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GTU Insight: December 2015
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December 2015 

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It's Giving Tuesday!

Today, December 1, marks the culmination of the GTU's first annual Giving Tuesday campaign--and that means any gift you make to the GTU today will be doubled! If you value high-quality religious scholarship offered in a unique multi-faith context, please make a gift to the GTU today!

Current students are invited to help by spreading the word about our Giving Tuesday campaign using the social media "Share" buttons on the GTU's Giving Tuesday webpage. Thanks for your support of the GTU! Read more>>

GTU Stands for Racial Justice
Several students and a faculty member from GTU member schools were among the 14 interfaith leaders arrested and released after participating in a peaceful protest at the Alameda County courthouse on Wednesday, November 25. The group of interfaith activists were drawing attention to the disparate treatment of recent protesters based on race, noting that the District Attorney's office is bringing charges against Black participants in the 2014 Black Friday protest while failing to bring charges against many others who engaged in civil disobedience. Dr. David Vásquez-Levy, President of Pacific School of Religion, noted: “In response to efforts to silence those who were participating in a call for a more just political system, Jesus said that the stones would cry out in their stead. We are grateful for the courage of our faculty and students who today have been living stones calling out for change on behalf of the silenced Black Friday 14.” Read more>>

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The latest edition of Crossroads includes a number of articles about the October Parliament of World Religions in Salt Lake City. In "GTU at the Parliament," Vice President for Advancement Alan Kelchner (pictured below with admissions director, Andrea Sheaffer) describes the event as "a wonderful occasion for the dozens of GTU faculty, students, and staff who attended, providing a veritable feast of religious beliefs and practices, old and new, from all over the world." Kelchner notes, "It was inspiring to be with so many people of faith who are committed not only to interreligious understanding, but also to working together to help solve some of the biggest issues facing our world: climate change, income injustice, and the dignity and rights of women." Click here to read his full article, or visit the home page to see the contents of the entire issue. Each monthly edition of Crossroads features several brief articles spotlighting our work at the GTU--and also provides access to The Interfaith Observer's exploration of interreligious efforts around the globe.

Support GTU with Amazon Smile
Amazon Smile logoDoing holiday shopping? Purchasing textbooks for next semester? Through the Amazon Smile program, every online purchase from Amazon can give back to the GTU! Simply sign in to smile.amazon.com, and then shop on Amazon as you normally would—and Amazon Smile will donate 0.5 percent of all eligible purchases to the GTU! For future purchases, simply bookmark smile.amazon.com and access Amazon via that address, and you’ll support the GTU with every purchase. Let your online shopping support religious education that engages the world’s critical issues! 

Upcoming Events

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Panel on the Paris Attacks
Organized by the iGov Program at UC Berkeley, cosponsored by GTU's Center for Islamic Studies.
Wednesday, December 2, 5:00 pm 
Booth Auditorium at UC Berkeley

Promised Lands: Intersecting Race, Religion, and Sexuality in an Age of Migrations
Presentation by Hugo Córdova Quero
Tuesday, December 8, 7:00 pm
Starr King School for the Ministry 2441 LeConte Ave, Berkeley

Unveiled: 2015 National Changemaker Performance
A play written and performed by Rohina Malik.
Cosponsors include PSR, CIS, and Zaytuna College
Thursday, December 10, 6:00 pm reception, 7:00 pm performance
Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley

The Erosion of Memory: Works by Anne Tait
Exhibition sponsored by CARE
Ends December 11, 2015
Doug Adams Gallery, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

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