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Student Addresses America's History on Constitution Day

Randi Wren, M.A. student in Jewish Studies, addressed an intimate crowd on Monday, September 16, in the student lounge. Her Constitution Day talk stemmed from her thesis research on the theology behind the founding of America.

Here are some notable points from her talk, "The Founding Fathers and the Constitution: United by Belief in the Tenets of the Bible":

Student Stoneking New Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation

Kristin Gill StonekingThe Fellowship of Reconciliation, the oldest interfaith peace and justice organization in North America, has selected Rev. Kristin Gill Stoneking as it's 24th Executive Director. Stoneking is a Ph.D. student in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing on interreligious studies and nonviolence education. She is also ordained in the United Methodist Church.

In Memoriam: Robert N. Bellah

Robert BellahThe Graduate Theological Union lost a great friend and colleague on July 31 with the death of Robert N. Bellah (1927-2013), who was the Elliott Professor of Sociology, Emeritus, at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Carin Jacobs accepts position at Sonoma State University

Carin Jacobs has accepted a position to become the Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Sonoma State University. At GTU, she served as the Director of the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) for five years and her last day is August 9. A GTU affiliate center, CARE focuses on the link between art and theological studies.

Spotlight: Alumna explores fiction and faith

Laurie R. King (MA ‘84) was recently featured in an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel highlighting her career as a crime novelist exploring the connection between faith and fiction. King’s theological interests and training have found a creative outlet through crime novels.

Celebrated novelist, and proud Santa Cruzan, Laurie R. King has two great intellectual passions. As her international fan base is already aware, one of those is writing smart and gripping crime fiction. But, as few may know, the other is religion.

Alumna Burrus accepts appointment at Syracuse University

Virginia BurrusVirginia Burrus (GTU Ph.D. ’91, History) is leaving Drew University for a named chair at Syracuse. The announcement is at http://religion.syr.edu/About/NewsAccolades.html and it says:

Conjuring the Perfect Exorcism – Alumna and Student Advise on Horror Flick

The Conjuring movie posterWhen it comes to horror films, a dash of holy water, a priest waving a cross, and some unintelligible Latin usually provide enough legitimacy to make the most demonic possessions believable to the general population. But when brothers Chad and Carey Hayes set to writing their most recent screenplay, they wanted an accurate portrayal more than dramatic. Diana Walsh-Pasulka (M.A.

CTNS awarded $200K for Project SATURN

The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) has been awarded a $200,000 research grant from Calvin College[1] for Project SATURN (Scientific and Theological Understandings of Randomness in Nature). The purpose of this grant is to study the scientific warrants for and theological implications of randomness, propensities and indeterminism in nature - including such natural phenomena as the self-organization of the rings of Saturn out of apparently random processes and gravitational interactions.

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