On May 8, fifty-four graduates were honored at the Graduate Theological Union’s 2014 commencement ceremony, held at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's Chapel of the Cross in Berkeley, California. Thirty-seven graduates received the Master of Arts degree, three the Master of Arts with a concentration in Biblical Languages, and fourteen the Doctor of Philosophy degree. Each of these students completed their programs in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014.
Submitted by communications on Thu, 05/22/2014 - 2:53pm
Join in a Green Tea Conversation on Women's Leadership and Islam in China with Courtney Bruntz.
Courtney is a Ph.D. student at Graduate Theological Union. She worked as a Visiting Instructor of English and American Culture at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, Hubei, PRC for two years. Currently she is teaching a course, Women in Chinese Islam, at the GTU with the Newhall Grant.
Bring your lunch. Tea&snack will be provided. Free and open to the public
Courtney Bruntz came to the GTU unsure of exactly what direction she would take. “At that point I was really interested in interreligious work, but thought at some point I would focus solely on Buddhism and the religions of Asia. GTU was a really good place to start that process because of all the different member schools and centers of distinction.” Bruntz’s journey beyond her Lutheran upbringing in Nebraska began at the age of 19 when her sister got married. Her brother-in-law is a third generation Japanese American. She recalls that her brother-in-law’s grandmother kept initiating conversations on the wedding being interreligious and intercultural. “I hadn’t thought about the intersection of two cultures and faith traditions until then. That experience shaped my initial years at college.”