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Wabash Graduate Programs Teaching Initiative

by Arthur Holder, Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs (taken from April 2011 Dean's Newsletter)

How well does the GTU prepare doctoral students to teach? And how can we do a better job? Those were the questions that we asked ten alums from five years ago who recently came back to Berkeley for a consultation sponsored by the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion as part of their Graduate Programs Teaching Initiative.

Biblical Studies Alumnus Uriah Kim Receives Lilly Research Grant

Uriah KimMarch 30, 2011 - Uriah Y. Kim (Ph.D. ’04), Professor of Hebrew Bible at Hartford Seminary, has received a prestigious 2011-2012 Lilly Theological Research Grant for his new book, The Politics of Othering in the Book of Judges.

Alumna Receives Lilly Research Grant to Study Interfaith Theology

Kristin Johnson LargenMarch 30, 2011 - Kristin Johnston Largen (Ph.D. ’02), Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (PA), has received a prestigious 2011-2012 Lilly Theological Research Grant for Seeking God among our Neighbors: Toward an Interfaith Systematic Theology.

Who among us is good? … and who is “us”?

Nargis Virani, Naomi Seidman, Arthur Holder, Munir Jiwa at the Western Wall in JerusalemLiterary critics and theologians often talk about "interpretive communities" and "capable readers." Who has the ability--and even the right--to interpret a text, especially a sacred text that bears authority in a particular religious tradition?

Last month I participated in a weeklong interreligious Theology Conference at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem along with Naomi Seidman (Director, Center for Jewish Studies), Munir Jiwa (Director, Center for Islamic Studies), and Nargis Virani (visiting faculty, Center for Islamic Studies). The theme of the conference was “What makes a good person?” Small groups involving participants from all three traditions studied key sacred texts together, working both in the original languages and in English translation.

Katharine Jefferts Schori named to President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

February 4, 2011 - Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori (CDSP MDiv '94, DD '01, CDSP Trustee) was named to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. In 2008, she was number two on the London Daily Telegraph's list of 50 most influential Anglicans. Read full list of nominations.

2011-12 Newhall Fellows

Project Student Faculty

Christianity in Africa and the African Diaspora

Bernard Kwame Assenyoh

Eduardo C. Fernandez

Elementary Biblical Hebrew I and II

Joel Brown

Biblical Studies convener

Marriage and Family

Maureen Day

Lisa Fullam

In Memoriam: Yolande Adelson

December 29, 2010 - Yolande Adelson, GTU Trustee, died December 29 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.

In Memoriam: Alejandro García-Rivera

Dr. Alejandro García-Rivera, faculty member at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, passed away Monday morning, December 13. His death is a sorrow for all, particularly for his family and the many colleagues at JST who were so attentive to him and to his wife during his illness. He leaves behind a wife, Kathryn, and two daughters, Sophia and Elizabeth.

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