Graduate Theological Union

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GTU Begins Search for New Dean and VP of Academic Affairs

The Graduate Theological Union is seeking candidates for a Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs to begin July 1, 2016. The Dean will work with faculty and administrative colleagues to further develop and implement a newly redesigned PhD program that will create an interactive learning environment among the world’s religious traditions. Applicants should hold the PhD (or equivalent) and be committed to the value of interreligious and interdisciplinary graduate education in theological and religious studies.

From the President


from Currents Fall 2015

We are entering that time when planning and theories are transposing into concrete realities. 

New Options for Interreligious Studies

Why We Need To Be Interreligious

by Arthur Holder

At its February 2014 meeting, the GTU Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution that affirms the interreligious nature of the Graduate Theological Union and opens the way for other religious traditions to join the Protestant, Catholic, Unitarian, Jewish, Buddhist, and Muslim communities already represented here. The statement highlighted the representation of the world’s diverse religious traditions as essential to the GTU’s nature and integral to its mission. It went on to encourage the GTU President to work to “expand and foster representation of the world’s great religious traditions” by seeking out new candidates for consideration as program units, affiliates, and centers for inclusion in the GTU.



by Arthur Holder (December 2012 Dean's Newsletter)

Every year on the weekend before Thanksgiving, several thousand scholars of religion gather for the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. When this event took place in Chicago last month, the GTU was as usual well represented. These two scholarly organizations are by no means the only ones that attract people from the GTU, but they probably do cover the widest range of disciplines and fields within theology and religious studies.

VIDEO: Religious Experience as Sacred Text - Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 7:00 PM

Arthur Holder, GTU Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the John Dillenberger Professor of Christian Spirituality, spoke on Religious Experience as Sacred Text at the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library's Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts.

Exploring Mormon Studies at the GTU and in the Academy

At an upcoming symposium, Sunstone West, sponsored by the Mormon publication Sunstone Magazine, the first plenary session will be dedicated to the topic of Mormon Studies at the GTU and the Academy. Included among the plenary speakers are GTU Dean and Professor of Christian Sprituality Arthur Holder, doctoral student Michael Reed, and alumna Sheila Taylor (Ph.D. '11) with Adjunct Professor Robert Rees moderating. Rees and Taylor are featured speakers throughout the symposium.

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