Graduate Theological Union


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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

Thomas Cattoi

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Associate Professor of Christology and Cultures

Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 2006

William Short (OFM)

William ShortFranciscan School of Theology
Dean and Professor of Christian Spirituality
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1983

Arthur G. Holder

Graduate Theological Union
Professor of Christian Spirituality
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1986

PhD, Duke University, 1987
MDiv, The General Theological Seminary, 1976
AB, Duke University, 1973

Phone: 510/679-7894

Christian Spirituality




Student Work

Jung Eun Sophia Park,
A Hermeneutics of Dislocation as

Integrating Practices: Christianity and Buddhism

Daeseop Yi is a Ph.D. candidate who hails from South Korea. He came to study at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2004 in the Doctor of Ministry program. During his program, he discerned a desire to study more deeply about how transformation within the spiritual process occurs. With this focus he entered the Ph.D. program. “While I was doing coursework in the Christian Spirituality Area, we had to study a religion and a discipline in addition to Christianity.” He became fascinated with Buddhism, he focused on comparing Christian and Buddhist traditions. “I realized that I had been living, integrating, and adopting Buddhist and other Indigenous practices, but studying in an academic way made it really interesting for me.”

Alumnus Named Next President of Holy Cross

Philip BoroughsThe College of the Holy Cross (Worchester, Mass.) has selected Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., as the College’s 32nd president beginning January 2012. He graduated in 1989 with a Ph.D. in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union. His doctoral dissertation was on John Woolman (1720-1772), the itinerant Quaker preacher in Colonial America, who advocated against slavery and whose journal is considered a spiritual classic. Fr. Boroughs also holds a Licentiate of Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley.

Providing Self-Help Tools for Chinese Students

Mistie Shaw

Shaw (2nd row) with some of her students

Three years ago, a spiritual director asked Mistie Shaw (M.A. ’04) where she wanted to go. Her answer was literal and unequivocal: China.

Janet Ruffing’s Very Full and Satisfying Career

“…it’s important for me to give back…”

Janet Ruffing

 Ruffing (center) in Thailand, where she helped initiate a
spiritual direction program

(photo altered with Photoshop filter)

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