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Spiritual Care and Ethical Leadership for Our Times

Spiritual Care and Ethical Leadership for Our Times

Interreligious and Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Faith, Resilience, Culture, and Community in an Age of Uncertainty

The events of 2020 have been unprecedented. Individuals, communities, organizations, and governments worldwide have been navigating a global pandemic, widespread injustice, and heartbreaking violence. Throughout all of this, one of the GTU community's greatest strengths is our shared vision for and dedication to working towards a brighter future that belongs to us all. This year-long initiative will feature written reflections and videos from scholars, spiritual leaders, and cultural critics from across the GTU, exploring the meaning of spiritual care, ethics, and leadership from a broad array of interreligious and interdisciplinary perspectives. We will also be curating resources to help you build and maintain community in a time of social distancing and uncertainty.

Our Latest Videos in This Series

Scroll down to see all contributors to the series and to read or view their reflections.

"Accounting for Hope" presented by Cecilia González-Andrieu
"Practicing What We Preach" presented by Debra Mumford
"A Pilgrim’s Perspective on a Spiritual Reboot" presented by Mahjabeen Dhala
"Why Black Lives Matter" presented by Harry Singleton
"Transgressive Conversations" presented by Michael Sepidoza Campos


In this reflection, 2020 GTU Alumna of the Year Dr. Cecilia González-Andrieu urges us to consider the most vulnerable members of our population when envisioning a better future.

As Dean of Louisville Seminary, Debra Mumford explains how her insitution is working to practice what it preaches by mandating that students are taught to understand, critique, confront and dismantle the many structures that uphold white supremacy.

In this reflection Mahjabeen Dhala calls us to "awaken the pilgrim in us and embark on a journey inward and toward the substance of being human."

In this reflection, Dr. Singleton reminds us that, "Only in the prophetic transformation of human value will black lives matter in a way that reflects the true nature of divine will."    

In this reflection, GTU alumnus Dr. Michael Sepidoza Campos reflects on transgressing theory to engage lived reality in order to love.

"Re-Imagining Ritual" presented by Michael Sepidoza Campos

In this final reflection on our series, Dr. Uriah Kim renews the call of the GTU community to "encourage and sustain a healthy and caring society — one that engages across differences."

In her reflection, Dr. Wendy Arce, Associate Dean of Students at the GTU, shares her abuelita's wisdom: "Persevera y Vencerás" - Perservere and you will overcome.

In her reflection, Dr. Elizabeth S. Peña reminds us that art can comfort us, art can help us understand and express our own emotions, and art can give us hope.

Dr. Braden Molhoek, from the Center for Theology and Natural Sciences at the GTU, shares his reflections on the ethical complexities we face in our time of profound emotional and mental instability. 

This week, Dr. Munir Jiwa speaks about our connectedness in these times: This is "a rare global life-affirming moment to think more about our shared humanity, the environment that begs us to change our destructive ways, and to address and heal the inequalities, inequities, and injustices that stare us in the face." Read Dr. Jiwa's reflection by clicking on the button below. Stay tuned for a video from Dr. Jiwa.

In this bonus video for our “Spiritual Care and Ethical Leadership for Our Times” series, Sam Shonkoff of the Center for Jewish Studies, shares reflections on “Covid and Koved.”

Dr. Rita D. Sherma and Dr. Devin Zuber are co-chairs of the GTU’s Sustainability 360 Initiative. Dr. Sherma is the director of the Mira and Ajay Shingal Center for Dharma Studies; Dr. Zuber is Associate Professor of American Studies, Religion, and Literature at the Center for Swedenborgian Studies. For both scholars, "This current great disruption has pushed us, like many others, to return to our roots, and to reengage, reread the texts we love that have so formatively shaped us."

Reflections from Dr. Kathryn Barush, the Thomas E. Bertelsen Jr. Associate Professor of Art History and Religion at GTU and the Jesuit School of Theology.

Reflections from Dr. Deena Aranoff, Director of Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies at the GTU.

Reflections from Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, Director of the Interreligious Chaplaincy Program at the GTU.

You can participate live on Zoom at noon PST:

Interim President Uriah Kim reflects on building community amid the coronavirus pandemic. "In these past weeks, there is a sense in which we remain remarkably intertwined: engaging with one another through Zoom, chat platforms, email, old fashioned phone calls, and at fundamental human level, in our shared experience of unfathomable circumstances."

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