Learning as Collaborative Conversation: Celebrating the Scholarship and Teaching of Judith Berling

Wednesday, May 25th 2016, 9:00am to Thursday, May 26th 2016, 12:30pm

On May 25-26, 2016, the GTU will be holding a two-day symposium celebrating the scholarship of Dr. Judith Berling and her 29 years of service as a faculty member and administrator with the GTU. You can watch a live video stream of conference sessions using these links:

Video stream is courtesy of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University. PLTS is one of the founding member schools of the GTU. For a full schedule of participants, see below.      


Dr. Berling's dedication and holistic participation in boundary-crossing embody the best of the GTU's approach to education.  Her effective and inclusive methods in inter-disciplinary, interreligious, and intercultural learning, teaching, and communication have been instrumental in fostering GTU’s culture of inclusiveness and appreciation for diversity. The GTU invites you to join Dr. Berling's students, colleagues, and friends from near and far as we gather to share how Dr. Berling has influenced us all in our personal, educational, and professional development. The Wednesday afternoon session of the symposium will feature the GTU's 2016 Surjit Singh Lecture by Philip Wickeri.

Registration is required. To register, go to the Eventbrite page for the conference. All events are free, with the exception of the celebration dinner Wednesday evening. Lunch will be provided on Wednesday free of charge to all registered.    


May 25 (Wednesday)

9:00-10:00      Registration, PSR Chapel

10:00- Noon    Morning Session, PSR Chapel​: Impacts of Theories of Judith Berling


Jenny Te Paa (Ohaki Consultancy)

Presentation and Reflections by:

Munir Jiwa (Graduate Theological Union)

Devin Zuber (Graduate Theological Union)

Bonnie Howe (Dominican University of California)

Elizabeth Ingenthron (Jewish Voice for Peace)

Sophia Park (Holy Names University)

Emily Wu (Dominican University of California)

12:00-1:30pm Light lunch, Dinner Board Room

1:30-3:30pm Afternoon Session, PSR Chapel: Interreligious and Cross-Cultural Pedagogy

Yik Fai Tam (Hong Kong Baptist University), Educate for Hope: Religious Education in the Post-Umbrella Movement Period in Hong Kong

Courtney Bruntz (Oregon State University), Interreligious Education for Millennial Generation

Reem Javed (Graduate Theological Union), Reflections on 'Course Design' and 'Islamic Education'

Joanne Doi (Maryknoll Sisters), Teaching and Learning Through the Manzanar Pilgrimage

Julia Prinz (Jesuit School of Theology), Responding

4:00-5:00     Surjit Singh Lecture, PSR Chapel
Toward a More Perfect Union: The Contribution of Judith Berling to Religious Pluralism in Theological Education

Philip Wickeri (Hong Kong Sheng Kong Hui)

5:30pm Reception, CDSP Courtyard

6:30pm Celebration Dinner, CDSP Refectory


May 26 (Thursday)

9:00-10:00   Check in, PSR Chapel, Coffee and pastries provided.                    

10:00- 12:00pm Morning Session, PSR Chapel: Boundary-Crossing Approaches and Perspectives

Matthew Haar Farris (California State University, Fresno), Some Considerations of Interdisciplinary Studies as “Spiritual Exercises”

Kang Hack Lee (Torch Trinity Graduate University, South Korea), Lee Sejong’s Spirituality

Damayanthi Niles (Eden Theological Seminary), Christian Theological Doctrine with an Eye towards Pluralism

John Thompson (Christopher Newport University), Master Journey(wo)man: Judith Berling’s Dao of “Free and Happy Wandering”

Norris Palmer (St. Mary’s College of California), Binocularity, Perspecacity, and Interstitiality: Terra Firma Amidst the Ice Floe

Arthur Holder (Graduate Theological Union), Responding

12:00-12:30pm Closing Remarks, PSR Chapel

Fumitaka Matsuoka (Robert Gordon Sproul Professor of Theology Emeritus at Pacific School of Religion)

Response by Judith Berling


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