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February News and Events from the GTU
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February 2015 

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Earthlings Examines Climate Change

Earthlings ConferenceOur rapidly changing environment has resulted in radical shifts in human relations and our relationship with the planet. Join us on Sunday, February 8, at 1:00, as scholars from multiple traditions consider the role of religion in this new era. Earthlings: Religion in an Age of Climate Change features speakers from across the GTU as well as outside it, and is cosponsored by the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Islamic Studies, and the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences. The event will be held at Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley. Click for more information, including a schedule of speakers for the event.

Currents Fall 2014Climate change is also the focus of the most recent issue of our GTU magazine, Currents. The lead article is a call to action from Dr. Laurie Zoloth, GTU alum and immediate past-president of the American Academy of Religion. Click here to access that special issue and discover more about how the GTU community is responding to this important planetary concern. 

Saturday Course Highlights BlackLivesMatter Movement

Berkeley ProtestTwo GTU member schools have come together to offer a special one-Saturday-a-month course open to students across the GTU as well as persons in the local community. In BlackLivesMatter Movement: The Spirit of Protest, students will investigate historical and contemporary reasons for the emergence of the current movement, explore theological perspectives for engagement in direct action, and analyze intersectionality and strategies for solidarity from multiple social locations (gender, race, sexuality, different abilities, religion, immigration status). The course will build familiarity with various collectives and organizing groups in Ferguson, the Bay Area, and beyond, and will be taught from a commitment to liberation, thoughtful conversation, risk-taking, and action/reflection.

The course is facilitated by two White allies—Dr. Jennifer Davidson (ABSW) and Dr. Sharon Fennema (PSR)—and will feature guest speakers and workshops lead by local leaders in the BlackLivesMatter movement. It is offered jointly by American Baptist Seminary of the West and Pacific School of Religion, and is cosponsored by the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation. The class meets from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm one Saturday a month (February 21, March 14, April 18, and May 9). Students from across GTU degree programs can register to take the course (FTRS-2451) for either 1.5 or 3.0 units; those outside the GTU interested in enrolling can contact Tripp Hudgins (ABSW) or Laurie Isenberg (PSR).

CARE Opens Present Absence Icons Exhibit

Present AbsenceThe Center for the Arts, Religion and Education is pleased to announce its new exhibition Present Absence: Icons from the Collection of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute. This exhibition invites us to explore the paradoxical nature of icons as embodiments of both material beauty and divine presence. The 16 icons on display, primarily 18th- and 19th-century works from Russia, comprise the first exhibition from the collection of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute.

The exhibition continues through May 29, at the Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley. The gallery is open each Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am to 3:00 pm. Admission is free.  
Upcoming Events

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Earthlings: Religion in an Age of Climate Change
Sponsored by CJS, CIS, and CTNS. See above.
Sunday, February 8th, 1:00 pm
Easton Hall, 2401 Ridge Road, Berkeley

Pragmatism…she widens the field of search for God
Lecture by Distinguished Professor Joan Richardson. Co-sponsored by CARE, the Swedenborgian House of Studies, and the Center for the Study of Religion (UC Berkeley)
Tuesday, February 10th, 5:00 pm
370 Dwinelle Hall (Level G), UC Berkeley

Theosis: The Orthodox Understanding of Salvation
Lecture by Orthodox Patristics scholar Dr. Christopher Veniamin 
Tuesday, February 10, 7:30 pm
Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute, 2311 Hearst Avenue, Berkeley

SFTS John Bell Workshops
Join renowned liturgical composer John Bell for a pair of workshops: "Levity and Lament" (2/17) and "God, Land & Love" (2/18).
Tuesday, February 17,  7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 18, 10:30 am

SFTS, 105 Seminary Rd., San Anselmo 

The Qur’an: With or Against the Bible?
Islam & Authors book reading with Dr. Ejaz Naqvi. Co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies.
Saturday, February 28, 5:00 pm
ICCNC, 1433 Madison St., Oakland

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