LAUNCHING AN INNOVATIVE ONLINE LEARNING HUB TO EMPOWER A GLOBAL COMMUNITY IN SEARCH OF SPIRITUALITY AND JUSTICE

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BERKELEY, Calif., March 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Theological Union of Graduates, one of the world’s leading institutions of higher learning focused on interfaith living, learning and leadership, launches GTUx, an innovative global destination for online learning and connection to address critical issues in our era, from the climate crisis and sustainability to ethics and spiritual care. GTUx will showcase ideas from professors, scholars and other GTU luminaries.

“The intersectional public health crises, widespread injustice, political strife and heartbreaking violence that we have experienced as a global community make it clear that the need for this type of resource is more urgent than ever,” said the president of the GTU. Urie Kim. “There is a deep desire for change, and we are proud to have created a space that allows learners and changemakers from around the world to come together in knowledge, dialogue and action.”

According to a Fetzer study on spirituality in America, 86% of Americans identify as spiritual and 68% say their spirituality guides the way they act in the world. Respondents cited volunteer work and civic engagement as activities that help them establish a spiritual connection with others who share their vision for a better world.

Free and donation-based, GTUx empowers those looking to be agents of change with an array of content, including but not limited to:

  • GTUx Originals: In-depth, on-demand digital learning modules taught by leading academics
  • GTUx Live: real-time discussions via Zoom
  • GTUx Connect: Opportunities to connect with other like-minded learners around the world via discussion forums, a dedicated chat channel and social media

Selected offers include:

  • Greening spiritualityDrs. Rita Sherma and Devin Zuber
  • The lure of power: religion, politics and insurrectionDrs. Deena Aranoff, Valerie Miles-TribbleElizabeth Pena, and Devin Zuber
  • The Arbaeen Pilgrimagedr. Mahjabeen Dhala
  • Spirituality x Activismdr. Scott MacDougall
  • The Psychedelic Renaissance – Part 1dr. Sam Shonkoff. Guest speakers include Michael Pollan and more (5/2022)

To learn more, visit gtu.edu/x.

About Theological Union of Graduates

the Theological Union of Graduates (GTU) is the most comprehensive center for the higher study of religion in North America. With an emphasis on interfaith and interdisciplinary perspectives, GTU faculty and students engage the world’s major religions and wisdom traditions in contemporary contexts.

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