GTU Voices - Listening with Open Minds and Hearts

Listening with Open Minds and Hearts

By Susan Cook Hoganson, GTU Board Chair

The Graduate Theological Union has always been an institution and a community that prides itself on fostering trust and thriving in an environment rich in difference.

Differences of religious belief.

Differences in cultural background.

Differences in political persuasion and opinion.

And of course, many, many more.

In this way, and in a spirit resonant with the design of our logo, one could describe the GTU as a magnificent kaleidoscope bringing together many different pieces, parts, shapes, and colors to create a beautiful, yet ever-changing portrait.

The members of the Board of Trustees and I recognize that recent changes at the GTU have caused some in our community to feel that the various pieces of our kaleidoscope are not coming together as comfortably as they have in the past. We acknowledge that there are those who feel hurt and pain; those who feel they are searching for a voice to express their feelings; and those who may wonder whether anyone would be listening, if they shared their perspectives.

To any and all among our GTU faculty and student body, allow me to say: We hear you, and we are listening.

With open minds and hearts, I would like to extend an open invitation to join me and other members of the GTU’s Board of Trustees for a Listening Forum moderated by Dean Uriah Kim on Thursday, December 5, 2019, from 4-5:30pm in the Dinner Boardroom in the GTU Library, a time and day we chose deliberately and especially in hopes that it would accommodate as many schedules as possible.

We look forward to listening and learning from your many voices. The floor is yours.

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