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Summer Session Workshops, Lectures, Conferences, Events

  • Summer Lecture Series
    free lectures and receptions with faculty, scholars, and activists
    • Tuesday Night Talks
      at Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley
    • Thursday Night Summer Lectures, San Jose
      at First Congregational Church of San Jose
    • Thursday Night Summer Lectures, San Mateo
      at Congregational Church of San Mateo
  • Spiritual Dialogue in Everyday Life: Communication Skills for Life and Leadership 
    workshop with Jared Finkelstein in Berkeley, Friday-Saturday, June 6-7
  • AWA Creative Writing Festival
    with Pat Schneider (visiting us online from Amherst) in Berkeley, Saturday, June 21
  • Moral Injury, Veterans of War, and Community Responsibility for Soul Repair
    conference with Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock, Thursday-Saturday, August 7-9
  • Sacred Legacies: A Writing Workshop
    writing workshop with Mary Tuchscherer, August 2 & 9


Summer Lecture Series

PSR is excited to welcome the general public to our campus and to South Bay and Peninsula locations each summer for a series of free evening lectures and conversations led by distinguished members of the faculty and special guests. No registration is needed and all events are free of charge.

TNT

Tuesday Night Talks, Berkeley

Located on the PSR campus in Berkeley.  Lectures begin at 7:30pm and are held in the Chapel of the Great Commission.  Facilities are wheelchair accessible and looped for the hearing impaired.  FREE!

  • Tuesday, July 15, PSR Chapel - Bishop John Shelby Spong
    Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy
    The Christian faith was born in the womb of the synagogue and at least the first two gospels were written before the Christian movement split from the synagogue.  These gospels are, therefore, significantly Jewish books that have been interpreted primarily by Gentiles, who were not only ignorant of their Jewishness, but they were also generally prejudiced against all things Jewish and unwilling to be informed otherwise. Illustrations for this thesis will be drawn principally out of the gospel of Matthew.

  • Thursday(!), July 24, PSR Bade Museum - Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock
    "Moral Injury, Soul Repair, and Spiritual Life" 

    What is moral injury, how does it differ from trauma and PTSD, and what is recovery, not only for military veterans, but also for other professions that involve anguishing life and death decisions? This lecture will address these questions and offer multiple ways spiritual communities can support soul repair, such as the use of rituals, arts, literature, and story-telling.
  • Tuesday, July 29, PSR Bade Museum - Dr. Kwok Pui Lan
    "Postcolonial Theology in Asian America"

    This lecture will explore the challenges and issues postcolonial theory brings to theology in Asian America, such as hybridity, fluid identity, transnationalism, and planetarity.
  • Tuesday, August 5, PSR Chapel - Bishop Yvette Flunder
    “What's Next? Developing a Theology of Positive Prophetic Expectation”  

    News of tragedy or disaster in the human family is seized upon by some as the response of an angry and punitive God, who is gearing up for a major apocalyptic event. How differently would we respond if we truly believed that Peace is Possible?

Thursday Night Summer Lecture Series, San Jose

Located at First Congregational Church of San Jose.  Lectures begin at 7:30pm with reception following.  FREE!

  • Thursday, July 17 - Rev. Dr. Justin Tanis of the Pacific School of Religion 
    “The Spirituality of the Arts & Crafts Movement”
    The Arts & Crafts movement arose at the end of the nineteenth century, emphasizing principles of simplicity, beauty, and usefulness. The artisans and philosophers of this movement were deeply concerned about the impact of the Industrial Revolution—the shoddiness of mass produced goods, the ugliness of a modern world alienated from nature, and the working conditions of laborers. In response, they returned to older methods of production while developing a new aesthetic of simple beauty expressed in architecture, graphic arts, furniture , painting, textiles, ceramics, and much more. In this talk, we’ll take a look at their amazing work and consider their spiritual lessons for us. We, too, live in a world that is growing increasingly complex. Can art remind us of our values and reconnect us with nature and one another?
  • Thursday, July 24 - Dr. Kwok Pui Lan of the Episcopal Divinity School
    "Reading the Bible in Global Perspective"

    This lecture will discuss contemporary readings of the Bible, especially the New Testament, from the Global South to address issues of poverty, HIV/AIDS, gender violence, and racial justice.
  • Thursday, July 31 - Rev. Alexia Salvatierra
    “Faith-rooted Organizing” 

    Rev. Salvatierra will present a new model for congregational/community organizing drawn from the wells of the civil rights movement and theologies of liberation, practiced by a growing network of faith-rooted organizers in communities around the world.
     

