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VIDEO: Spiritual Other/Spiritual Self: Models of Transformative Interfaith Work - Surjit Singh Lecture 2013

People of diverse religious backgrounds encounter each other daily in coffee shops, hospitals, classrooms, and around the dinner table. What might these encounters teach us about ourselves, our neighbors, or about God?

Exploring Mormon Studies at the GTU and in the Academy

At an upcoming symposium, Sunstone West, sponsored by the Mormon publication Sunstone Magazine, the first plenary session will be dedicated to the topic of Mormon Studies at the GTU and the Academy. Included among the plenary speakers are GTU Dean and Professor of Christian Sprituality Arthur Holder, doctoral student Michael Reed, and alumna Sheila Taylor (Ph.D. '11) with Adjunct Professor Robert Rees moderating. Rees and Taylor are featured speakers throughout the symposium.

Debra Mumford on Preparing for the Classroom (and Everything Else)

Debra Mumford (Ph.D. '05) lauds her experience at the GTU for preparing her extensively for the classroom, but then discovered everything else that comes with being a professor.

Naomi Seidman to Deliver Carleton College’s Forkosh Lecture in Judaic Studies

Naomi Seidman, a scholar who specializes in Jewish culture and literature, will deliver Carleton College’s annual Forkosh Family Lecture in Judaic Studies and Religion on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Severance Great Hall. Entitled “The Marriage Plot: Sexuality, Secularization and the Emergence of Modern Jewish Literature,” Seidman’s lecture will explore how the secularizing trends of the 18th and 19th centuries worked through art and literature to influence Jewish sexual norms. This event is free and open to the public.

David Henson on SNL's "DJesus Uncrossed" and the Violent Use of Jesus in America

DJesus Uncrossed, Saturday Night LiveDavid R. Henson (M.A. '09) responds to the controversial "DJesus Uncrossed" sketch on Saturday Night Live on February 16, taking aim at the way Jesus has been used for violence.

Understanding Religion's Growing Resurgence in Higher Education

A recent article in Trusteeship (January/February 2013), the publication of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges, outlined the return of religion and religious studies to many a higher education institution. The abstract for the article is below.

Marianna Farina discusses Pope Benedict XVI's resignation on KQED Forum

In a surprise announcement Monday, Pope Benedict XVI said he would resign this month after less than eight years in office. He's the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years, when Pope Gregory XII stepped down, and the first to have done so voluntarily since Celestine V in 1294.

Sr. Marianna Farina, DSPT, participating in KQED's Forum on the topic, discussed potential sucessors and the future of the Catholic Church in the U.S. and worldwide.

Statement by President Donahue on the Resignation of Benedict XVI

The resignation today of Pope Benedict XVI marks a significant departure from precedent and historical tradition in the Roman Catholic Church.

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