The Graduate Theological Union (GTU) is a consortium of theological schools and centers in Berkeley, California. Colloquially known as “Holy Hill” and one block north of the UC Berkeley campus, the GTU is an ecumenical and interreligious crossroads seeking to build bridges among many denominations and faith traditions. Its creative and dynamic pluralist environment for learning, teaching and vocational training that is quite radical in the extent and depth of its integrative features. The GTU works to achieve its mission in two ways: as a graduate school offering academic programs in a wide range of fields in theology and religious studies, and as the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States. The GTU also flourishes as a haven for interdisciplinary religious thought, study, and practice, making a tangible difference for the greater good – and creating a unique setting where religion meets the world.
The Graduate Theological Union is committed to becoming a more robust and comprehensive center where the world’s great religious traditions engage one another, providing an exceptional environment to the next generation of scholars and religious and nonprofit leaders to prepare for the diverse contexts in which they will teach and lead. With various kinds of support and partnership, the GTU is expanding its mission of providing a vital space where religion and the world intersect, as the schools, centers and individuals seek to work toward peace-making, social transformation, and sustainable practices in the twenty-first century. Part of this expansion includes affiliation with new Centers of Excellence such as the Center for Swedenborgian Studies (CSS).
CSS hosts occasional lunch conversations, lectures and talks for discussions and education in a broad array of topics connected to aspects of Swedenborgiana. Check this website for up to date information.