Does faith or religion even matter anymore? Does religious study do anything more than simply divide an already divided culture? Does studying theology in a pandemic help anyone? Does theological inquiry and training truly create authentic moral leadership at a time when we see so little of it around us?

These and similar questions were answered for me some years ago when I was on a routine doctor's visit and received some shocking news. It wasn't a new diagnosis. Rather, my doctor announced that he was leaving his profession to study to become an Episcopal priest. Flabbergasted, I asked, "You mean you are leaving a profession that others believe to be the pinnacle of medical practice, to study theology?" He responded, "Yes."

"Why?" I asked.

The Graduate Theological Union's Board of Trustees this week announced the appointment of Dr. Uriah Y. Kim as the institution's Ninth President, effective immediately. Serving as Interim President since February 2020, Dr. Kim was unanimously selected during a special convening of the Board, which includes representation from the presidents of all consortium member schools. Berkeley School of Theology is a founding member of the Graduate Theological Union in 1962.


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