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Prayer of Martin Luther King

O God, we thank you for the fact that you have inspired men and women in all nations and in all cultures. We call you different names: some call you Allah; some call you Elohim; some call you Jehovah; some call you Brahma; some call you the Unmoved Mover. But we know that these are all names for one and the same God. Grant that we will follow you and become so committed to your way and your kingdom that we will be able to establish in our lives and in this world a brother and sisterhood, that we will be able to establish here a kingdom of understanding, where men and women will live together as brothers and sisters and respect the dignity and worth of every human being. In the name and spirit of Jesus. Amen.

President Grudzen’s Statement on the Passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Image: Elke Wetzig (Elya), CC BY-SA 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/, via Wikimedia Commons

The people of South Africa and all those who support human rights mourned the loss of Archbishop Desmond Tutu from this earthly plane on Sunday, December 26, 2021. His contributions to the elimination of apartheid in South Africa and racism in other parts of the world, including the USA, resonated on a par with those of Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela. He also led the Christian community into the forefront of social justice causes including his passionate defense of LGBTQ rights and his advancement of non-violent solutions for human conflicts leading to his award of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984.

Given the need for champions of human rights in many areas of the world today, Archbishop Tutu represents a unifying figure and force for those who follow in his footsteps. Global Ministries University joins with the citizens of South Africa and the members of the Anglican Church worldwide in recognizing Archbishop Tutu as a universal moral leader for all nations and all people. He affirmed the sacred character of all creation and of all people who inhabit our planet earth. May his spirit inspire us to continue our interfaith ministry in Kenya and East Africa with the same zeal and fervor he exhibited in his life of service to Africa and the whole world.

Gerald Grudzen
President
Global Ministries University

President Grudzen’s Review of 2021 and Plans for 2022


Interfaith Course on “The History of God”

President Gerald Grudzen will offer an Interfaith Course on the “History of God” from an interreligious perspective in early 2022. The course will span five weeks, with once weekly Zoom sessions, and draw upon readings from Karen Armstrong’s book, A History of God, as well as material authored by Dr. Grudzen.

The History of God covers the evolution of monotheism within the Abrahamic faith traditions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. It features the key events in religious history that helped to define the concepts that characterized their understanding of God and the reformers who helped to purify and enlarge their understanding of the deity. In addition to the theological perspective that led to formulations of the divine nature and salvation history based upon revelation, the course also features philosophical perspectives on the nature of God within these three traditions.

To promote the outstanding scholarship at GMU the course will be offered for only the $25 registration fee. If the student chooses to continue with GMU the course may be counted for credit toward a certificate or degree program.

Once you apply and send in the $25 fee you will receive the syllabus and information on how to join the Zoom meetings in early 2022. There are a limited number of spots remaining. Apply soon.

New Course in Creation Spirituality

Rev. Margie Schneider, a GMU graduate, will conduct a course in Eco-Art & Creation Spirituality beginning in March 2022. This course will explore and awaken students’ natural creativity through participation in seven eco-art activities, performed within nature and seen through the eyes of Creation Spirituality and its four paths. Such exploration and awakening can surface the authentic self, thereby enabling inner healing. They can also engender a deep sense of sacredness and an appreciation for the oneness of all things, leading to the discovery of a deep and lasting set of values – including a passionate desire to care for the earth, and to address the sacred connection one should have with her, with all her creatures, and especially, with the Creator.

Current students might want to revise their Program Schedule to include this unique cohort style course.

You can also take single courses at GMU as well as pursue a graduate degree or certificate.

GMU sponsored a free seminar on October 4 at 4 pm (PDT) 7 pm (EDT),  the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of ecology, for students, graduates, and all interested parties.

We discussed the role of ecology in peace building in the Middle East using information from EcoPeace Middle East

We also discussed the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, COP26, and the role of religious leaders in addressing the climate crisis.


President Grudzen and Maria Grudzen speak at Stanford University: “A Case Study in the Value of Interfaith Education for building Global Partnerships.”

International Interfaith Conference: Building Human Solidarity in Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti

Artwork by Ginny Graf

GMU co-sponsored an international and interreligious conference in Kenya and Indonesia, “Building Human Solidarity in the Light of Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter: Fratelli Tutti with the Institute for Interreligious Dialogue and Islamic Studies (IRDIS) and the State Islamic University, Sunan Kalijaga Yogyakarta, Indonesia (UIN). Other sponsors included the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), the Harmony Institute, Umma University, the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns, and the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies (PISAI)


Global Ministries University is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary of outstanding online theological education and spiritual inspiration! GMU continues to grow and flourish as a leader in innovation and service to the wider community with global outreach and involvement. We look forward to a bright future built apon a solid foundation of education and service! Join the celebration here!


Community Chaplaincy Program

The Community Chaplaincy program is a unique preparation for grassroots change. It offers a team teaching approach to critical and timely topics among which are body wisdom, trauma, grief, deep listening and resilience – topics relevant to all and much needed in society, local and global. The Community Chaplaincy Program challenges participants to look deeply within; to grow in depth and wisdom, empowering her to profoundly hear and respond to individuals or groups in need. ~ Terri K., MS, MCHES, CWC

Learn more about GMU’s exciting new program here.


GMU’s Response to the COVID-19 Crisis:

The Mirror of Our Minds: Paths to Wholeness in the Era of Coronavirus 

This Free Zoom session was held on Wednesday July 1, 2020 at 4 PM PDT (7 PM EDT) with psychologist Manuel Yaniz PhD. Learn more .

Podcast of Psycho-Spiritual Discussion
on Mental Health Issues Associated with
Coronavirus COVID-19

Spirituality in the Age of Coronavirus

Inspiration and Hope from the Parliament of the World’s Religions

Prayer for healing anxiety in uncertain times ~Bridget M Meehan

Marita Grudzen presented “Spirituality A Way to Sustain and Connect in the Era of Covid-19,” A Forum of the Jewish Community Center in San Francisco on Thursday May 28, 2020, 1:00-2:30 pm (PDT)


Global Ministries University is an online international contemporary theological learning platform that is inclusive, supportive of creative thinking, and honors the sacred in all religions and spiritual traditions. 

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