一道本不卡免费高清Each spring a remarkable person is chosen to reflect upon a sacred text for the Reading of the Sacred Texts lecture.
“What Makes a Text Sacred?,” John Pairman Brown’s presentation for the Friends of GTU’s Flora Lamson Hewlett Library in 1993, gave rise to a series of explorations of sacred texts. Each year since then, the Friends have invited a speaker with a particular connection to a “sacred text,” written or oral, traditional or new, within a canon of scriptures or drawn from outside a religious tradition. The presentations, held each spring, provide fresh insights into the words that shape our sense of the sacred. They are open to the general public as well as to the GTU community.
Video from our latest lecture, and an archive of past sacred texts speakers (with links to video, audio, or document files) can be found below. Other selected recordings and documents can be accessed through the GTU Archives (email@example.com) in the Hewlett Library.
Reading of the Sacred Texts
Please find the archives of the past sacred texts speakers below.
March 13, 2019
一道本不卡免费高清 Drawing upon her life time of work introducing sacred dance in a variety of settings, including a broad range of liturgical and peace gatherings, De Sola will recount how she draws inspiration from biblical sacred texts, sacred texts from nature and the urgings of our life. She draws upon prayer and improvisation, integrating body, soul, mind and spirit to illuminate what she envisions as the movement behind the word. Her presentation will include both lecture and demonstration, as well as video excerpts of her dances, including simple experiential movement prayers.
Carla De Sola, a pioneer in liturgical dance, has a Diploma from the Juilliard School, Dept. of Dance, and a Master’s Degree in Theology and the Arts from the Pacific School of Religion (PSR), Graduate Theological Union (GTU). She founded the Omega Liturgical Dance Company at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, in 1976, and currently directs Omega West Dance Company in the Bay Area. De Sola has taught classes through PSR and the Center for the Arts, Religion & Education (CARe) from 1990 – 2017, as well as offered workshops and created liturgical dances for most all of the GTU schools.
April 4, 2018
一道本不卡免费高清 How—with what legitimacy, rationale, skill, and effect—can we address fresh questions to our sacred texts? A certain strand of scholarship has valorized objectivity on the part of readers, strict attention to original historical contexts. And yet we also know from the arts that those who create such texts are deeply responsive to changing times. Our eyes and ears will not perceive quite the same world as did the authors of our texts. With the assistance of some hermeneutical tenets to guide interpretation, we will read one scene featuring Priam and Achilles from Homer’s Iliad book 24 and another of David and God narrated in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament’s 2 Samuel 5-7, viewing also a Baroque artwork of God and David. Since both scenes involve the workings of compassion, we will engage the question of our own capacities to read such material help or hinder us, and how deep texts may prompt compassion in us.
Barbara Green, OP is Professor of Biblical Studies at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at the Graduate Theological Union.
March 9, 2017, 6:30 pm
Stephen A. Crist delivered the 25th Annual Reading of the Sacred Texts on March 9, 2017, in the Dinner Board Room. Crist is Professor of Music History at Emory University. His publications on J.S. Bach and his contemporaries, early Lutheran hymnody, and jazz in the 1950s and 1960s have appeared in many books and journals. He is past president of the American Bach Society and the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music. His book on Dave Brubeck's iconic 1959 album Time Out is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
一道本不卡免费高清As 2017 is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Thesis, this is an opportune moment to consider the legacy of Lutheran hymnody during the past five centuries. The lecture will focus on the origins and reception of the famous Passiontide hymn "Herzliebster Jesu," which was written during the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). The hymn was subsequentially used in J.S. Bach's St. John and St. Matthew Passions during the 1720s. The hymn entered British and American hymnody in the late 19th century, through Robert Bridges' translation as "Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offfended" in the Yatterdon Hymnal (1897). As representative examples of this hymn's broad reach and current resonances, Crist will examine settings by organist Pamela Decker (2005), choral director John Ferguson(1991), and the singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens (2012).
February 25, 2016
March 11, 2015
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Ted Peters and Robert John Russell
Robert John Russell, Director of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, and Ted Peters, Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, delivered the 22nd Annual Reading of the Sacred Text. The lecture asks the question: How can we respond to the challenges of reductionism and atheism and bring the two books back together into a “Theology of Nature” that uses the method of “Creative Mutual Interaction” (CMI) between natural science and Christian theology?
March 13, 2013
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February 12, 2003
Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, widely regarded as one of the most creative religious writers in America, presented the 2003 Reading of the Sacred Texts. Through his lectures, articles and 11 sophisticated, accessible books on Jewish spirituality and mysticism, Rabbi Kushner has helped shape the present agenda for personal and institutional spiritual renewal. His most recent book is Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians一道本不卡免费高清, and he is now serving scholar-in-residence at the Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco. Rabbi Kushner has said "Your degree of religious tolerance is a barometer of your spiritual development."
February 12, 2002
Considered to be Europe's leading feminist New Testament scholar, Dr. Schottroff is the author of the ground-breaking Lydia's Impatient Sisters: A Feminist Social History of Early Christianity.一道本不卡免费高清 Her careful documentation of the first generation of Christian women provides testimony to the courage and spirit-filled possibilities of the early church, and offers an illuminating methodology for how we might understand the Bible as a source of life-giving power for the everyday lives of women.
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February 25, 1993