Equity: Ways of Looking at Islamic Art, presentation by Carol Bier

Carol Bier, Islamic Art Historian & Visiting Scholar at the Center for Islamic Studies (GTU)
presentation to be held in Professor Munir Jiwa's Islam in the Public Sphere class

 

Location: Pacific School of Religion (PSR), Mudd 103 

CIS Spring Open House

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:30pm to 2:30pm
SPRING OPEN HOUSE RECEPTION
at the Center for Islamic Studies

 

Meet our students, scholars, learn about our programs, and get involved!

The Latke Hamentasch Debate

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 6:00pm

GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, CA

 

This debate, an academic tradition that goes back to 1948, will explore with utmost rigor and close attention to relevant sources the ultimate question--which is better: The latke? Or the hamantasch?

Presented by the GTU's Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California-Berkeley.

Iconograpy 101

Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 6:00pm

with Rossitza Schroeder, Assistant Professor of Arts and Religion, Pacific School of Religion

When Opposites Attract: The Fusion Calligraphy of Haji Noor Deen

Friday, March 14, 2014 - 4:00pm
When Opposites Attract: The Fusion Calligraphy of Haji Noor Deen

Green Tea Conversation: Australian Aboriginal Religion and The Art of Sacred Sites

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Asia Project 

Green Tea Conversation: Australian Aboriginal Religion and The Art of Sacred Sites

Lecture with Visiting Professor of Rabbinics at CJS, Charlotte Fonrobert, Stanford University

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 5:00pm

GTU Library, Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley, CA

Co-Sponsored by the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

Conversation and Book Signing with Maija Rhee Devine

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

(Worth 1 Unit)

Ritual Practice and Ritual Theory In the Mishnah: A Lecture with Naftali Cohn

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 12:30pm

Naftali Cohn studies the texts and culture of Jews in Classical to Late Antiquity, focusing especially on the group known as the rabbis, who produced texts that became canonical and foundational for subsequent Jewish literature and practice. His research centers on the late-second or early-third century law collection known as the Mishnah, which he reads using the critical lenses of ritual theory, narratology, memory/historiography, feminist theory, and poststructuralist critical theory in general.

Global Crossroads: Mormonism and Asia in the 21st Century

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 9:00am

Chapel of the Great Commission, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley.

Tags:

Reason, Revelation, Experience, & the Body

Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 9:00am

San Francisco Theological Seminary

Alexander Hall, 40 Kensington Rd., San Anselmo, CA 94960

Six religion scholars will explore the different ways in which people come to know God. Each scholar will present their research and then answer questions from the audience. A roundtable discussion will follow the individual presentations.

Public Scripture: Reading Out of Context

Sunday, March 30, 2014 (All day) to Monday, March 31, 2014 (All day)

Graduate Student Colloquium in Scripture, Interpretation and Practice
University of Virginia
Plenary Speaker: Laurie Zoloth (Ph.D. '93), Northwestern University

Call for Papers

Islamic Higher Education in the West: Challenges and Opportunities

Saturday, April 5, 2014 (All day)

 Join us in person or via live stream this  Saturday, April 5, 8:15 a.m.- 7:30 p.m. PT for the inaugural academic Zaytuna College conference on "Islamic Higher Education in the West: Challenges and Opportunities." 

The Divine Art of Dying

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:00pm

San Francisco Theological Seminary, Montgomery Chapel, 5 Richmond Rd., San Anselmo, CA 94960

A workshop to explore the spiritual, psychological and moral issues involved in deciding to turn towards death. Featuring pastoral theologian & noted author Dr. Herbert Anderson, who has taught at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Princeton Seminary, Fuller, and Yale Divinity School.

Download Flyer

Register at https://tinyurl.com/divineart

Talmudic Transgressions: Symposium on the Work of Daniel Boyarin

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 8:00am

Talmudic Transgressions Flyer

This three day event celebrating the work of Daniel Boyarin will be held at both University of California Berkeley and at the Graduate Theological Union.

On April 8th: UCB Law School 4:00PM-8:30PM

On April 9th: 2401 Ridge Road, Easton Hall 9:00AM-5:30PM

On April 10th: UCB Law School Goldberg Room 297 9:00AM-1:00PM

4th Annual SFTS Production of The Vagina Monologues

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 7:00pm to Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 7:00pm

Friday, April 11, 7:00 pm at San Francisco Theological Seminary, Scott Hall, 101 Seminary Rd., San Anselmo.

Saturday, April 12, 7:00 pm at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley.

