Watch "Learning as Collaborative Conversation" Live, May 25-26

Watch the live video stream of our 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. Use the links below to view each session:

Video stream is courtesy of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary of California Lutheran University. PLTS is one of the founding member schools of the GTU. See below for the full conference schedule:



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:

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