Faculty News

Devin Zuber moderated a panel discussing art, religion, and censorship at the Oakland Museum of California in April. This summer he will be a visiting professor at the Institute for English and American Studies at the University of Osnabrück, in Germany, giving a seminar and leading a graduate symposium on “The Romantic Brain: Transatlantic Science and Poetry.” He is also planning to deliver a paper in July at the conference “9/11 Ten Years After: History, Narrative, Memory,” at the Bavarian American Academy in Munich.

Mary Donovan Turner published The God We Seek: Portraits of God in the Old Testament (St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2011) this spring. Examining the various names for God in the Old Testament— Yahweh, Elohim, El, El Elyon, El Olam, El Berith, El Roi, my rock, my shield, my stronghold, my salvation, creator, redeemer, helper, judge—Turner explores each name as painting a different portrait of God. With questions that seek to invite community conversation, stories, and memories about how God is at work in the world, Turner reminds us that one word cannot say all that can be said about God.

Randi Walker, professor of church history, will attend the UCC General Synod in Tampa, Florida on the teaching team for a UCC History and Polity course sponsored by PSR’s summer session. The course will include evening and weekend activities and will use the General Synod as a laboratory for learning about the UCC. The course will be from June 27-July 8, and the synod will be from June 30-July 5. For more information, see the summer session Web site: psr.edu/summer.

Randall Miller will be one of five preachers for Foundry United Methodist Church's summer 2011 Outstanding Preacher Series, in Washington D.C. Foundry is one of the leading progressive churches in the nation, counting among its membership during its nearly 200 years of ministry U.S. presidents, senators, members of congress, and numerous others in public service. Dr. Miller will preach on Sunday, July 17th, and will share the honor of preaching at Foundry this summer with Thomas Long, Renita Weems, Christine Smith, and Brad Braxton.
Inese Radzins, assistant professor of theology and Dorothea Harvey professor of Swedenborgian studies, was co-organizer of the American Weil Society's 31st annual colloquy discussing the work of Simone Weil. The event, hosted May 6 and 7, 2011 on the GTU campus allowed distinguished scholars from the United States and Canada to share their scholarship of the 20th century French philosopher and Christian mystic.