Other Lectures

August 23, 2010
Ethics and Religious Institutions of Higher Education: Beginning the Journey
James A. Donahue, Ph.D.
President and Professor of Ethics
Graduate Theological Union

Inaugural Convocation of Zaytuna College, Berkeley, CA

May 11, 2006
Taking a Long ... a Very Long View
Louis Weil
Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics
Church Divinity School of the Pacific

GTU 2006 commencement address by Louis Weil, GTU core doctoral faculty member and Hodges-Haynes Professor of Liturgics at Church Divinity School of the Pacific.

May 12, 2005
Mary Ann Donovan
Professor of Historical Theology and Spirituality
Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley

Remarks at the 2005 GTU Commencement.

May 13, 2004
Knowledge and Jeong on Holy Hill
Uriah Yong-Hwan Kim
Assistant Professor of Hebrew Bible
Canisius College

A speech delivered at the GTU Commencement.

May 13, 2004
Mixing It All Up
Ibrahim Farajajé
Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty; Professor of Cultural Studies and Islamic Studies
Starr King School for the Ministry

Faculty remarks delivered at the 2004 GTU Commencement, held at the PLTS Chapel.

March 8, 2004
Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ": A Jewish-Christian Conversation
A forum presented by the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies (CJS) and the GTU

Co-chaired by GTU Dean Arthur Holder and CJS Director Naomi Seidman, this forum on the controversial film featured comments from David Biale, Emmanuel Ringelblum Professor of Jewish History at UC Davis; Margaret Miles, GTU emerita dean and professor of historical theology; and DSPT professor Michael Morris. An essay by Michael Morris, "Previewing Mel Gibson's Passion," may be read here.

May 8, 2003
Zen Gardens and Amish Quilts
Rev. Jennifer L. Lord, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching
Lancaster Theological Seminary

These remarks were delivered at the 2003 GTU Commencement.

April 21, 2003
Living Peacefully in a Time of Turmoil
James A. Donahue
President and Professor of Ethics

Delivered at a public discussion at UC Berkeley's Center for the Development of Peace & Well-being.

March 31, 2003
A Spoke in the Wheel: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and His Development into Political Resistance
Dr. Renate Wind
Professor of Biblical Theology
Lutheran School of Theology, University of Applied Sciences, Nürnberg, Germany

Dr. Wind is the author of Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Spoke in the Wheel. She is one of the foremost Bonhoeffer researchers, and is currently writing on the love letters between Bonhoeffer and his fiancée. Respondent: Lisa Dahill (GTU Ph.D. '01).

February 19, 2003
Teaching for Peace in a Time of Impending War
Judith Berling, moderator
GTU Professor of Chinese and Comparative Religions

The GTU Core Doctoral Faculty presented a panel discussion on "Teaching for Peace in a Time of Impending War." Read Dr. Judith Berling's introduction here. On the panel were:

  • Ibrahim Farajajé, Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Cultural Studies/Islamic Studies at Starr King School for the Ministry/GTU
  • Chana Kronfeld, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature at University of California, Berkeley; and
  • Rosemary Radford Ruether, Carpenter Professor of Feminist Theology at GTU/PSR.

Follow this link to Dr. Farajaje's text; Dr. Ruether's text is found here.

December 16, 2002
Another look at another Gulf war: War, peace and the prospects for moral discernment
Jerome P. Baggett
Professor of Society and Religion

This article is a condensed version of a lecture Dr. Baggett delivered at a conference, "People of Faith Against the War: Reflections on a War With Iraq", Nov. 2, at Holy Redeemer Center in Oakland. It is reprinted from the Catholic Voice, December 16, 2002.

December 6, 2002
Preaching in the Time of Impending War: A GTU Panel Discussion
Dr. James Noel and Dr. William O'Neill

The nine schools of the Graduate Theological Union presented a panel discussion for Bay Area clergy, with Drs. James Noel from SFTS, William O'Neill from JSTB, and Keith Russell from ABSW. The discussion focussed on the implications of the current Iraq crisis for the work of preaching. Dr. Noel's and Dr. O'Neill's presentations are available here.

November 17, 2002
The Crisis of Authority: Religious and Otherwise
James A. Donahue
Graduate Theological Union

“Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow. I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.”

February 20, 2002
Seeking Life Among the Debris: The Public Role of Religious Scholars
Professors Ernst, Fischer, O'Neill, Kirk-Duggan, Lull, and Chinnici
Graduate Theological Union

A Core Doctoral Faculty Forum, in the Aftermath of September 11th

Eldon G. Ernst

Clare B. Fischer

The Place of a Public Theologian
William R. O'Neill, S.J.

An Instigating Signifier: The Impact of September 11th on my Scholarship
Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan

Theology Interrupted? My Work after September 11, 2001
Timothy F. Lull

The Role of the Theologian in Times of Terror
Rosemary Chinnici, S.L.

February 15, 2001
What Ought We to Do? Who Ought We to Be?: The Ethics of Theological Education
James A. Donahue
Graduate Theological Union