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 on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.  Introduced by Bernard Schlager, Executive Director, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion, the Rev. Elder Jim Mitulski has served MCC and LGBTQ congregations across the country.

一道本不卡免费高清Founded in 1968, the MCC was one of the first denominations to embrace and affirm lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. This exhibition displays an assortment of historical records including posters, correspondence, photographs, denominational publications, news reports, and t-shirts. Justin Tanis and Schlager curated the exhibition.

Also on display are 13 portraits from the Mark Thompson exhibit, "Fellow Travelers." Thompson (1952-2016) featured these photographs of visionaries and spiritual leaders in his book, Gay Soul.

一道本不卡免费高清The exhibition in the library runs through February 28, 2020. Made possible by the Jane Dillenberger Fine Arts Endowment Fund, the display is free and open to the public during libary hours.

David Stiver
Special Collections Librarian

New Religions @ the GTU: Theories, Practices, Peoples

The first New Religious Movement (NRM) conference in many years at GTU was held in the Dinner Boardroom Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

一道本不卡免费高清Students in the New Religious Movements concentration organized the conference “New Religions @ the GTU: Theories, Practices, Peoples.”

Jacob Needleman was recognized for his substantial contributions in new religious studies and other areas. Andrea Jain, professor and author of Selling Yoga: From Counter Culture to Pop Culture, delivered the keynote address. Students presented papers on a wide range of topics.

Jacob Needleman honoredNeedleman, Director of the Center for the Study of New Religions at GTU from 1977 to 1983 and longtime Professor at San Francisco State University, was honored for his lifelong contribution to the field. He has been an influential author and teacher to many students, readers and listerners. Author of over 30 books, he consistently provides thoughtful and challenging responses to the great questions of life. His book The New Religions (1970) remains a classic in the field. His 2016 work I Am Not I 一道本不卡免费高清presents a dialogue between an elder and his younger self.

From left, Kyprianos Koutsokoumnis, Jacob Needleman, Gail Needleman, Johnny Truant. Standing, Jim Lawrence, Dean of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies. (Photo courtesy Jeffrey Adams)

一道本不卡免费高清Kyprianos Koutsokoumnis, a fourth year doctoral student at GTU and assistant to Needleman, addressed “Jacob Needleman: The Man Behind the Scholar.” He observed:

He offers a kind of hope. Because he speaks to students not only to the minds that needs information but for the heart that wishes for meaning. So in a certain sense he is an example for getting into academia, to remember that we are also to teach students who wish not just to know but to live.

Andrea Jain, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Indiana University-Purdue University, provided the keynote address on yoga and the politics of global spirituality. She concluded,

For all of the peace and love it offers through yoga—health foods, mindfulness and countless other forms of self-governance—neoliberal spirituality plays a divisive and conservative game, one that thrives on nostalgia about lost cultural norms, demarcating outsiders as well as narratives about transformation and liberation, but only for those who can afford it.

Her forthcoming work is Peace, Love, Yoga: The Politics of Global Spirituality from Oxford Press.

Graduates and students—from GTU unless otherwise noted—offered a wide range of topics exploring religious studies outside of mainline religions. These included:

  • Thomas Calobrisi, “The Buddhification of Science: Jon-Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program in Light of New Religious Movements in the American 20th Century”
  • Colette Walker, “Towards the Transparent Race: Eugenics Practices in the International Mazdaznan Movement”
  • Matata Mukengeshayi, “Religion in Japanese Society after the Meiji Restoration”
  • Phillip Deslippe (UC Santa Barbera), “The Use of the Term ‘Cult’ in Popular Media during the Nineties and Beyond”
  • Jeffrey Adams, “The Permeation of Emmanuel Swedenborg’s ‘New Christianity’ in Maurice Nicoll’s Esoteric Christianity”
  • Patrick Harry, “From Monkey to Machine and Everything in Between”
  • Nathan Bjorge, “Semiotics and Magick”
  • Carrie Sealine, “Not a Woman, Not a Man: Reading the Queer Tense Multiplicities of Aleister Crowley”
  • Johnny Truant (Starr King School for the Ministry), “The Abject Eighties: Kristeva and the Satanic Panic”
  • Emily Pothast, “The Visionary Practice of Hilma of Klint”

The conference was supported by the, Glenn Turner, producer of ; and Don Frew, .

