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Robert A. Rees Named Director of Mormon Studies

Robert ReesRobert A. Rees has been appointed director of Mormon studies at the Graduate Theological Union. Dr. Rees has taught at UCLA, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Berkeley, and was a Fulbright Professor of American Studies at Vytautas Magnus University in Lithuania.

Announcing Our 2017-2018 Newhall Recipients

The Graduate Theological Union congratulates eighteen doctoral students who are recipients of Newhall Awards for the 2017-2018 academic year.

GTU Solidarity Statement

At the heart of its mission, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) stands for respectful dialogue and ecumenical and interfaith engagement among Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and other local and global traditions. Studies at the GTU take place in the intercultural context of its many seminaries, centers, and religious communities; this rich diversity is essential to the insights and clarity that are hallmarks of GTU scholarship. The Graduate Theological Union stands with those who are threatened by the actions of the current U.S. administration, and we commit ourselves to resist and decry the violence being fomented in various sectors of our society. (Read more)

CIS News for March 2017

News and events from the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU

Haas Fund Supports Student Interreligious Research on Islam and Judaism

The Walter & Elise Haas Fund has provided the GTU a grant to support the Center for Islamic Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies in their joint programming for this academic year. We are pleased to announce grants for students working on an interreligious research project related to Judaism and Islam.

Purushottama Bilimoria Delivers Dharma Endowment Lectures in Bengaluru, India

Purushottama BilimoriaProfessor Purushottama Bilimoria of the Center for Dharma Studies at the Graduate Theological Union delivered the Dharma Endowment Lectures on January 17-18, 2017, at Dharmaram Vidya Kshetram, the Pontifical Athenaeum of Philosophy, Theology and Canon Law in Bengaluru, India. His topic was “The Ethics of Personal Law in India: Religion, Minority Rights, Legal Pluralism, and Uniform Civil Code.”

GTU Community Celebrates Immigrant Contributions

More than 50 students, faculty, staff, and members of the GTU extended community gathered in front of the Le Conte building at the Graduate Theological Union for a public witness on Thursday, February 16, in support of “A Day without Immigrants,” a boycott campaign designed to highlight the contributions of immigrants in the United States. “We gathered out of a need to witness to the powerful place immigrants, past and present, have in our GTU communities, families, neighborhoods, and lives,” said organizer Corinna Guerrero, a GTU doctoral candidate and MTS online coordinator at Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

CIS News for February 2017

Congratulations and our gratitude to Carol Bier, Islamic Art Historian and CIS Visiting Scholar, for her extraordinary work on curating the exhibition, Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art, at the Doug Adams Gallery, Center for the Arts & Religion, GTU, January 31 to May 26, 2017.

Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Announces Gift of $2M from Dr. Francisco J. Ayala

For Immediate Release

Berkeley, CA – January 26, 2017 - The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is pleased to announce a $2M gift from long-time professional partner Dr. Francisco J. Ayala, University Professor in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of California Irvine. In recognition of Dr. Ayala’s gift, CTNS will be renamed The Francisco J. Ayala Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

Uriah Kim Featured in "American Values, Religious Voices" Campaign

Vaules and Voices logo The GTU’s new Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Uriah Y. Kim, is among the 100 scholars of religion participating in American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters., a national bipartisan campaign that brings together scholars from diverse traditions to share insight and wisdom with U.S. political leaders.


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