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Exploring Expressions of Orthodox Judaism

It was standing room only in Easton Hall for the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies' lively November 29 conference “Formations of Orthodoxy,” which explored Orthodox Jewish cultural formations in interwar Poland and post-Holocaust America.
The evening ended with a keynote talk by Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland.

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....

Alumna Laurie Zoloth elected Vice President of AAR

Laurie Zoloth (Ph.D. '93) is Professor of Medical Humanities & Bioethics and Religion and Director of the Center for Bioethics, Science, and Society at Northwestern University and GTU's Alumna of the Year for 2005.

Violence doesn't have a religion

Izak Lattu, a doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Studies, speaks against acts of violence perpetrated in the name of religion.

Ted Peters (PLTS) addresses Christian Scholars' Conference

Ted Peters, Professor of Systematic Theology at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, gave the plenary address "Stem Cells: Who's Fighting with Whom about What?" at the 31st Annual Christian Scholars' Conference hosted at Pepperdine University. Other speakers during the three conference (June 16-18) included Dr. Francis S. Collins, National Institutes of Heath Director; Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne, founding president of the International Society for Science and Religion; and Emmy award-winning journalist and sustainability advocate Simran Sethi.

Belser brings interdisciplary scholarship to Harvard

Julia Watts BelserRabbi Julia Watts Belser (Ph.D. ‘08) will be Visiting Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and Jewish Ethics at Harvard Divinity School’s Women’s Studies in Religion Program for 2011-12.

Belser, who is Assistant Professor of Judaism at Missouri State University, strives to teach classic Jewish texts in ways that speak to contemporary longings.

And the Winner is … Ronald Y. Nakasone for the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award

Ron NakasoneThis year the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award honors Ronald (Ron) Y. Nakasone as a teacher who embodies the values of interreligious sensitivity and commitment, interdisciplinary approach and content in teaching, sensitivity to ethnic and cultural diversity, and creative classroom pedagogical methods and performance.

“I am a teacher, yes, but I see myself as a mentor,” says Nakasone, who is a Buddhist cleric from the Pure Land tradition — one of the most popular traditions of Buddhism in East Asia — and a renowned calligrapher. And because of his interest in spirituality and aging, he is also on the faculty at Stanford Geriatric Education Center, charged with training caregivers who work with ethnic minorities.

Learning from Different Perspectives

A Theology for Koko...and all creatures great and small

Koko
 Koko signs “Love”

Image copyright 2011 The Gorilla Foundation/Koko.org. Photo by Ronald Cohn.

Called to Blessings

“I will not pick up hammer and nails and
participate in this crucifixion.”

— Ruth Meyers, Hodges-Haynes Professor of
Liturgics, Church Divinity School of the
Pacific and GTU Core Doctoral Faculty
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