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American Muslims Redefining Religion and Identity: A Critical Discourse Analysis on 9/11 Uproar

Thursday, October 18, 2012 - 12:00pm

Asia Project Green Tea Conversation

Join in a Green Tea Conversation with Roma Ulinnuha. Roma is a Ph.D. student at Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS). He is a lecturer of Ushuluddin, Religious Studies, and Islamic Thoughts at the State Islamic University (UIN), Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta since 2006.

Bring your lunch. Tea & snack will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Mudd 101, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Asia Project

Welcome to the Asia Project at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU)

Sacred Snapshots - A Review

Asia Project was a participating organization at the incredibly successful Sacred Snapshots at Pacific School of Religion on Saturday, April 21. The event allowed participants to get a taste, a "snapshot" if you will, of different religious traditions and practices. More than 200 people attended workshops and classes, including "Indian Christian Spirituality: Bhajans and Keerthanas" which was led by Asia Project Director Moses Penumaka.

Integrating Practices: Christianity and Buddhism

Daeseop Yi is a Ph.D. candidate who hails from South Korea. He came to study at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2004 in the Doctor of Ministry program. During his program, he discerned a desire to study more deeply about how transformation within the spiritual process occurs. With this focus he entered the Ph.D. program. “While I was doing coursework in the Christian Spirituality Area, we had to study a religion and a discipline in addition to Christianity.” He became fascinated with Buddhism, he focused on comparing Christian and Buddhist traditions. “I realized that I had been living, integrating, and adopting Buddhist and other Indigenous practices, but studying in an academic way made it really interesting for me.”

Beyond Berkeley: Religion and Cultural Exchange

Courtney Bruntz came to the GTU unsure of exactly what direction she would take. “At that point I was really interested in interreligious work, but thought at some point I would focus solely on Buddhism and the religions of Asia. GTU was a really good place to start that process because of all the different member schools and centers of distinction.” Bruntz’s journey beyond her Lutheran upbringing in Nebraska began at the age of 19 when her sister got married. Her brother-in-law is a third generation Japanese American. She recalls that her brother-in-law’s grandmother kept initiating conversations on the wedding being interreligious and intercultural. “I hadn’t thought about the intersection of two cultures and faith traditions until then. That experience shaped my initial years at college.”

Asia Project hosts opening reception for 27th Annual PANAAWTM Meeting

PANAAWTM presentationOn March 15, the Asia Project hosted the opening reception for the 27th annual meeting of Pacific, Asian and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM). The opening panel was hosted by Pacific School of Religion (PSR).  PANAAWTM is the oldest and (arguably) most important organization for Asian American Women's Studies in theology and religion in North America.

A Conversation with Kwok Pui Lan

A conversation co-sponsored by the Women's Studies in Religion, Asia Project at the GTU, and the Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM) 2012 Annual Conference "Abundant Life and Unjust Prosperity."

WATCH: Brownbag Lunch with Indonesian Scholar Rev. Nancy Souisa

Wednesday, March 30 at 12:30pm

Pacific School of Religion, Mudd 101, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Reverend Souisa teaches at Indonesia Christian University in Maluku and has previously served as Co-Moderator of Congress of Asian Theologians and Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools in Indonesia. She holds Masters degrees from Indonesia Christian University in Maluku and Satya Wacana Christian University. She is completing her Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies at Pacific School of Religion this semester.

Providing Self-Help Tools for Chinese Students

Mistie Shaw
 

Shaw (2nd row) with some of her students

Three years ago, a spiritual director asked Mistie Shaw (M.A. ’04) where she wanted to go. Her answer was literal and unequivocal: China.

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