Course Offerings

Fall 2018 Registration

Begins August 15, 2018

  • Orientation Week: August 20-31
  • Instruction begins for Fall Semester 2018: September 4
  • Reading Week: October 22-28
  • Fall 2018 Semester ends: December 14


CARe/GTU Courses Preview

Fall 2018

Art & Symbolic Process (1.5 credits) Instructed by Karen Sjoholm

Jewish Music Matters (3 units) Instructed by Ellie Shapiro

Imagining Resistance (3 units) Instructed by Yohana Junker

Poetry for Preaching (3 units) Instructed by Nate Klug

Religion & Cinema (3 units) Instructed by Richard Lindsay

Spring 2019

Drawing: Contemplative Process (1.5 units) Instructed by Karen Sjoholm

Cinema Seminar (3 units) Instructed by Richard Lindsay

A Cry for Justics in Hymnody (1.5 units) Nancy E. Hall & Dan Damon

Art as Spiritual Practice (3 units) Instructed by Louise Victor

Creating Theater for Ministry (3 units) Instructed by Harry Cronin

Listening to Music (3 units) Instructed by Kurt Rohde 


"Karen’s responses were insightful and thoughtful and allowed me to be more aware of my own process. Sacred Arts: Mandala, Instructed by Karen Sjoholm

"The strongest aspect of this course was: "the guided study of poems, workshops, and theological reflection throughout."... "the variety and perspectives of the poets"..."using a mix of lecture, reading, writing, and discussion." Poetry: Writing Our Faiths, Instructed by Nate Klug



Dr. Rossitza Schroeder

GTU-CARe and PSR Associate Professor of Art & Religion

Dr. Rossitza Schroeder focuses on Early Christian and Byzantine art, Western Medieval art, and Islamic art. She is a core doctoral faculty member of the Art & Religion Area of the Graduate Theological Union, where she also serves as area convener. She received her Ph.D from the University of Maryland, her M.A. from Southern Methodist University, and her B.A. from Sophia University, in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Dr. ​Harry Cronin has taught under the auspices of CARe for many years. His focus has been the various ways theater can be used in religious practice and how theater relates to church ministry and preaching.  In addition, he is a prolific and well produced playwright. His plays have been performed in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Canada. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild and the Screen Actor's Guild.

Rev. Dan Damon, Fellow of The Hymn Society (2016), received his MDiv from the Pacific School of Religion and is a widely published writer of hymn texts and tunes. He currently is serving as pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Point Richmond and is Associate Editor of Hymnody for Hope Publishing Company.

Rev. Nancy E. Hall is the Associate Professor of Ministry & Congregational Music and the Director of Contextual Education at the American Baptist Seminary of the West. She received her Doctorate in Ministry from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. She has served as pastor and musician since 2009 at the First Baptist Church of Berkeley. Her professional associations include The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada and the Ministers Council of the Greater Bay Area. 

Yohana Junker is a Presidential Scholar in the art and religion Ph.D. program at the Graduate Theological Union (2014-2016) as well as a Louisville Institute Fellow (2016-2018). Her current research on contemporary art history, religion, and spirituality investigates how the oeuvre of contemporary Southwestern American artists is revitalizing the dialogue between secular art and various forms of spirituality, sacred mobility, and eco-religious imagination. She earned a Masters of Theological Studies from Christian Theological Seminary where she examined the tragic and the transcendent aspects of Georgia O'Keeffe and Mark Rothko's work.

Rev. Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a book-length translation of Virgil's Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013), and Anyone, a book of poems (The University of Chicago Press, 2015). He works as the pastor of First Church Redwood City, United Church of Christ.

​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. In Spring 2017, Richard taught Religion and the Cinemaat the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology. 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).

​Dr. Elizabeth S. Peña is an archaeologist, museum professional, and academic and arts administrator. She served as Director of the Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State College, Curator of Anthropology at the Buffalo Museum of Science, Co-director of Archaeology at Old Fort Niagara State Historic Site, and has taught courses in museum studies and archaeology, most recently "Museums & Social Justice" for the University of San Francisco MA Museum Studies Program. In addition to serving as Director of CARe, Dr. Peña is involved in museum consulting projects. 

Violist and composer Kurt Rohde is a recipient of the Rome Prize, the Berlin Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship, the Lydian String Quartet Commission Prize, and an Arts and Letters Award in Music from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is currently composing a song cycle for the Brooklyn Art Song Society using poems by Diane Seuss. He is a curator at the Center for New Music and serves as Artistic Advisor for the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble.

Eleanor (Ellie) Shapiro is a current PhD Student at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. Shapiro graduated with a BA in European History/Judaic and N East Studies from Oberlin College and an MA in Journalism from UC Berkeley. She has been a guest lecturer at Sonoma State University since October 2017 and was the Director of the Jewish Music Festival from 2003-2015. Her most recent publication is titled,  Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Liverpool University Press“The Sound of Change: Performing ‘Jewishness’ in Polish Small Towns, currently at pre-press.

Karen Sjoholm is an artist and arts educator who has served in Bay Area educational institutions for over 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 Registered Expressive Arts Consultant/Educator through the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association. She was Chair of the Arts & Consciousness program at JFK University from 2009-2016.

​Dr. Michelle T. Summers is a lecturer in the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley and an instructor at the Graduate Theological Union. She holds a PhD in Critical Dance Studies from UC Riverside. Her research interests investigate the intersections of dance, religion, secularism, and right-wing studies.

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. 

Course Proposals & Student Teaching Fellowship

Deadline TBA

Course Proposals

For the 2019-2020 academic year, CARe plans to present a slate of classes covering different art disciplines, as related to religion and spirituality. We welcome your proposals for teaching courses in visual arts, dance, drama, literature, music, and related topics. The CARe Academic Committee will review proposals and will create a short list of diverse courses to be scheduled each semester. Our goals are to present a curriculum that represents a variety of art areas and that is of interest to a broad spectrum of GTU students. While CARe appreciates each and every proposal, shaping curriculum means that the application process is a competitive one.

CARe Instructors: to propose a course for CARe, please submit to

  • brief course description
  • draft syllabus
  • curriculum vitae
  • cover letter indicating your scheduling preferences (Fall or Spring, day/time)
  • name of course (30 characters including spaces & punctuation)
  • level of course
  • number of credits

​Please note that CARe instructors should have terminal degrees in their fields of specialization, with the exception of GTU students (see "Student Teaching Fellowship"). CARe instructors must follow the GTU faculty handbook, which will be provided. All instructors will be required to file updates IRS 1099-Misc forms with the CARe office.

Student Teaching Fellowship

GTU students are invited to apply for a CARe/GTU Teaching Fellowship, and teach a course of their own creation under CARe's mentorship. This is a competitive fellowship, with one or two awarded each academic year. 

Interested students, please submit to

  • brief course description
  • draft syllabus
  • curriculum vitae
  • cover letter indicating your scheduling preferences (Fall or Spring, day/time)
  • name of course (30 characters including spaces & punctuation)
  • level of course
  • number of credits

Please note that students must have completed their comprehensive examinations by the time the course is offered. CARe instructors will receive a contract that outlines schedules and payment. CARe instructors must follow the GTU faculty handbook, which will be provided. All instructors will be required to file updates IRS 1099-Misc forms with the CARe office.