Religion in California
Religion in California is a two-day symposium discussing the diverse religious history of the State of California. 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).
Co-sponsored by UC Berkeley’s Religion, Politics, and Globalization Programs (RPGP), the California American Studies Association (CASA), the Theological Engagement with California’s Culture Project (TECC), the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion (BCSR), and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU).