Commencement2016November 4-5, 2016

Pacific School of Religion (PSR) prepares theologically and spiritually rooted leaders for social transformation!

Come & See! Prospective and Admitted Student Event is designed for those pursuing a call to ministry or considering seminary (graduate theological education) as preparation for social change work as a pastor, justice leader, chaplain, religious educator, scholar, administrator, or other faith community professional.


An Opportunity for Reflection and Discernment

  • Gather in fellowship with others responding to a call placed on their hearts
  • Experience silence, deep listening, time for individual and group reflection (including a group for spouses and partners)
  • Discern your vocation and explore the meanings of a call to social change work and ministry
  • Worship/pray, connect in community

Commencement2016_2Experience Pacific School of Religion

  • Discover the many academic programs and resources available at PSR and the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), the largest and most diverse partnership of seminaries and graduate schools in the United States
  • Meet faculty, students, and staff from Pacific School of Religion
  • Learn about community life, financial aid, housing, and more
  • Tour the PSR campus and the Graduate Theological Union

Pacific School of Religion

Come & See!  Schedule

Friday, November 4

1:00 – 3:45 pm            Registration

4:00 pm                       Opening Session
*With PSR President, Academic Dean, and Director of Community Life and Spiritual Care

5:30 pm                       Dinner (D’Autremont Dining Hall)

6:30 pm                       Conversations with Faculty

7:45 pm                       Worship (PSR Chapel)

Saturday, November 5

8:00 – 8:45 am            Registration and Breakfast (Mudd Foyer)

9:00                             Call and Discernment Workshop
*Presentation followed by individual and small group reflection time including a small group for spouses & partners

11:15 am                     PSR Academic Programs and Centers

12:30pm                      Lunch (D’Autremont Dining Hall)
Optional Certificate of Theological Education in Leadership Gathering

1:45pm-3:45pm          Admissions Advising – Individual appointments with Admissions staff
(Mudd Building Rooms 101 & 102)

1:45-2:45 pm              First Tour of Campus Departs (Meet outside Mudd Building Room 100)

2:45-3:45 pm              Second Tour of Campus Departs (Meet outside Mudd Building Room 100)

4:00 pm                       Life at PSR – Conversation with current students about housing, community/student life, worship, etc.

5:15 pm                       Evening Prayer and Reflections

6:00 pm                       Departure (If pre-ordered, pick up boxed dinner.)

Accommodations

Housing
Once registered, you’ll receive information about reserving housing on the PSR campus as well local Berkeley off-campus options. You’ll then make your own reservation directly. Any questions? Just call 510/849-8931.

Meals
Be our guest for all meals Friday dinner through Saturday Lunch. (Box meals may be pre-ordered for Saturday dinner.) On your registration, note if you will join in the Saturday breakout lunch about the Theological Education for Leadership program and/or other affinity groups throughout the weekend.

Accessibility
PSR works to ensure that important private and public spaces on campus are accessible to people in wheelchairs. Ramps or ground-level doors provide ready access to the administration building, chapel, dining hall, and classrooms. To reach the reception desk, find automatic door openers at the west entrance of Holbrook Hall. Because of the hills around PSR, manually driven wheelchairs can be difficult to maneuver; motorized wheelchairs or scooters are advised. For more information or to request accessibility accommodations, call 510/849-8252.

Off Campus Accommodations
If you are looking for off campus accommodations, please feel free to visit the I Love Inns website to search for local inns and hotels that might meet your needs. I Love Inns has wonderful deals for places like the Rose Garden Inn and the Berkeley City Club.

