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Fall 2020 Workshops

CARe Workshops (Fall 2020) 

Starting in Fall 2020, CARe will present an array of workshops covering a wide variety of themes in the arts and religion. Each topic will be covered by two 2-hour-long workshops. Open to students and community members alike, each workshop pair carries a $100 fee. Students, please note that these are not credit-earning workshops. CARe workshops are open to all - no experience in any of the fields necessary!

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Conversations about the Sacred in Global Tattoo Traditions | Instructor, Luke Bruggeman, MA

Art, Embodied Creativity, and Spiritual Wisdom for Climate Emergency | Instructor, Yohana Junker, PhD

Meaning-making Through the Arts | Instructor, Sabrina Klein, PhD

Poetry at the End of the World | Instructor, Rev. Nate Klug

Hollywood Biblical Epics & the Spectacle of Scripture | Instructor, Richard Lindsay, PhD

The Art of Sacred Circles | Instructor, Karen Sjoholm, MA

Beyond the Image | Instructor, Louise Victor, MFA

Workshop Instructors

Fall 2020

Luke Bruggeman is a tattooer and painter from Arizona, inspired and guided by a religious impulse. After graduating from Northern Arizona University with degrees in comparative religious studies and philosophy, he continued studying at the GTU, where he earned his MA in Art and Religion. Here, his interests in aesthetics, contemplative experience, psychology of religion, and literary theory culminated in a thesis entitled “Aesthetics of the New ‘High’ Culture: Pragmatism and the Language of Conversion in Ram Dass’ Psychedelic America.” The project aimed to illuminate how conversion centrally involves the continual symbolic redefinition of the self led by an aesthetic sensibility. Luke imagines the expressive artistic process as this kind of self-transformative act. While he tattoos clients in studios around the US, this thought serves as a meditation on the hope for collective growth and healing that this intimate art form can facilitate.

Dr. Yohana A. Junker is Faculty Associate in Theology, Spirituality, and the Arts at the Pacific School of Religion, in Berkeley, California. Her ongoing research probes the salient intersections among the fields of art history, eco-criticism, decolonial studies and contemporary Indigenous aesthetics. She recently earned her doctorate in art and religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Her dissertation, “Unsettling the Landscape: Appropriation, Representation, and Indigenous Aesthetics in the Land Art of the American Southwest,” investigated how the Land Art movement of the American Southwest displays a colonial reminiscence and theological vibrancy while the Indigenous artistic production of North America encapsulates a decolonial poetics of resistance.

Dr. Sabrina Klein is a theatre artist, educator, researcher, arts learning and social justice advocate, and a mother (not necessarily in that order). All her life's training has brought her to the belief (for which she sees daily proof) that artists and art-making truly make the world a better place. Through her many roles - co-founder of Teaching Artists Support Collaborative (TASC) of California, former Executive Director of Teaching Artists Organized and of the Julia Morgan Center for the Arts in Berkeley, theatre director, director of Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Programs, writing and theater teacher at UC Berkeley and Harvard University, and as a teacher-educator bringing artists in to Bay Area classrooms since 2000 - she has worked with partners to find ways to articulate the values that artists share with other artists, parents, business leaders, politicians, educators and other community members.  She is committed to not-for-profit arts, education and services organizations and the government entities that serve them. Sabrina has created arts-based curriculum, trained teachers and master teaching artists, and  facilitated community conversations with over 50 nonprofit and education organizations, learning about what really matters to people in their work and helping them plan to act on those values in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Rev. Nate Klug is a poet, translator, and essayist. He is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil's Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013), Anyone, a book of poems (The University of Chicago Press, 2015), and the forthcoming Hosts and Guests (Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, 2020).

His writing has been supported by fellowships from the James Merrill House, the MacDowell Colony, and the Poetry Foundation. He lives and works in the Bay Area of California.

​Dr. Richard A. Lindsay received his PhD in Art and Religion (allied field Homiletics) from the Graduate Theological Union in 2012. He received his BA from the University Louisville and his MDiv from Yale University. He has taught several courses for CARe, including Pop Goes Religion: Religion and Popular Culture; Comics, Science Fiction, and Fantasy; Religion and Cinema; and Jesus in Film. His book is titled, Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day, (Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2015).

Karen Sjoholm is an artist and arts educator who has served in Bay Area educational institutions for almost twenty years. Her art work, which includes artists’ books, installation, ceramics and mixed media, is focused on issues of memory, spirituality, the environment and social issues. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. As an educator, she believes that creativity is an inclusive, embodied experience that connects all participants to the deepest meanings of life and invites us to be present to its ever changing movements. She is a member of the Society for the Arts in Healthcare, the College Book Arts Association and the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association.

