Convocation Address

In the 1990s and 2000s, the GTU held an academic convocation each September featuring a distinguished outside scholar. The convocation addresses typically addressed critical issues relevant to theology, religion and culture. Convocation lecturers included Harvey Cox, David Tracy, and Alice Walker. Selected audio and/or video recordings and other files for these events can be accessed through the GTU Archives in the Hewlett Library.


September 23, 2009Heup Young Kim
Life, Ecology, and Theo-tao: Towards a Life Theology of Theanthropocosmic Tao
Dr. Heup Young Kim
Professor of Systematic Theology
Kangnam University

September 17, 2008
Reading the Signs of the Times: The Heritage and Promise of the GTU
Most Reverend John S. Cummins
Bishop Emeritus of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland


September 19, 2007Maria Pilar Aquino
Explorations on a Feminist Intercultural Theology for a Just World
Maria Pilar Aquino
Professor of Theology and Religious Studies
University of San Diego

Philip JenkinsSeptember 20, 2006
Believing the Bible in a Global Context
Philip Jenkins
Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies
Pennsylvania State University

Ann TavesSeptember 21, 2005
Negotiating the Boundaries in Theological and Religious Studies
Ann Taves
Professor of Religious Studies and the Virgil Cordano, O.F.M., Professor of Catholic Studies
The University of California at Santa Barbara

Rita Nakashima BrockSeptember 22, 2004
Saving Paradise
Rita Nakashima Brock
Visiting Scholar
Starr King School for the Ministry

Dwight HopkinsSeptember 17, 2003
Theological Education: First World and Third World Creative Dialogue
Dwight Hopkins
Associate Professor of Theology
Divinity School of the University of Chicago

Arthur G. HolderSeptember 20, 2002
The GTU at 40: Will Maturity Make Us Wise?
Arthur G. Holder
Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Graduate Theological Union

William M. SullivanSeptember 19, 2001
What Can We Stand For Now? Vocation and the Sacred in the Era of “Americanization”
William M. Sullivan
Senior Scholar
Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

Catherine BellSeptember 22, 2000
The Outrageous Idea—on the role of religiously-affiliated scholarship
Catherine Bell
Chair, Religious Studies Department
Santa Clara University

December 20, 1999
Tales of the City
Harvey Cox
Victor S. Thomas Professor of Divinity
Harvard Divinity School

Rosemary Radford RuetherSeptember 20, 1998
Theological Education on the Eve of the New Millennium
Rosemary Radford Ruether
Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology
Garrett Evangelical Seminary

Alice WalkerSeptember 20, 1997
Three Fates
Alice Walker
Poet, essayist and author of The Color Purple

David TracySeptember 20, 1996
The Community of Inquiry and the Community of Religious Commitment
David Tracy
Greeley Professor of Catholic Studies and Professor of Theology & Philosophy of Religion
The Divinity School, University of Chicago

September 20, 1995
Life Together
Rebecca Chopp
Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Professor of Systematic Theology, Candler School of Theology
Emory University

September 20, 1994
Richard Rodriguez
Emmy Award-winning essayist, contributing editor to the L.A. Times and Harper’s Magazine, and commentator for the PBS McNeil-Lehrer News Hour