GTU Insight: December 2016
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December 2016 

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Michon Coedits Book on Buddhist Caregiving
Congratulations to GTU doctoral student Nathan Jishin Michon, coeditor of A Thousand Hands: A Guidebook to Caring for Your Buddhist Community, which has just been published by Sumero Books. Michon, who is ordained as both an interfaith minister and a Buddhist minister, is currently pursuing a doctorate in Buddhist caregiving at the GTU in cooperation with the Institute of Buddhist Studies. Michon has spent much of the past two years in Japan, researching Japanese Shingon innovations in caregiving while completing the work on this book. (He’s pictured below with Oshita Daien, a leading figure in spiritual care in Japan.)  A Thousand Hands compiles fifty brief essays from diverse authors addressing a variety of topics related to pastoral care in Buddhist communities. Lama Rod Owens, coauthor of Radical Dharma, writes that A Thousand Hands invites caregivers to “hold love and truth together as we move into the profound, beautiful, and very uncomfortable place of meeting people where they are and asking: How can I care for you?” Find out more and order your copy here.

CARe Exhibition to Feature Current Works Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art 
For millennia, the beauty, craft, and power of Islamic art has inspired artists of diverse backgrounds. Beginning on January 31, 2017, the Doug Adams Gallery will feature "Reverberating Echoes," an exhibition featuring seven contemporary artists whose work draws on traditional Islamic art. The upcoming exhibition is a partnership between the GTU's Center for the Arts & Religion and its Center for Islamic Studies, and will be curated by art historian Carol Bier, visiting scholar at the Center for Islamic Studies. Through their work, the artists in this exhibition--Muslim and non-Muslim, women and men, residing in Blue states or Red states--remind us of the beauty and meaning we can find by reaching across borders of religion and culture. The GTU believes "Reverberating Echoes" has the potential for significant and meaningful community outreach, shared reflection, and discussion--and we've created a special campaign to help expand its scope. Visit the Launchgood page for this exhibition to find out how you can support additional opportunities in connection with this exhibit to encourage community sharing, learning, and conversation across boundaries.

Apply by December 15 to Doctoral Program

Those seeking to begin doctoral studies at the GTU in the Fall 2017 semester have until Thursday, December 15, to apply. The GTU’s newly redesigned doctoral curriculum features more than thirty concentrations, offering a wealth of opportunities for interreligious and cross-disciplinary collaboration. Students who began the program this fall (left) are currently taking an introductory seminar on interdisciplinary approaches to the study of religion, which has helped build community among the 27 members of the first-year class. Kelly Colwell, a first-year doctoral student in the Religion and Practice department says, “From orientation to our seminar course together, from potlucks to bi-monthly lunches, our incoming doctoral class has already built a strong foundation of friendship....My own work in practical theology is challenged and enhanced by engaging with my colleagues in sociology of religion, sacred texts, ethics, comparative religion, Hindu and Muslim studies, and others. I can’t imagine a better setting for groundbreaking, interdisciplinary scholarship.” Read more here, and then contact our admissions office to apply to begin next fall.

BJRT Seeks Student & Faculty Submissions

The Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology invites GTU students and faculty to submit papers and book reviews by February 1, 2017, for consideration for Volume 3 of the journal. BJRT encourages students to submit significant written projects (such as final course papers or RRR papers) as well as revised presentations from academic conferences. A style guide and submission instructions, as well as PDF copies of the previous two volumes, are available on the BJRT website. Questions regarding the suitability of articles can be directed to chief editor Dan Moceri at In addition, GTU students interested in serving on the regular roster of peer reviewers or joining the journal's staff should contact the editor.

Upcoming Events

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The Hermitage of Landscape: Works by Nicholas Coley
The final week of our fall exhibition 
Ends Friday, December 9
Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley

Regina Coeli Book Launch at DSPT
Dr. Kathryn Barush (GTU-JST) and Dr. Christopher Renz (DSPT) will speak at this celebration of the release of this collection of essays by Dr. Michael Morris from the pages of Magnificat.
Thursday, December 8, 4:30 pm with reception to follow
DSPT Classrom 1, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley

Yoga in the Gallery
An hour-long yoga session open to students, faculty, and staff of the GTU and its member schools, led by registered yoga teacher Lily Manderville.
Wednesday, December 14, 12:00 noon
Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Ave., Berkeley

Save the Date!
2017 Surjit Singh Lecture on Comparative Religious Thought and Culture
featuring Dr. Jeffrey Long, professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
6:00 pm reception, GTU Dinner Boardroom, 2400 Ridge Rd., Berkeley
7:00 pm lecture, Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley.

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