Louise Victor was born in Elmwood Park, Illinois. She has been a practicing artist for over 35 years, and has worked and instructed in most visual media, including printmaking, photography, installation, encaustic, sculpture and primarily painting. Studying at Northern Illinois University under such artists as David Driesbach and Nelson Stevens, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, continuing on to Graduate School for her MFA at the University of Minnesota. She has had solo shows in Illinois, California, Colorado and Oregon, and has participated in group shows in throughout the United States. 

Allied Arts Faculty

Dr. Thomas Cattoi joined the JST faculty in August 2006 after completing his doctorate at Boston College. His research interests include Christology and Patristics, Mahayana Buddhism (with particular attention to the Tibetan tradition), and the theology of inter-religious dialogue. His current goal as a constructive theologian is to explore the interface between early Christian thought and comparative theology. Dr. Cattoi served as Co-Chair of the Mysticism Group for the American Academy of Religion in 2009-2014, and is one of the founding members of the Buddhist-Christian dialogue interest group for the Catholic Theological Society of America. In 2018-20 Dr. Cattoi will serve as Chair of the Theology and Ethics Department of the GTU Doctoral Program. He also co-edits the journal Buddhist-Christian Studies based at the University of Hawaii. 

Dr. Scott MacDougall was born and raised in Central New York. He attended college in the greater New York City area, receiving his B.A. from Hofstra University. Following a career in the not-for-profit sector, he undertook the formal study of theology. MacDougall received his M.A. in theology from the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in 2007 and his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Fordham University in 2014. His research centers on ecclesiology and eschatology. He is interested in the difference a robust theological imagination of the future makes in how Christian community is lived out, both in the church itself and in the wider world. 

Dr. Marilyn McEntyre is Adjunct Professor of Poetry & Spiritual Formation at New College, Berkeley. Marilyn is the author of 15 books, including Caring for Words in a Culture of Lies and Word by Word. A new collection of poems, Occasions, was released in October and her newest book of reflections, When Poets Pray, is out this spring.  She has won several outstanding teaching awards and was recently awarded a Christianity Today 2015 book award.

Dr. Valerie Miles Tribble is an Assistant Professor of Ministerial Leadership and Practical Theology at the American Baptist Seminary of the West in Berkeley, and Pastor of Faith Presbyterian Church in Oakland. Ordained in 2001, Dr. Miles Tribble is a leading expert in womanist theology, social justice advocacy, and community organizing. She has served in pastoral ministry for more than 17 yrs with responsibility for pulpit, worship, and ministry duties; team leader development, strategic planning, and community outreach ministries. Licensed in 1998, Valerie graduated the American Baptist Seminary of the West and was ordained in 2001. She earned the Doctor of Ministry degree at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2006, and a PhD in Management with emphasis in Leadership & Organizational Change at Walden University, Minneapolis, MN. She is passionate about ministry training to develop transformational leaders, empower women, families, and communities.

Dr. Bernard Schlager, Associate Professor of Historical & Cultural Studies and Executive Director, Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS), received his PhD from Yale University in the history of medieval and Latin American Christianity. He has taught at the University of New Hampshire, Trinity College, and Yale. Professor Schlager was one of the original staff members of (CLGS) when it was founded in 2000. Since then he has held a number of positions at CLGS, including program director and interim deputy director, before becoming executive director in 2009. In addition, he directs the development and advancement work of the Center, directs the Certificate in Sexuality and Religion Program (CSR) at Pacific School of Religion, and serves as an editorial consultant for the CLGS/Pilgrim Press Book series.

Workshop Proposals

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Workshop Proposals

For the 2020-2021 academic year, CARe plans to present a slate of workshops covering different art disciplines, as related to religion and spirituality. We welcome your proposals for teaching a pair of two hour workshops in visual arts, dance, drama, literature, music, film, and related topics. The CARe Academic Committee will review proposals and will create a short list of diverse workshops to be scheduled each semester. Our goals are to present a range of learning opportunities that represent a variety of art areas and that is of interest to a broad spectrum of GTU students and the wider community. While CARe appreciates each and every proposal, the application process is a competitive one.

To propose a workshop pair for CARe, please submit to

  • brief workshop description
  • curriculum vitae
  • cover letter indicating your scheduling preferences (Fall or Spring, day/time)
  • title of workshop 

​Please note, CARe workshop instructors must follow the GTU faculty handbook, which will be provided. All instructors will be required to file updated IRS 1099-Misc forms with the CARe office. 

We look forward to receiving your proposals!