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GTU Insight: January 2017
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January 2017 

In this Issue...


GTU Welcomes Dr. Uriah Kim as Dean
The GTU is pleased to welcome Dr. Uriah Y. Kim as Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs and John Dillenberger Professor of Biblical Studies. Dr. Kim returns to become GTU Dean twelve years after completing his PhD here. “It's a dream come true for me to be called to serve an institution I respect and love so much,” he says. Dr. Kim comes to the GTU from Hartford Seminary in Connecticut where he has served as Professor of Hebrew Bible and Academic Dean. As Dean, Kim directed Hartford’s reaccreditation self-study, guided and wrote a new faculty handbook, and developed assessment plans for all degree programs. Kim’s experience as a student at the GTU gives him the advantage of a vision that includes inside and outside perspectives. “I look forward to supporting, encouraging, and enabling students as they develop their own voices and acquire and hone knowledge, skills, and strategies to make positive impacts in academia, in their own communities, and in the larger world.” The GTU will host a community celebration for Dr. Kim in February after students have returned for the spring semester, at a date and time to be announced. Read more>> 


Take a Course at the GTU this Spring 
If you’re in the Bay area, consider enrolling in a community education course at the GTU this spring. Each semester, the GTU makes a number of classes open to community members seeking to learn more about their own or another faith tradition. Among the opportunities available this spring are two courses in the Sikh tradition taught by visiting professor Dr. Rahuldeep Gill, courses on “The Culture of the Synagogue” and “Modern Jewish Thought” sponsored by our Center for Jewish Studies, and several classes exploring aspects of creativity and the visual arts offered by our Center for the Arts & Religion. Community education students at the GTU come from all walks of life and do not have to be formally enrolled in a degree or certificate program. Visit the GTU website to find out more about our community education program and then use our online system to search for available courses and register. Spring classes begin on January 30. 


Rest and Renew at the School of Applied Theology

The School for Applied Theology (SAT) is a GTU affiliate that provides a variety of Sabbatical opportunities for persons seeking attentive rest, theological renewal, and spiritual transformation. This spring, SAT is offering more than a dozen one- to three-day classes on topics that apply contemporary theology and spiritual practices to work, ministries, and life. Highlights include:
  • “Living Contemplatively” with Michael Fish, OSB Cam. A two-day course challenging us to uncover personal masks and look at life from a new perspective. Jan 30-31, 10am-3pm, $160
  • “Sacred Arts: The Book as Spiritual Vessel” with Karen Sjoholm. Through creative exercises, meditation, and writing, participants will share their personal spiritual energy through the creation of a devotional book. March 28, 10am-noon, 1pm-3pm, $80
  • “Spirituality of Vulnerability” with Joann Heinritz, CSJ. This workshop/conversation will explore how a vulnerable God invites vulnerable people to come together--and God becomes very close. April 11, 1-3pm, $40
See the complete list of SAT course offerings here--and enter the code “rest2017” at registration for a 20 percent discount.

Upcoming Events

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Spring Classes Begin
Monday, January 30

Reverberating Echoes: Contemporary Art Inspired by Traditional Islamic Art
A CARe exhibition featuring seven contemporary artists whose work draws on traditional Islamic art, curated by CIS visiting scholar Carol Bier.
Opens Tuesday, January 31
Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley

ReIgnite Workshop at PSR
A four-day workshop for late-career professionals exploring transitions to nonprofit or social-justice work
Thursday, February 16 - Sunday, February 19
1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley
 
2017 Surjit Singh Lecture on Comparative Religious Thought and Culture
featuring Dr. Jeffery 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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