About CARe

Mission & Vision

The Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) promotes scholarship, reflection, and practice in the arts and religion to serve the Graduate Theological Union and to benefit the community.

CARe aspires to be the arts center of the Graduate Theological Union, providing and coordinating opportunities in the visual arts, dance, theater, music, and literature for students, faculty, staff, and the community.


The Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) (then known as the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education) was founded in 1987 by Doug Adams, a professor at the Pacific School of Religion, one of the member schools of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) consortium. As an independent non-profit affiliate of the GTU, the organization's goal was to help individuals and institutions integrate the arts into religious practice, and to support student and faculty research and study in the arts and religion. 

In 2009, the Doug Adams Gallery was founded to exhibit work that demonstrates the connection between art and religion/spirituality. The Doug Adams Gallery shared space with the Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology in the Pacific School of Religion's Holbrook Building. Over time, the Doug Adams Gallery grew to become a center for student programs and public events, in addition to presenting three exhibitions each year.

In 2016, the Center for the Arts & Religion became an integrated program unit of the GTU. This shift was accompanied by the relocation of the Doug Adams Gallery to a newly renovated space in the GTU's LeConte Building. 

What We Do

  • Present exhibitions and programming in the the Doug Adams Gallery
  • Offer courses in the arts & religion, accredited through the GTU
  • Give modest grants to GTU students and faculty for arts projects
  • Participate in an wide array of art & religion activities and projects
  • ​Promote community partnerships with the Berkeley Repertory Theater, Left Coast Chamber Ensemble, and others.

Solidarity Statement

At the heart of its mission, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) stands for respectful dialogue and ecumenical and interfaith engagement among Buddhists, Christians, Hindus, Jains, Jews, Muslims, Sikhs, and other local and global traditions. 

Studies at the GTU take place in the intercultural context of its many seminaries, centers, and religious communities; this rich diversity is essential to the insights and clarity that are hallmarks of GTU scholarship. Learn more.

Doug Adams

Doug Adams, Pacific School of Religion Professor of Christianity and the Arts, played a leading role internationally in the field of religion and the arts. In 1987, Doug founded CARe to inspire GTU students, religious leaders, and community members to integrate the arts into practice and worship.

In 2009, the Doug Adams Gallery was dedicated in his memory.