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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 www.gtu.edu/multimedia/video.
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.
Faculty member, Jesuit School of Theology
Graduate Theological Union Trustee
… by Sharon Betsworth, Ph.D. ’07
The Reign of God is Such as These: A Socio-Literary Analysis of Daughters in the Gospel of Mark
“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.”
… by Rebecca Ann Parker
President 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
“Buehrens and Parker show that progressive Protestants can be proud and articulate about their beliefs.”
… by Noach Dzmura, M.A. ’08 (editor)
Balancing on the Mechitza: Transgender in Jewish Community
“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…”
… by Andrea Bieler
Professor of Christian Worship, Pacific School of Religion
and Hans-Martin Gutmann
Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World
“…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.”
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