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Researching Religion and End-of-Life Decision Making

GTU received a $5,000 grant to conduct a research survey of religious thought related to end-of-life healthcare and, specifically, theological perspectives on withholding nutrients for terminally ill patients. The donor worked in retirement communities and faced these decisions on a daily basis. Lisa Fullam, Assistant Professor of Moral Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University directed the project and will make it available to the public in the Spring. Look for more information in the next issue of Currents.

Kristin Johnston Largen, Our 2012 Alumna of the Year

Rev. Kristin Johnston Largen (Ph.D. ’02), Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (PA), has been selected at the GTU’s Alumna of the Year for 2012 and will be honored during the Alumni Reception at AAR/SBL (see back cover for details). Largen was selected in recognition of her pioneering work in interreligious dialogue and comparative theology.

Rookie Card Beyond Value

Josefina J. Card, Ph.D., who prefers to go by J.J., first learned of the GTU from her friend, Judy Larsen who serves on the Board of Trustees as the representative for the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Larsen approached Card to see if she would accept a nomination to the GTU Board of Trustees. Moved by the interfaith and multireligious mission of the GTU, Card agreed. In her first year as a Trustee, she has seen in action her belief that there are many roads to God, and that the GTU clearly helps articulate those roads.

Transcending Word and Deed: Religious Art

Though much of our religious traditions are recorded and communicated through text or action, art has been a long-standing avenue for expression and instruction of things concerning the soul.

Beyond Saving: A Faithful Look at the Economy

Given the continued prominence of economic recovery in public debate, two students and one alumna discussed with us the economy from a faith based perspective.

A Grand Experiment for Divining Nature

An Interview with Robert J. Russell, Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences

Bob Russell with his 1967 Volvo P1800Science and Religion have always been thought of as diametric opposites, searching for different truths. One need only think of Galileo and Copernicus. How have these poles been brought closer together?

A Message from President Jim Donahue on the GTU’s 50th Anniversary

Certainly ethicists have always asked the normative questions about what is right and good. That hasn’t changed since I did my doctoral work at the GTU in the early eighties. Relying on the canonical work of Tillich, the Niebuhrs, Durkheim, Rahner, Weber, Barth, and others for a grand unified theory, we focused on identifying laws, norms, and principles that guide behavior.

Soul Repair: Recovering from Moral Injury after War

Soul Repair by Gabriella Lettini (SKSM) and Rita Nakashima Brock

Published: Beacon Press (November 2012)

Description: The first book to explore the idea and effect of moral injury on veterans, their families, and their communities.

CARE Art Collection Available Online

Stephen De Staebler (American, 1933 – 2011), Red Angel II, 1995, color monotype.

The CARE art collection represents 24 works, with themes ranging from biblical scenes to symbolic iconography to abstract imagery. A broad variety of media is represented in the collection, including oil and acrylic on canvas, etchings, engravings, photographs, and sculpture. The works represent a variety of faith traditions and reflect the ecumenical and spiritual character of the GTU. Important artists include Rembrandt, Chagall and Rouault. Together these works capture the intimacy of creation, presenting a visual theology to the public.

Islam from the Public Square to the Academy

With few counterparts, the Center for Islamic Studies (CIS) offers graduate students and scholars, Muslim and those of other faith traditions, the opportunity to pursue the academic study of Islam, within the multireligious context of the GTU, where pluralism, dialogue and interreligious understanding are the basis of scholarship and service. It also provides a community for Muslim students throughout the consortium regardless of academic interests.

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