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Educational foundation serving ministry professionals since 1962.
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The 2017 Convocation and Graduation, held on May 4th and 5th, was a huge success! Graduates, their families and friends joined us from all over the country and the world to celebrate their academic accomplishments. Please visit our YouTube channel to view videos of Rev. Canon Dr. Hugh Page's Convocation Lecture and the Graduation Ceremony itself. 

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On Thursday, May 4th and Friday, May 5th, the annual GTF Convocation and Graduation was held in South Bend, Indiana. The festivities began on Thursday morning with breakfast and a Presidential Greeting by Dr. Kendra Clayton, GTF President. Students then joined small break-out groups in order to share with one another the nature of their research and study while at the GTF. After lunch there were presentations from 2017 Fellowship and Prize winners followed by the presentation of the GTF graduation stole to each graduate. That afternoon there was an Open House at the Dodge House, GTF administrative offices. Rev. Dr. Hugh Page delivered the 2017 Lord Robert Runcie Convocation Lecture at 7:00 p.m. Thursday night, which was followed by a dessert reception.

On Friday morning at 10:30 the graduation ceremony commenced and was followed by the graduation luncheon. We at the GTF would like to congratulate all of the 2017 graduates!

Over the course of the next several days we will be publishing more photos and videos from the event. 
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Muhammad Hatim, Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Professor of African American Muslim Studiesat the GTF, has recently published a new book entitled, Qur’anic Comfort and Healing in Contemporary Times: Unfolding the Joy of Al-Islam. Following is a brief summary of this new publication.

By Imam Muhammad Hatim, PhD, DMin, CADC

This book is a companion to my earlier work Caregiving to Muslims: A Guide to Chaplains, Counselors, Healthcare and Social Workers (Caregiving to Muslims). Caregiving to Muslims provides clinicians with material on the fundamentals of Al-Islam and explores theories in pastoral care, psychology, the Muslim family, and the spiritual roots of terrorism. Also, I included five case studies based upon Paul Pruyser’s diagnostic variables. The cases represent actual interventions by Muslim and Christian clinicians.

Qur’anic Comfort and Healing in Contemporary Times: Unfolding the Joy of Al-Islam (Qur’anic Comfort and Healing) is unique because it offers selected Qur’anic verses to address specific spiritual and emotional challenges to the human spirit. The book can serve as a resource for lifting the spirit, addressing feeling of guilt and shame, and help the Muslim patient or client to find spiritual peace and tranquility.

Qur’anic Comfort and Healing also explores verses for individuals challenged with substance use and mental health disorders. It provides direction to those looking for spiritual wellbeing, processing various levels of grief, and desiring to reinforce their spiritual foundation. The book is a gift to those persons with a general interest in religious and spiritual resources; those who respect all religious traditions and who want to add to their universal perspective.

Chapters include verses which can help a person find closeness to Allah (swt); verses on prayers of petition, adoration, or comfort; the joy of giving and receiving; peace of mind and tranquility from terrorism, substance abuse and mental health challenges; and hope and preparation for the Hereafter.

I offer you Qur’anic Comfort and Healing. My prayer is that clinician, believer, and seeker of truth may be filled and prosper.

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Dr. Andrew Linzey, Henry Bergh Professor of Animal Ethics at the GTF, has been reappointed Visiting Professor of Animal Theology at the University of Winchester. More than 20 volumes have appeared in the Animal Ethics book series published by Palgrave Macmillan, of which he is the general editor — the latest of which is Abbey Smith’s The Ground of Being: Animals in Tillich’s Philosophical Theology.

His book Animal Theology has been published in six languages, the latest of which is in Croatian.

He has edited three books that will all come out in 2017: Animal Ethics for Veterinarians, and the Ethical Case against Animal Experiments, both published by the University of Illinois Press. And also The Handbook of Practical Animal Ethics coming out with Palgrave Macmillan. All three are edited with his daughter Clair, who is also a theologian.


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The most recent publication by The Revd Canon Vincent Strudwick, GTF Fellow and Bishop John Tinsley Professor of Anglican Theology, has been reviewed by Rev. Dr. Paul Kirbas, Paul Tillich Professor of Theology and Culture at the GTF.

The Naked God: Wrestling for a Grace-Ful Humanity

In recent years, many writers have undertaken the effort to offer a vision of the future of the Church. It seems that we all realize that the past is indeed the past, and that there is a need for a re-invention of the Church for this generation and beyond. But few have rooted their thesis for these needed changes in the fertile ground of theology, history, and personal experience as deeply as we find in the new book The Naked God: Wrestling for a Grace-Ful Humanity. Written by Vincent Strudwick, in collaboration with Jane Shaw, this is a wonderful and refreshing look at what it means to be the Church in the world today.

