Graduate Remarks

Knowledge, Power, and God Dr. Ish Ruiz Greetings everyone! Thank you, President Kim, Chairman William Glenn, Dean Peña, and Associate Deans Holder and Arce, for inviting me to offer this commencement address. Thank you to our professors and GTU staff for guiding us on this journey. I am also grateful to my family for coming […]

Faculty Remarks

Vocation and Wisdom in a Time of Conflict and Crisis\ Dr. Rita D. Sherma Acknowledgement of Graduates & the Challenges Ahead: Congratulations to all our graduates, MA and PhD, from 2020, 2021, and 2022! You have not only received advanced degrees with all the sacrifice and effort that entails, but you have accomplished this in […]

William Zangeneh-Lester

There is an urgent need for the American community college educator to make and carry out a commitment to civic interfaith leadership. The community college educator as civic interfaith leader can and should examine and revise existing curricular and co-curricular resources by cultivating and sustaining commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the promotion of […]

Todd Whelan

This dissertation argues that European approaches to Jews and Judaism were construed alongside approaches to the unconverted outside Europe as part of a pan-Protestant-imperialist ideology of global conversion. As Protestant missions modeled their justification for their colonialism on the Christian gospel mandate, representations of Amerindians were increasingly cast in the language of Christian supersession over […]

Colette L. Walker

Many artists of the early twentieth century shared a belief in the power of spiritual art to transform human society. Such “mystical-utopian” orientations, informed by the era’s increasingly global flow of ideas, transcended cultural and national boundaries, as exemplified in the contributions of American painter Arthur Wesley Dow, Swiss-German artist Johannes Itten, and Indian poet […]

Pamela June Stevens

This dissertation studies the history of an artifact, a garment of shame from the Mexican Inquisition in 1560, that was worn by an Englishman there and in Spain, then returned to Mexico for exhibition in the cathedral for more than a century. This study reveals negotiated, blended beliefs that challenge monolithic understandings of confession within […]

Eric J. Sias

This dissertation argues that the ablutionary efficacy of blood in the purification offering of Leviticus 4, 5, and 16 is the influence that allows Paul, in Romans 3:24–26a, to reconceptualize Jesus’s blood-shedding action on the cross as the ultimate act of purification, after which no more purity offerings will be needed.

Ismael Ruiz Abaunza

This dissertation argues that the dismissal of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) educators from Catholic schools constitutes discrimination that is theologically and morally unjust. Theologically, it argues that walking a synodal path should inspire Catholic leaders to dialogue with (not exclude) dissenting Catholics. Morally, it contends that a civil right to religious freedom should never […]

Shin Young Park

This dissertation aims to articulate a theological alternative to postmodern nihilism via Han Urs von Balthasar’s theology of beauty. It argues how beauty—the aesthetic experience of the Gestalt Christi— draws together all the disparate threads of meaning and thus makes the Gestalt become the locus where the living Logos can be expressed, revealed, and grasped […]

Laurent-Bernard Okitakatshi Odjango

This dissertation argues that the letter to Philemon constructs a koinonia-space, a space of radical kinship that challenges both the noxious nucleus of Roman slavery and systemic dehumanization in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Considering the content of Paul’s prayer in verses 4-6 and his challenging request in verse 16 as the hermeneutical keys to […]