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Being Latin@ and a Scholar

by Sandra Chavez

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.”

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.

Pope Francis, Novelty following Precedent, according to Kevin White

Kevin White, a Ph.D. Candidate in History and a Protestant, puts the election of Pope Francis into a larger historical context in a recent post at

This new Pope Francis is already an unexpected sort of pope.

It is, of course, too early to declare a definitive take on Pope Francis’ reign. ... By looking at who he is, the name he took, and the first impression he gave, we can already see much that is significant. So far, the theme of his election seems to be “novelty following precedent.’

Recent Student Work


Andrei Antokhin, The Nature of Jerome’s Ascetic Hermeneutics in Adversus Jovinianum in the Light of the Fourth Century Christian, Textual and Theological Context

Youngkeun Choi, Rethinking Protestant Nationalism in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945: Chŏng In-gwa and the Christianization of Korea

Hee-Jung Ha, The Formation of Modern Womanhood in East Asia, 1880-1920: American Evangelical Gender Ideology and Modern Nation-Building

James Lawrence

James LawrencePacific School of Religion
Assistant Professor of Christian Spirituality and Historical Studies
Dean, Center for Swedenborgian Studies

Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2001

Eldon G. Ernst

Eldon G. ErnstAmerican Baptist Seminary of the West
Emeritus Professor of American Church History

At GTU since 1967

PhD, Yale University 1968
MA, Yale University 1965
MDiv, Colgate Rochester Divinity School, 1964
BA, Linfield College, 1961

Augustine Thompson, O.P.

Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Professor of History
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2009

Jane E. Strohl

Jane E. StrohlPacific Lutheran Theological Seminary
Associate Professor of Reformation History and Theology

At GTU since 1996

Ph.D., University of Chicago Divinity School

Phone: 510/524-5264

Margaret McManus

Margaret McManusAmerican Baptist Seminary of the West
Assistant Professor of American Religious History

At GTU since 2000

PhD, Graduate Theological Union, 1999
MA, Graduate Theological Union
BA, Our Lady of the Lake College

Phone: 510/841-1905

Ronald D. Burris

Ronald BurrisAmerican Baptist Seminary of the West
Associate Professor of Church History

Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2002

PhD, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena CA
BA, University of California, Davis CA

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