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Alumna Lord (Ph.D. '03) made Full Professor at Austin Seminary

Jennifer LordJennifer L. Lord was inaugurated on November 21, 2013, as full professor in The Dorothy B. Vickery Chair of Homiletics and Liturgical Studies at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

PLTS alumna Bloomquist appointed as seminary's Dean following CLU merger approval

Karen BloomquistCalifornia Lutheran University (CLU) has appointed a former director for the Lutheran World Federation to oversee Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary (PLTS) after it becomes part of the university on Jan. 1.

The Rev. Karen L. Bloomquist of Bellingham, Wash., will start Jan. 6 as the dean and chief administrative officer of PLTS. She will replace Phyllis Anderson, who is retiring as the seminary’s president.

Penn awarded Poland's Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit

Minister Michałowski decorates Shana Penn with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.The Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union is prould to announce that Shana Penn, Visiting Scholar and Chair of CJS Advisory Committee, was decorated with the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Polish Republic, in Warsaw, on October 23, 2013. Penn is also Executive Director of the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture which supports the programming of CJS.

The award is granted to foreigners who have rendered great service to Poland. The award was presented by Minister Jacek Michałowski, Head of the Chancellery of the President, on behalf of President of Poland Bronisław Komorowski.

GTU Presence at AAR/SBL 2013

As in past years, the GTU will be well represented at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature and not just in attendance.

At AAR, 19 faculty, 35 alumni, and 10 students will present, preside, and respond in 82 different sessions. At SBL, 5 faculty, 16 alumni, and 4 students will participate in 32 sessions. We could be a conference in ourselves.

If you haven't decided which sessions to attend, use our guides below which highlight the GTU's presence. We are grateful to Beth Anderson who compiled these lists.

CIS Director Jiwa to speak at KAICIID Global Forum in Vienna

Munir Jiwa, Director of the Center for Islamic Studies and Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union, has been selected to speak at the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID) Global Forum in Vienna, Austria, taking place November 18-19.

What’s that you see? Interfaith panel explores art and spirituality

The Graduate Theological Union, in conjunction with the Center for Arts, Religion and Education, sponsored Modern Divine: An Interfaith Panel on Art and Spirituality on October 27 at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

Spreading the Word: Alumnus Kelchner Takes Reins of Advancement

Simply put, Alan Kelchner (Ph.D. ‘03) has done it all when it comes to the Graduate Theological Union: student, alumnus, professor, trustee, and now executive staff, serving as the interim Vice President for Advancement.

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