Dr. Glady Ganiel Lecutres in San Jose - Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation

Located at First Congregational Church of San Jose.Sundays August 10th & 17th 11:30 am. 
 
August 10 - Dr. Glady Ganiel will present her work in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation at the Irish School of Ecumenics and her new book, The Deconstructed Church: Understnading Emerging Christianity. 
 
"Working in Conflict: Resolution and Reconciliation at the Irish School of Ecumenics in Belfast"
 
This lecture will cover the history of the Irish School of Ecumenics (ISE) and Dr. Ganiel’s current work as a professor in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. ISE was founded in 1970 in Dublin by a Jesuit, Fr Michael Hurley, who sought to transform sectarianism on the island of Ireland through education and encounter, especially among the laity. While ecumenical theology was originally at the heart of ISE, it also was intentionally interdisciplinary, drawing in scholars from politics, sociology, ethics and other fields of study. After forming ISE, Fr Hurley moved to Belfast to help set up an ecumenical residential community, the Columbanus Community, where he lived for a decade and helped devise adult education programs in the midst of Northern Ireland’s ongoing “Troubles.” Over time, rather than continue as an independent educational institute, ISE was fully integrated into Trinity College Dublin and also established a small campus in Belfast, where Dr. Ganiel lectures on a master’s program in Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation. Dr. Ganiel will also speak about how her own research in the sociology of religion (which has included topics such as evangelicalism and conflict in Northern Ireland, evangelical “journeys” of choice and change, the emerging church, and religious change in a “post-Catholic” Ireland) fits with ISE’s ethos, as well as her community engagement through her “Church Without Walls” blog (www.gladysganiel.com) and involvement with events like the 4 Corners Festival (http://www.4cornersfestival.com/).
 
August 17 - Dr. Glady Ganiel  
 
"Understanding the Emerging Church Movement" 
 
This lecture will draw on Dr. Ganiel’s new book, co-authored with Davidson College (USA) sociologist Gerardo Marti, The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging Christianity (Oxford University Press, 2014). Dr. Ganiel will describe and define the Emerging Church Movement (ECM), exploring its historical roots in evangelical Christianity (primarily), and providing examples of Emerging Christian congregations, collectives, pub churches and neo-monastic communities from the USA, UK and Northern Ireland. Dr. Ganiel will argue that the ECM is a reform movement within Western Christianity that seeks to overturn what Emerging Christians see as conventional and destructive interpretations of the Gospel, to transform religious institutions so they are less hierarchical, and to reorient Christianity from inside the walls of church buildings to serving others outside in the “real world.” Dr. Ganiel will consider how the ECM differs from liberal Protestantism and progressive Christianity and raise questions about the potential for links among these movements. She will argue that the ECM is significant from a sociological perspective because of the ways it resonates with the wider trends and values of our age, resulting in a distinct religious orientation that encourages individual autonomy and deep commitments to relationships with others. 
 

NEW: Thursday Night Summer Lecture Series, San Mateo

Located at Congregational Church of San Mateo
Lectures begin at 7:30pm with reception following.  FREE!