GTU is one of the few graduate schools that provides a concentration in New Religions. Due to the influence of Jacob Needleman and others, Special Collections and Archives at the GTU has a large collection on New Religious Movements.

David Stiver
Special Collections Librarian

Koci: Unforgotten

Audrey Darby, curator and collector,  discussed the life and art of Frank Koci for the offical opening of the Koci: Unforgotten一道本不卡免费高清 exhibition in the library on June 27, 2019. Koci (1904-1983) came to the United States from Czechoslovakia in 1921 and became a remarkable outsider artist in San Francisco.  While his paintings have been displayed at SFMOMA and various galleries throughout the Bay Area and California, during his lifetime he sold them in local San Francisco venues, such as the Vesuvio Cafe in North Beach. During Darby's brief introduction,  others in the audience shared their memories of Koci, whose presence, along with his paintings, left a lasting impact.

一道本不卡免费高清Koci had strong opinions about his art and life.  He had a low opinion of religion. Koci's mother was very religious and his uncle was a preacher.  Darby quotes the artist from his journals, "Religion is not only an opium, it's insanity" and "Capitalist - Religious tyranny", "And nothing is more materialistic than the church and the fear of death that makes for plenty of jobs for the priesthood." She provided another quote: "Art is not a question of infinite harmony with the universe but rather the infinite joy and sadness rising from one's experience."

Following the introduction,  Margaux Joffe's 2007 documentary Unforgotten: The Story of Frank Koci was shown:

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一道本不卡免费高清After the documentary, Darby gave a walking tour of the paintings on exhibit. For additional information about the artist, please see .

The exhibition is made possible by the Jane Dillenberger Fine Arts Endowment Fund.

Free and open to the public, please call 510-649-2500 or visit footwearandfashion.com to confirm the library's hours.

David Stiver
一道本不卡免费高清 Special Collections Librarian

 

Digitization Project: Pacific Coast Theological Society 

一道本不卡免费高清As part of an ongoing project, many of the Pacific Coast Theological Society (PCTS) papers from 1939 through 1976 have been posted by Special Collections and Archives at the Graduate Theological Union.

The Pacific Coast Theological Society (then Group) was established by John Bennett and supported by the Hazen Foundation in 1939. Inspired by a similar organization on the East coast,  the group continues to meet twice a year, in the Spring and Fall for two days (Friday and Saturday) to discuss critical theological and societal issues. Members and speakers have always been among the best regarded theologians on the West coast. The organization is based in Berkeley, California, and associated with the Graduate Theological Union.

一道本不卡免费高清This project documents the ongoing tradition of religious dialoque in the Bay Area. The plan is to continue posting PCTS papers through the 2000's. Hardcopies of the papers are available at the Flora Lamsom Hewlett Library in rare, call number BT10 .P32, organized by year (see this for more recent papers). For current information on PCTS, please visit their  .

