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GTU Insight: March 2016
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March 2016 

In this Issue...


CTNS Gives GTU Chair and Fellowships Worth $2.1M 

Russell and Potterveld SignThe Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences (CTNS) has given the GTU the endowed Ian G. Barbour Chair in Theology and Science and two endowed fellowships, the Russell Family Fellowship in Religion and Science and the Charles H. Townes Graduate Student Fellowship in Theology and Science. These gifts, valued at nearly $2.1M, mark the latest and most significant step in the year-long transition through which CTNS will shift from being an independently incorporated GTU affiliate to an internal program of the GTU. CTNS executive director Robert Russell and GTU President Riess Potterveld signed papers confirming the transfer at the most recent CTNS trustees meeting. CTNS will give the GTU world recognition as a leader in the international and interfaith field of science and religion. Read more>>   

Starr King Remembers Ibrahim Farajajé 

The GTU and Starr King School for the Ministry mourn the loss of Dr. Ibrahim Farajajé, who passed away on February 9, 2016. Honoring Dr. Farajajé for his more than two decades of service on the Starr King faculty, SKSM President Rev Rosemary Bray-McNatt celebrated his "intense work, spirit-filled teaching and mentoring, innovative thinking, and deep love for Starr King." For more, you can read Dr. Bray-McNatt's note to the SKSM and GTU community, view video from Starr King's chapel service celebrating Dr. Farajaje's life, and read or watch a recent interview with him.

Robert Benedetto Retires as Library Director
After a decade of devoted service as Director of the GTU’s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Robert Benedetto retired at the end of February. Under Benedetto's leadership, the GTU library expanded its online databases, provided wireless internet access in the library, improved its online course management system, and created multiple points of access to digitized material from its special collections. President Riess Potterveld celebrated Benedetto’s contributions: "In a time of financial challenges, Robert has devoted himself to maintaining the quality and depth of our collections. We are grateful for his effort to keep the Library aligned with the academic programs introduced by our many schools and affiliates over the years.” The GTU's Flora Lamson Hewlett Library is the largest circulating theological library in the United States. Read more>>

SFTS Welcomes Wendy Farley to Faculty

San Francisco Theological Seminary and the GTU are pleased to welcome Dr. Wendy Farley as Professor of Christian Spirituality and Director of the Program in Christian Spirituality at SFTS. Dr. Farley is a premier theologian who has written extensively on women theologians and mystics, religious dialogue, classical texts, contemporary ethical issues, and contemplative practices. Her most recent book, The Thirst of God: Contemplating God’s Love with Three Women Mystics (Westminster John Knox, 2015) explores the spirituality of medieval mystics Marguerite Porete, Mechthild of Magdeburg and Julian of Norwich. Dr. Farley will begin teaching at SFTS this fall. Read more>>

Register Now for Learning as Collaborative Conversation, May 25-26
Join the GTU for "Learning as Collaborative Conversation" a two-day symposium celebrating the scholarship and teaching of Dr. Judith Berling. Dr. Berling's effective and inclusive methods in interdisciplinary, interreligious, and intercultural learning, teaching, and communication embody the best of the GTU's approach to education. Join her students, colleagues, and friends from near and far as we gather to celebrate her influence. Visit our conference registration page to see additional details, speakers, and a full schedule; to let us know you'll be attending one or both days; and to purchase tickets for the celebration dinner on Wednesday evening. All conference events other than the dinner are free--but registration is required. Register now for "Learning as Collaborative Conversation."  

Upcoming Events

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Women, Prophecy, and Hellenistic Judaism
A WSR Cafe event with GTU alum Ashley Bacchi
Thursday, March 3, 10:00 am
GTU Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley 

Unpacking Islamophobia: What Christians Should Know about Islam
With CIS director Munir Jiwa and CDSP President Mark Richardson
Thursday, March 3, 7:45 pm
Tucson Common Room, CDSP, 2451 Ridge Rd, Berkeley

CARE Brown Bag Lunch: "Illuminating Abraham"
Featuring JST MA Student Jonathan Homrighausen
Friday, March 4, 12:00 noon
Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley

Is There a Jewish Mythology?
A CJS event featuring Howard Schwartz
Tuesday, March 8, 12:45 pm
2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley

Labyrinth Moon Walk
Walk the labyrinths and gaze at the stars at SFTS
Wednesday, March 23, 7:00 pm
105 Seminary Road, San Anselmo

PLTS Luther Lecture with Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
"Climate Justice, Hope, and a Lutheran Ethic of Love Incarnate." Co-sponsored by the Karen Lebacqz Endowment Fund at the GTU. Register online by March 31.
Wednesday, April 6, 9:30 am
2770 Marin Ave, Berkeley     

Prospective Students: Don't Miss...
The GTU Grad Fair
Featuring a faculty panel, current students, and admission representatives from the GTU and its member schools and academic centers. Lunch included.
Saturday, April 9, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley 

Crossings/Mojándose
Exhibition featuring works by Sandra C. Fernández
through May 27, 2016
Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley
  
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