| History of GTU
Berkeley's Graduate Theological Union (GTU) was founded Sept. 24, 1962, by representatives of four Bay Area Christian schools who sought a joint effort to offer a doctoral degree in theology, though discussions on a joint effort had begun in the late 1950s. The Second Vatican Council also began in 1962, urging, an ecumenical vision addressing the Catholic Church's relationship to the world. In 1964, the first Catholic institution, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (then College of St. Albert the Great), joined the GTU. Other Catholic schools joined — the Jesuit School of Theology in 1966 and the Franciscan School of Theology in 1968. Other denominations also joined, making the GTU today "the largest partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States."
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