Submitted by communications on Tue, 04/24/2012 - 2:58pm
Asia Project was a participating organization at the incredibly successful Sacred Snapshots at Pacific School of Religion on Saturday, April 21. The event allowed participants to get a taste, a "snapshot" if you will, of different religious traditions and practices. More than 200 people attended workshops and classes, including "Indian Christian Spirituality: Bhajans and Keerthanas" which was led by Asia Project Director Moses Penumaka.
Daeseop Yi is a Ph.D. candidate who hails from South Korea. He came to study at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2004 in the Doctor of Ministry program. During his program, he discerned a desire to study more deeply about how transformation within the spiritual process occurs. With this focus he entered the Ph.D. program. “While I was doing coursework in the Christian Spirituality Area, we had to study a religion and a discipline in addition to Christianity.” He became fascinated with Buddhism, he focused on comparing Christian and Buddhist traditions. “I realized that I had been living, integrating, and adopting Buddhist and other Indigenous practices, but studying in an academic way made it really interesting for me.”
Courtney Bruntz came to the GTU unsure of exactly what direction she would take. “At that point I was really interested in interreligious work, but thought at some point I would focus solely on Buddhism and the religions of Asia. GTU was a really good place to start that process because of all the different member schools and centers of distinction.” Bruntz’s journey beyond her Lutheran upbringing in Nebraska began at the age of 19 when her sister got married. Her brother-in-law is a third generation Japanese American. She recalls that her brother-in-law’s grandmother kept initiating conversations on the wedding being interreligious and intercultural. “I hadn’t thought about the intersection of two cultures and faith traditions until then. That experience shaped my initial years at college.”
Submitted by communications on Sat, 03/17/2012 - 2:52pm
On March 15, the Asia Project hosted the opening reception for the 27th annual meeting of Pacific, Asian and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM). The opening panel was hosted by Pacific School of Religion (PSR). PANAAWTM is the oldest and (arguably) most important organization for Asian American Women's Studies in theology and religion in North America.
Submitted by communications on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:00am
A conversation co-sponsored by the Women's Studies in Religion, Asia Project at the GTU, and the Pacific, Asian, and North American Asian Women in Theology and Ministry (PANAAWTM) 2012 Annual Conference "Abundant Life and Unjust Prosperity."
Submitted by communications on Wed, 04/06/2011 - 3:09pm
Wednesday, March 30 at 12:30pm
Pacific School of Religion, Mudd 101, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley
Reverend Souisa teaches at Indonesia Christian University in Maluku and has previously served as Co-Moderator of Congress of Asian Theologians and Executive Director of the Association of Theological Schools in Indonesia. She holds Masters degrees from Indonesia Christian University in Maluku and Satya Wacana Christian University. She is completing her Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies at Pacific School of Religion this semester.
An Interview with Heup Young Kim, 2009 Alum of the Year
I’m trying to construct a theology of the Tao or “Theo-Tao”. The current dualistic way of thinking of the West consists of theo-logos or theology, which is primarily doctrinal, and its counterpart theo-praxis, or action. I try and bring in the Tao, the embodiment of the cosmic way in our historical existence. If you know Tao, you cannot divide knowing and acting. Theo-Tao provides a new paradigm for this millennium characterized by dialogue.