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Buddhist Studies: New Avenues

by Tori Pinto, M.A. '11

Growing up Buddhist, I wanted to pursue a career that would allow me to better understand my own religious heritage, as well as contribute academically to the growing body of research on contemporary Japanese religion. We are moving into an exciting time for Buddhist Studies as more attention is being given to ritual, popular religion, folk and oral tradition, as well as visual and material culture. Ultimately I would like to bring a deeper awareness and understanding of Buddhism to American universities, moving beyond the sweeping generalizations and surface readings that we sometimes encounter with imported religions.

WATCH: Brownbag Lunch with Indonesian Scholar Rev. Nancy Souisa

Wednesday, March 30 at 12:30pm

Pacific School of Religion, Mudd 101, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Reverend Souisa teaches at Indonesia Christian University in Maluku and has previously served as Co-Moderator of Congress of Asian Theologians and Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools in Indonesia. She holds Masters degrees from Indonesia Christian University in Maluku and Satya Wacana Christian University. She is completing her Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies at Pacific School of Religion this semester.

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

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