Like a master builder, the author starts this construction with attention to the foundation, particularly found in the major historical periods of the Church. Showing how the Incarnational sense of the Word was transformed into “Frozen Assets” of Church doctrine and dogma, the author invites us to see how each period of the church tended to clothe God, but just as clothing styles come and go, so do these efforts. Underneath it all is the naked God, who must be free to connect with the world as it is today.

Understanding the environment of the world today is also well presented in this book. Here too, the foundation is established, showing how our current world did not arrive in a vacuum, but has evolved through an historical process. But it would be wrong to assume that this book is one about history. Quite the contrary, it presents a bold and spirited vision that illuminates the way in which the Church can be a vehicle for God’s incarnational spirit to flow through a new sense of the human community. This vision is truly inspirational, but one that also lives out the title of the chapter, “Toward a Very Odd Church Indeed.”!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Naked God, and highly recommend it for personal reading, for leadership groups in local churches, and in seminary classes. This is an exciting vision of what the Church could be, and it is my hope that it will catch on like wildfire!


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On Sunday, April 2nd, at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco, Dr. Christoph Tietze performed a concert in celebration of his 25th Anniversary at the Cathedral.

Christoph Tietze is GTF Professor of Sacred Music. Dr. Tietze began his organ studies at age 10 in his native Germany. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from San Jose State University, Master of Music and Master of Musical Arts degrees from Yale University's Institute of Sacred Music, and the Doctor of Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation, completing his coursework at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford University, and Sarum College in Salisbury, England. Dr. Tietze has held music director positions at cathedrals on the East and West coast for 25 years and is currently Music Director/Organist at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco, California. He has lectured throughout the United States and Europe on Gregorian chant, the introits, children's choirs, improvisation, and the music of Karg-Elert, and his books on the introits are published by Liturgy Training Publications and World Library Publications.
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We are very happy to announce that the 2017 Runcie Convocation Lecturer will be the Rev. Canon Dr. Hugh R. Page, Jr. who is Professor of Theology and Africana Studies; and Vice President, Associate Provost, and Dean of the First Year of Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He holds a BA degree with a major in History from Hampton University; MDiv and STM degrees from General Theological Seminary in New York; a DMin in Applied Ministries from the Graduate Theological Foundation (Mishawaka, IN); and MA and PhD degrees in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. His particular research interests include early Hebrew poetry; theories of myth; the cultural content, and ethnological criticism of, ancient Near Eastern texts; Africana biblical interpretation; poetry as medium for theological expression; the use of religious traditions and sacred texts in identity construction within the Black community; and the role of mysticism and esotericism in Anglican and Africana spiritualities.

His sole-authored works include Israel’s Poetry of Resistance: Africana Perspectives on Early Hebrew Verse (Fortress, 2013); Exodus (Bible Reading Fellowship - Peoples Bible Commentary Series, 2006); and The Myth of Cosmic Rebellion: A Study of its Reflexes in Ugaritic and Biblical Literature (Brill, 1996). He is also general editor of The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora (Augsburg Fortress, 2010); one of the co-editors for both the Fortress Commentary on the Old Testament and Apocrypha (Fortress, 2014) and Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There is a Mystery” … (Brill, 2014); and editor of Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate Studies (Mellen Biblical Press, 1996). He is also a Research Associate of Human Relations Area Files (HRAF) at Yale University.


In the spring of 2000, following the death of the Archbishop of Canterbury,
Lord Robert Runcie, the Graduate Theological Foundation established The Lord Robert Runcie Convocation Lecture Series in honor and recognition of the loyalty and support he showed, as the head of the Church of England, to the Graduate Theological Foundation's work in ministry education.


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Read Revd Canon Dr. Robin Gibbons's Easter Reflection as found in the Independent Catholic Reporter. Dr. Gibbons is the Alexander Schmemann Professor of Eastern Christianity at the GTF.

"Then the angel said to the women in reply, “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified* He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead, and he is going before you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ Behold, I have told you.” (Matthew 28:5-7)"

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Congratulations to Mr. William Edward Moneyhun on his successful doctoral oral defense, held today at the Dodge House, GTF administrative offices in Mishawaka, Indiana. Mr. Moneyhun's thesis is entitled, "Is Io Really God? A study of reciprocation of ideas and practices between Māori and Pākehā and what it means for cultural dialogue and understanding." Dr. Moneyhun spend time in New Zealand learning the Māori language as part of his research for his thesis supervised by Dr. John Morgan.

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Dr. Muhammad Hatim, Imam Warith Deen Muhammad Professor of African American Muslim Studies, has recently published a book entitled, Caregiving to Muslims: A Guide for Chaplains, Counselors, Healthcare and Social Workers. The main purpose of this book is to offer suggestions for Islamic compassionate care to individual healthcare workers and administrators in related institutions. 
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