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September 2016

Sylvia Ludins Collection

Monday, June 20, 2016 (All day) to Thursday, September 15, 2016 (All day)

The works of Sylvia Ludins (1909-1965), an artist who last exhibited 70 years ago,  are on display in the library of the Graduate Theological Union. The exhibit will run through Sept 15th, 2016.


Mercy: The Heart of Peace, An Interfaith Meeting of Prayer for Peace

Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 5:45pm

Hosted by the Archdiocese of Oakland, Mercy: the Heart of Peace will embody the message that peace lies at the heart of religion, and that believers are called to be peacemakers and instruments of mercy. GTU President Riess Potterveld will be among those offering public prayers at the event, which features participants representing multiple faith traditions.

CARe Brown Bag Lunch

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join the Center for the Arts & Religion for the first brown bag lunch of the semester featuring a presentation on "Babylon, New Jersusalem, and the Brooklyn Bridge: Modern Vastations in American Art" by Meredith Massar, GTU PhD Candidate in Art & Religion, and CARe/GTU Grant Recipient, Spring 2016.

Where: Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 LeConte Avenue, Berkeley 

WSR Fall Reception

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 5:30pm
WSR welcomes students throughout the GTU consortium who are either currently enrolled in or interested in the Women’s Studies in Religion Certificate to its Fall Reception!

CARe's Third Thursday at BAMPFA

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 4:30pm

Join the GTU's Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) for a new monthly event at the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA).

On the third Thursday of each month, we'll gather in the lobby at BAMPFA at 4:30 to hear a short talk about a piece of artwork currently on display, and then we can amble around the museum or enjoy a drink in the cafe.

CTNS Student Showcase

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 7:00pm
To kick off the 2016-2017 school year the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences will give a sampling of the kinds of science and religion research being done at the GTU by doctoral students.
Confirmed Speakers:
  • Alan Weissenbacher, Ph.D. candidate currently finishing his dissertation. His presentation is entitled “Practical Neuroscience for the Pews”
  • Braden Molhoek, 2016 graduate. His presentation is entitled “Original Righteousness Contributes to the Inevitability of Sin?”

PLTS Founders Day Celebration

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 9:00am

The 2016 Founders Day lecture at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary will feature PLTS's Ted Peters and astronomer Dr. Pamela Gay of Southern Illinois University speaking on, "Taking a Cosmic Perspective: Expanding God into the Expanding Creation: A Dialogue Between a Scientist and a Theologian.”

GTU students may attend for half-price [only $10] (which includes lunch from Sunrise Catering).

Other GTU personnel may attend as well, registering as ‘General.’

GTU Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 3:30pm

The GTU Dean’s Office invites all members of the GTU Consortial Community to a Welcome Reception on Wednesday, September 21st, at 3:30pm in the GTU Student Lounge and Doug Adams Gallery (1st floor of the GTU building at 2465 LeConte Avenue)). At 4pm, there will be a brief program to introduce new faculty and visiting scholars. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

From Greed to Green: The Art & Science of Sustainable Living in India

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 12:00pm

The GTU's Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies presents His Grace Gauranga Dasa Prabhu speaking on sustainable living as showcased by the Govardhan Ecovillage in India. Response by Devin Zuber of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies.

RSVP Required for lunch and presentation. Email

GTU Students, Staff, and Faculty of Color Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 - 4:30pm

Please join us for this opportunity to meet and greet students, staff, and faculty of color from across the GTU Consortium. Refreshments will be provided.

The event is hosted by the GTU Consortium Student Affairs Officers. For more information contact Kathleen Kook, GTU Dean of Students.

Where: Bade Museum, PSR, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

And Then I Killed Him: Soviet Jewish Veterans of World War II Speak of Encountering Perpetrators of the Holocaust,” with Anna Shternshis

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 12:45pm

Thursday, September 29th
“And then I killed him: Soviet Jewish Veterans of World War II Speak of Encountering Perpetrators of the Holocaust,” with Anna Shternshis  

12:45pm: Graduate Theological Union  | Dinner Board Room, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley CA 94709


In the evening, Anna will be speaking at another event:

The James A. Noel Symposium: Black Religion, Materiality, and the Atlantic World

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 1, 2016 - 1:00pm

Please join friends, colleagues, and former students of the late Rev. Dr. James A. Noel, Ph.D. for an academic symposium discussing the four key issues of the African-American experience that shaped his work.

Annual Book Sale, September 30

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

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

This year there is a remarkable selection of books for Masters of Divinity students.  Hard cover books are $2.00; paperbacks, $1.00. A few books may be priced slightly higher. Arrive early for the best selection.

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