A gallery of small treasures found around Holy Hill on a rainy afternoon, including this view of the chapel at the Pacific School of Religion, the GTU’s oldest seminary. Despite the Christian iconography shown in the photo, the GTU is known for its diverse, interdenominational programs. Advertisements

Despite being presented to the public in 1971, the key to the GTU’s master plan, and the anticipated core to the campus, the library, would not be completed and dedicated until 1981. The intervening years would be filled with significant opposition from the neighboring community as well as the students in the GTU, the destruction […]

The current Graduate Theological Union’s layout as the “God Quad” or “Holy Hill” is a mere shadow of the originally proposed theological complex, a project that was known as the GTU Master Plan. The plan envisioned a significantly different intersection between Ridge, LeConte, and Scenic avenues, with the GTU dominating three square blocks. The Phase […]

Sights of Holy Hill the casual passerby may ignore.

What once used to be a Jewish fraternity house turned into a theological school after the Berkeley fire. Now, the Franciscan School of Theology is moving to San Diego, and the future ownership of the building is uncertain.

The Starr King School for the Ministry is one of four buildings designed by prominent Berkeley architect Walter Ratcliff, Jr. In contrast to the other three Ratcliff buildings, which have strong historical influences, the SKSM is built “in no particular style.” One of only two Unitarian Universalist schools in the United States, the guiding principles […]

A brochure made in the 1960s (ostensibly the first one ever created for the GTU) entices would-be theological students to consider studying at one of its seminaries. The brochure includes the previous incarnation of the American Baptist Seminary of the West, the Berkeley Baptist Divinity School.

The University Christian Church is one of the many Ratcliff buildings located on Holy Hill. It draws from English Gothic architecture, evidenced by the buttressed and crenellated entry tower and brick veneer. The building is supposed to be visually harmonious with the Pacific School of Religion and the Chuch Divinity School of the Pacific, which […]