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Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences Announces Gift of $2M from Dr. Francisco J. Ayala

For Immediate Release

Berkeley, CA – January 26, 2017 - The Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is pleased to announce a $2M gift from long-time professional partner Dr. Francisco J. Ayala, University Professor in the Sciences and Humanities at the University of California Irvine. In recognition of Dr. Ayala’s gift, CTNS will be renamed The Francisco J. Ayala Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

Uriah Kim Featured in "American Values, Religious Voices" Campaign

Vaules and Voices logo The GTU’s new Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Uriah Y. Kim, is among the 100 scholars of religion participating in American Values, Religious Voices: 100 Days. 100 Letters., a national bipartisan campaign that brings together scholars from diverse traditions to share insight and wisdom with U.S. political leaders.

GTU Welcomes Dr. Uriah Y. Kim as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to welcome Dr. Uriah Y. Kim as Dean, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and John Dillenberger Professor of Biblical Studies. Dr. Kim returns to the GTU to become Dean twelve years after completing his PhD here. “I'm very happy to be going back to Holy Hill,” he said. “It's a dream come true for me to be called to serve an institution I respect and love so much.”

Apply by December 15 to the GTU's Innovative Doctoral Program

Students seeking to begin doctoral studies at the GTU in the Fall 2017 semester have until Thursday, December 15, 2016, to apply. The GTU’s new doctoral curriculum, launched in the Fall 2016 semester, offers an innovative approach to doctoral education with extraordinary opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship and interreligious conversation.

Dr. Jeffrey Richey Named 2016 GTU Alum of the Year

The Graduate Theological Union is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Jeffrey L. Richey (PhD, 2000) as the GTU’s 2016 Alumnus of the Year. Dr. Richey holds the Francis Alexander McGaw Chair in Religion at Berea College in Kentucky, where he serves as Professor of Religion and Asian Studies.

Celebrating the GTU Class of 2016!

May 12, 2016

On a beautiful Thursday afternoon in Berkeley, fifty-seven graduates were honored at the GTU's 2016 Commencement Exercises. This year’s commencement ceremony was held on May 12, at the Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary's Chapel of the Cross. Replay the live video stream of this year's commencement. 

GTU Announces the Hiring of Dr. Uriah Y. Kim as Dean

The Graduate Theological Union of Berkeley, California, has announced the hiring of Dr. Uriah Y. Kim as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and John Dillenberger Professor of Biblical Studies. Dr. Kim will begin his service at the GTU in January 2017.

GTU Establishes First Center for Dharma Studies in U.S.

The Graduate Theological Union has announced a $4.4 million gift from Mira and Ajay Shingal to establish and endow the first Center for Dharma Studies in the United States. The Center will focus on leading edge, multidisciplinary, graduate research and teaching in Hindu Studies and Dharma Studies.

GTU Adopts New Doctoral Program Curriculum

The Graduate Theological Union has adopted a new doctoral curriculum beginning in fall 2016 that builds on the strengths of the existing program while enhancing opportunities for interdisciplinary scholarship and interreligious conversation among students and faculty.

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.

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