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“Three days before we arrived at the community of Tamarindo the homes and crops of many families were bulldozed. Yucca, corn, cane, plantains, fruit trees, and animals, all destroyed. I spoke with a 91-year-old man who tried to save his plantains after his crops were bulldozed. He knew they were too green to ripen and that they would rot. But it is his crop, his work, his life.”

These families, who had already been displaced from other regions and homes multiple times in order to escape violence or ordered by the government to leave for the expansion of free trade zone warehouses for multi-national corporations, met with us, showed us great generosity and hospitality. Government promises to relocate them have not been fulfilled. They invited us to walk with them, to bear witness, and to multiply so that their voices will be heard.” – Odette Lockwood Stewart, PSR Faculty

A group of PSR students and faculty just returned home from an immersion trip to Colombia. Hosted by The Fellowship of Reconciliation Peace Presence, students and faculty members spent 10 days learning, witnessing and working in small villages like Tamarindo. The Columbia trip was part of PSR’s continuing vision – a vision that places social justice and theological grounding at the forefront of our mission.

“The Center for Social and Spiritual Transformation is not only going to be a major force for good, but it can be a catalyst so we can shatter some of the sleepwalking that is going on in the American empire and in other parts of the world.”
–Rev. Dr. Cornel West

In this season of Easter, we are celebrating the renewal of our call to be the seminary with a tradition of boldness, as we launch the Center for Spiritual and Social Transformation (CSST), expand our academic programing, and reach out to new constituencies. I hope you’ll make a commitment to support us in this new phase of our work with a gift today.

Your support will help PSR properly launch CSST, hire two new faculty members, continue the second year of the Changemaker Fellowship program, and significantly expand our immersion program.

We also just received a grant from the Wabash Center to support research to be used in the restructuring of our MDiv program. We are currently revising this degree to better meet the rapidly-changing needs of (1) those interested in traditional and emerging forms of church ministries, and (2) those who desire a strong theological education for their current and future work as change agents in organizations outside of traditional religious institutions.   But we really need the continuing commitment and support of our friends and alumni/ae as we move forward in this time of transformation.  I hope you can join us.

Sincerely,

Bernie Schlager
Acting President

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