Bay Area

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Berkeley

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Campus

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    1. Holbrook Building
      Admissions
      Reception
      Faculty and administrative offices
      Badè Museum of Biblical Archaeology
      Doug Adams Gallery
      Center for Arts, Religion, and Education
      Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry (CLGS)
    2. Seeley G. Mudd Building
      Classrooms
      Computer lab
      Student lounge
      Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation
    3. Chapel of the Great Commission
      PSR Chapel
      Buckham Chapel
      IT Services
      Chapel classroom (PSR 6)
    4. d’Autremont Hall
      Dining hall
      Center for Swedenborgian Studies
    5. Benton Hall– housing
    6. Anderson Hall (“Arch”)– housing
    7. 2357 LeConte Avenue- housing
    8. Zaytuna College

Nearby Graduate Theological Union Buildings

  1. Flora Lamson Hewlett Library
    GTU library and administrative offices
  2. 2465 LeConte Avenue
    GTU financial aid, administrative offices
    Center for Jewish Studies
  3. 2452 Virginia Street
    Center for Islamic Studies
    Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences
    Center for the Study of Religion and Culture
  4. 2311 Hearst Avenue
    Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute

Directions to PSR

By Car

From the north (I-80) or west (I-80):

Exit onto University Avenue and head east (toward the hills). Turn left (north) on Oxford Ave.; then turn right (east) onto Hearst Ave. Take the steep, oblique left onto Le Conte Ave., and drive uphill to the top of the bluff. The PSR campus is on your left. Continue towards the left onto Scenic Ave. to enter the PSR parking lot a half block downhill.

From the east (Hwy 24):

Take Telegraph Ave. exit and go north up Telegraph Ave. towards UC Berkeley campus. Turn left (west) onto Bancroft Ave.; turn right (north) onto Oxford Ave.; turn right (east) onto Hearst Ave. Take the steep, oblique left onto LeConte Ave., and drive uphill to the top of the bluff. The PSR campus is on your left. Continue towards the left onto Scenic Ave. to enter the PSR parking lot a half block downhill.

From the south (I-880/980 or I-580):

On I-880/980, continue past I-580 interchange to Hwy 24. From 580, turn off at Hwy 24 and head north towards Berkeley. From Hwy 24, exit immediately on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and go north. Turn right (east) on University Ave.; turn left (north) on Oxford Ave.; then turn right (east) on Hearst Ave. Take the steep, oblique left onto LeConte Ave., and drive uphill to the top of the bluff. The PSR campus is on your left. Continue towards the left onto Scenic Ave. to enter the PSR parking lot a half block downhill.

By Public Transit

By Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART): Take BART to the downtown Berkeley station (not the North Berkeley station). It’s a 15-minute walk to the PSR campus. On foot, proceed north on Shattuck Ave. from the station; turn right onto University Ave.; turn left onto Oxford Ave., right onto Hearst Ave.; then make an oblique left onto LeConte Ave. and walk uphill to the top of the bluff. The PSR campus is on your left.

By AC Transit bus: From the downtown Berkeley BART station, cross Shattuck Ave. to the bus stop at the corner of Shattuck and Center St. Take the #65 bus to the first bus stop on Euclid Ave. Walk one block west (towards the bay) along Le Conte Ave. to the PSR campus.

By Air

Oakland International Airport (OAK)

The closest airport to PSR is Oakland International Airport. From there, follow driving directions from the south above; take a commercial shuttle to PSR (around $20); or take the BART shuttle to the Coliseum BART station. From this BART station, take BART north to Berkeley (see BART directions above).

San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

By car: Drive north into San Francisco to I-80 (Bay Bridge). Follow directions as from west, above. Commercial shuttles also provide service from the San Francisco airport to Berkeley.

By public transit: Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) serves the San Francisco airport — see BART directions, above.

Airport shuttles: Several reliable private shuttle operators run between PSR and the San Francisco and Oakland airports, including Bayporter Express (for reservations, call 415/467-1800).

Bay Area Public Transportation

For online transit information for the San Francisco Bay Area, visit transit.511.org.


Parking

Street parking at and around the PSR campus is tight throughout the academic year and restricted by the City of Berkeley to two hours for cars without a local permit. Parking in PSR’s lot is first-come, first-served only to 1) those with hang tags and 2) specified guests who have purchased or been provided with a Temporary Parking Permit; a daily charge applies during the academic session.

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