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GTU Insight: July 2015
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July 2015 

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Welcoming Sikh Studies to the GTU

The Graduate Theological Union and the Sikh Foundation International have entered into an agreement to sponsor the teaching of Sikh Studies at the GTU beginning in the fall of 2015.Dr. Rahuldeep Singh Gill  As part of this new initiative, Dr. Rahuldeep Singh Gill, Associate Professor of Religion at California Lutheran University and director of CLU's Center for Equality and Justice, will serve as a visiting professor at the GTU, offering a course entitled “Sikh Tradition, A Case Study in Global Religions.” Dr. Gill specializes in Sikh literature, investigating how Sikh writers have helped to define communal identity over the centuries, and publishes frequently online at Patheos.com and the Huffington Post. Announcing the new emphasis, GTU President Riess Potterveld said, “We are especially pleased to have a scholar of Dr. Gill’s stature to initiate and give leadership to this program at a time when it is essential to have all of the world’s religious traditions working side by side toward mutual understanding and respect.”
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SAT Welcomes New Executive Director 

The School of Applied Theology (SAT), a GTU affiliate in Oakland, CA, that offers innovative sabbatical programs for both clergy and laity, has welcomed GTU alumna Dr. Carrie Rehak (PhD, 2006) as its new executive director. Dr. Rehak comes to SAT after serving as director of campus ministry at Oakland's Holy Names University, and has also served as a lecturer at Holy Names, St. Mary's College, and the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. Regarding her return to the GTU, Dr. Rehak remarked, "It definitely feels like a homecoming, a gift, and an honor to be closely associated again with the GTU! SAT is looking forward to the ways we can continue partnering with the GTU--to minister to ministers; to offer theological renewal to laity, ordained, and men and women religious; and to serve those who are in service to others, servant leaders and agents of liberation and transformation."  Visit SAT's website to read the full press release announcing Dr. Rehak's appointment or to learn more about their sabbatical programs and other offerings for both clergy and laypersons.
Video of Singh Lecture and Kathak Dance
This spring, the GTU hosted its 2015 Surjit Singh Lecture on Comparative Religious Thought and Culture. This year's lecture, featuring Dr. Anantanand Rambachan, professor of religion at Saint Olaf College in Minnesota, was accompanied by a dance performance featuring acclaimed Kathak dance artist Rina Mehta. You can view the 2015 lecture as well as the dance performance on the GTU website. Special thanks to the GTU's Hindu Studies Initiative and the Center for Arts, Religion, and Education (CARE) for their leadership in planning this year's event.

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