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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.

 

GTU at AAR/SBL

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.

Sunstone West 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013 (All day) to Sunday, March 17, 2013 (All day)

Sunstone West is a symposium sponsored by Sunstone Magazine, a publication dedicated to Mormon experience, scholarship, issues, and art.

All sessions will be held at Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley. One session will be dedicated to Mormon Studies at the GTU and the Academy. Arthur Holder (GTU), doctoral student Michael Reed, and Sheila Taylor (GTU Ph.D. '11) are plenary speakers with Robert Rees (GTU) moderating. Taylor and Rees are featured speakers throughout the symposium.

Dean Holder to deliver Reading of the Sacred Texts lecture

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

Religious Experience as Sacred Text - Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts: March 13

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 6:30pm

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

What does it really mean when you tell someone that “I can read you like a book”? What makes the “book” of human experience into a truly sacred text? When does experience become a challenge to the authority of the text, or a substitute for it? This lecture will explore the complex relationship of religious experience to sacred text in the history of Christian spirituality, from the ancient period of stone tablets to the current digital age.

Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley
Lecture at 7:00 pm. A reception will precede the lecture at 6:30 pm.

GTU at AAR/SBL

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.

Ecumenism

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 - 7:30pm

This year, the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University will host a series of events on the theme "The Unfinished Agenda of Vatican II," commemorating the 50th anniversary of Vatican II (the first session met in October 1962).

Mary Ann Donovan, S.C. (JST-SCU) and Arthur Holder (GTU) will speak on Ecumenism.

Gesu Chapel, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, 1735 Le Roy Avenue, Berkeley

The GTU at 40: Will Maturity Make Us Wise?

Arthur G. Holder
The 2002 GTU Convocation Address

The Reverend Arthur G. Holder became Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Graduate Theological Union on July 1, 2002. From 1995 until 2002, he was Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Christian Spirituality at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific, where he had previously served as Director of Field Education. He is a priest of the Episcopal Diocese of California.

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