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A Theology for Koko...and all creatures great and small

Koko
 Koko signs “Love”

Image copyright 2011 The Gorilla Foundation/Koko.org. Photo by Ronald Cohn.

News and New Books

New Video: GTU’s 2010 Alumna of the Year

Jenny Te Paa (Ph.D. ’01) is the first Maori person to earn a doctorate in theology. Her passion and work at the College of St. John the Evangelist in Auckland, New Zealand, is bicultural theological education that honors the knowledge and cultural understandings of indigenous peoples. Watch her video and others at www.gtu.edu/multimedia/video.

Called to Blessings

“I will not pick up hammer and nails and
participate in this crucifixion.”

— Ruth Meyers, Hodges-Haynes Professor of
Liturgics, Church Divinity School of the
Pacific and GTU Core Doctoral Faculty
Member

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.

Explaining Economics from a Values Perspective

Growing up near Harlem, Laura Stivers (Ph.D. ’00) frequently saw homeless people. There was much diversity in her grade school and many children from poor homes. When she was eight, her family moved to the state of Washington where she lived in a predominately white suburban neighborhood. The social and economic inequalities she observed as a child and her father’s influence as a Christian ethicist, contributed, she says, to ethics and social justice becoming a focus of her teaching.

Jewish Studies Students Back from Poland

“I WENT TO POLAND to research the reputation of Yiddish writer Sholem Asch (1880-1957). Conversations with scholars in Warsaw and Krakow led me to Kutno, Asch’s birthplace, where I discovered that a biennial festival is held to honor him. I was surprised to discover the extent of Asch’s literary reputation in Poland outside the Jewish community. His works were extensively translated into Polish and are still in print. He was the first Jew to receive the Order of Polonia Restituta (Order of Rebirth of Poland).

“It was remarkable to discover that right now, in Poland, a new narrative of Jewish experience is being constructed — about the rich texture and communal life of the Jewish community 800 years before the horrific events of the 20th century. While we should not forget the events of World War II, the Holocaust is no longer the only lens for viewing the Jewish story in Poland.”
— Alan Shore, Ph.D. student in Jewish History and Culture

News

Jenny Te Paa Named Alum of the Year

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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