Hindu studies begin at Graduate Theological Union

A version of this story appeared in the June 20-July 3, 2014 print issue under the headline: Hindu studies begin at Graduate Theological Union.

by Monica Clark


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For the first time in its 52-year history, the Graduate Theological Union will offer a dedicated curriculum in Hinduism, beginning this fall, as the initial step toward establishment of a Center for Dharma Studies.

Riess Potterveld, acting president, said the Graduate Theological Union is partnering with the Dharma Civilization Foundation "to expand the representation of the world's great religious traditions." at the consortium of nine independent theological schools. The Graduate Theological Union -- the largest such consortium in the U.S. -- includes the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, the Franciscan School of Theology, the Jesuit School of Theology, and five Protestant seminaries and one Unitarian Universalist seminary.

The union also has affiliated centers for Jewish, Islamic and Buddhist studies as well as the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute and the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences.

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