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New Video: GTU’s 2010 Alumna of the Year

Jenny Te Paa (Ph.D. ’01) is the first Maori person to earn a doctorate in theology. Her passion and work at the College of St. John the Evangelist in Auckland, New Zealand, is bicultural theological education that honors the knowledge and cultural understandings of indigenous peoples. Watch her video and others at

Resurgence of Catholic Theology

Paul G. Crowley, S.J. (Ph.D. ’84), theology professor and chair of the religious studies department at Santa Clara University, writes in America that he sees hope for a resurgence of Catholic theology in “the next generation of Catholic theologians.” On his short list of 7 are two GTU alums: Nancy Pineda-Madrid (Ph.D. ’05), Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and Cecilia González-Andrieu (Ph.D. ’07), Loyola Marymount University.

A Vote for Diaz

Because of his concern about an increased military presence on Guam and what he sees as a need for more participation by its citizens in the U.S. government, Jonathan Diaz (M.A. ’03) returned to his island home in 2008 and became an advocate. Diaz used his recent Senatorial campaign to reawaken a conversation of peace and freedom. He called for nuclear disarmament in east and southeast Asia, a smaller military presence, and a voice for the Chamoru, the indigenous people of Guam. He didn’t win the Senate seat, but he is about to embark on an island-wide campaign for the political self-determination of Guam. His recently published book, Towards a Theology of the Chamoru: Struggle and Liberation in Oceania, is available from Claretian Publications.

In Memoriam

Alejandro García-Rivera

Faculty member, Jesuit School of Theology
Dr. Alejandro García-Rivera died December 13, 2010 following a battle with cancer. Dr. García-Rivera taught Systematic Theology at the GTU since 1993, with an emphasis on grace in the human person and Latino/Hispanic theology. Originally trained in physics, his scholarship as a theologian bridged the disciplines of science and religion, and in recent years, he became one of the leading voices in the United States in the field of theological aesthetics. Among his many books are St. Martin de Porres: The Little Stories; The Community of the Beautiful: A Theological Aesthetics; and most recently, The Garden of God: A Theological Cosmology. He was the GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecturer for 2002 and recipient of the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award for 2010. He is survived by his wife, Kathryn, and two daughters, Sophia and Elizabeth.


Yolande Adelson

Graduate Theological Union Trustee
Yolande Adelson died December 29, 2010 following a battle with cancer. A former lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, and higher education administrator, Mrs. Adelson was a vital and strong presence in the GTU community since 2003, working assiduously on behalf of students and to help the GTU address the challenges and opportunities of being a diverse institution. She is survived by her husband, Marvin, and her daughter, Esther Chambers.

New Books

… by Sharon Betsworth, Ph.D. ’07

The Reign of God is Such as TheseThe Reign of God is Such as These: A Socio-Literary Analysis of Daughters in the Gospel of Mark
T & T Clark International

“Betsworth analyzes the ‘daughters’ in the Gospel of Mark: the woman from the crowd — whom Jesus calls daughter, Jairus’ daughter, Herodias’ daughter, and the daughter of the Syro-Phoenician woman. [Her] investigation…shows that the ‘daughters’ in the Gospel uphold the values of the ‘reign of God’, as an integral part of the Gospel’s inclusive social vision of God’s reign.”
— publisher

… by Rebecca Ann Parker

A House for HopePresident and Professor of Theology, Starr King School for the Ministry

and John A. Buehrens

A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century
Beacon Press

“Buehrens and Parker show that progressive Protestants can be proud and articulate about their beliefs.”
— John B. Cobb, Jr., coauthor of For the Common Good

… by Noach Dzmura, M.A. ’08 (editor)

Balancing on the MechitzaBalancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community
North Atlantic Books

“An unprecedented volume attending to the challenges and opportunities facing transgendered individuals committed to practicing Judaism. [The book] includes contributions from Rachel Biale, Chalotte Elisheva Fonrobert, and Joy Ladin…”
— Tablet Magazine

… by Andrea Bieler

Embodying GraceProfessor of Christian Worship, Pacific School of Religion

and Hans-Martin Gutmann

Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World
Fortress Press

“…the authors join their expertise in liturgy, homiletics, and pastoral care with their commitment to the poor and marginalized … and their clear-sighted analyses of our present cultural situation, including increasing violence and the commodification of human life.”
— publisher

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