Upcoming Events

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Ignite Tech and Ethics

From Ancient Wisdom to Techno Ethics: Leading in an Unpredictable Future

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
How do we lead in an environment driven by rapid technology advances, divisive politics, environmental challenges, economic shifts, and racial, cultural and religious difference? Join us for a dynamic series of micro-sessions curated from the Ignite Institute Leadership and Innovation Lab's new Certificate of Leadership and Innovation for an Unpredictable Future, designed to prepare ethical, socially responsible and resilient leaders. This single-evening preview will feature scholars of ancient wisdom, socially-responsive leaders, and experts in Techno Ethics. This blend of leaders is uniquely suited to help mid-career professionals harness our rapidly changing environment as an asset, and to specifically assess how and when to apply a moral conscience to technology. Panelists will address how ancient wisdom informs ethics in innovation and hence the leadership needed for these unprecedented times. Agenda 6pm - Networking & Snacks 6:30pm -Welcome Micro-Session #1 - Rooted in Ancient Wisdom, Soaring with Innovation (Dr. Jay Johnson) Micro-Session #2 - Can Robots become Ethical Leaders? (Jonathan Reichental, PhD) Micro-Session #3 - Snakes and Worms: Telling Stories from Yesterday for Today and Tomorrow. (Dr. Susan Abraham) Audience Q&A for Panel Interactive Group Activity: The Moment of Truth: Human CEO vs Robot CEO 8:10 - Wrap-up 8:15-9pm - Networking; opportunity Learn more »
Zach Hauptman

CLGS Jewish Queeries Series: Jewish Queerspawn, Grown Up

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Jews transmit cultural identity transgenerationally, in a “chain of tradition” (to use the metaphor of the Sages) that is taught by families and communities. The Jewish community devotes considerable resources to this transmission of culture, and Jewish education has been and continues to be a nexus of Jewish life. Until recently, queer families and communities didn’t exist, and it was taken as fact that being queer was an individual discovery. However, the first generation of children raised in intentional LGBT communities is now of age. Is queerness similar to Judaism? Can it be handed down through families and communities? Or is it fundamentally different, and if so, how. Learn more »
SDI Scholarship

Contemplatives Scholarships – Spiritual Directors International

Saturday, January 20, 2018
We have extended the deadline for the 2018 New Contemplatives Scholarships application to January 20, 2018. NOTE: Must be aged 40 or younger to apply. The 2018 New Contemplatives Initiative awards scholarships to spiritual directors in the first half of their lives. Those chosen to join the New Contemplatives will receive full tuition for the 2018 SDI conference in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as well as hotel accommodation and a travel stipend. Learn more »

“The Transforming Spiritual Landscape of Peripheral Faith Communities, a Road Map to the Future” – A Community Forum Series, Part III

Saturday, January 20, 2018
This Community Forum series is presented by the Japanese American National Library, together with the Japanese American Religious Federation, and the Asia Project at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. It is divided into fall/winter and spring/summer modules comprising a total of six sessions. The final session of module one--Old Maps-Distant Memories--features a presentation on Model Projects, Programs, Initiatives, and Curricula presented by PACTS, PANA, Stanford-Japanese American Religious Federation (JARF) (spirituality and aging), Professors Fumitaka Masuoka, Moses Penumaka, and Ron Nakasone. Learn more »
SF-Berklee-Conference

SF Bay Area Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Registration for the Conference is free, but a free-will offering will be taken. Lunch will be provided. Please visit http://bit.ly/2l6iMqU to register! A film produced by the Interfaith Network on Drone Warfare for use in congregations will be screened along with a half-hour version of National Bird. Featured Presenters include: Marjorie Cohn, professor emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. The former president of the National Lawyers Guild and criminal defense attorney is a legal scholar, political analyst and social critic who is editor and contributor to Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues. Lisa Hajjar, is a professor of sociology at the University of California – Santa Barbara, with courtesy appointments in Global and International Studies, and Middle East Studies. She is a contributor to Life in the Age of Drone Warfare. Her work focuses mainly on issues relating to law and conflict, military courts and occupations, human rights and international law, and torture and targeted killing. Lisa Ling, is a former technical sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. She is featured in the heralded documentary National Bird, which, according to The Washington Post, is “artful, profoundly unsettling.” In an article for The Guardian, Ling noted how Learn more »
Rev. Dr. William Barber

Workshop and Worship with Rev. Dr. William Barber

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Join us in welcoming Rev. Dr. William Barber to Berkeley! Rev. Dr. Barber, former head of the North Carolina NAACP, leader of the Moral Mondays movement, and a progressive faith voice in the national arena, will lead a day-long session in partnership with Theological Education for Leadership and City of Refuge. More information here! Learn more »
Request for Proposals: Gender Spectrum Conference & Professionals' Symposium Workshops

Request for Proposals: Gender Spectrum Conference & Professionals’ Symposium Workshops

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Gender Spectrum Conference and Professionals' Symposium is currently accepting workshop proposals for the 2018 events. The dates are: Professionals' Symposium: Friday July 6 Conference: Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8 Our theme this year is "Claiming My Gender.” This theme speaks to the way individuals make sense of their personal gender in the context of other aspects of who they are. Workshops will recognize that many aspects of identity--including race, religion/faith, socioeconomic status, language and other factors--influence how we each experience and navigate issues related to our gender, and that beyond naming these intersections, people are using a diversity of strategies to find gender congruence while respecting these aspects of our lives. Click here to learn more and see how you can submit your proposal for the Symposium or Conference. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, February 20, 2018. 11:45 PST. Consistent with our theme, this year we are prioritizing programming that: • Intentionally creates spaces for attendees to identify and examine how intersections between gender and other forms of identity play out in their daily lives. • Builds the capacity of adults (caregivers, professionals and others working with children and youth) to support young people to recognize Learn more »

Save the Dates


January 17: From Ancient Wisdom to Techno Ethics: Leading in an Unpredictable Future


January 22 – 23: Spring student orientation


February 7: Dr. William Barber’s Mobile Course in Public Theology and Activism


February 12 – 13: Board of Trustees Meeting


February 23 – 24: Summit: Financial Sustainability & Community Innovation In the Church


March 2 – 3: Come and See Prospective and Admitted Student Weekend


April 14: Decolonizing Social Innovation (tentative)


April 19: Boswell Lecture

Academic/Administrative Calendar

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