Graduate Theological Union

50th Anniversary Gala Celebrated the Success and Future of the GTU

The GTU’s Golden Anniversary was capped by a gala at the St. Regis in San Francisco on February 28. The event brought together the faculties and administration of the member schools, in addition to alumni, students, and supporters from the community, to celebrate the uniqueness of the GTU — honoring our history and looking toward our future.

In addition to remarks by President James Donahue and Board of Trustees Chair Harold T. “Hal” Leach, Jr., invocations were given by Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins and Rabbi Stephen Pearce; Trustee Rita Semel, faculty member and former dean Judith Berling, and soon-to-be graduate Som Pourfarzaneh addressed the past, present, and future of the GTU respectively; and the Rev. Paul Martin, President of ABSW, gave a benediction.

The video celebrating the GTU’s 50th Anniversary, which also debuted at the Gala, is available at www.gtu.edu/video/gtu-50-beyond.

Recordings of speeches by Rita Semel, Judith Berling, and Som Pourfarzaneh coming soon!

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