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  • 70795m497?file=thumbnail
    Date: 1992
    Contributing Institution: Graduate Theological Union
    Description: In 1990, Doug Adams invited Carla DeSola to join the faculty of the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Omega East members Allan Tung and Sandra Rivera took over the company. In Berkeley, DeSola founded the Omega West Dance Company, a similar group of professional dancers. She later taught as professor with Center for Arts, Religion and Education. Here she performs one of the labyrinth dances at PSR.
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    Date: 1978
    Contributing Institution: Graduate Theological Union
    Description: In 2020, Judith Rock is a well-known novelist, writing mysteries based on the Jesuit world of 17th century France (see Charles du Luc mysteries,  www.judithrock.com). She discovered this period while writing a paper on “The Carol in the Context of Christian Liturgical Dance.” In Margaret Taylor’s A Time to Dance, she found a reference to ecclesiastical dances used to celebrate special occasions in 17th century France. One remark indicated a “ballet.” Further research led to her dissertation, Terpsichore at Louis Le Grand : baroque dance on a Jesuit stage in Paris (1988), which became a book in 1996. Her academic background includes a BA in Religion, Duke University; MDiv, San Francisco Theological Seminary; MA in Dance, Mills College; and a PhD in Theology and Art, Graduate Theological Union. She has taught at Pacific School of Religion and St. Olaf College. While in the Bay Area, she co-founded Body and Soul Dance Company. She danced until pain eased her off the stage. During the 1990’s, she worked as a full-time and auxiliary police officer. Along with her writings on 17th century France, she has written numerous articles on theology and dance. With Norman Mealy, she wrote "Performer as Priest and Prophet : Restoring the Intuitive in Worship through Music and Dance" (1986).
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    Date: 2007-10-18
    Contributing Institution: Graduate Theological Union
    Description: Douglas G. Adams died of esophageal cancer on July 24, 2007. Pacific School of Religion conducted a day long memorial celebration on Sunday, October 18, 2007, which included dancing shown here. Previously, the Sacred Dance Guild held their national festival in Berkeley during the summer and dedicated the week to Adams. The Doug Adams Gallery at Pacific School of Religion was dedicated by the Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) in September 2009.
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    Date: 2007-10-18
    Contributing Institution: Graduate Theological Union
    Description: Douglas G. Adams died of esophageal cancer on July 24, 2007. Pacific School of Religion conducted a day long memorial celebration on Sunday, October 18, 2007, which included dancing shown here. Previously, the Sacred Dance Guild held their national festival in Berkeley during the summer and dedicated the week to Adams. The Doug Adams Gallery at Pacific School of Religion was dedicated by the Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) in September 2009.
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    Date: 1970s
    Contributing Institution: Graduate Theological Union
    Description: Doug Adams' interest in the arts began very early in his life. When he was in elementary school, he joined both a dance choir and a drama group that was part of a Congregational Church in Rockford, Illinois. He received a reminder of the role that sacred dance could play in worship when he was at Duke. There a visiting professor of Russian Orthodox studies taught that the arts were a major part of Christianity in the East. "Part of it was that the early church councils in the East pronounced that the non-verbal arts are coequal with verbal expressions as a mode of doing theology. (from Carol Egan, "Special Ceremony to Honor Doug Adams," Berkeley Voice, November 20, 1997, p 14.) Pacific School of Religion had embraced dance and drama. Ted Shawn danced there in the 1930s. Anna Halprin took classes on drama and gave lectures on sacred dance. Sacred dance pioneer Margaret Palmer led workshops and performed from the fifties through the seventies. Adams was a great promoter for the sacred in performance arts, moving images, and art. The photo above is taken from one of his workshops on sacred dance. He also became a close friend with sacred dance pioneer Margaret Palmer, donating her archives to the GTU. Here are a few of his activities: Member, board of directors of The Scared Dance Guild from 1970-2007; it's president from 1977 to 1979. Influenced and supported dance choirs, dancers and dance companies, especially in the Bay Area. Invited Carla De Sola to move from New York to PSR through CARE to teach. Published his master's thesis on Congregational Dancing in Christian Worship. Collected and published over 40 pamphlets--mostly on dance--through his publishing company, The Sharing Company. Edited Dance As Religious Studies with Diane Apostolos-Cappadona.
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    Date: 2007-10-18
    Contributing Institution: Graduate Theological Union
    Description: Douglas G. Adams died of esophageal cancer on July 24, 2007. Pacific School of Religion conducted a day long memorial celebration on Sunday, October 18, 2007, which included dancing shown here. Previously, the Sacred Dance Guild held their national festival in Berkeley during the summer and dedicated the week to Adams. The Doug Adams Gallery at Pacific School of Religion was dedicated by the Center for the Arts & Religion (CARe) in September 2009.
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    Date: 1970s
    Contributing Institution: Graduate Theological Union
    Description: Douglas G. Adams conducts a dance workshop.
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    Date: 1978-03
    Contributing Institution: Graduate Theological Union
    Description: Douglas G. Adams served as special editor of Modern Liturgy. Here is his editorial introduction to the sacred dance issue for March 1977, Bringing the Whole Body to Liturgy, and the table of contents. Modern Liturgy is now Ministry and Liturgy. Among other special issues of Modern Liturgy, Adams edited a second dance issue (April 1984) and an issue on parables (May 1981).
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    Date: 1982-Winter
    Contributing Institution: Graduate Theological Union
    Description: Journal of Women and Religion, Winter 1982, Vol. 2, Number 2: Meditaton, Anne McGrew Bennett, p 6; Violence and the Sacred in the Prophecies Against the Nations, Mary K. Wakeman, p 13; The Eve of Destruction, Ann-Cathrin Jarl, p 23; Women's Meditation on Palestine, Patricia Shechter, p 30; War, Jeremy Taylor, p 32; A South-African Journey, Pearl-Alice Marsh, p 41; European Disarmament Movement: The Next Steps, Lucia C. Birnbaum, p 47; In House, Sandy Park, p 57
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    Date: 1983-Fall
    Contributing Institution: Graduate Theological Union
    Description: Journal of Women and Religion, Fall 1983, Vol. 3, No 1: Beyond the Acadmey Gates, Mary E. Hunt, p 7; Food, Famine and Feminism, Peggy Cleveland, p 17 Symbolizing Peace, K.M. Irwin, p 22; Civil Disobedience and Conversion, Carole Brown, p 25; We Are Angry Gentle People, Nadean Bishop, p 36; INTERVIEW-Joann Nash Eakin, Winifred Leonard, p 42; Women Worship, Patricia Page, p 46; BOOK REVIEW-A History of Patriarchal Motherhood, Jacqueline Collins, p 54
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