  • Thursday, July 17 - Rev. Debra Haffner of The Religious Institute
    "Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing: A New Movement"

    How are religious institutions (denominations, seminaries, parachurch organizations) changing in the 21st century? How are they breaking the silence on issues of sexual morality and justice? In this talk, Rev. Haffner will talk about the relationship of sexuality and religion, the historical and Scriptural foundations for discussions of sexual justice, and the need for a progressive religious voice in conversations about sexuality.
  • Thursday, August 7 - Bishop Yvette Flunder of City of Refuge UCC
    “What's Next? Developing a Theology of Positive Prophetic Expectation”  
    News of tragedy or disaster in the human family is seized upon by some as the response of an angry and punitive God, who is gearing up for a major apocalyptic event. How differently would we respond if we truly believed that Peace is Possible?

Parking: Attendees of the lectures on the PSR campus can take advantage of the parking lot behind the Holbrook Building.  Enter on Scenic Avenue.  Spaces are limited and free of charge after 5:00 p.m. Two-hour street parking is also available at metered and unmetered spaces.  The churches in San Jose and San Mateo have parking lots.

 



Spiritual Dialogue in Everyday Life: Communication Skills for Life and Leadership

workshop with Jared Finkelstein in Berkeley, Friday-Saturday, June 6-7


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A Festival of Writing [SOLD OUT]

Saturday, June 21, 9:30am - 6:00pm, PSR Campus
presented by Amherst Writers & Artists West and Pacific School of Religion
General public: $75
Current PSR/GTU students: $65

A glorious day of writing in community, using the Amherst Writers & Authors (AWA) method.

  • morning 2.5 hour writing workshop with certified AWA leaders
  • lunch on your own
  • AWA dues-paying affiliates may join a lunchtime conversation with Pat Schneider
  • afternoon 2.5 hour writing workshop with certified AWA leaders
  • afternoon reception and lecture with AWA founder and acclaimed author and playwright (and PSR Alumna) Pat Schneider visiting us online from Amherst.

Click here for more information.

Parking: Attendees can park in the PSR behind the Holbrook Building.  Enter on Scenic Avenue. Spaces are limited. The parking lot is free of charge on Saturday!  Street parking is also available but be aware of the two-hour limit.


Conference: Moral Injury, Veterans of War, and Community Responsibility for Soul Repair

A conference with Rev. Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock

The conference has been cancelled, owing to low registration.

Dr. Brock is still teaching a course on the same topic, Moral Injury and Soul Repair, July 14-18.
The course is open to the general public.  Visit the Courses page of this website to learn more.


Sacred Legacies

 

 

 

 

 

Sacred Legacies: A Writing Workshop

Instructor: Mary Tuchscherer
Saturdays, August 2 & 9, 10am-3pm
First Congregational Church of San Jose

General public: $125
Current PSR/GTU students: $95

Sacred Legacies is a transformative process of exploring the values, beliefs and blessings we want to leave for future generations. The unique events of your life are sacred stories that need to be shared and witnessed, and in doing so you may find healing and deeper meaning in the present.

Creative writing exercises that foster empathy, discernment, trust and confidence will be offered as suggestions and examples that may be helpful to you. There is no one way to write a legacy; there is only your way.  

Writer and educator Mary Tuchscherer is a certified Amherst Writers & Artists instructor and is founder of VoiceFlame.

 


Conference: MetamorFest: Transforming by Sharing

Rescheduled for October, PSR Campus

Watch this space for detailed information about dates and times!

Come share with your fellow church leaders the joy when the Spirit moves your ministry.  Our keynote speaker, Rev. Trey Hall (Urban Village Church, Chicago) will initiate a conversation on creating and sustaining truly local ministry.  In addition, participate in transformational conversations in 5 workshops (out of 15 options), trading our successes and failures in reaching out to the communities around us, building our internal congregations, and addressing the challenging personal issues of ministry.  When we teach and learn together, the Answer is in the room! 1.5 CEUs available

 




Summer 2014 Doug Adams Gallery exhibition:
Local Guest Artist, Marianne Lettieri

Opening Reception
Tuesday, June 10th, 5-7pm

Refreshments and live jazz music included.  No registration necessary.


Events, courses, dates and instructors are subject to change. Please check back regularly.

Contact

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