Graduate Theological Union


Zotero Workshop

Thursday, February 23, 2017 (All day) to Wednesday, March 1, 2017 (All day)

Thurs. Feb.  23rd @5:15pm  OR  Wed. March 1st  @2:30pm in the library teaching lab. 

Please bring your own laptop. We recommend downloading and installing Zotero standalone before coming to save time. Visit to download.

If you need help downloading or installing Zotero, or do not have your own laptop and would still like to attend, please email us at or visit the reference desk.


From Labor to Reward: An Evening with Rev. Dr. Martha C. Taylor at SFTS

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 7:00pm

Join author Rev. Dr. Martha C. Taylor – who has served as both SFTS and GTU adjunct professor -- for an evening at SFTS discussing her newest book, From Labor to Reward.

Designing Your Life Worth Living: A Conversation with Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 7:30pm

Dr. Amani Nuru-Jeter, Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Community Health Sciences at UC Berkeley will moderate a conversation between authors of the recently published best-seller, Designing Your Life, Bill Burnett, Executive Director of the Design Program at Stanford and Dave Evans, Co-founder, Life Design Lab and Lecturer, Stanford Design Program, Management Consultant and Co-founder of Electronic Arts.

CARe Brown Bag Lunch Series: Su-Chi Lin

Friday, March 3, 2017 - 12:00pm

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Presented by Su-Chi Lin, Doctoral Student in Art & Religion, GTU


Sunday Gallery Dialogues

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 2:00pm

Join “Reverberating Echoes” curator Carol Bier as she engages in Sunday afternoon discussions with colleagues from the Graduate Theological Union


Sunday, March 5, 2-4pm, Dr. Munir Jiwa, Director, Center for Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Studies

Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley

Gallery Dialogues: Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art

Sunday, March 5, 2017 - 2:00pm

Join “Reverberating Echoes” curator Carol Bier, Islamic Art Historian and CIS Visiting Scholar, as she engages in conversation with Dr. Munir Jiwa, Director, Center for Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Studies.


Jewish Environmentalism: Faith, Scholarship, & Activism

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

A CJS Event featuring Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, cosponsored by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, in connection with the Russell Family Fellowship Conference.

Saffron Cross: A Story of Interfaith Marriage

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Flyer for Saffron Cross event photo of Rev. Dana Trent and Fred EakerCan a Christian and a Hindu, both ordained in their respective religious traditions, have a successful interfaith marriage? What are the most challenging aspects of this kind of partnership? Does interfaith marriage have its advantages over traditional marriage or partnerships?

Judaism and the Science-and-Religion Dialogue: A Personal Journey

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

A CTNS Public Forum with Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, in connection with the Russell Family Fellowship Conference

Richard S. Dinner Board Room, GTU, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, 3rd Floor

In Pursuit of Perfection: The Misguided Transhumanist Vision

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:00pm

The 2017 Russell Family Research Conference with Hava Tirosh-Samuelson, "In Pursuit of Perfection: The Misguided Transhumanist Vision"

Sponsored by the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

Registration required. Richard S. Dinner Board Room, GTU, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley, 3rd Floor 

25th Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts with Dr. Stephen Crist

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 7:00pm

Reading of the Sacrd Texts Flyer The GTU's 2017 Reading of the Sacred Texts features Dr. Stephen Crist who will be speaking on "The Life and Times of a Lutheran Hymn: 'Ah, Holy Jesus,' Then and Now."

Dillenberger Lecture Series: Pseudo-Arabic as a Marker of Christian Identity in Middle Byzantine Art and Architecture

Friday, March 10, 2017 - 5:00pm

​“Things” can help us understand social identities, relationships, and practices in the medieval world, especially in situations where textual documentation is minimal or completely absent. In this lecture, Dr. Alicia Walker explores how pseudo-Arabic motifs on medieval Christian buildings and objects materialized social identities and spiritual authority among monastic communities across the eastern Mediterranean, thereby attesting to an interconnectedness that is only thinly documented in the written record. 

3.13-3.16.17: The Taubman Lectures

Monday, March 13, 2017 (All day)

MONDAY, MARCH 13 TO THURSDAY, MARCH 16: THE TAUBMAN LECTURES, 2017: "ON HERESY" WITH DAVID BIALE 5:00pm: The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94709

Yoga in the Gallery

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:00pm

Yoga in the Gallery

free | all levels welcome | no experience necessary

Join us for an hour-long session by registered yoga teacher Lily Manderville (CARe Programs Manager).

Open to all GTU member school students, faculty, and staff. Comfortable work clothes recommended.

Please bring a hand towel and water bottle. 2nd Wednesday of each month, 12-1pm.

Questions? Email

Hosted by CARe in the Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley


Third Thursdays at BAMPFA

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - 4:30pm

Third Thursdays at BAMPFA

Graduate Theological Union students, staff, faculty, and friends are all welcome. 

BAMPFA is located at 2155 Center Street, between Oxford Street and Shattuck Avenue,

in downtown Berkeley |




"Borders and Identity": Earl and Boswell Lectures at PSR

Friday, March 17, 2017 - 10:00am to Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 5:00pm

Pacific School of Religion and the Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion are hosting the 2017 Earl and Boswell Lectures March 17-18 in Berkeley, California. The goal of Borders and Identity is to equip leaders to stand for justice with all those on the borders and margins.

Join the GTU Online at the Virtual Grad Fair

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 9:00am

Students considering theological education are invited to join the GTU at a FREE Seminary & Theological Graduate School Virtual Fair. Our GTU Virtual Fair hours will be 9am Pacific to 5pm Pacific. We will have admissions staff and current students on hand to answer all questions. Register for the fair here.

Virtual Grad Fair

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Poetry Reading

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 12:00pm

Brown Bag Lunch Series

Poetry Reading

Brown Bag Lunch Series: informal presentations by Graduate Theological Union students, 

faculty, and staff. Located in CARe's Doug Adams Gallery. Bring your sack lunch! 

Hosted the first Friday of each month from 12-1pm.



Sunday Gallery Dialogues

Sunday, April 9, 2017 - 2:00pm

Sunday, April 9, 2-4pm, Dr. Rossitza Schroeder, Center for the Arts & Religion

and Pacific School of Religion Associate Professor of Art and Religion



Empathy and the Evolution of Compassion: From Deep History to Infused Values

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

A CTNS Public Forum. This lecture contributes a theological perspective to recent heated public debates in psychology on the rejection of empathy as of key significance in the moral life.  In dialogue with philosopher Martha Nussbaum, Celia Deane-Drummond explores recent analysis of the deep history of the evolution of compassion in early hominids and argues for the importance of charity, understood in the classic, Thomistic, sense, as holding a central place for mercy and its relationship with superabundant compassion. Free and open to the public.

Sustainable Societies: Interreligious, Interdisciplinary Responses

Friday, April 28, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, April 29, 2017 (All day)

A two-day conference sponsored by the Graduate Theological Union and the GTU's Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies.

5.5.17, 9:30am: Avivah Zornberg Lecture

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:30am


What if Joseph Hates Us”?  Closing the Book