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GTU Insight: October 2015
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October 2015 

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GTU Welcomes Center for Swedenborgian Studies

CSS logoThe Graduate Theological Union is pleased to welcome the Center for Swedenborgian Studies (CSS) as its newest Center of Distinction. With a rich history, extensive library collection, and emphasis on both ministerial and academic training, the Center for Swedenborgian Studies is a hub for scholarship and theological education in the Swedenborgian tradition as well as for church and community resources. CSS enters its new status as a GTU Center of Distinction after fifteen successful years as a House of Studies at Pacific School of Religion. Dr. Jim Lawrence, Dean of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies, expressed his enthusiasm about the new relationship with the GTU: "We believe our emphasis on both ministry and academic outreach will be empowered through the new institutional visibility and freedom of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies at the GTU." For more information, read the full press release on our website, and look for more about the Center for Swedenborgian Studies in the upcoming edition of Currents magazine.

Check Out the First Issue of BJRT 

We are pleased to announce the inaugural issue of the Graduate Theological Union’s peer-edited journal, Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology (BJRT). Featuring articles by GTU faculty and students, BJRT is an exciting forum for original, cutting-edge scholarship in religious studies, philosophy, and theology, reflecting the GTU’s endeavor to be a nexus “where religion meets the world.” BJRT encourages faculty, alumni, and students from across the GTU consortium to submit articles and participate in the publication process. Download the first issue here, and visit BJRT’s website for more information.

Spring Symposium to Honor Judith Berling
Dr. Judith BerlingOn May 25-26, 2016, the GTU will hold a symposium celebrating Dr. Judith Berling’s contribution to the global society, the academy, and our consortium. Learning as Collaborative Conversation: Celebrating the Scholarship and Teaching of Judith Berling will be an opportunity for students, colleagues, and friends from near and far to gather and share how Dr. Berling has influenced them in their personal, educational, and professional development. As part of this event, the planning committee is calling for poster and multi-media presentation proposals that highlight Dr. Berling’s primary areas of academic interest, including pedagogy, comparative religion, and interdisciplinary studies. 

Alum Tamara Rodenberg Appointed President of Bethany College
Dr. Tamara RodenbergThe GTU celebrates the appointing of Dr. Tamara Rodenberg (PhD, '06) as President of Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. Dr. Rodenberg holds a doctorate in ethics and social theory from the Graduate Theological Union, as well as a masters of divinity from Lexington Theological Seminary. In announcing the appointment, Bethany board chair Greg Jordan celebrated Dr. Rosenberg's "vibrant combination of talent, enthusiasm, and experience" and expressed appreciation for her as one who will both honor the historic liberal arts college's 175-year tradition while holding out a compelling vision for its future. Read more.

Crossroads banner
In the current edition of Crossroads, you’ll find articles on finding art in plastic debris, our Jewish-Muslim "Sacred Seasons" event, the new Encyclopedia of Asian American Religion, and the bronze head of Buddha in our new collection of sacred art. Each monthly edition of Crossroads features several brief pieces spotlighting our work at the GTU, and also provides access to the regular monthly content of The Interfaith Observer, an online journal highlighting interreligious efforts around the globe. Click on any of the links above, or access the table of contents here.
Upcoming Events

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“Creation Care and Environmental Justice: A Jesuit Responds to Laudato Si”
JST hosts a "Solidarity on Tap" event featuring a presentation by John Coleman, S.J.
Tuesday, October 6, 7:00 pm
Jesuit School of Theology, 1735 LeRoy Avenue, Berkeley
 
Multi-Faith Transgender Summit 2015
A three-day summit with workshops, discussion groups and academic presentations exploring the intersectionality of religions and trans* identities.
October 15-17
Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

“A Sacred, Powerful Woman Housed in a Man’s Body”: Complexities of Gender and Religion in the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence
Dr. Melissa Wilcox delivers PSR's 2015 Harkness Lecture.
Thursday, October 15, 6:30 pm
Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Parliament on World Religions
Join the GTU and several of its member schools and affiliates at this gathering of more than 10,000 people representing more than 80 nations and 50 faith traditions.
October 15-19
Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah 
 
2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Dr. William O’Neill will deliver the GTU's 2015 Distinguished Faculty Lecture entitled, “A Terrible Beauty: Reimaging Human Rights.” Followed by reception at Bade Museum.
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm 
Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave, Berkeley

GTU Night at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre  
Experience the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Disgraced," followed by a panel discussion featuring GTU faculty. Click here for more info, including details on specially priced tickets for the GTU community.
Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 pm
Berkeley Rep Roda Theatre, 2015 Addison Street, Berkeley    

GTU Reception at AAR & SBL Annual Meeting
Connect with GTU faculty, students, alumni, and administration at AAR & SBL this year. Prospective students are encouraged to RSVP to Andrea Sheaffer so we can welcome you.
Saturday, November 21, 7:00 pm 
Savannah Ballroom A, Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta, GA.
 
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