1. Dedication Ceremony October 29, 2013


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    This Dedication ceremony formally acknowledged the donation by Susanne M. Batzdorff, niece of Edith Stein, of her collection on her aunt to the Graduate Theological Union. Speakers in order of the video are: GTU President Riess Potterveld, Welcome; GTU Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs Arthur Holder, Master of Ceremonies; Eloise Rosenblatt, PhD and family law attorney; Rev. Dr. Thomas Devereaux, Santa Rosa Diocese; Emily Leah Silverman, Visiting Professor at GTU; Justin Gable, student and teacher at Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology; Rev. Dr. Louis Weil, professor emeritus at Church Divinity School of the Pacific; he also reads short remarks by Carmelite Provincial Rev. Dr. John Sullivan, OCD; and Susanne M. Batzdorff. Edith Stein (1891-1942), St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was born Jewish in Breslau. She became a teacher, philosopher, phenomenologist, feminist and translator. In 1922, she was baptized into the Roman Catholic church. Unable to continue as a professor under the Nazi rule, she joined the Discalced Carmelites in 1933. In 1942, she and her sister Rosa were arrested as Jews who became Catholic by the Gestapo in Echt, Netherlands. They were killed at Auschwitz on August 9, 1942. Edith Stein was canonized in 1998. She is one of the six patron saints of Europe.

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    • Eco Ethics in Our World: Chaitanya Motupalli


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      Doctoral student Chaitanya Motupalli elaborates on his journey into ecological/environmental ethics.

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      • "From Paris to Alcala: The Franciscan School and the University, 1219-1533": 2013 Distinguished Faculty Lecture


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        Given by William Short, OFM, Franciscan School of Theology Christopher Ocker, San Francisco Theological Seminary, respondent Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 pm, Chapel of the Great Commission, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley Franciscans arrived in medieval Paris (1219) and, despite dramatic conflicts, made significant contributions at the University there, moving from philosophy to theology. Cisneros, the Franciscan founder of Alcala (1499), reimagined the University through the study of languages to theology, a preparation that helped Franciscans in founding the College of Santa Cruz de Tlatelolco in Mexico (1533). These changes can serve as a metaphor for the changing face of theological education today, in California and around the world. The 2014 move of the Franciscan School of Theology from the GTU in Berkeley to affiliation with the University of San Diego serves as the occasion for exploring this topic in the GTU Distinguished Faculty Lecture this year.

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        • God in the White House: Religion and the 2012 Election


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          On Oct 18, 2012, Graduate Theological Union hosted a panel discussions that explored the Christian, Mormon, Muslim and Jewish perspectives on the upcoming election, and the role of religion in American politics. The speakers were: - James A. Donahue, President and Professor of Ethics, Graduate Theological Union (http://www.gtu.edu) - Daniel Itzkovitz, Professor of American Literature and Culture, Stonehill College (http://www.stonehill.edu/x8245.xml) - Zahra Billoo, Executive Director, Council on American-Islamic Relations (http://www.cair.com/) - Robert A. Rees, Visiting Professor of Mormon Studies, Graduate Theological Union (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_A._Rees) Moderator: Marianne Farina, C.S.C., Professor of Philosophy and Theology, Graduate Theological Union (moderator)

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          • Graduate Theological Union, Mosaic #13, 1992


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            A short video on the Graduate Theological Union produced by Hugh Burroughs for Mosaic, a religious program on KPIX, CBS-Channel 5. Aired in January 1992, the program included a number of interviews: Robert Barr, President of GTU; Judith Berling, Dean; Ernest Eldon, Dean of ABSW; Janet Childers, professor at SFTS; Robert Russell, Center of Theology and Science; David Biale, Center for Jewish Studies; Pamela Cooper-White, Center for Women and Religion; Margrethe Kleiber, seminarian; Gary Corwin, seminarian; Ernest Musengwa, seminarian

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            • Interfaith Panel: Rituals of Death, Dying, Mourning


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              Students in Mary Donovan Turner’s class Weddings, Baptisms, and Funerals, and students in Concurrent Field Education gathered together to learn from the practices of Jewish, UU, Muslim and Buddhist traditions. There were presentations from: Dan Fendel – Jewish expert on Chevra Kadisha * Rev. Susan Conrad – Unitarian Universalist, Chaplaincy Supervisor at Alta-Bates Summit Hospital Ameena Jandali – Islamic Networks Group Rev. Harry Bridge – Faculty, Institute for Buddhist Studies This was followed by a discussion, led by PSR MDiv student Jennifer Mahru * Chevra Kadisha: an Aramaic expression, meaning ―"the Holy Group," and referring to the group of individuals, generally volunteers, who take upon themselves the task of preparing members of the community who have passed away for burial, according to the Jewish Traditions of respect and honor for the deceased.

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              • Jennifer M. Granholm speaks at PSR's 146th Annual Commencement, May 26, 2013


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                On May 26, Former Governor of Michigan Jennifer M. Granholm spoke at Pacific School of Religion's 146th Annual Commencement. Her speech touched on faith, feminism, social justice, and much more. Granholm was elected governor of Michigan 2002 and re-elected in 2006. As Governor, Granholm led the state through a brutal economic downturn, and worked relentlessly to diversify the state’s economy, strengthen its auto industry, preserve the advanced manufacturing sector, and add new, emerging sectors, such as clean energy, to Michigan’s economic portfolio. After leaving office, Granholm hosted Current TV’s political news analysis show “The War Room with Jennifer Granholm” and co-authored A Governor’s Story: The Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future. About PSR: A multidenominational Christian seminary in Berkeley, CA, Pacific School of Religion has been preparing bold leaders for historic and emerging faith communities since 1866. Its graduates are known for innovative ministries of compassion and justice around the world. It has been a member of the Graduate Theological Union since 1964.

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                • John P. Meier, Surprised by Law and Love: Second Thoughts on A Marginal Jew with a Glance Forward


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                  John P. Meier delivered the 19th Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts on March 16 at 7pm in the Dinner Board Room, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA. Meier is the William K. Warren Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame, and author of the series A Marginal Jew: Rethinking the Historical Jesus. Introductions by Arthur Holder, Dean of GTU, and David Johnson. Filmed by J. Ryan Parker.

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                  • Lewis Mudge discusses his research in his Berkeley, Calif. Study, Feb. 1, 2009


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                    Lewis Mudge talks about the current global economic downturn and whether the nations of the world could work together for what might be called Bretton Woods II to reconstruct the global economy in more just ways that parallel some of the reforms following the original Bretton Woods conference in 1944. He believes that this new effort should also benefit the roughly four billion people who live largely outside the realm of global economic affairs today. He discusses both the Davos Global Economic Forum and the opposing World Social Forum in Belém, Brazil in early 2009. Mudge was doing this research on behalf of the General Assembly Advisory Committee on Social Witness Policy (ACSWP) of the Presbyterian Church (USA). ACSWP expected to produce a document for the 2010 assembly of the denomination. Lewis Mudge was the Robert Leighton Stuart Professor of Theology, Emeritus at the Graduate Theological Union at the University of California. He died on September 11, 2009 at his home in Berkeley. At the time he had written the first seventy pages of a book on the subject which is forthcoming in early 2014 with the collaboration of others.

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                    • Luis Valdez, El Pachuco and la Virgen de Guadalupe


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                      15th Annual Reading of the Sacred Text, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, February 14, 2007.

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