Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Peace

A collective initiative by the schools of the GTU consortium, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Peace” explores the cross-sections between interreligious dialogue, spirituality, and civic engagement in our contemporary democracy. 

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Peace

Interreligious Dialogue and Discourse at the Intersection of Democracy and Faith

At a time when the fabric of democracy as we know it seems perilously close to unraveling, where can we – as a community, culture, and interconnected global society – look to find a pathway forward?

A collaborative initiative of the schools of the Graduate Theological Union, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Peace” is a series of public programs that showcase scholars, activists, and thought leaders from across the GTU’s wide network of schools and affiliates whose work grapples with the challenges of navigating modern civil society.

The list of scheduled public events associated with this initiative appears below and will be updated as new events are added. Events and news on the initiative can also be found on the GTU site and social media by searching "LifeLibertyPeace."  #LifeLibertyPeace

GTU member schools, centers, and affiliates hosting events that support this initiative should contact GTU communications.  

During the Spring 2020 semester, the schools of the GTU concortium are offering several courses integrating themes of religion and democracy, in partnership with the GTU's Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Peace Initiative. These include:

Additionally, PSR is hosting the “Professor of Practice” series, part of their larger “Democracy Reimagined: Having a Say in Our Futures” project. The course, which kicks off with a free public event on February 5, offers a series of four public lectures each by industry experts Kenneth “Hap” Klopp, co-founder of The North Face; Rumman Chowdhury, the Global Lead for Responsible Artificial Intelligence at Accenture; and Jeff Chang, Vice President of Narrative, Arts, and Culture at Race Forward. Learn more about the program and register for the free event.  

Featured events for the Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Peace Initiative will be added to the GTU Events calendar (and the events feed below) as they are scheduled. Additional events associated with the initiative include:

“Strengthening Democracy”
Graduate Theological Union, Dinner Boardroom
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 12:30-2pm

Event with UC Berkeley, Goldman School of Public Policy – TBD (Spring 2020)

“Artificial Intelligence and the Outsourcing of Moral Responsibility”
Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30pm | David Brower Center

“Professor of Practice” Series Kick Off
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
6:00pm | Pacific School of Religion Chapel

“Creating Democracy: Technology and Minorities” with Rumman Chowdhury
Wednesdays, Feb 12, 19, 26, and Mar 04
6:00 PM | Badè Museum

“Practicing Democracy: Civility and Outrage” with Kenneth "Hap" Klopp
Wednesdays, Mar 11, 21 (9AM), and April 01, 08
6:00 PM | Badè Museum

“Living Democracy: Image and Culture” with Jeff Chang
Wednesday, Apr 15, 22, 29, and May 06
6:00 PM | Badè Museum

Cross-Sector Discussion on Democracy with Professors of Practice (Earl Lectures)
Pacific School of Religion
Saturday April 18, 2020

Earl Lecture 2020: Democracy Reimagined

Celebrate PSR's "Democracy Reimagined" series with a day long conference and Alumni Awards Banquet.

Badè Museum, Pacific School of Religion
9:00am to 5:00pm