 Topics and papers from 1939-1976

DateTopic
October 20-22, 1939What is essential in the Christian religion?
April 12-13, 1940The Christian ethic - its basis and relevance
November 8-9, 1940The Church
May 2-3, 1941The Doctrine of God
November 7-8, 1941The Doctrine of man
April 17-18, 1942Religious epistemology
October 30-31, 1942The Incarnation
April 30-May 1, 1943Christianity and reconstruction
November 5-6, 1943New problems for Christian apologetics
April 28-29, 1944Theological evaluation of education
November 10-11, 1944Doctrine of grace
April 20-21, 1945Perfectionism
1945-1946The church and organized movements, Papers used for the second book in the Interseminary Series.: BV600.M52 1946
November 1946Authority and religion
May 1947Discipline and culture of spiritual life
November 7-8, 1947Psychology of religion
April 1948Christian union
November 1948Neo-orthodoxy. its nature and relevance (no papers survive)
May 1949Church and state
November 4-5, 1949The authority of scripture
April 21-22, 1950Philosophies of history
November 3-4, 1950Mysticism and ethics
April 1951Toward a Christian understanding of modern man
November 1951The relevance of eschatology to the modern scene
May 1952Jesus Christ: the hope of the world and of the church (no papers survived)
November 7-8, 1952The theological significance of biblical criticism
April 17-18, 1953The Holy Spirit
November 6-7, 1953The Christian-theological synthesis of freedom and security
April 23-24, 1954Unity in Christ. division in the church
November 12-13, 1954The freedom of the Christian man – 1954
April 1955The Christian church confronts the religions
November 4-5, 1955Religion and higher education
April 13-14, 1956Unity in faith and order: The Sacraments
October 26-27,1956The promise and peril for the church in the current revival religion
April 26-27, 1957Paul Tillich
November 1-2, 1957Theological perspectives in contemporary literature
April 11-12, 1958Augustine
October 23-24, 1958Revelation and communication
May 1-2, 1959What has become of the Christian ethic?
October 23-24, 1959Immortality
April 29-30, 1960Sex and population
November 4-5, 1960Creation and eschatology
April 21-22, 1961The Bible as norm
November 3-4, 1961A re-evaluation of medieval theology
April 13-14, 1962A new quest of the historical Jesus
November 2-3, 1962A personal Christology
March 15-16, 1963Religious and theological language
November 22-23, 1963The new hermeneutic paper (believe cancelled due to Kennedy assassination)
April 1964New directions in American theology
October 23-24, 1964A theology of the laity
March 26-27, 1965The problem of transcendence
November 5-6, 1965Homosexuality
April 29-30, 1966Teilhard de Chardin
November 4-5, 1966Christianity as a religion
March 31-April 1, 1967New directions for interpreting the sacraments
November 17-18,1967Current ferment in communication
April 19-20,1968Hope
November 15-16, 1968Christian theology and world religions: new perspectives
April 25-26, 1969Dimensions of contemporary dialogue
November 21-22,1969Theology and violence, non-violence, social change
May 1-2, 1970The religious dimensions of revolutio
November 20-21, 1970The resurrection of Jesus Christ as the center of Christian thought and experience
May 7-8, 1971Death
November 5-6,, 1971Homo faber, Homo agens, Homo loquens
April 21-22, 1972 meetingFrom Theology to Ethics
November 10-11, 1972Issues in Contemporary Dialogue of Christianity with other Religions
April 13-14, 1973Reinhold Niebuhr
May 10-11, 1974A Theology of Liberation
November 22-23, 1974Religious Language
May 21-22,1975The Heritage of H. Richard Niebuhr
November 21-22,1975American Theology
March 19-20, 1976American Bicentenniel: A Theological Perspective

 

David Stiver
Special Collections Librarian

 

Resistance: Theological Responses to Discrimination

The fourth forum in The Transforming Spiritual Landscape of Peripheral Faith Communities series, discussing “Resistance: Theological Responses to Discrimination,” was held  in the Community Room, Japan Center, East Building, San Francisco Japantown, on March 2, 2019,

Ben Kobashigawa, retired  professor of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, welcomed the attendees. The speakers were Fumitaka Masuoka, Robert Gordon Sproul Professor of Theology Emeritus at Pacific School of Religion; Archie Smith, retired James and Clarice Foster Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Counseling, Pacific School of Religion; and Edmund Yee, former director of Theological Education for Emerging Ministries program at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Ron Y. Nakasone, member of the GTU Core Doctoral Faculty,  served as moderator.

This forum is part of an ongoing exploration in theological education and responses within peripheral communities as experienced by Asian-American and multiple-cultural professors of religion. The recordings are part of the effort by the Graduate Theological Union Special Collections to capture and preserve the memories of significant educators in a collegial format. This event was supported by the Japanese American National Library and the Japanese American Religious Federation. 

 

Salma Arastu: Seeking Oneness

Salma Arastu discussed her art and influences for her Seeking Oneness exhibition at Graduate Theological Union  on October 11, 2018.

一道本不卡免费高清She has close to 40 solo shows to her credit, and sees her work as inspired by the spirit of the divine. Over the past thirty years she has created images with continuous, lyrical line and a variety of re-purposed materials in an effort to express joy in the universal spirit that unites humanity. For more information about her, visit her . 

The Seeking Oneness exhibition in the GTU library runs through January 11, 2019.

David Stiver
Special Collections Librarian

Artists Round Table: A View from the Bench: Social Justice in Art, Law, and Religion of the Chicano Community

一道本不卡免费高清An Artists Round Table concluded an exhibit featuring drawings made by Cruz Reynoso on his case notes while serving on the California State Supreme Court, as well as works by other Chicano artists in the Bay Area on September 20, 2018. The exhibition was curated by Rondall Reynoso in the Graduate Theological Union library and ran from June 19 through September 21.

