Submitted by communications on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 10:31am
Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 7:00pm
Jennifer Howe Peace (Ph.D. '05)
Assistant Professor of Interfaith Studies, Andover Newton Theological School (ANTS) and Director of CIRCLE (Center fo Interreligious and Communal Leadership Education)
People of diverse religious backgrounds encounter each other daily in coffee shops, hospitals, classrooms, and around the dinner table. What might these encounters teach us about ourselves, our neighbors, or about God? Drawing on stories from My Neighbor’s Faith (Orbis, 2012), this year's Singh Lecture will explore what these encounters tell us about the nature of transformative interfaith work today.
Responses will be given by Charles Gibbs (Executive Director, United Religions Initiative) and Rebecca Parker (President, Starr King School for the Ministry) with a discussion moderated by Judith Berling (Professor of Chinese and Comparative Religions, GTU). The will be a public reception before the lecture at 6:00PM in the Bade Museum across the Courtyard.
Submitted by communications on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 12:36pm
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.
Submitted by communications on Thu, 01/10/2013 - 12:44pm
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.
Submitted by communications on Wed, 10/10/2012 - 2:27pm
Tuesday, January 29, 2013 (All day) to Thursday, January 31, 2013 (All day)
What makes a family and who decides? Is family best understood as a social contract, a biological accident, or a reflection of Divine love? How did the idea of “nuclear family” emerge as the dominant paradigm when so many of our historic and scriptural models present alternative arrangements? How do our concepts of racial identity, sexuality, and gender influence how we approach our familial roles?
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.
Ann Taves has recently been appointed as Professor of Religious Studies and the Virgil Cordano, O.F,M., Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Previously she was Professor of Christianity and American Religion at the Claremont School of Theology and Claremont Graduate University. She received a B.A. from Pomona College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Dr. Taves specializes in the history of Christianity since the Reformation with particular attention to religion in the North American context.
Each year the GTU invites a distinguished outside scholar to speak at September’s academic convocation. The convocation address is typically a thought and perspective setting piece on issues relevant to theology, religion and culture. Previous lecturers have included Harvey Cox, David Tracy, and Alice Walker. Selected audio and/or video recordings and other files for these events can be accessed through the GTU Archives in the Hewlett Library.