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Religion in California: A Symposium
California has increasingly displayed a remarkable range of religious expression through its people, places, institutions, movements, and theologies, and at times when religion in the rest of America has waned. Bringing together leading scholars of religion, historians, and other academics, graduate students and practitioners, this symposium at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union provides explorations through the critical contours that have comprised the shape of Californian religion on California’s vast canvas.
Hosting a series of panel presentations and open forum discussions, plus a special lecture by Edward J. Blum, this symposium features keynote roundtable discussions with Matthew Avery Sutton (author of Aimee Semple McPherson and the Resurrection of Christian America), Lois A. Lorentzen (co-editor of On the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana) and Joy Moore (Associate Dean of African American Church Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary). The complete conference schedule is here.
The symposium is a project of the California American Studies Association. It's co-sponsored by the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion, the Graduate Theological Union, the Religion, Politics and Globalization Program and the Theological Engagement with California Cultures Project.