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.
Submitted by communications on Mon, 10/28/2013 - 3:02pm
I look at my life and realize how incredible it is to find myself at the GTU in Berkeley. I am an American citizen, born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, but my abuelita (grandmother) is quick to remind me, “Mexican comes before American. You are Mexican-American and do not forget it.”
Submitted by communications on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 7:36pm
For nearly 14 years I’ve had a foot in the church and a foot in academia.
I had planned to pursue a career in the performing arts, majoring in musical theatre or dance in college. A conversion experience in a Christian church in my late teens shifted my plans for life and career. Fortunately, wonderful religion professors quickly taught me that my calling in ministry can coincide with my gifts in the arts and my deep interest in feminism. As a college freshman, I served as a youth minister.
I often describe my calling as a stool. The seat is social justice and the three legs are the church, the academy, and the arts.
Submitted by communications on Tue, 10/15/2013 - 7:06pm
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Mia Mochizuki smiles ear to ear when she talks about art as a medium for understanding religion, culture, and history. She was recently named the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award recipient for 2013 at the May 9 Commencement ceremony.