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The Japanese American National Library, the Japanese American Religious Federation, and the Asia Project at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley presented three forums on The Transforming Spiritual Landscape of Peripheral Faith Communities.

These forums were History and Origins of Racial-Ethnic Faith Communities, October 28, 2917; Remembering the Future: Reflections on Theological Education: November 28, 2017;Remembering the Future: Reflections on Theological Education: Model Programs, Initiatives & Curricula, February 24, 2018.

These events were an ongoing exploration in theological education and responses within peripheral communities asa experienced by Asian-American and multi-cultural professors of religion. The recordings are part of an effort by the Graduate Theological Union Special Collections to preserve the memories of significant educators that have not been captured before.

Ron Nakasone observes: "it was an opportunity for members of the various faith congregations to give voice to their intense existential and institutional concerns. Indeed, a review of the video recording of the event indicates a profound anxiety among the attendees for a need to understand their transforming spiritual landscape, the future viability of their faith tradition and congregations, individually and collectively, and seminary education efforts in preparing leaders for the local congregation. In contrast, to the theoretical and academic questions raised at an earlier GTU event, the inquiries from the non-academics revolved around identity, hybrid (multi-faith) spiritual experiences, an a yearning for theological and congregational direction."

 

 

 

 
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