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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.

Spiritual Other/Spiritual Self: Models of Transformative Interfaith Work - Surjit Singh Lecture 2013

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.

GTU Reception at AAR/SBL

Saturday, November 19, 2016 - 8:00pm

All GTU alumni, students, and prospective students are cordially invited to the GTU reception at the annual meetings of AAR/SBL in San Antonio.

GTU Reception at AAR & SBL

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 7:00pm

Connect with GTU faculty, students, alumni, and administration--and greet our 2015 Alumna of the Year, Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado--at the GTU reception at the AAR & SBL Annual Meeting. Prospective students are encouraged to RSVP to Andrea Sheaffer, so we can welcome you. 

GTU Alumni of the Year

These distinguished GTU alumni have been involved in activities around the world ranging from teaching and scholarship to social justice work or government policy. Wherever they are, they help nurture new leaders who cross religious and cultural divides to make our world a better place to live.
2016 – Jeffrey L. Richey, Ph.D. 2000
2015 – Michelle Gonzalez Maldonado, Ph.D. 2001
2014 – Suzanne Holland, Ph.D. 1997
2013 – Uriah Kim, Ph.D. 2004

GTU Alumni Reception at AAR/SBL

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 8:00pm

Join us as we honor our 2014 Alumna of the Year, Dr. Suzanne Holland (PhD, '97). Harbor Terrace at the Grand Hyatt, 1 Market Place, San Diego. Please RSVP by November 14 to, 510-649-2431. GTU alumni, faculty, students, and prospective students welcome.   

Beauty that Redeems


Book Review—Saving Beauty: A Theological Aesthetics of Nature by Kathryn B. Alexander

by Nathan Michon

from Currents Fall 2014

GTU Announces 2014 Alumna of the Year: Dr. Suzanne Holland

GTU Alum John Holt Named 2014 Guggenheim Fellow

GTU alumnus John Holt (M.A., 73) has been awarded a Fellowship by the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The Fellowship will support Holt’s research on Buddhist/Muslim tensions in Sri Lanka and Burma.

This year’s Guggenheim Fellowships, announced in April, were awarded to a diverse group of 178 scholars, artists, and scientists. Honorees were chosen from among nearly 3,000 applicants. Holt is one of only three 2014 Guggenheim Fellows whose projects are in the field of religion.

Alum of the Year: Uriah Kim

by Doug Davidson

When Uriah Kim first visited the Graduate Theological Union as a prospective doctoral student in the spring of 1998, he sensed immediately that it was a special place, pulsing with the vitality of serious intellectual and spiritual discovery. “I remember meeting with GTU students and alumni on Holy Hill, and I could immediately sense the energy. The GTU is a place that stimulates your mind, your spirit—everything.”

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