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:
- Wednesday, 10:00 am - 12:00: "Impacts of Theories of Judith Berling" (Live Video)
- Wednesday, 1:30 pm - 3:30: "Interreligious and Cross-Cultural Pedagogy" (Live Video)
- Wednesday, 4:00 pm - 5:00: Surjit Singh Lecture by Philip Wickeri (Live Video)
- Thursday, 10:00 am - 12:30: "Boundary-Crossing Approaches and Perspectives" (Live Video)
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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