About the GTU

An institution of higher learning unlike any other, the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley brings together scholars of the world’s diverse religions and wisdom traditions to advance new knowledge, share inspiration, and collaborate on solutions. We carry out our work by:

  • Educating scholars for vocations devoted to study and service
  • Equipping leaders for a world of diverse religions and cultures
  • Teaching patterns of faith that encourage justice and care of the planet
  • Serving as an educational and theological resource for local communities, the nation, and the world

The GTU is the most comprehensive center for the graduate study of religion in North America. With a focus on interreligious and interdisciplinary perspectives, GTU faculty and students engage the world’s great religions and wisdom traditions in contemporary contexts. The GTU educates innovative leaders for the academy, religious organizations, and the nonprofit sector, equipping scholars to embody the critical thinking, ethical frameworks, compassionate values, and spiritual foundations essential to building a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

More than a school of theology, the GTU is a union of schools and programs that, together, represent the world’s major religions in collaboration. More than a graduate school, the GTU is an enterprise that cultivates the highest scholarly standards and provides opportunities to translate scholarship into solutions with impact. The GTU provides a unique community where scholars and practitioners from across the world's great religions gather for academic study of their own and of other traditions and disciplines.

Member Schools and Academic Centers

More than twenty member schools, academic centers, programs, and affiliates join together to make the GTU an unparalleled place for interdisciplinary and interreligious thought, study, and practice.

Our History

Discover how a unique ecumenical partnership among several Bay Area seminaries in the early 1960s grew to become a hub of innovative multi-religious scholarship for the twenty-first century.

Skylight

The symbol of our union takes inspiration from the skylight at the heart of the GTU library, and symbolizes intersecting paths and converging ideas, expressing the illuminating, collaborative spirit of the GTU.

Borsch-Rast Book Lecture

Join us for the second annual Borsch-Rast Book Lecture featuring Timothy Wadkins (PhD, '88), author of The Rise of Pentecostalism in Modern El Salvador: From the Blood of the Martyrs to the Baptism of the Spirit.

Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley
6:30pm