5th Annual International Islamophobia Conference

Monday, April 14, 2014 (All day) to Saturday, April 19, 2014 (All day)
5th Annual International Islamophobia Conference
Latent and Manifest Islamophobia: Multimodal Engagements with the Production of Knowledge
 
Location 
UC Berkeley Boalt School of Law (Booth Auditorium)
2778 Bancroft Way/College Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710
 
for more information visit islamophobiacon.com
 

Songs for the Spirit Benefit Concert

Friday, April 18, 2014 - 7:30pm
Songs for the Spirit: Benefit Concert for Islamophobia Research and Documentation at UC Berkeley
Featuring the Aswat Sacred Music Ensemble 
 
Location
Zaytuna College
2401 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709
 
More info at Zawaya.org: http://zawaya.org/site/?p=3350

Green Tea Conversation: CHUNHYANGJUN STORY, A KOREAN FOLKLORE

Monday, April 21, 2014 - 3:30pm to 5:45pm

Asia Project

Green Tea Conversation: Chunhyangjun Story, A Korean Folklore

Join in a conversation with Dr. Sam Park. Dr. Park is an Associate Professor of Preaching and Director of D. Min Program at ABSW. His teaching and research interests include prophetic preaching, Korean preaching, multicultural preaching, narrative preaching, and preaching and rhetoric.

Religion in California Conference

Thursday, April 24, 2014 (All day) to Friday, April 25, 2014 (All day)
The California American Studies Association invites you to a conference discussing the diverse religious history of the State of California.
 

The Gendered Pulpit: Sex, Body, and Desire in Preaching and Worship

Friday, April 25, 2014 - 10:00am

GTU Student Lounge, 2465 LeConte, Berkeley

Fritz Eichenberg's Old Testament Prints: Creative Potential and Religious Insight

Friday, May 2, 2014 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Event FlierIn the Doug Adams Gallery at Pacific School of Religion.

Speaker: Luke Devine, Art & Religion GTU Doctoral Student

Part of the Brown Bag Lunch Series featuring students from the Art & Religion Area at GTU

Celebrating the Life and Work of Jane Daggett Dillenberger, May 6 through June 30, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 (All day) to Monday, June 30, 2014 (All day)

On the occasion of Jane Daggett Dillenberger's 98th birthday and the publication of her book with John Handley, The Religious Art of Pablo Picasso, select works of art are on display at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library from May 6 through June 30, 2014. The art and other materials in her honor are from the Center for Arts, Religion and Education collection, as well as works from Dillenberger's personal collection and documents and images from the GTU Archives.

The Religious Art of Pablo Picasso Book Release Party

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Event FlierIn the Doug Adams Gallery at Pacific School of Religion.

Book signing: 5-6pm. Refreshments, spanish guitar, and books for sale.

CARE/GTU Book Swap

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 9:30am to 10:30am

The GTU community is invited to participate in a friendly book swap and light breakfast to engage welcoming conversation and celebrate a successful semester.

In the Doug Adams Gallery at Pacific School of Religion.
 

Celebrating Our CIS Graduates

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Center for Islamic Studies Reception
Join us in celebrating this year's CIS graduates!
 
Location
Center for Islamic Studies
2452 Virginia Street Berkeley, CA 94709
 

CJS Graduation Reception

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 3:30pm

CJS, Hedco Room, 2465 LeConte Ave, Berkeley, CAGrad Recep

Reception for GTU Graduates and Coordinators

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 5:00pm
Church Divinity School of the Pacific Courtyard, 2451 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA

Lewis Mudge Book Forum

Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 12:30pm
Dinner Boardroom, GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley.
 
The GTU will host a book forum on a posthumously published book by the late Lewis S. Mudge, a distinguished theologian and pioneer of ecumenism and interfaith dialogue who taught theology and ethics at the San Francisco Theological Seminary for many years prior to his death in 2009.
 

'Fragment of Life:' On reading Jonah, A Lecture with Avivah Zornberg

Monday, May 19, 2014 - 9:00am

Becoming Ruth

‘I am a stranger:’ Becoming Ruth  Ruth is a stranger in more senses than one. Who is this unknown woman who is destined to become mother of royalty? What is the process by which she finds her way into a foreign and unwelcoming culture and religious tradition? How does destiny come about? To be held at Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA 94709 from 9:00AM-11:30AM. 

Summer Sabbatical and Spirituality Series

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 (All day) to Wednesday, June 18, 2014 (All day)

The School of Applied Theology, 5890 Birch Court, Oakland, CA 94618

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Week 1: May 28-30, 2014, 9am to 4pm

Mercy in the World as the Foundation for Christian Spirituality                                       

with Kevin Burke, SJ and Julia Prinz, VDMF

 

Week 2: June 2-4, 2014, 9am to 4pm

Radical Gratitude in the Face of Cultural and Economic Challenges

SFTS Summer Construction Kick-off

Thursday, June 5, 2014 - 4:00pm

After five years of intensive planning, San Francisco Theological Seminary will begin construction on faculty housing and a new student village this June. Funded through the sale of a small amount of peripheral property, the construction will be completed in time for the beginning of the 2015-2016 academic year.

Critical Muslim Studies - Granada, Spain

Monday, June 9, 2014 (All day) to Friday, June 20, 2014 (All day)
Critical Muslim Studies: Decolonial Struggles, Theology of Liberation, and Islamic Revival  
Granada, Spain</