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Green Tea Conversation: MIGRANT WOMEN WORKERS IN HONG KONG AND CATHOLIC ETHICAL RESPONSE

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Join in a Green Tea Conversation with Mee-Yin Mary Yuen on "Migrant Women Workers in Hong Kong and Catholic Ethical Response."

Mee-Yin Mary Yuen, from Hong Kong, China, is currently a PhD student in IDS area with focus on Christian social ethics, Chinese Confucian ethics, and Asian theology. She taught Catholic social ethics in several religious institutions in Hong Kong. She worked in the Justice and Peace Commission of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese before and has engaged in the social justice ministry at local and Asian levels for many years.  

Tizon to co-lead Evangelicals for Social Action

Al TizonWhen Ron Sider, a prominent evangelical voice for social justice, steps down from his post as president of Evangelicals for Social Action (ESA) in June 2013, GTU alumnus F. Albert "Al" Tizon will share the reins. Tizon (Ph.D. '05) will serve as co-president of the organization with Paul Alexander, a graduate of Baylor, in a "consensus model," according to a post on the organization's website.

Recent Student Work

Dissertations

Jorge Alberto Aquino, “Ni Blanquitos, Ni Negritos”: Race, Nation, and Identity in U.S. Latino/a Theology

Michael Sepidoza Campos, From Bodies Displaced to Selves Unfurled: A Queer and Postcolonial Filipino-American Theological Anthropology

Jae Haeng Choi, A Group Spiritual Exercise for Healing Han/Brokenheartedness

Cynthia Col, Picturing the Canon: The Murals, Sculpture, and Architecture of the Derge Parkhang

Boyung Lee, 2012 Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient

Boyung Lee, Associate Professor of Educational Ministries, Pacific School of Religion, is the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient for 2012Graduate Theological Union announced Pacific School of Religion Professor Boyung Lee as the 2012 recipient of its Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award during its May Commencement ceremony. In response to accepting the award, Lee said, "Most of my teachings for doctoral students have been through special reading courses on postcolonial, poststructuralist, feminist or critical pedagogies and through my ongoing mentoring work for them, especially for students of color. I consider my mentoring work for students of color as important as my classroom teachings, and thus I have offered two workshops for women of color students during this academic year through the Women’s Studies in Religion Program."

Judith A. Berling

Graduate Theological Union
Professor of Chinese and Comparative Religions
Core Doctoral Faculty Member

At GTU since 1987

Ph.D., Columbia University, 1976

Phone: 510/649-2455
E-mail: jberling@gtu.edu

Violence against indigenous religions

Izak Lattu, a doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Studies, denounces changes by the Indonesian government which oppress practioners of indigenous religion.

"Although indigenous faiths such as Sunda Wiwitan, Kejawen and other forms of traditional beliefs represent local ways of addressing the Ultimate Reality, they nonetheless encounter discrimination on a political basis....

An irony to religious tolerance

Izak Lattu, doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Studies, explains how the actions of one Indonesian politician marks the exception to the general principle of religious tolerance in the country for which it is revered.

"It has been years of agony for GKI Taman Yasmin Protestant church congregation members as Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto has defied a Supreme Court decision to allow them to attend Sunday mass in their place of worship.

Budiarto’s bureaucratic move reflects the failure of not only law enforcement in the city, but also of the country’s civil justice system....

E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation Supports Two Outstanding Students

Sean Gross and Sheri Prud’homme are grateful recipients of the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation scholarship — a two-year full tuition scholarship supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered persons of faith, or those endeavoring to insure faith communities’ understanding, affirmation, and inclusion of LGBT individuals. Both are 2nd-year Ph.D. students.

Resolving Conflict, Creating Dialog through Song

Izak Lattu has been practicing interfaith relations his whole life — literally. In the Indonesian Moluccan Islands (also known as Moluccas, the Maluku Islands, or the Spice Islands), where he grew up, there is a tradition called Gandong, which means there is one womb and one family, even among villages of different religions. For example, although both of his parents’ villages are Christian, they have a gandong relationship of mutual support with other nearby Muslim villages. Lattu’s elementary school was a Christian school, but 80% of the children attending were Muslims; many became his close friends. As an ordained pastor in the Protestant Church of the Moluccas, Lattu brought young Muslims and Christians together to study, dialog, work, and play at a Pesantren or Islamic boarding school.

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