The artists at the round table, going right to left, in order of speaking, are Robert Chavarrin Guerrero, Xoxhitl Nevel Guerrero, Yadira Cazares, Gustavo Reynoso, Malaquías Montoya, Rondall Reynoso, Liliana Navarro, Cruz Reynoso, Abby Ginzberg, and Andres Cisneros-Galindo.

一道本不卡免费高清Prior to the discussion, the documentary "Cruz Reynoso: Sowing the Seeds of Justice" (2010) produced by Abbie Ginzberg, who was present, was shown.

David Stiver
Special Collections Librarian

The Transforming Spiritual Landscape of Peripheral Faith Communities Series

The Japanese American National Library, the Japanese American Religious Federation, and the Asia Project at the Graduate Theological Union presented three forums on The Transforming Spiritual Landscape of Peripheral Faith Communities一道本不卡免费高清 beginning in October 2017.

The forums were History and Origins of Racial-Ethnic Faith Communities, October 28, 2917; Remembering the Future: Reflections on Theological Education: November 28, 2017; Remembering the Future: Reflections on Theological Education: Model Programs, Initiatives & Curricula, February 24, 2018.

These events were an ongoing exploration in theological education and responses within peripheral communities as experienced by Asian-American and multiple-cultural professors of religion. The recordings are part of the effort by the Graduate Theological Union Special Collections to capture and preserve the memories of significant educators in a collegial format. 

Ron Nakasone observes after the first forum: "it was an opportunity for members of the various faith congregations to give voice to their intense existential and institutional concerns. Indeed, a review of the video recording of the event indicates a profound anxiety among the attendees for a need to understand their transforming spiritual landscape, the future viability of their faith tradition and congregations, individually and collectively, and seminary education efforts in preparing leaders for the local congregation. In contrast, to the theoretical and academic questions raised at an earlier GTU event, the inquiries from the non-academics revolved around identity, hybrid (multi-faith) spiritual experiences, and a yearning for theological and congregational direction."

Some additional information can be found . 

David Stiver
一道本不卡免费高清 Special Collections Librarian

Digitization Project: E.T. Earl Lectures – The Fifties

Many of the E.T. Earl Lectures from the 1950s have been posted by Special Collections and Archives at the Graduate Theological Union.

The Earl Lectures have been sponsored by Pacific School of Religion almost every year since 1902. In 1950, the lectures were first recorded on audio tape, when the event was also broadcast on the radio. Very few have heard any of these lectures since then.

一道本不卡免费高清These lecturers include some of the best known religious scholars and advocates of the day: Stephen Neil, Walter W. Van Kirk, Harry Emerson Fosdick, Roland Bainton, George Buttrick, James Muilenburg, Nels F.S. Ferre, Emil Brunner, Roger Shinn, Robert J. McCracken, Rajah B. Manikam, Daniel Day Williams and Norman Cousins.

The project documents Christian and religious thinking and activities in the Fifties and is a predecessor to our oral history collections on religious education in the Sixties, which is also on the GTU Digital Library site.

David Stiver
Special Collections Librarian

 

 

GTU Celebrates Publication of Encyclopedia on Spirituality and Asian American Cultures

GTU faculty members and other contributors celebrated the publication of their encyclopedia Asian American Religious Cultures on October 1, 2015.

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Six years in the making, the project was spearheaded by Fumitaka Matsuoka (retired), Edmond Yee (retired), Ronald Y Nakasone, and graduate Jonathan Lee. Matsuoka, is Robert Gordon Sproul Professor of Theology Emeritus and the former Executive Director of the Institute for Leadership Development and the Study of Pacific and Asian American Religion (PANA) at Pacific School of Religion (PSR). Yee is an author, editor, translator, and professor emeritus of Asian Studies, Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary. Nakasone is a member of the core doctoral faculty at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) and an artist. Lee is an associate professor of Asian American studies who specializes in Southeast Asian and Sino-Southeast Asian American studies at San Francisco State University.

“The project highlights GTU's role and scholarship in advancing the religious/spiritual traditions and experiences of Asian American and other peripheral communities. GTU served as an incubator and venue for early academic articulations on the Asian American and Pacific Islander aspirations." says Nakasone.

一道本不卡免费高清The event kicked off Theological Libraries Month, established by the American Theological Library Association for the month of October, to highlight the vital role libraries play in theological education.